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  1. 7 points
    This is mostly what I've been up to of late. I do still love making daggers, fighter, hunters and folders but the Instagram market has been snapping kitchen knives up this year! I like kitchen knives, because I like to cook and have done so a lot, because of the challenge inherent in these particularly performance-first knives, and because of the large canvas they often afford for the pattern welder! Sorry for the few lower quality pics... sometimes you already have it sold, and only have time for a quick snap before shipping... And that's all I've got for now!
  2. 7 points
    Scythians were dominated by a zoomorphic motif, anthropomorphic and geometrical in Celts. As in the Scythians, the most common representations are images of mythical animals, such as Celtic circles, circles and wavy lines. Circle, sphere, etc as a symbol of the life cycle .... etc ... Long spear with a ball, period of La Tene, Germany. Length 50 cm,widest point 3.7 cm, hole 2.1 cm, weight 430 grams. An asymmetrical spear, period of La Tene, France. The length of 37.5 cm,widest point is 4.6 cm, hole 2,3,cm,weight 390 gram. Long knife, Hiebmesser, period of La Tene, Germany. Length 45 cm, widest point 4.5 cm, weight 440 gram. Shorter, engraved knife, type Durrnberg (in german language Ringknaufmesser) period of La Tene, Germany. Length 38 cm,widest point 3.7 cm, weight 310 gram.
  3. 6 points
    Hey everyone! Recently I've had the opportunity to do some work with Hurswtic near Worcester MA. They had an interest in iron making to explore Viking Age arms in a slightly more in depth way, and as soon as I found out I was very keen to be a part of it. We did a smelt recently that made 16lbs of iron which I cut and forged into small biscuits that we were then able to remelt. I have learned a huge amount from friends both on and off this forum who have stoked my interest in learning and experimenting with this process. Without that I would be more lost than I am now! Here is a link to some of the write up on Viking Age iron done by Hurstwic: http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/manufacturing/text/bog_iron.htm And the video that Bill shot and edited together of a presentation I did with them to teach how to create hearth steel from iron. Hope you guys enjoy!
  4. 6 points
    I couldn't find a forum for this, so since I'm a beginner, I put it here: Got a dog from the blacksmith down the road.When I took him home the other day he made a bolt for the door.
  5. 5 points
    Hello all. This knife represents many firsts for me; first time making a blade this long, first time doing the majority of the work by draw filing, first time scraping a fuller, first time fabricating hardware from sheet metal, first time making a scabbard, etc. To date, I have made 4 sgian dubhs and a couple of small kitchen knives. As you can imagine, this one stretched my abilities, or lack there of, greatly. The blade is 11-3/4" long and and made of 80CrV2 quenched in warmed canola oil. At the handle, it is 1-3/8" wide and 5/16" thick. The blade was originally 12-1/2" long but because I was draw filing it, I took the edge thinner than I would've normally before quenching in hopes of being able to finish it by hand with a diamond lapping stone after hardening. As you might guess however, with the thick spine, and the thinner cutting edge, the blade took quite the nose dive during the quench. I had to either be content with what looked like a Scottish kukri (a dirk-ri?) or re-profile the blade on the grinder. The re-profiling took the extra length. The blade is still not perfectly symmetrical but I didn't want to take any more of the length. The overall length of the dirk is 17-1/2". The handle is black walnut and all of the fittings are made of 20 gauge silver soldered sheet copper. The scabbard is bass wood covered in book binding goat skin. As you may have guessed, this dirk was very heavily influenced by Vince Evans and our own Jake Cleland. I would like to personally thank them, as well as everyone else on this forum who is so willing to share their knowledge. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you, Jack Barry
  6. 4 points
    Hello: Just finished these a wee bit ago..so they are very fresh..don't want no stale steel around here!....all are 1095/L-6 with some meteoric iron thrown in for grins and giggles...phosphor bronze fittings and Rosewood, Red Deer or various flavours of Bovine Ivory grips.... this group came out OK.. for an old man working out of his front yard... JPH
  7. 4 points
    Nothing fancy, made out of 1/16" 1095 stock I had bought for welding. I practiced faded plunges on this one. Temper done at 375°f, it should be somewhere between 61 and 63hrc. It successfully passed the brass rod test . Bullet wood scales.
  8. 4 points
    Howdy!! well here is the next group from our new facility out here in the jungles of Florida... All are PW and hilted in Bovine Ivory of various colours.. Didn't turn out half bad..the Naval Dirk in particular is rather spiffy with the silver mounts...and the two swords are part of my "Neo Viking" limited edition.. So here's to hope that these photos come out.. JPH
  9. 3 points
    Hi guys! I think I said this last time I showed up after a long absence, but I am alive! Between work, and watching the baby when I'm home, so the wife has a break, forging has taken a back burner, but I do manage to finish a few things here and there, lol. Just finished up these new tomahawks recently. First piece: Head is forged from wagon wheel wrought iron, wrapped and welded, with a 1084 high carbon steel bit. Finished up with a long etch to really show off the grain. The handle is a really nice piece of bird's-eye Maple that I special ordered just for this piece. The other two pieces are back to my typical hawks, mild steel head with 1084 bits, on curly Maple handles. The only thing not as per the norm, are the inlaid brass plates. The customer wanted to engrave his sons names on these for Christmas presents. #eagle_eye_forge #tomahawk #handmade #handforged #wroughtiron #blacksmith #hawk
  10. 3 points
    A few hours with draw filing and a rotary tool to smoothen the fullers and it looks like this: u Then on to sandpaper 80 t o180 grit, the fullers take the most time:
  11. 3 points
    I closed my books in Sept to make the knives for My ABS mastersmith presentation, and to prepare knives for the several shows i signed up to do over the next 5 months first up was NY custom Knife show. MP
  12. 3 points
    So here's something a little different for me. Not excatly my first effort at a folder, but close. I did one years ago from parts water-jet cut to a pattern, but this is my first with no pattern. Blade and spring are W2, liners and bolsters are 416, and scales are micarta. Really steep learning curve here and I've far from mastered it, but will keep trying. It would definitely help to have a decent drill press and surface grinder.. And a ton of other tools.. someday maybe. Thanks for looking, feedback is always appreciated.
  13. 3 points
    This was commissioned by a friend, and delivered yesterday. It's stock removal, ground from 3.2mm CS70. It was flat ground before h-t, then I thinned it down to 1.5mm at the forte, tapering to 0.9mm an inch behind the tip. I then hollow ground a fuller in the wider portion of the plade to produce an even flex across the length of the blade, while still leaving the tang stiff. Blade is finished with a long etch in fecl, followed by baking at tempering temp (440f) to set the oxides. Scales are bubinga with copper pins... tell me what you think...
  14. 3 points
  15. 2 points
    I'm sure some of y'all have seen the new open cutting competition show on the History Channel, "Knife or Death". While I haven't gotten to compete on it (Several "Forged in Fire" competitors, including Rashelle Hams from my episode, have been on. She did quite well.), I did get to be involved in an interesting way. I was contacted by Tu Lam, retired Green Beret and one of the three hosts of the show, when he saw some of my carcass splitters on Instagram. He asked to meet me at Blade Show to discuss a project. bladeshow13 by James Helm, on Flickr All three hosts of the show were getting blades for themselves to do some cutting for demonstration and promotional material for Season 2. Travis Wuertz built his own piece of awesomeness. Bill Goldberg, the wrestler. had a big cleaver built by Wayne Meligan, who had competed on Season 1. Tu was interested in having me build him a blade for him. In particular The Mutant double-edged carcass splitter that was my reaction to seeing the first episode of the show caught his attention. bladeshow12 by James Helm, on Flickr We discussed what he was looking for, his thoughts, my thoughts, made some sketches, and continued the discussion after I got back home. What I ended up building was a kind of pan-Asian dao that Tu named the Ronin War Sword. There are influences from Chinese pudao, Korean hyeopdo, Vietnamese yem nguyet dao, and Nepalese ram dao. ronindao03 by James Helm, on Flickr The steel is, of course, 80CrV2, with a 16" blade and 18" handle. The weight ended up just over 3 pounds, with the point of balance right behind the front Turk's head knot. The handle wrap is toasted hemp cord over a neoprene foundation, impregnated with West System marine epoxy. ronindao06 by James Helm, on Flickr The main edge is a tall flat bevel with secondary bevel, while the spine side and clip are zero-ground convex edges. Stout, and hair-shaving. In addition to a forward lanyard hole, I laser-engraved Tu's dragon logo on the blade. ronindao07 by James Helm, on Flickr I built an open-backed Boltaron sheath for it. ronindao04 by James Helm, on Flickr A look at the War Sword in my hands... ronindao08 by James Helm, on Flickr ...and a far more dramatic shot of it in Tu's grip. It looks better with him! ronindao01 by James Helm, on Flickr I know that there has been at least some cutting done with it in association with the show. Tu made a nice, clean cut on a big fish using the convex side. ronindao09 by James Helm, on Flickr The Ronin War Sword and the other hosts' blades have been all over social media in promotional material, but Travis' sword is the only one that I've seen (in very quick shots) actually on TV. I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up the latest issue of Knives Illustrated to see that in their interview with Bill Goldberg and Tu Lam, that Tu discussed the Ronin War Sword and they included a picture of him with it. That makes two months in a row that my work has ended up in Knives Illustrated. ki01 by James Helm, on Flickr ki02 by James Helm, on Flickr In spite of living a nearly hermit-like existence, I sure get to meet some interesting people and do some interesting things.
  16. 2 points
    This EDC in 1084 has giraffe bone handles and is ready to ship off to England this week.
  17. 2 points
    As I'm working evenings now in my public shop, I decided that I wasn't ready to quit after work and got in a little midnight heat treating today. This is my James Black knife blade. This may give you an idea of the way I applied the satanite for the differential H/T & hamon. (steel is W1) I did a brief as possible dip in preheated water and then into Park's 50 for the quench. Let's hope that I get a decent hamon with some good activity. Hamons are such a variable process that I never know just how much ashi that I will get with them or even where the line will be. They're kind of like making damascus; no two blades will ever be the same.
  18. 2 points
    Some more updates on this. Please, let me know what you think.
  19. 2 points
    Hey guys, today I made another "lady's knife" for this years gift exchange. I made the same thing last year out of 1095 and posted it on here somewhere. I got the idea from Owen Bush, his look much better, but I try lol. The specifics: It's 1080 and 15n20. It's about yay long and hey wide and about that thick. It's hard as a rock and it's just bout sharp 'nuff. Happy holidays everyone!
  20. 2 points
    That is very true. Although it seems like a work out my body isn't what it use to be when I was 19 lol danged military. That's okay though. I can only imagine what it's going to be like forging this summer lol. As long as I don't have June Gloom again this year I can't wait for the nicer days. If I do recall correctly though where I got interested in this hole area was way back took my welding classes how ever we had a blacksmith come in to the class and teach us all about black smithing for a bit. From then on I was hooked but couldn't afford it at the time lol. A class will get the feet wet and you tasting it. If you like it you like it. If you don't you don't but either way classes are always worth it.
  21. 2 points
    Something off the bench. This is a student piece, he did the forging and much of the grinding, I finished it up for him. BTW, this is sort of a new class model for me, aimed at people who want to try out forging, and take something home after, but are not really intending to be a knife maker. This way students can get their feet wet, but not have to develop the longer term skills, if they want more, I've got more. Copper, 1080 6.5" closed (to the end of the tab) 8.5 open Geoff
  22. 2 points
    I got a good start on the handle scales for this James Black style knife today. To be authentic I used black walnut burl & fine silver.
  23. 2 points
    Have a fishing set among my designs now both with 12C27 stainless with the fishing knife having a 4 3/4 in blade while the filleting knife has a 6 1/2 in blade. Micarta handles keeps them from being effected by the wet environment they are destined for. No belt loop on the filleting knife leather cover but both hot waxed to also keep them protected from water take-up.
  24. 2 points
    You might want to take a class first, seeing you have the money, to find out of you actually like doing this. I got my main anvil in a trade from a guy who was thinking like you and bought all the best stuff without ever having tried to forge before. In the meantime, be sure to read all the pinned threads in Beginner's Place and Tools and Toolmaking. For the record, I did this for ten years with a coal-burning rivet forge and an angle grinder and files before I knew I could use a power hammer and 2x72 belt grinder. Got the grinder first. I still use files on almost everything I make, though. If you do have the money and the time, I really cannot recommend strongly enough taking a class in basic blacksmithing, THEN a class in bladesmithing. Save for a good anvil, build the forge. Accumulate the rest as you need it and it can pay for itself.
  25. 2 points
    Hi guys: In keeping with my new pattern of about 2 blades a year here is one I just finished. I shared the bare blade with you earlier. Buffalo horn handle, bronze fittings, moose antler spacer. Standard 1095/15n20 mix on the PW. Hope you like it. Cheers! Dave
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