jmccustomknives
Recently I had to rebuild my gas forge.  One of the burners was giving me problems too so it got redone.  Today this happened.  I'd expect this from a coal forge, but not my gas forge.  I didn't know it could get this hot, never has before.  Then again, it could have been the 100 degree day we are having.
For those newer to smithing, high carbon knife steel has a much narrower range to forge in.  If you get it too hot it breaks apart like cottage cheese.  See pic below.  Don't do it again James.  [mad][mad][mad][mad]

This was a Damascus billet I was working on.  Well, dang, changes my plans for it. 011.JPG 

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Oh snap. I knew you could replace acetylene for a cutting torch, but I didn't think something like that would happen in a forge. . .
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jmccustomknives
One of my friends told me about a forge a buddy of his had that got hot enough to melt the billet.  It was blown however. 

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Yeah, forced air would do that probably.
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jmccustomknives
I was able to salvage the first billet to get this one put together.  The one that broke apart was a complete loss. Instead of a 4 bar twist I ended up with a double twist billet.

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Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Still looks beautiful.
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NorrinRadd
Nice save.
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Kado
Well at least you saved it. The knife is beautiful, despite not being the original plan.
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jmccustomknives
How hot does my forge get?  Well this is the top of the forge.  My forge burners flip up like a hood so I can work on the inside because of the forge welding Damascus that dissolves the bricks, refractory cement and anything else it touches.  So 2 months later I flip the hood up and this.
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That's 2300F soft firebricks and hard fire bricks melted like butter on the 4th of July (from the heat, not the borax).  I'm going to upgrade the insulation and try some high temp RAM plastic insulation in the forge chamber. 

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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