Welcome, great to have u here.
Chinacats, I temper these to ca. 61 rockwell. I find that is a happy place for this steel. I find that a tiny relief bevel helps, as 1407 is notoriously chippy.
However, I have started using K510 aka 1.2210, which is a broadly equivalent steel, but slightly improved in terms of alloy composition.
Hello Dan Welcome, nice smithy and always nice to see hot forged work.
My brother lives somewhere round you, nearer Stoud, I'm not a million miles away.
Hi Will, thanks for the welcome.
Are you in Hereford city? A special place!
My olds live up near Kington, aka The Land That Time Forgot.
Hey Dan, had a workshop in one of the old munitions romney huts for years on Rotherwas, Hereford. Was massive, but very damp and cold spent more on tarps than rent, lol, Bit closer to home now near Ross on wye, workshop on a farm nearby. Ill drop you a pm.
Do I remember that there was another blacksmith at Rotherwas? Lawrence? Hereford must have the highest concentration of blacksmiths in the country, I think. Mostly centered around The Barrels?
Yep Loz was just over the road from me, think he is down in devon somewhere now, bought an old Church to live in. Yeah theres a few round here, because of the Blacksmith course at Hereford College.....and the Barrels
Hello Dan, welcome indeed! I am very happy to see another maker on this side of the pond
I really like the design of the second knife - a pass-around would make for a great introduction
Thanks for the welcome, Matus!
There have been some set-backs recently, but I hope to have something to share soon!
That second profile is actually a more natural profile to forge and grind.
With the larger knife I was going for a more archaic C. 19th frog's tongue / spade tip shape, but I can see why people might prefer the more classic shape.
Welcome! It's great to see more smiths in the UK!
As you and Will seem to know a lot of smiths around that part of the country, do either of you by any chance know Andy Jones?
On a completely unrelated note; I went to school with a guy called Dan Prendergast, but we would have been about 13 when you started smithing, so I'm sure you're not him.