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      Adminstrative News and Comments

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    3. New Board Issues

      This is a temporary forum for you to be able to report issues you have following our message board upgrade. It will be removed at a later time.

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  2. New Work

    1. Show and Tell

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

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    2. Photography

      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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    3. Video and Multimedia

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

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    4. Knives For Sale

      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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    5. Design and Critique

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

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  3. Old Work

    1. History

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

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    2. 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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    3. Library

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

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  4. Forge Work

    1. Hot Work and Bladesmithing

      This is the place for all questions related to forging and hot work.

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    2. Hot Work

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

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    3. 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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    4. Beginners Place

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

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    5. Teacher Directory

      Here you can find teachers of the craft

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  5. Forges, Tools, Equipment and Materials

    1. Tools and Tool Making

      The tools of the trade and how to make them.

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  6. Finishing, Tips and Tricks

    1. Fit and Finish

      Discussion, tips, tricks and questions about finishing.

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    2. Sheaths and Leatherwork

      Because every blade needs a sheath.

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    3. Carving and Applied Arts

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

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    4. Shop Safety

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

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    5. Non-Ferrous: fittings, alloys, patinas

      Non-Ferrous: fittings, alloys, patinas

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  7. Heat Treating

    1. Metallurgy and other enigmas

      Questions and discussions about heat treating.

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    2. Heat Treating by Alloy

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

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  8. Events

    1. Events of Interest

      Post your classes, hammerins, shows and events of interest.

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  9. Discussion

    1. The Way

      Open discussion about it all.

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    2. Fiery Beards

      A Place for Smithing TomFoolery

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    3. Books, Videos, and other Media

      Post your book/video and other media type recommendations here.
      Links to interesting articles / websites.
      Anything related to the craft.

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  10. Tailgate Sales

    1. Tools, Supplies and Materials

      A place to sell and where to find materials and supplies. This forum is intend for the use of our members and is not for commercial purposes.

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  11. Hall of Fame

    1. Nominations

      Nominate a thread for inclusion in the hall of fame. Reply to existing threads to cast your vote for or against the inclusion.

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    2. Show and Tell Hall of Fame

      Work voted by members to be the most significant contributions to the forum within the Show and Tell category.

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    3. WIP/Tutorial Hall of Fame

      Work voted by members to be the most significant step-by-step tutorial or Work in Progress (WIP) contributions to the forum .

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  12. Pinned Topics

    1. Pinned Show and Tell

      This is the home for pinned topics

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    2. Pinned Hot Work Topics

      Home for pinned hot work topics

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    3. Pinned Buttons and Bloomers

      Pinned threads relating to casting, smelting and making steel

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    4. Pinned Tools and Toolmaking

      The place for pinned topics on tools and toolmaking

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  13. Maker's Mark Registry

    1. Maker's Mark Registry

      Post your own mark here

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    2. Marks to be Identified

      Use this forum to post unknown marks.

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  14. KITH

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      Day one of Blade Show is over. Part one of the mission has been accomplished


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    • shinobituazon  »  Yuriko

      Hello Jonathan,
       
      Are you still here?
       
      Haven't opened this forum for more than 10 years na yata. Tumigil nako sa Bladesmithing nung naging busy na sa work at naglakihan mga anakis.
       
      Nakapagstart ka na ba sa scaled katana mo?
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    • Alex Jemetz

      Learning about forging as I go...  maybe it's the pandemic but I have had an urge to do something creative with my hands (insert jokes here) so I built a forge burner from a Youtube video (SUPER SIMPLE PROPANE FORGE BURNER! - ELEMENTALMAKER) and parts from Home Depot.  Before I did any investigating I built the forge body from fire bricks ($2 a piece) and slotted angle iron...  After investigating other forge designs I found that I would have better performance if the mouth of the burner was inserted flush with the brick so I bought a ceramic fire brick to carve out the hole for the burner as this was impossible for me to do with traditional firebrick because it is so hard and would crack...  Then I found a local tool seller that has a selection of anvils.  I am starting a forge on a budget to see if this is a hobby I would enjoy and am willing to invest in so I bought a broken anvil for $475 (sweet 225 pounder).  My son helped me move a nearby cut down tree stump that I levelled, I borrowed a hammer and vise from my dad and bought a blacksmith hammer from the anvil guy Ted.
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    • Patrick Pointer  »  Joshua States

      Working on a 1st Century Fulham Gladius and Scabbard.
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