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    Pawn Shop H. Leman Rifle ID

    Having an opinion is fine, but in this case your opinion does not fit historical accounts and surviving artifacts. Leman was building muzzleloading firearms well into the cartridge gun era as well and period orders/inventories specify both flint and percussion Leman guns. As to the question why...
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    Pawn Shop H. Leman Rifle ID

    Not true, if you do any research you will find plenty of historical accounts that show Leman made both flint and percussion guns. A few have even survived in near mint condition and are well documented. Leman also sold locks and there are many non-Leman made rifles carrying Leman locks.
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    Knife forging questions....

    Wick is right, good blade steel is cheap enough so it makes sense to purchase a known alloy. If your looking for practice try forging non-knife objects that don't require heat treatment out of whatever steel happens to be available, lots of neat little trinkets you can build and improve your skills.
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    smoke pipe

    Good job, found this video to see how these things were mass produced back in the day.
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    Masonry Nail Chisel

    They harden find and break clean in tests. It is just a guess that they are 1075, but an educated guess anyway. Doesn't really matter, from a performance standpoint it takes and holds a good edge and holds up to the type of work that I put it through. If I want a tool made with specific...
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    Wooden mini bb cannon

    If you want to be picking splinters out of your hide have at it. Here are a couple photos of the aftermath of a piece of wood that exploded on a table saw a few nights back. I will preface this by saying I was not in line with the work, but it shot out at an angle. I dare say a small charge of...
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    Masonry Nail Chisel

    I used a gas forge at the University where I work, coal is neat but I don't have a space to set one up. I have a really nice coal forge back on my farm in North Dakota, but being as how I live in Pennsylvania that doesn't help me much.
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    Masonry Nail Chisel

    A couple more of the tempering and result.
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    Masonry Nail Chisel

    Here another picture of the tempering. Nothing high tech but got the job done. I did it three times using a bar I heated in the forge. I was shooting for a straw color at the cutting edge. The tang is square and tapered, before heat treatment I heated it up and used it to burn a rectangular hole...
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    Masonry Nail Chisel

    It is a 3 1/2" nail if that helps. It is pretty tiny but I like smaller tools for inletting and it feels good in the hand.
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    Masonry Nail Chisel

    Was playing around with some masonry nails I had and forged a small chisel. I figure it is probably something like 1075. Didn't get crazy with the heat treatment, did everything in the forge and quenched in oil and tempered it by eye. Holds a good edge even when cutting maple end grain. Cost me...
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    Mild steel for knives

    I believe the question was could you use mild steel to make a knife and I simply stated it could be done. I did not start with O1, 1075, 1095, etc. it was plain old mild steel and processes that I believe to have some historical backing.
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    Mild steel for knives

    Not entirely true, the project I mentioned above used a deeply carburized mild steel and I have also made blister steel from mild steel. The key is to add carbon, of course when you are finished you no longer have mild steel, but that is what you start with. As I mentioned earlier it is not a...
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    Mild steel for knives

    I messed around with mild steel knives years ago and carburized them using pack hardening techniques where I got very deep case depths. After hardening and tempering they held a good edge and were very tough because of the soft steel in the thicker section on the spine. Not really any cost...
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    What is It?

    I am in Lancaster County, my guess is it was produced here in PA by one of the rifle factories, but who knows. The barrel is heavy enough to be re-bored, but I will probably leave it as is. I will fix the lock screw however.
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    Double-barreled percussion shotgun

    Price depends on where you are at, in my area and in that condition it would maybe sell for $400-500 as a shooter.
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    New Old Penny Knife

    Thanks. I wanted to put a date on it, but thought the Roman numerals would be kind of neat.
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    New Old Penny Knife

    Here is one of my new Penny Knives with a simpler handle for comparison.
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    New Old Penny Knife

    I was doing some spring cleaning and found this in the back of my workbench. Don't think I ever shared it so here goes. This was one of my failures when building a so called Penny Knife a few years back. It started out as a new knife until the handle split when I was peening the pivot pin...
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    What is It?

    Here are a few more pictures.
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