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  2. Gary Mulkey

    Completed Pair of Bowies

    Dave, I probably go about this differently than most. I made some dies for my press with a 2" diameter (one concave & one convex) to bend the pommel cap. The wood handle is ground freehand to match on my 2x72.
  3. Mike Ward

    Suggestions before glueing

    Oh iy get what you're saying, flush across all the pieces. I was just going to glue all together on the tang and finish it there so that it is all flush. And I took care to make them all flush with each other at the faces and took the precaution of putting black cardstock as spacers to hide any thing else. Right now just pinned it quite tight with the smallest of wobbles.
  4. Dave Stephens

    Drow Short Sword

    That's awesome, Jake. The lines are fantastic, and the hamon really accentuates the whole piece. Gotta love a good over-the-top fantasy blade every once in a while. Thanks for sharing this with the forum. Dave
  5. Dave Stephens

    Completed Pair of Bowies

    Really nice as always, Gary. I'd be interested to learn how you form the buttcap/pommel around the curve of the end of the grip. I love curved joints that show no gaps. Straight seams are one thing; curved ones fall into the category of a craftsman silently saying to other craftsmen: "Yo. Check this shit out." Grins, Dave
  6. Wes Detrick

    Suggestions before glueing

    If you want all of the pieces flush, that is about the only way to achieve it. Trying to finish them separately and keep everything flush and uniform is an exercise in frustration. On the other hand, if you intend no having each of those pieces be slightly proud of each other or chamfered on the edges, then you can finish them individually. Just remember that if you make a mistake one section of the handle, it will affect how the entire handle will look. Once piece out of alignment, finished differently, a different size or shape, etc... you will see it and other people will too.
  7. Geoff Keyes

    Damascus problem

    Pictures would help g
  8. steven smith

    Damascus problem

    I usually have some pretty shallow delaminaton around the whole piece when I forge weld, if you forge it on its side and it holds together it should be fine though. You can also grind through the delamination to see how deep it goes. Most of what I read before I tried forgewelding was that the steel is hot enough when the flux starts moving and boiling, however it never worked for me untill the steel was so hot that I could see what looked like steam rising from the billet. So wait for the "steam" and let it soak for a little while and after you hammer it if any parts get darker quicker than the rest then you have a weld failure. You do have to clean off the dirty flux with a wire brush because it will dirty clean flux and I think it has caused weld failures for me. I have tried rewelding a failed weld but its never worked for me, I dont understand why it wouldnt work if the material is fluxed though, it seems to me that dirty flux doesnt like to move much.
  9. Vern Wimmer

    Completed Pair of Bowies

    For you now, after having internalized the technique I have no doubt (because you said it is good enough) but I just have a feeling it took you longer than five minutes to learn to.
  10. Gary Mulkey

    Completed Pair of Bowies

    Thanks but this isn't a difficult nor lengthy process. It takes less than 5 minutes.
  11. Zeb Camper

    Small bowie/seaxy/thingy

    Thanks guys. Dad liked it too. The guard/bolster thingy is wrought and 1075. I left the top of it pitted and rough looking. I have been researching stuff lately. Some of which includes old carvings on found viking ships. One ship dated back to the year 845. It was in awesome condition. The bow was covered in all this ornately carved knot and scroll work. It also had this burial chest that was covered in it. This was my attempt at the style. I didn't have enough space on the other side to duplicate the carving that I had made on the other, so I had to get creative. I'll definitely start including more of it in future work.
  12. This thread has more information on Wootz than my brain could comfortably manage in one go.
  13. Vern Wimmer

    Completed Pair of Bowies

    That (practice) is the thing that puts Gary ahead of so many of us. The patience he put in learning. The time put in learning how to do it, then the practice doing it, yields those kind of results. Not settling for "good enough" is a learned skill for most of us. Of course he obviously has a natural talent and eye for what "looks right".
  14. Joshua States

    What did you do in your shop today?

    It's actually starting to look like there's a smithy here somewhere...….
  15. Clifford Brewer

    Completed Pair of Bowies

    You must be a man of great patience, something I need to practice more of.........
  16. Mike Ward

    Suggestions before glueing

    Here's the thing, I did all that. I peened it with my ball peen and then turned it on its side and smacked it my hammer. This was done on my anvil so it was solid underneath. The gap was maybe .001" or .002", personally I think it was because I put too much solder on. I put a bead on both sides and then thought 'thats probably not enough' and added more, so it ran down too far. I did etch the guard in ferric chloride and instant coffee but when I went over it with 1500 grit paper backed by a file and it didn't turn out like I wanted it to. This pic might show the joint better. I like your JB weld idea, Jake. Why are you guys emphasizing that I should do that handle as one piece beforehand? What's the reasoning behind that.
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  18. Mark Tuck

    Damascus problem

    Hey guys, l'm trying to make my first real damascus knife and l have a questian. l'm using 1080 and 15N20 steel and l checked the billet to see how it was going, lt seems to be going well but there are some tiny hare line cracks between some of the layers and l was wondering if this is normal or if l need to heat it back up to welding temperature and flux it up to see if l can get them to shut?
  19. Vern Wimmer

    Small bowie/seaxy/thingy

    Very nicely done. I like the swell in the bolster area to make a handle integral guard.
  20. Vern Wimmer

    Turkish twist WIP, any tips?

    Dave's last paragraph hits home for me as someone who does not pattern weld but loves to see what others can do. As a personal thing I like seeing an interesting pattern from the spine down but as it gets toward the edge a more traditional series of layers paralleling the cutting edge, from a higher layer count, makes it seem more "purposeful" like it is A KNIFE with a pattern rather than A PATTERN that was interrupted to put an edge on it. Sounds silly, I know, but it's what pops into my head when I look.
  21. SteveShimanek

    Bangin' & Jamin'

    I found him a while back, he definitely has it going on!
  22. Dave Stephens

    Turkish twist WIP, any tips?

    I wouldn't go over 150 layers on something you want to twist tightly, like a turkish twist. A lot of it has to do with the overall texture you're trying to achieve. I think a lot about the way in which the lines of the pattern weld can compliment or compete with the lines of your overall piece. For complex patterns like explosion, etc. I like a fairly high layer count such that the viewer becomes focused on the lines of the PW when they closely examine the blade, but they fade together when the piece is viewed a whole, which allows the eye to appreciate the lines of the whole. Of course, some PW lines are complimentary to the flow of the piece. For example, the weld seam between an edge bar and the rest of the blade. If it parallels the cutting edge, it can really enhance the flow. Every blade an adventure! Enjoy, Dave
  23. Gary Mulkey

    Completed Pair of Bowies

    Clifford, That's done by hand with a checkering file.
  24. Clifford Brewer

    Bangin' & Jamin'

    I have recently found on you tube one HELL of a guitar player that that has blues and rockabilly in his blood. and will be ordering his CD's for shop inspiration tunes. Look up Justin Johnson on you tube, I hope you will be impressed like I was.........
  25. Doug Lester

    Completed Pair of Bowies

    Outstanding as always. Doug
  26. AndyB

    Trying to work out what to do next.

    I will definately look into it. I just dont drive as much as I use to lol.
  27. Gerald Boggs

    Trying to work out what to do next.

    I would show up. meet people, make friends and contacts, volunteer to help set up. Become part of Northwest blacksmith association, some of the best blacksmiths around are part of that group.
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