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  1. 2 points
    I am WAY late to the party on this because I've been getting settled in my new home in Illinois and haven't been online much, but I had something exactly like this happen to me and I figured out what it is (at least for me). Take off your belt and look at your platen. Chances are really good that right where you held that knife against the belt, you're going to find something stuck to it. For me, it looked like a bead of black tar. I assume it's some adhesive or something from the belt and metal dust. It was stuck on there real good and didn't want to come off. So when the belt was running and I pushed the knife against that one spot, the belt followed the contour. Then when I dragged the knife across, it created that line. Scrubbed my platen down and chipped off all that stuff, touched it up with sandpaper, and it fixed it. Now I clean the platen pretty thoroughly every few weeks to keep it from happening again.
  2. 2 points
    Just finished this little project, it's cold outside so I did some inside stuff! 16hrs work counting the drawing design and layout. This is for sale . $ 100.00
  3. 1 point
    I haven't been posting much on here recently, mostly because I've been too busy... BUT, this commission was too good not to share: A regular customer found this "Victorian Briarwood walking stick" in an antique shop. (for $40 USD) [It's not actually bent, my phone just refused to accept that fact.] He of course noticed this: The blade, if there was one, was absolutely frozen in the stick/scabbard and it wouldn't even wiggle. It rattled slightly, but the sound was just from the loose cap at the tip. When he asked about it, the antique dealer said "I bought it in an auction house on my most recent trip to England, as part of a lot of 'pre-1850 antique canes' and I don't know enough about weapons to risk my reputation by saying it is anything more than a walking stick." [I don't recall which auction house, but it was reputable in the business.] Obviously, he bought it, and brought it to me with the instructions to figure out how to get it apart, preferably without breaking it, but considering the price he paid, using whatever means were necessary [within a rather broad definition of reasonable.] I decided to go with the slow and steady approach to start and tied a paracord harness along the full length: I put the handle in the pipe side of my 50 lb bench vise, with ample padding: Then I hooked the loop at the end of my harness to the frame of my barn door with a ratchet strap: And started to apply tension, very slowly and carefully: Absolutely nothing happened! So I cranked a little more, then a little more etc. A couple hours later, the ratchet maxed out and refused to allow me to crank it another notch! [1,000 lb working load rating] So I left it overnight, nothing. So I cranked it a bit tighter... 3 days later [no joke], i gave up on that strategy as it hadn't budged in the slightest. That begged the question, "what was I actually working on?" So it was time to take some fancy pictures: [Disclaimer: Nobody at my full time job would ever bend the rules regarding the use of highly sensitive and very expensive medical equipment... not even at 04:00 hrs. I took the pictures with my cell phone camera, maybe not directly as there was a computer console in the way, but that doesn't have any relevance...] So now what? [After picking my jaw back up from the floor.] Research and consultation, at least a metric ton of each. [Continued in next post.]
  4. 1 point
    Now as for the axe part itself, when I saw the picture up there it was familiar to my eye and sure enough it turns out Dictum is selling its version - without the gun part - based on a find out in the district of Lu╠łneburg so they call it the Dumstorfer Bearded Hand Hatchet, (available in left and right hand versions none-the-less). Of course it strikes a bit of a funny chord when you see it mounted on a rifle like that. Well I'll be going out to Lu╠łneburg - axes in hand- for some work in July so it'd be something to watch for.
  5. 1 point
    Very cool video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNTfLGt59qo Serious craftsmen who don't need no stinkin' electricity!
  6. 1 point
    I'll drill a hole right in it dont think I wont haha
  7. 1 point
    No, send me that first one. I can put it to better use! Otherwise I agree with Geoff. There were all sorts of specialty swages and mini-tools that fit in those slots. Somewhere down in The Way is a post by Josh Burrell in which he visited the last maker of surgical instruments in Sheffield. He had a huge culters anvil with tons of tooling for making oddly shaped stainless steel doohickies by hand.
  8. 1 point
    After pondering the information gleaned; I forged a tiny, spade tipped, pry bar from 1/8" high carbon steel rod stock, pressed out the indentations holding the loose cap to the stick, and inspected the wood covered in an oily looking goop that was actually dry and hard to the touch. [Hide glue] I used a series of drill bits [without the drill, I held and turned them by hand!] to remove the hide glue plug: until I felt a 'tink' and saw the glint of steel: the tip was entirely encased in hide glue, so the next step had to be steam. However, I didn't want to make the wood swell so much that the finish would crack off, nor did I want to allow the handle to be exposed to the steam. [Seriously, I can't fathom how my "traction" setup hadn't already removed the handle considering the tang is only 2.5" long and has no cross pinning or barbs.] I concluded my steam setup would have to use a short "soak" with very high temperature steam: And would have to include a diaphragm to isolate the handle: As a word of wisdom should anyone use this idea: build a stiff frame to support the pipe: I will admit to a moment of panic as I tried to remove the stick before it got jammed in a bent pipe, without knocking my wife's pressure canner off the stove. But, it worked! straight out of the steam, no cleaning whatsoever and it was still sharp enough to shishka-Bob or anyone else: [Restoration work will start in the next post]
  9. 1 point
    I think that they were used for all sorts of specialty work and that much of the knowledge has been lost. I also think that you should send me all of these so that I can do an extensive research project about them, or just hoard them up and stand over them rubbing my scaly paws together and making grunting noises deep in my chest, the way you do. Geoff
  10. 1 point
    Oh, now youre just encouraging my insanity, Joshua lol! Im thinking about a combination of Zebs guard and the second one i did now (im kind of set on doing scrolls on the guard, for truly no reason besides aesthetics.) Not sure if i can actually successfully pull it off... Definitely has the gears moving though. An updated sketch is soon to come, methinks!
  11. 1 point
    Inspiring, indeed. Very clean work, sir. The simple and pragmatic nature of this blade has an elegance all its own. And, as has been said, that scabbard is amazing.
  12. 1 point
    Very happy to see this! Inspiring work on so many levels: a craft that is alive and kicking! :-)
  13. 1 point
    Well after reading all that I feel about as educated as a roll of biscuit dough..... thank you so much for the explanation, I'm going to go take a few Tylenol and see if I can't recover.
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