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Who can temper a sword for me?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Beelzebubba, May 10, 2012.

  1. Beelzebubba

    Beelzebubba

    53
    Oct 14, 2004
    I forged a sword when I was younger and able.
    I have never tempered it and no longer am able.
    I do think that I can finish it, though.
    Is there someone who can inexpensively temper it for me?
    It's like a cutlass blade with wide fullers. High carbon. Slight curve.
    Thank you!
     
  2. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 18, 2011
    Might want to post how long it is. Do you need it hardened and then tempered?
     
  3. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Specs on any knife/sword you need info on is needed to give an answer:
    Metal type
    dimensions
    special needs or info

    Filling out your profile will help ,too. It would be useless for me to say I would do it, and then find out you live in Estonia. Knowing your location will often get an invite to bring it over from a local smith.
     
  4. Beelzebubba

    Beelzebubba

    53
    Oct 14, 2004
    Hi
    Blade is 32 1/2" x 39" pverall.
    Yes, I need it hardened first.
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  5. Beelzebubba

    Beelzebubba

    53
    Oct 14, 2004
    I'm thinking that it's maybe F6 steel, maybe, but definitely simple carbon steel.
    The tang is long enough to 'test fire' the end.

    Clay tempering would be super, but probably out of my price range?

    I live in (the future Kingdom of) Northern California! *__-
     
  6. David Stifle

    David Stifle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 20, 2008
    You may mean L6 steel? In any case, I've heard of an outfit called three finger knives that Heat treats swords for a reasonable price. I haven't tried them myself as I'm setting up to do my own Ht, but the recomendation came from a good source. You can find them on google.
    .
    Good Luck.
     
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  7. Beelzebubba

    Beelzebubba

    53
    Oct 14, 2004
    You are right, L6 (saw steel). It has been a long time.
    I'll look them up. Thank you.


    "You can find them on google."

    Couldn't find them.
    There are, however, LOTS of 'three-finger knives'!
     
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  8. Bill Burke

    Bill Burke

    Aug 1, 2008
    if you are not in big hurry I'll do it for you but not til after blade show and the Quigley shoot in Montana. that puts it in to july. Oh yeah no clay on l6 just a oil quench and temper to whatever hardness you want.
     
  9. Beelzebubba

    Beelzebubba

    53
    Oct 14, 2004
    Bill, thanx for the offer!
    Your timing is fine!
    Uh, how much would you charge me for the work?
    Thanx!
     
  10. Bill Burke

    Bill Burke

    Aug 1, 2008
    shipping, insurance, and whatever you think is fair or can afford. I just thought that Im close and I can help
     
  11. Beelzebubba

    Beelzebubba

    53
    Oct 14, 2004
    Bill, you are a prince and a man of honor.
    A very generous offer!
    I understand what goes into the 'process', and appreciate your 'master' status in the guild; please give me a number that you would feel is win/win fair.
    This is a bit 'public', if you would feel more comfortable, perhaps we can IM the details? This site does allow IM, no?
    I'm ready to go find a box! *__-
    Thanx again!
     
  12. Bill Burke

    Bill Burke

    Aug 1, 2008
    email sent
     
  13. Beelzebubba

    Beelzebubba

    53
    Oct 14, 2004
    Got it, Bill.
    Responded.
    Thanks again!

    peace
     
  14. Beelzebubba

    Beelzebubba

    53
    Oct 14, 2004
    Bill?
    Perhaps you didn't get the sword that i sent over a week ago, or my email?
    I dunno...
    I know that you are busy, but, did you finally get it?
    Thanks
     
  15. Bill Burke

    Bill Burke

    Aug 1, 2008
    replied email, but basically it it a sixty something mile rouand trip to the po so your package sat in the po for a week before I got to town to get it. It is in the shop now.
     

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