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

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The Don's Dagger - last post by Brian Dougherty


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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A dedicatd forum for posting videos and other forms of animated multimedia.

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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 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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books on "Noble Science... - last post by Erik Olson

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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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Pine charcoal in the US - last post by Danocon

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

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All "newbies" / beginners, please post your questions in this forum. Thanks.

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How do you decide on a make... - last post by Joshua States

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Because every blade needs a sheath.

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

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easiest and cheapest way to... - last post by Brian C Madigan

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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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1050/1060 heat treating? - last post by Connor J. Myers-Norton

Heat Treating by Alloy

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

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Pm60 for blades - last post by Brian C Madigan

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A Place for Smithing TomFoolery

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Beer = better forging? - last post by William Gray

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KITH 2011

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 Connor J. Myers-Norton

KITH 2012

"Knife in the Hat 2012"

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KITH 2013

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KITH 2014

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my KITH, WIP - last post by B. Norris

KITH 2015

Just what it says!

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KITH 2016

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    Today I planned the design of my forge. I decided on a double venturi burner forge with an internal area of 800 sq inches. There will be a removable 1 inch spaces in the middle for when I only need 1 burner. I imagine that will be 95% of the time. The internal dimensions are 8" Wide x 6" High x 17" Long. The estimated total build cost with burners and everything is about 500.

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    Going to try to finish the hot work on the knife I'm making for the wife this weekend. Will be posting pics.

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