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  2. Having knives to play with is a great way to spend the day and making new designs keeps it fresh and interesting. This is another one I have been asked to make for a guy who has one of my wapiti hunters. He wants a copy of the Stromberg knife. 7 1/4 in blade with scandi grind Interesting handle that will be another new approach for me.
  3. Thank you gents, appreciate the positive words. I thank you and the hundreds of regular users of this forum for inspiration and some sage advise - I have learned a lot here and appreciate it. Clint
  4. Nice laminated frame. I like that idea for the kitchen knives.
  5. Very pretty Brian! Even if the pattern was a failure, the blade still turned out great looking. I like it. As for Photoshop and vignetting, use the Gradient tool, select the Black to Transparent setting, and then adjust the Opacity down a lot, something like 30%. Drag from out side of the picture in. I have the best luck when coming in from the corners roughly. Do multiple passes, with the first pass ending close to the object, and an successive pass getting farther and farther away. This will feather the vignette, so that the darkest parts are towards the edge of the picture. It makes it looks like there is a soft spotlight on the picture.
  6. That turned out beautifully! What Brian said; that streak of 15N20 is great looking on it.
  7. I see you got a temper line from the 1084. Its a good looking knife. What are the dimensions on it?
  8. I love it! That's some beautiful steel, is it hearth steel or bloom? Very clever handle construction...
  9. Only Alan would have had that answer so readily!! Check out this link>"+acme+thread&_sacat=0
  10. Nice work Brian, very nice. Clean lines, love the file work! The brass bolsters sit it off very well!! My Granddaughter asked me on day why I had so much fur on my arms, and I went, huh................ and then it me she was talking about the hair on my arms!! LOL
  11. Is it just me, but can't open the Picts. I go there every year except this last as I had to move to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Gary LT
  12. This is a knife I just finished up as a thank you gift for a family that took one of my kids with them on a really nice vacation. The pattern development was a total bust, but overall the knife came out pretty nice. It is 1095 and 15N20. The blade is 8" long and the overall length is 13". It has a full flat grind all the way through the tang, and I took it down to about 0.12" thick before sharpening. The handle is stabilized redwood burl with brass bolsters and red spacer. I was bummed about the pattern, but I was trying to wing a multi-bar twist by the seat of my pants while at the forge. I didn't twist it enough, and the twists were horribly uneven. I should have known better than to try to pull something like that off on the fly. However the grind on this knife was spot on, and it is as straight as a laser. It also feels like a real kitchen knife, which is something my other attempts have lacked. Adding the brass bolsters really helped the weight and balance. It's pretty sharp. One of my kids asked if it was sharp yet, (her favorite question when I am working on knives) so I nonchalantly swiped it down the side of my calf, and a big clump of leg-fur fell on the floor Sorry about the ugly vignetting on the photos. I'm playing with Photoshop, and struggling...
  13. Your post makes it sound so easy. lol.
  14. Scaffold leg adjustment screw? They're 1" acme thread with a captive nut.
  15. It was really cool to hold some of your blades! You have developed a unique style, everything was really solid and comfortable, make more! Oh, and here is my favorite photo that I took at blade:
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  17. How about fabbing up something. A large nut that will fit the screw (acme, I think) tacked to a large washer. Weld a leg on the washer to fit the slot. Acme taps are pricey, especially in that size, but if you could find one on ebay (or maybe one of the members of the board has one and could make up what you need) then you bore a hole and tap in a big chunk of mild, weld a keeper on and BYU (Bob's Your Uncle). This can't be that hard a thing to make. Geoff
  18. Last November I welded up a stack of 15n20 and 1095 and got it forged out to 18 layers. A few weeks ago, one of my friends was in the shop making a kiridashi, and he helped me draw the billet out to 3/8" bar (I did all the striking after we determined his sledge hammer aim wasn't quite there yet). That day I also cut the bar into halves and twisted them in opposite directions. This morning I welded them up to a wrought iron spine and W1 edge, cut in a reverse tip, and forged it into this narrow seax blade. I got it ground and heat treated too, The bar is some wrought iron I folded to use for the pommel. As a bonus: while the seax was heating up I also forged this 10" chef's knife and a carving knife. I straightened them out of the quench, but as they cooled to room temperature, both decided they wanted to be potato chips. I leave on saturday to work in a lab at the University of Minnesota for a month, so I'm aiming to wrap these up this week. Thanks for looking!
  19. Oooopps, my bad.... I should have read better.....:)
  20. The Forged in Fire contestants who were at Blade Show got together for a group photo. There were a lot of us!
  21. Mild steel...interesting. As usual, thank you Alan.
  22. i must say this kith is low on progress, maybe it is a good idea to extend the deadline.
  23. no shortcuts. thanks
  24. BUMP. Any suggestions where else to look? thanks J
  25. Finally doing a Blade Show after-report. It was the best knife show I've done, and it flew! I didn't get to get around to talk with more than a small handful of the folks I wanted to, and sold all but three pieces at the show. Those three were all claimed before I made it back home. It was the biggest Blade Show yet. The first year I was there, a large margin of empty space surrounded the tables. The year after that they pushed to the outer walls. This year they had booths in the foyer out front. I haven't done a show yet where I didn't end up putting the final edges on in the hotel room. It was my buddy and fellow Forged in Fire champion Tobin Nieto's first time to have a table at Blade, and he, of course, made it entertaining. My loverly bride holds a glaive that he made, and he has my sword. You always need an eye-catcher on your table, and these are ours. Always enjoy it when Dan Keffeler comes by. Among other things, he had a Super Assassin with him. Which Tobin seemed to like. This fellow bought several blades from me, including the Ludicrously Oversized Bowie. Got to meet Ryu Lim, fellow Forged in Fire champion. Jason Knight was a contestant on the unaired pilot episode of Forged in Fire. He won with this Damascus gladius. He did all right. Mardi Meshsejian (another FiF contestant) made a katzbalger that was undoubtedly prettier than the one I built for the show. Mine was lighter, though; there's a full pound of sterling silver in the guard! Gorgeous work with a stainless san mai blade, anodized titanium handle, sterling guard, and fossilized walrus ivory pommel. He also had this gorgeous o-tanto with stainless san mai blade and fossilized walrus ivory handle. Tobin was as enthralled with RMJ Tactical's official rendition of the Frank Frazetta Deal Dealer ax as I was last year. There was a small disagreement that was amicably settled. Luke Swenson liked Tobin's glaive in spite of it not being a slipjoint. My brother-in-law talking with Tracker Dan. An interesting study in contrasts. Ed Calderon, the Taco Ninja, poses with some $5 foam nunchucks someone sold my nephew. Tobin's wife and daughter are in the background, oblivious that they are being posted across forums and social media. Don Carlos Andrade, who makes beautiful culinary cutlery, and Joe Flowers, who designs for Condor Tool and Knife. This bolo, o-tanto, and sword were the only items that didn't sell at the show. We got invited to tour RMJ Tactical's new shop in Chatanooga, TN, on the way back home. Enjoyed it a lot! Ryan made some comment about "the bellies of bladesmithing". While my wife and I spent a couple of days in the Smoky Mountains on our way home, I shot some better pics of the unsold items. All three were bought before we got back to Texas. This Sasquatch waded into the stream and grabbed the sword, but eventually wandered off. In spite of the long handle on the sword, the Sasquatch's paws filled it with a two-handed grip. I didn't get a good picture of my two tables at the show. I did have one of the four smaller tantos travel back with me so that I could ship it to the customer so he wouldn't have to mess with getting it back home.
  26. I use mild steel since it's plentiful and cheap, but Peter Johnsson uses 1050, I think. Sad to say I don't remember why...
  27. Okay, this maybe stupid question time, but this question is for those that have made swords, especially rapiers. What steel did you use for your hilts? I'm at a material usage crossroads and don't know which way is best, so any input is greatly appreciated.
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