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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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    • RobertMunford

      It has been several months since I have been here.  I have had personal issues that have kept me away from my forge.  The knife on the right was the camp knife that I had so many questions about.  The person who commissioned it backed out at the last moment.  The second from the right started life as a 2 inch ID ball bearing 1 inch wide.  Got to learn how to control my fire better as it was much wider to begin with.  LOL  going to be a kitchen knife once I get it sharpened.  It is harder than the hubs of hell, so it's taking some time to get sharp enough to satisfy me.  If you have read the story of a camp knife, it is what was left after I burned the handle portion off of the second blade.  It has a zebra wood handle.  The one on the left is another commission job. It is for a lady welder whose sister says she is never without a belt knife.  The blade is from a leaf spring finger guard is brass and handle is walnut with a knot in it.  Finish on all but the camp knife is TRU OIL gun stock finish.  The camp knife has satin tongue oil finish. All but the kitchen knife are bought and paid for, got wise this time.  LOL 

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