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    Gary, wow, that seems like a woefully inadequate response but I can't come up with a better response at the moment!!! Holy cow, amazing, awesome, smoking!!!!!!!! Every part of the knife complements the other parts! So that is what a custom knife is suppose to do! Did I say WOW!
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    This is about as far as I would get.
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    I wanna show my last work. Skin do.Steel is 420+D2+420. Other one is the same but with copper.
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    Thank You, The knife is a hidden tang and I used epoxy to hold it. The handle is part of a old hammer handle I drilled a 1/8 pilot hole and burned the tang in. I did not make a sheath for it before I sold it but I did make another knife kind of like it.
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    I'm sure someone has done something like this, but I didn't see anyone show their progress, so here goes nothing. I have a piece of CPM 154 for the blades/tools and some 410 stainless for the liners. The plan is to get all of the pieces cut out and rough-ground in the next few days while I have some time then heat treat them when I can use my school's materials science lab. Did a 3D model to check for interferences and make sure none of the tangs will poke out of the handle. Some of the hole locations will be informed by the drawings, some will be a result of trial-fits. The order of operations for this knife will matter a lot. Made a template-sheet with centers marked out so I can get cutting. The sheepsfoot will need to be ground down by the thickness of the liner stock for clearance reasons. The cutouts in the liners and nail-nicks will also be done once everything is put together so I can make sure all the clearances are spot on. There's a lot of interesting mechanical things about this type of knife (like the floating springs) that I'll try to explain as I go, but I'm definitely still learning.
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    Thanks, guys. There was a lot about this one that was an experiment. It's always nice when an experiment turns out to be well received.
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    Just breathtakingly amazing!!! Excellent work again.
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    Very nice Gary. Turned out really well.
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    Thanks! I intend to, learn something new every project and love stretching myself, smithing is so relaxing and a nice escape from the stress of film! That buckler was made by a friend, and was used in the film as well by a main character, snuck my stuff in as much as I could, because why not? I also snuck in my work in progress blades and my smithing tools into the blacksmith set.
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    Tried sharing a video drawing out 1" square stock. My internet service is not good. I will try again later or at least get some photos up. Works great!
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    Cast steel can be as good as forged steel (all steel starts as a casting, you know). The problem is cheap Chinese cast objects where deception and fraud are the business model. Somewhere there's a video of some guys cutting up a cast iron HF ASO with a waterjet. There was a huge void on one side under the face that had been filled with putty and painted over. So yes, if you're going to buy Chinese, inspect the actual item. I wonder if the one above had ring and good rebound?
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    I got to the first dry fit-up. It still needs some minor "spit & polish" but I have it pretty close.
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    While I appreciate the gesture, I actually struck a deal with the woodworker earlier. He has done wooden tops for some the handrails at work. He seems very confident in his abilities and told me he has actually done stuff like this before. I think I want to give him a try and If it all turns out well I will give him a steady flow of work. I'm thinking of the knives I have now as a backlog for us to keep in touch. I told him I would sell them as a cooperative effort. All the risk is on me, but he still gets credit where it's due. I can still handle my own special projects, but this should fuel my big plans. I have come to the realization that I need a maker's mark. I instantly thought of a broken anvil that looks like my beloved mousehole. Thanks for all the good ideas guys!
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    As luck would have it, there is a special place on this forum for doing just that: https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/forum/24-knives-for-sale/
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    Very true. There are few people who are lucky enough that they don't have to worry about what a customer wants. Most of us have to deliver what the market, or a specific customer, wants. Blanks would just be a part of that continuum. IIRC, FWIW, I recall reading somewhere that the old mountain men bought blade blanks both for themselves to handle to their liking and as trade items. If you can use just a part of what you do, and turn a profit on it to expand your overall capabilities then that makes good sense.
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    You should post some pics....I may be interested in one or two.
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    From my hobbyist perspective it makes no sense, but I can understand why. Those blanks represent potential $$$ you could invest in upgrading your shop faster to step up you game.
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    Here is the finished Bowie. It sports a 20,5cm (8“) blade, the overall length is 33,5cm (13“). It weighs 240g (0,5lbs). A substantial knife but compact enough be useful for bushcrafting chores or the like. In fact I intend to carry this knife when hunting. Not because it‘s really necessary but because I want to ;) And I do believe that it will come in handy. In any case, this piece is intended to be a user. The blackened finish of the guard and peen block reflect this, as does the overall appereance of the knife. No unnecessary embellishment, no fancy materials. The design is not without elegance though, the shaping and the proportions are well thought out and carefully executed. In hand, the knife feels substantial but quick, with a slight forward pull, inviting cutting or chopping motions. The PoB is right at the plunge cut. The tip tracks well despite the forward bias. Bowie knives are good fighting knives by design and this one is no exception. Because it will be mainly used for practical purposes and not as a fighter, I didn‘t fully sharpen the back edge. It is ground down to zero but I left it without the final honing. If I ever decide it needs a fully sharpened back edge, it will be a quick matter to do it. The front edge is hair shaving sharp along its entire length but the actual shape of the edge varies: the lower half which will be used for whittling, cutting soft materials, etc features a thinner, more acute edge whereas the upper half is ground to a stouter, more convex edge for chopping into tougher materials and to avoid edge damage upon contact with bone (to be expected with this piece‘s intented use). Grip materials are antler and what I think is walnut (not entirely sure) with leather spacers. I hope you like it, I certainly do.
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    Discovered a new direction, welding packages from different types of titanium, in the people called tymaskus.A few first attempts.
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    Hi everyone! Greetings from the forge.52100+copper+420.Sizes 205*30*5(mm) I`m recieving orders for such types of blades(and other).
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    Another one sgian-dub.Scottish Highland knife blade..
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    Karim, you need to get rid of the air, and learn to abide by temperature
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    Hello My last mosaic-damascuc blades Thanks for your support and comments.
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