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  1. Haven't posted on here in several years, but I thought this might be a fun blade to jump back on here with. This tanto was made from an Enfield Mark III barrel with a mild steel core forge welded into it. The idea was to mimic the kobuse forge welding scheme used in many Japanese swords. It was kind of an interesting process getting the hot core down the barrel during welding. If I did it over again, I might have done a few things differently in the forge welding process, but it seemed to work out okay. I did a video on my Youtube channel. I can add the link if anybody's interested in s
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  2. Culinary knives are something I've really only admired and watched other people make, but with my brother entering more into the food world, and Christmas coming up, I decided to give it a go. Forged from one of those E-shaped rail anchors. I'm not super familiar with integrals, so it was tricky to get the heel down straight from the bolster, but I got it more or less. Mareko Maumasi sent me a quick sketch of how he draws the heel back behind the bolster, so that helped, but I think I can do better on the next one. Salem's recent integral has me floored but it's a goal eventually. The enti
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  3. Lets just make this poll voting deadline new year's. The popular vote at the start of the new year will be the theme we pick. I hope I got everyone's choices here. If there is something that isn't in the poll that you want, let me know.
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  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWaRKxGsyHQ&t=4949s or for 2012 vids: http://www.arcticfire.org/videos.html
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  5. So are you guys ready for a new subforum for 2018?
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  6. As far as I know the KITH is open to all members of the forum. I have been participating in the KITH of this forum for a few years now, and certainly my early entries were nowhere near my current standard of quality. No one has ever been negative, as long as you try your best to send in a knife made to the best of your abilities. To me the best part of the KITH is getting a knife from a more experienced maker and being able to see how they did things. I have certainly learned a lot from having another smiths work in hand, there is much more to a knife than just seeing the p
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  7. Gents, thank you again for all of your comments. Gary I'm a great admirer of you're work and as a fellow ABS brother your remarks mean a great deal to me. Steve
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  8. A copy of the $50 Knife Shop would be a good investment for him if he's broke and wants to get into the craft. David Boye's book "Step-by-Step Knifemaking" is also a really good investment for the broke bladesmith. Teach him how to draw file. Probably the biggest money saving skill a guy can have. But yeah, you'd do him a big favor if you showed him basic heat treating on simple steels and then advised him to buy real steel like 1080 or similar rather than making a knife from scrap. Good steel is cheap and starting with a known steel eliminates so many variable for the beginner.
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  9. Been a while since I've posted, but I've been keeping busy. As time goes on I've become more fascinated by the world of Japanese blades, but being American as I am, I love the rough and tough wild west themes too. Fusion style knives, like some of those by Ben Tendick and Dave Friesen, are among my favorite knives. So naturally I had to do my take on it. Keep in mind by the way, I've been a bit slow on the uptake in regard to hamons (and good golly I need to get some patternwelding skills). Anyway, a fun one I tried out. Western Bowie with Japanese themes. The bla
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