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#6750791 - 04/30/17 09:35 PM In The Beginning
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Found this old leaf spring in an antique shop in Arkansas. My best guess it that it was a spring for the seat on a horse drawn wagon or buggy. I thought it would be cool to make a few really rustic knives from it.
It's going to take a lot of work but I look forward to it.
I'll post some pictures as I go.

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#6751407 - 05/01/17 03:42 PM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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Outer band flattened and annealed.
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#6751489 - 05/01/17 04:48 PM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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Mike I hope you will keep posting the photo updates. It's fasinating to me how you turn something like that into a knife! Thanks for sharing sir! up
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#6751517 - 05/01/17 05:06 PM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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I will, I'm going to have to do another annealing process on these. 1450° anneals 1095 just fine but these are still a little to hard to drill through. I'll run them a 1525° and that should do the trick.
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#6751684 - 05/01/17 07:38 PM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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Watching

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#6751701 - 05/01/17 07:57 PM Re: In The Beginning [Re: Dink Dodger]
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Originally Posted By: Dink Dodger
Watching


Are you back in Texas yet?
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#6751950 - 05/02/17 01:22 AM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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Wrapped up my job today, flying home Friday.

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#6752024 - 05/02/17 07:14 AM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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Good deal
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#6752304 - 05/02/17 11:35 AM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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cool!
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#6752317 - 05/02/17 11:44 AM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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Inner leaf cut and most of the rust knocked off, ready to heat up and flatten. Surprisingly this leaf isn't as hard as the outer leaf. I'm guessing the outer leaf acted as an overload spring while the inner leaf supplied more spring for a softer ride. I have no idea how they went about controlling the hardness with the equipment available over a 100 years ago.
The outer leaf sections are currently going through their second annealing process. That takes a while.


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#6752647 - 05/02/17 04:34 PM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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Very kool project.... cheers
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#6753696 - 05/03/17 05:21 PM Re: In The Beginning [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Outer leaf sections soaking in rust remover.


Inner leaf hot enough to flatten.



Inner leaf at annealing temp.


Inner leaf annealed and ready to clean up.
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#6768014 - 05/18/17 04:30 PM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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Making a little progress.



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#6768103 - 05/18/17 06:12 PM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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Two months later...... rolleyes



Jes kidding...very kool!
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#6768978 - 05/19/17 04:30 PM Re: In The Beginning [Re: MikeC]
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Heat treat complete.


After two tempers and ready to go back to the grinder. Cut some Rosewood for the scales.
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