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I had a couple of hours spare today so I decided to try forge welding a knife out of old chainsaw chains which I had cut into 5 inch pieces .....

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Welded them together in 2 stacks of 9 pieces  1B6BD582-3B55-408A-A8F9-892805E78922.jpeg.aaee9438238bc45db7270a61fe23d639.jpeg

then welded the two stacks together to make a nice billet  62E28719-A3DA-4600-8B64-696363C6D879.jpeg.9159cd95df35dba527b45ea2fda285b6.jpeg

so burned off all the oils and impurities then spent the next couple of cycles fluxing the billet Before forging it out ... I got plenty of heat into it and I felt as though it had all come together well. But when I ground it down although the pattern was real nice I could see there were to many cracks through the billet. 88094875-5359-4E02-841A-009F2A0686E3.jpeg.66f16d37e48d0f05f1b6073e8b063b01.jpeg

so lesson learned for later on in the week .... I will make 2 smaller billets and forge them together to see if that works better ............

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I'm sure you've seen this but he seems to have less of a stack. So possibly easier to flux and forge at a guess..

 

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Cheers mate I hadn’t seen that but confirmed my suspicions ... my billet was twice that size and without a power hammer I just couldn’t get the centre to forge tightly enough .... smaller billets later this week 👍👍👍

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As you say we live and learn/I'd be rubbish at anything like that

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