RustDeamon
http://www.fishhound.com/videos/how-videos/making-knife-fish-hooks

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jmccustomknives
Interesting, I've never seen anyone can weld with a hammer.  Might have to give it a go.

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

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RustDeamon
I watched the vid and he was mentioning how he kind of was hoping to see the profile of the hooks, he may have had better luck with that had he laid them all in sideways rather than random dumping, the inherent challenge of that should be evident lol. but I bet something similar would be awesome if done with very small rings like for ringmail or even cut  circular springs.
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mtforge
The process was very interesting but the pattern results didn't seem worth the effort. The knife overall turned out well.
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jmccustomknives
I'd been more impressed if he'd forged it to shape.  [sneaky]

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

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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Same here. The welding process was cool, though.
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RustDeamon

I got watching and thinking how about forge welding rings or similar into the side of your stock, one layer at a time. lay on a ring hook whatever, heat forge weld "wash rinse repeat" over and over a couple hundred times to lay into the side of the metal the designs you would like. forge very close to shape then the final grinding would leave the patterns very apparant if quite mishappen from the original design.

so many things I want to try i've got to get a forge up and running.

besides the obvious time involved what would vbe the downs to this process?

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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Umm. . . You wouldn't finish? xD xP In all honesty, I'm not sure how else one would do the same project in a decent amount of time without doing it the way he did.
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mtforge
With fish hooks his way was probably the best. Just for fun maybe put a lot of scrap (chainsaw blades, bike chains and such) into it. It may not make a nice pattern but would make an interesting story.
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RustDeamon
lol I wasn't talking forge weld one fish hook to another to get to knife size but to take some stock metal and weld a bunch into the surface or even prep out a knife blank close to shape then forge weld material into it before the treating and final grind.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
I knew that's what you were saying; I still think it'd be a ridiculously time and sanity consuming task. :L
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jmccustomknives
I think half his problem was the fact he hammered the billet.  It's the reason I haven't even entertained doing a "can" weld.  Had he used a press it would have offered a lot more control over the billet.

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

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