Just a reminder

Discussion in 'The Forge' started by Bruno, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    Black doesn't mean cold :)

    My own damn fault. I 'octagonized' a pretty large bar of 180 layer damascus for the purpose of twisting it. I clamped it in a bench vise so I could adjust my twisting tool (essentially the same thing as Charlie's) to size.

    That done, I took one end between tongs, and then used my left arm to punch the release of the vise. Only I failed to realize that the bar was pretty heavy and long, so it slipped in the tongs and because I reached underneath the bar to release it, it fell on my arm. Thankfully it was black already, but I knew straightaway it was bad because it didn't hurt at all.


    My wife accuses me of trying to minimize it. And my oldest daughter freaked out when she saw it, and demanded I treat is with after burn cream there and then or she would hound me until I did.
  2. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    The billet turned out nice btw :) About 2 feet of 180 layer damascus, twisted pretty nicely and tight.
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  3. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    I don't remember how I did it last year but grabbed a piece of hot black metal, I didn't release it till I realized I was cooking. I knew I was in deep trouble as the area on my hand was big. As luck would have it spring was upon us and the water bucket had a big chunk of ice floating in it. It was very cold. I immediately plunged my hand in it and held it there till I couldn't take it any more. the burn still hurt and I put cold on it that evening. I woke the next day with a sore hand but no blister. a couple days later it was almost a memory. I took away from it that get it cold just as soon as you can to stop the cooking and you might get lucky.
  4. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    That's a beauty, Bruno.
  5. RezDog

    RezDog Member

    I think that will show for some time, perhaps forever. Good thing it had cooled some.
  6. cangooner

    cangooner New Member

    Ouch! Been there more times than I care to admit. :( My burn recovery process involves cold water asap, followed by a generous dollop of goop squeezed from an aloe vera plant. Seems to work for me at least. And yeah, that hot black steel is a sneaky bugger for sure.

    Heal well and quickly!
  7. 32t

    32t Member

    Nice Hamon!
  8. Mike Blue

    Mike Blue Member

    It's only a flesh wound...
  9. Gasman

    Gasman Show me that again!

    Ouch. I've had a few large burns. Its no fun. I remember using ice to kill the pain, but as soon as the ice was gone the pain came back full strength. It just delayed it for a time. That one is going to be with ya for a while Bruno. My wife would say, after the worst of it was over, "Can you say Dumb-ass?" :)
  10. Mike Blue

    Mike Blue Member

    On the occasion that I first met some Japanese Nihonto Tosho (Smiths), I was wearing long sleeves. Howard had a short sleeved shirt on. The oldest fellow was very kind about viewing my work on display and as he shook my hand, promptly pushed up my shirt sleeve to the elbow, then the other arm, before he declared to the rest of the group that he was satisfied with my resume. Howard's could be seen from a short distance. Don't wear long sleeves Bruno and only a few will have to ask you about your experience.
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  11. paul76

    paul76 Member

    That one will definitely leave a scar. Hope it heals up fast.
  12. 32t

    32t Member

    My work has basically been related to steam and I have always and still do wear long sleeved shirts to prevent burns.

    When i worked in a foundry we wore long sleeved flannel under our suits to do pours. The flannel insulates from the outside also.

    When you got done it would look like sun burn on your arms etc. but it was form the sweat boiling in your shirt.

    Especially the first time you bend over from the waist up into a 1800'F oven it is an experience.
  13. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    Tbh, the first 3 days were completely painless.
    Thurday it started to itch.
    Now it is hurting.

    Nerve endings growing back I suppose.
    I keep it moist with special wound cream that keeps everything soft and keeps it from drying out and cracking.
    In some places it is flaking and pink skin is appearing, so I remain confident that it'll heal without scarring.

    I was luck because it was already back to black heat. And probably a bit careless as well, because of it.
    At yellow heat I tend to be much more careful and focused.
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  14. RezDog

    RezDog Member

    There is a burn cream that has silver in it that is pretty magical. Flamazine I think is a brand name of it.
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  15. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member


    I got a bad burn on my forarm from a Weber grill a couple years back. got infected. aside from the painful shot in my rump, they gave me a burn cream that was Silver Sulfa 1% and I concur, it was amazing. used it several times since then as they gave me a big tub. Like when the welding spark melted through the tennis shoes I should not have been wearing and burned a nice hole in the top of my foot. Of course I jumped around enough to dislodge the spark as I was trying to get my shoe off and it fell between two toes where it was wedged in solid. provided me two more nice burns. the silver sulfer got it on the mend pronto. I know enough to be dangerous.
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