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    Username Post: Drawing out efficiently        (Topic#921887)
    04-15-12 03:21.48 - Post#2461626    

    I have forged knives to shape and machined them as well, but I am new to forge welding billet, specifically San Mai blade stock, or simple damascus. My setup is a very small but hot (2100 F in reduction) with anvil and 3 lb sledge. I am looking for recommendations for the most efficient drawing methods for 1 to 1 1/4" square stock drawing for length for damascus and more simply for longer san mai blades. Beating on these billets in two directions seems pretty inefficient. Cross peening with either the hammer or anvil corner is very disruptive to the laminated high carbon core. Any suggestions?

    Journeyman KnifeNut!
    04-16-12 12:42.31 - Post#2462143    

        In response to caronfountainhead

    You could build either an automatic rolling mill or an air hammer. Or you could even build a hydraulic press. Here is a ling to an air hammer.

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