How to make files the old way.

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How to make files the old way.

Postby Dave R » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:49 pm

I hope I posted this in the right spot.
I follow this fellow on you tube.
I thought the group would enjoy.
https://youtu.be/SOw9WqMOHjA
He has many interesting things on his channel.
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Re: How to make files the old way.

Postby Lucas C » Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:01 am

Hi Dave,
I've never seen this kind of heat treating, looks very interesting.
It brings back that discussion about carbon difusion through hot metal surfaces.
Thanks for sharing. :clap:
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Re: How to make files the old way.

Postby Dave R » Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:21 am

You are welcome Lucas, :biggrin:

I am hoping that Ford might comment on any similar Japanese tradition. :pray:
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Re: How to make files the old way.

Postby Ford » Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:42 am

Thanks for putting that link here, Dave. :clap: :biggrin:

Clickspring is one of my favourite Youtube channels and those two films on file making and case hardening are brilliant.

Funny enough I've been experimenting recently with wrought iron and case hardening because I've found reference to that sort of process in some old Japanese workshop texts that describe chisel making that way.

Because the soil in Japan is generally quite acidic (it being a volcanic island) iron artefacts tend not to survive for long so the archeaological evidence for early tool making is sparse but I think it safe to assume the processes used were very similar to those we saw in the film.

There was a film on-line that showed a contemporary Japanese file maker doing it by hand in a similar way as seen in the Clickspring film....can't seem to find it now though.

But here are two images showing two silghtly different appraoches. My guess would be that the 'foot clamp' method was probably the usual way of getting the job done.
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Re: How to make files the old way.

Postby Dave R » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:33 am

:thanx: Ford.

I've not seen anyone use clay as a muffle before.
I think they use stainless steel foil to keep the oxy out now.

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Re: How to make files the old way.

Postby cam_hardiman » Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:44 pm

Dave,

Great post, I now have more than just a few videos to watch.

Thank you.

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Re: How to make files the old way.

Postby Albert R » Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:42 am

That Clickspring fellow is the cat's pajamas!
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