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    TIX Solder

    I have always found it difficult to solder the joints on my guards. Trying to keep the heat away from the blade was also a problem.

    That was until I discovered TIX solder which is a LOW temperature hard solder (melts at 275 F).


    http://railroadwatchtools.safeshopper.com/8/26.htm?280

    This is so much easier to use...apply the flux and the solder flows into the joints.

    I still need to clean up afterwards (I use a piece of flat copper bar that I sharpened into a chisel to scrape away the solder).

    To prevent heat build up on the blade I wrap some wet paper towls around the blade to keep it cool.

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    Re: TIX Solder

    plumber's suppliers over here have a heat barrier gel for protecting parts .. might work better than the paper towels if you can get something similar over there ... I take it you use the capillary action and heat at the bottom of the guard so that the solder follows the heat thus keeping the heat away from the blade?
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    Re: TIX Solder

    A chimp is an ape not a monkey

    hey something I now a little bit about
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    Re: TIX Solder

    Quote Originally Posted by bagman
    A chimp is an ape not a monkey

    hey something I now a little bit about
    Monkeys? ... or Apes? ..... and Ooook! to you too

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    Re: TIX Solder

    Quote Originally Posted by MushiSushi
    plumber's suppliers over here have a heat barrier gel for protecting parts .. might work better than the paper towels if you can get something similar over there ... I take it you use the capillary action and heat at the bottom of the guard so that the solder follows the heat thus keeping the heat away from the blade?
    I see more monkeys on our forum

    Hrisoulas, in the Master Bladesmith, refers to some "heat sink" that he describes as "looking like oatmeal"...

    Ever seen that stuff, or know of a supplier?


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    Re: TIX Solder

    Chronos!



    Cool Paste (Reference #SL5075)
    Prevents heat spread and damage to items such as precious stones etc. Suitable for all forms of soldering , welding brazing and torch heating operations. Can be used again and again.

    Price: 3.83 4.50 Including VAT(appl European union only) at 17.5%
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    Re: TIX Solder

    Quote Originally Posted by keith_beef
    Hrisoulas, in the Master Bladesmith, refers to some "heat sink" that he describes as "looking like oatmeal"...

    Ever seen that stuff, or know of a supplier?


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    Re: TIX Solder

    Dunno what you mean
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    Re: TIX Solder

    neither do I

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    Re: TIX Solder

    I heat under the guard so solder on capillary action.

    I will check out that 'cool paste', but paper towels work fine at the moment.

    I guess my avatar isnt very original.....it was either that or Lara :approve:

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    Re: TIX Solder

    Here's another couple of tricks:

    1) Heat sink - clamp a thick piece of copper or brass to the blade to act as a heat sink.

    2) Cleanup - Use a soft graphite pencil and rub it all over where you do not want the solder to stick. They also sell welders "chalk" (it's talc actually) but the pencils are cheap and easily found.

    BTW - Tix will melt using a hair dryer on high.
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    Re: TIX Solder

    Thanks Chuck...

    Soldering guards was one of those things that was black magic as far as I was concerned, but with Tix its a piece of p#**....cake :wink: Thanks for the additional tips which are useful......

    Kevin.

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    remind me not to come round to your house for tea Kevin if that is the sort of cake you serve up :tapedshut
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    Re: TIX Solder

    Tubal Cain in his Heating book recommends sticking the bit you want to keep the heat off in a freshly dug potato.

    I use ordinary lead free plumbers solder and flux that works well, I wrap the blade in damp cloth but that can cause pitting in the blade.

 

 

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