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  2. Alrighty then, here ya go. I still need to put Black Edge Kote or something similar on the edges. Think it will look a lot better with the Black handled Buck. Am I happy with my sheath? Hard to say. I'm a gal-darned perfectionist, so from that standpoint I'm totally disappointed. However, I'll seldom carry this knife and no-one but "me-I-my-picky-self" will ever see it, so in this case it'll do. I learned a ton making this sheath. First off I learned I'll never learn! By that I mean I always have to start with a project far beyond my experience. Most of the time I c
  3. Minor progress today. It cooled down and Liz had to go up to Flagstaff for a few hours this morning, so I hit the forge. Finish forging on the scramasax. 37 cm blade length, 48 cm OAL. Just shy of 4cm wide. This blade has some weld problems that hopefully, will grind out. The big bar got drawn out and narrowed. It sits at 3 cm wide, almost 10 mm thick, and about 76 cm long. That big bar welded clean all the way around.
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  5. You can also try to stippling the background to help set it apart. Basically using a very fine peen punch tool and making small depressions around the lettering. fantastically nice job.
  6. Curled maple might as well be a 4 letter word! My first pipe hawk I had to use it because I like the look of it so much. My saw at that time practically bounced off of it. Since then I still have not had much luck with curled hard woods. Don't be afraid to harvest a tree on your own one day, The most unique lumber I have in my work shop is from a tree no one would ever think of. The trouble is waiting for your own lumber to dry and where to store it.
  7. mines bout chest high its more work to bring the billet up to it but i tend to lean in to watch things happen so i have to bend less at that hight i also put my little giant on a 6x6 base to bring the anvil up to me more
  8. I just call it "patina". Anyhow, interesting thing this with the types of graver alloys and how they all function. I did all the cuts today with a tungsten graver, althought I did the channels in the steel with a HSS one. I've ordered a bunch of tungsten graver blanks from Lindsay though, as well as som.. what did he call them.. M42? Tougher than HSS. Anyhow, I tried to outline my inlay today.. ended up like this. I started out with the "line" - which was catastrophic. Dug into the copper real quick. I then moved on to the "T", which
  9. New knife maker here. Starting out doing some stock removal to get my skills down. Then I hope to move into forging my own blades. Since I’m new, I’m not very good at grinding. Since I have no experience at all, I got 2 different types of jigs and for a reference I free handed. I got Fred’s bubble jig, a creative man beveling jig/file guide, and then obviously free hand grinding. I went to Home Depot and got some mild steel and cut out a few knife blanks. To keep the results consistent I made the same style knife for all three. The first two pictures are using the bubb
  10. rivets require a wider sheath than a stitched one and can look amateurish in my not so humble opinion.
  11. I hope this is not Too far off the subject(didn't think it warrants a thread of it's own). My reception is crap at the moment,but i believe we touched on birch burls earlier in this thread. I just did get to finally use one of the burls i harvested a year ago.The only one usable out of the bunch. And i just wanted to re-emphasize that difference between the more common/less interesting-grain burl that has smooth bark just like the parent tree,and this other kind-black and fissured and warty-looking on the outside. Thins is The kind,especially the one th
  12. But of Course,man.That principle,the "blade-finished wood",applies to everything starting with a log-cabin in the N.European history(or temple architecture in Japan,same difference,check out their array of finishing tols,no abrasive in sight),and on down. It's the same deal as when trying to sharpen a blade and forming the Burr-at some point any material just gets too weeny to resist the pressure of finishing tool/stone,and bends(metal) or fuzzes out in case of wood,it's a fibrous structure with only limited resistance to withstand forces from the whatever you're torturing it with!:)
  13. I’d like to start making leather sheaths soon and I’ve got some questions. Can I make a sheath with only rivets? Pros/Cons of rivets vs stitching? Where should I get materials for sheaths? Thanks
  14. Pretty much what Alan said...they are SO soft that any error in your graver control/technique makes a large change In the cut. It’s one of those crazy surprises, much easier to make nice, clean cuts in steel, harder to cut clean in really soft materials. Keep your gravers scrupulously sharp! You’ll probably have better luck cutting non-ferrous materials like copper, aluminum, gold or silver with tungsten carbide gravers. A lot of the soft materials will “gall,” leaving bits of material stuck to HSS steel gravers, but not carbide. Another of those logic defying things. A littl
  15. Question is bottom die height. My leaf spring power hammer is about 31 inches for the bottom die, anvil is about an inch lower the way it came and that's comfortable. My thought is about 35 inches, the work bench I stand at is just under 37 inches. Thanks
  16. When making hardy tools you need to remember two things: 1. Make the stem long enough to protrude out the bottom of the hardy hole for easier removal 2. After rough fitting the stem to the hardy hole, get the stem and base really hot and hammer/press fit it into the hole. Mark the forward face.
  17. Well I missed out on this deal by five minutes this morning. All three of these anvils sold for $1200. Hoping one of you guys on here snatched them up near Pittsburgh.
  18. Dear Joshua, Many thanks! Works like a charm!!!
  19. idea interesante con las asas. Buen trabajo
  20. Cool. Show us when you’re done.
  21. See if this works: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AVPwQoa3cm3cqGcao0Rfvr1dnk9A42eB/view?usp=sharing
  22. Make sure you have a few extra keys for the padlocks as the young are libale to loose them . Great gift by the way and very neatly done.
  23. That came out great Brian, and you learned a bunch of stuff along the way. Bonus!
  24. Love them both but REALLY like the Bowie, awesome lines, very attractive and nice blend of materials. Clint
  25. Very nice, beautiful blend of natural materials and nice workmanship! Clint
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