NorrinRadd
Gonna try to get an entry into DirtySmith's Zombie Weapon Challenge, ends in a couple of days on the 5th.

Thought I go for a cleaver based off one of our zombie games "Dying Light"

Cut it from one of those big saw blades with the carbide teeth I got a while back.
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Forged the bevels and straighten the tang.
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Bout maxed out my forge. I described this as like a really hot game of "Operation"


Shaping up. I actually hot cut the drop point of the tip.
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Pretty much maxing out everything I got, including my annealing can.[biggrin]


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Did a little quench test on a small piece I cut off.
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Right is water left is vegetable oil. Both broke pretty easy. I'm going to research that "Soft back draw" that JMC talks about, I think he did a video on it too.

Been a pretty cool project so far. Funny thing about those carbide tips, they fell of when I pulled it out of the forge the first time.


To be continued....

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jmccustomknives
Pretty cool.  Those carbide tips are silver brazed on.  It's the same process I use to put the threads on my tangs.  Very strong, but since the silver melts at around 1200f it will melt in the forge.  It's great your experimenting with the steel, you learn a lot more about it that way.  [thumb]

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

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NorrinRadd
Thanks JMC. Yeah I'm trying to get better on the metallurgy side of it.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Interesting. Looking forward to seeing more.
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NorrinRadd
Thanks skarz
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NorrinRadd
I did an oil quench. Tried to capture it with this app called Boomerang on my phone. This was the second time we ever used it and kind of missed the good part, but its a cool looking vid anyway.



After that I had one minor setback.
I went for the soft back draw, more of a soft middle draw because I wanted to try to keep the saw teeth hardened but still try to straighten out a slight bow. I tried it with a small mapp gas torch and I think I went to quickly and a big crack showed up starting at one of the saw teeth.
So I went into panic mode and welded it up really fast, coincidently producing one my best welds of all time. [wink]
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The right side is the flip side of the weld, the crack didn't go through. So I just did some grinding on that weld and left the bow alone. I feel like I got a good temper in the center of the blade.

So after 2 failed handle attempts, some plastic and some really old pine(both cracked), I finally got some nice teak wood scales on it. Held on with deck screws and liquid nails. Pretty post apocalyptic huh?

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Anyway it was just another fun project to have something to enter into Dirtysmith's contest. He said that there were 72 entry's, I've seen most of them and there are a wide variety of ideas.

I wanted to try this out with a coconut chop but I went to three places and no one had any, even the pumpkins were scarce. So this is what we came up with, camera work credit goes to my youngest son. [biggrin]





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jmccustomknives
Those saw blades do have stress relievers that come down an inch or so.  Not sure if your crack was caused by that or a crack in the blade from it being used.  It does look like you might have been a little hot.  Videos are hard to judge though.

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

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Hank Rearden
Really neat. How do people react when they see it?
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Metalmelt
I think the first reaction would be to step back a little. The pumpkin didn't have a chance.
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NorrinRadd
Metalmelt wrote:
I think the first reaction would be to step back a little. The pumpkin didn't have a chance.


That pretty much sums it up![smile]
Everyone wants to feel how heavy it is.[biggrin]
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