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This is the place to post the pictures of your latest work.

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This is an area for photos. They don't have to be knife related, just images that you created that you want to share. I have had great fun with my digital camera and find it is a way to open the creative vein. Keep the images no larger than 640x480 and around 50k.

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This forum is to provide a place for members to offer their knives for sale. No dealer or commercial postings, but if you have a knife that you made and would like to offer it for sale please feel free to post.

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A place to show your work and receive design help and critique.

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A forum for WIP threads to be posted of those participating in the 2011 "Knife in the Hat" event.

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Procrastinate... We all do it. - last post by Isaac Humber

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"Knife in the Hat 2012"

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A place to discuss the history of bladesmithing and share information about blades from all cultures

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Old Masters

A place to share information and photos of past Masters of the craft. No living makers please and be sure to have permission to post images.

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A resource to list references, video and books that would add to the general knowledge of the craft.

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Hot Work

This forum is to replace the old hot work and bladesmithing forum. Please post new topics here.

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Bloomers and Buttons

For the growing field of smelting iron and steel. This forum is open to crucible and bloomery discussions.

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Discussion of techniques related to decorative arts such as carving, engraving, chasing, repousse, filing etc.

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Tips and hints to keep you in one piece and not bleeding

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Non-Ferrous: fittings, alloys, patinas

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A catalog of methods for proper heat treatment of blade steels arranged by particular alloy

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Open discussion about it all.

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A Place for Smithing TomFoolery

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    Caleb Harris

    I have proven to myself that 375 is a little too low of a temperature to temper 1084 to. Thankfully that's the lowest temperature I've tempered it to.

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    Collin Miller

    All the forge welding is done! My dream of making a multi bar seax is turning into a reality. Not even close to finished, but I'll have a snowball fight in a lit forge with a flying pig before I give up making a multibar seax.

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    Matthew Parkinson

    so many ideas so much to do to make .. love the meeting of minds with these mad fools called bladesmiths!

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    James R.Fuller

    Here's a question that has been on my mind, lately... Should a katana have a distal taper? logically, I'd assume so, but I have no idea if they do traditionally, or not.

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    Karter Schuster

    I failed a hot pien on a production sword I rehilted, man that makes me angry.

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