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    Alright, so I've finally wrapped up this project. This is Tidr Tonn - the Tooth of Time. It is a knife meant to be worn with traditional Norwegian folk garments for special occasions. Knife weight: 190 grams Blade length: 11cm Blade thickness: 3,5 - 1mm Hardness at edge: 58 HRC Handle length: 10cm The blade body is made from two forge folded and twisted bars of railroad steel (30 layers), and the edge is made out of ferrier's rasps and 15n20. (70 layers) The handle is made from 4,5 billion year old meteorite iron, 7260 year old Siberian bog oak, 10-30 000 year old mammoth ivory, 925 sterling silver and vulcanized fiber. All comments and feedback are greatly appreciated. :)
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    My late wife's son, who had been staying with me for a considerable amount of time when his business and finances collapsed, finally succumbed to a habit which I did not realize he had until far too late- and when his neglect of his own living conditions to the point of being a hazard to safety got too much I kicked him out of the house and into a cheap motel a few months ago on account of it. For months he had insisted his liver issues had nothing to do with his drinking- and continued drinking. Dave was a man who never really grew up in some senses. A writer and reader of just about everything under the sun, and a computer genius, he was like many geniuses beset with several personal demons especially after the passing of his mother. He inherited a great deal of money in the '90's from his grandfather- this turned into a far smaller amount over the years and eventually into no money at all. I greatly admired his intellect but did not admire his inability to find or keep a steady job. He could come up with excuse after excuse with frightening ease. A few years younger than me, by the end he looked many years older. I saw him yesterday in the building awaiting cremation, after a death on Monday, autopsy on Tuesday and the better part of the day on Wednesday in a very warm room and if I never see something like that again it will be slightly too soon. I was never a father to him- the minor age difference made the concept ludicrous combined with his attitudes towards everything smacking of authority- and I'm not sure he ever considered me a friend. We talked together a lot about metalworking, history and politics. I think he respected some of my abilities but I don't know if he ever respected me. But with Dave, you never got past the mask. He only really opened up, I believe, to people on the internet who he never actually had to see in person. Peace to his ashes. I wish I didn't feel like I let down his mom so much.
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    Not much help on the class....but paying attention around here is a good start. I watched a bunch of videos....mostly Walter Sorrell ones. As a general rule I believe its recommended to try some stock removal blades before trying to hammer one out. I have been to Tonopah NV....It makes where I live by park city look like a rain forest. lol
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    @Coulton ClineUsing a big sledge or a press is key to getting the teeth to fill in, you cant have a blow that only forges the outside of the 'teeth' bar, it has to drive all the way through and move the metal at a depth equal to the depth of the cut teeth. You'll see the originals have better welds the thinner the 'behind' of the teeth is, because there was less material in the way to prevent it from filling the teeth all the way. When I demonstrated creating wolfstooth pattern at ashokan last year , doing it by myself with hand hammers, I tried to use as small a piece of wrought as I knew would cover the width of the billet when flattened out, but still found i was getting little voids in the very center of the bar if i wasnt using my press to key the pieces. Since then I have found that using round stock ontop of the edge bar works real well by hand because the center drives in more and then mushes out to the edges. Unfortunately i cant find any evidence in the originals as to if they started with flat or round stock for that particular part! Most awesome work guys, very inspiring ! I need to make some stuff with the tooth bars iv'e got lying around my shop... i'm bad at finishing things =D Let me know next time you're in the area John! Emiliano is only 45 minutes away from me !
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    Thanks all! The teeth of the edge bar were cut in by hand, and the wrought hammered down into it once the edge was cold again. Having the wrought of the teeth start out as an extremely thin layer coupled with working hot allows for the wrought to fill all the way into the teeth of the edge bar. It acts sort of like a one use die to shape the wrought, and because there is naturally going to be variation in the edge bar grooves because of how they are cut, the wrought will theoretically always perfectly match each tooth. Hope this helps! John
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    Glad he's ok! Don't be too suprised if he forgets what he was talking about mid sentence with that concussion. I flipped a car down a bank once doing 60 around a blind turn (young & dumb). I wasn't wearing a seat belt so my head got slammed into the roof of my car 3x. I actually rubbed a big bald spot on my head from the impacts . I would be talking and "...... What was I even sayin?...." Seriously though, glad he's ok. Make him take it easy. Broken ribs are no joke.
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    Glad to know the prognosis is good! Y'all will stay in my prayers.
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    While i cannot relate to broken ribs, i feel for him with the concussion. I got a very serious one playing (american) football when i was younger. Kickoffs are nasty business.... Anyway, best of luck to your father, Jeremy. I hope his recovery is swift.
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    I took a backflip off a roof in 97. Broke 4 ribs, tore up my shoulder and split my collarbone. That was the second time I broke those ribs.... Whatever you do, don't make dad laugh. When you have broken ribs (I had 7 broken at one time) laughing, coughing or sneezing is painful enough to make you pass out. Wishing him the best and a speedy recovery.
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    No opinion on those books, but if you want to expand your understanding of the Vikings, I recommend this book. . The Viking Way: Religion and War in Late Iron Age Scandinavia by Neil Price Here's a description of the author and book from the web site https://norse-mythology.org/10-best-advanced-norse-mythology-books/ "Neil Price is an archaeologist who specializes in Viking Age northern Europe. His great gift, in addition to the sheer depth of his knowledge of the Old Norse world, is his ability to find connections and implications in a body of data that hundreds of others before him have missed. That ability and that wealth of knowledge are on full display in The Viking Way, which is actually Price’s doctoral dissertation. In The Viking Way, Price regales the reader with lavish descriptions of the techniques the Vikings used in their practice of magic and their practice of war, as well as the position the two occupied within the Vikings’ religion and worldview more broadly. By the end, Price is able to come to far-reaching conclusions that reshape our understanding of that religion and that worldview. Unfortunately, The Viking Way is currently out of print. It appears that a second edition is in the works, but for now it can be difficult to find. (Hence the lack of an Amazon link here – used copies rarely show up even on Amazon.) If you find it for sale, buy it, and if you find it at a library, check it out. You’ll be very glad you did."
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    A little late to the party, but I've got a copy of the Vaesen and the Norse Gods books, and they're both fantastic! The illustrations are beautiful, and I believe done by the author himself. They are a bit expensive, but it's because they do their own printing in house as far as I understand. All in all, the two I have are great books and I'd highly recommend them for what they are. John
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    Thanks folks, much appreciated!
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    All of those people in the world who post up videos of their kids, pets, wild animals doing cute things or themselves or others doing stupid things are wasting time. So are the people who watch them. Bladesmithing videos and tools are a legitimate use of this fancy technology. Keeping the technology that built this Country and the world alive is more important than watching some damnfool hurt himself. So says a grumpy old man who's having a bad day. BTW, that frigging anvil is calling my name. Hmmmm .........shipping to the hinterlands in Oregon.....hmmm.
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    Hey guys! So I have the rest of the photos so far (and some video) so I'll fill in the rest. First is from when we were refining the edge material. It's some hearth material Luke brought from several years ago at Scott Roush's place. I forged the puck into a solid bar and folded once, then began accordion folding in 4 sectioned increments. I switched directions after the first accordion and then did two more rounds of folding. We ended up at 244 layers. From my study of original artifacts, and what I have been able to see in photos of polished artifacts this doesn't seem like an unreasonable level of refinement for Viking Age work. I generally fold until the material bends easily at the thin end whilst folding and shows no tearing, which with this material was rather quick. IMG_2200.TRIM.MOV This is a shot from when had just begun to forge the teeth into the edge bar. It is next to the billet which I folded and forged out to become the twists for the body of the blade. They are essentially 7 layers of two different pieces of refined iron bloom. The initial pressing of the iron teeth. IMG_2211.TRIM.MOV And the end! This was before allowing to cool and wire brushing. IMG_2212.TRIM.MOV A shot from when I was in the middle of welding the teeth to the edge bar. Here you also see the twist bars in progress. This is a particularly interesting pattern as most of the work happens with stock removal. The basic shape is forged and the rest is ground in as not to distort the teeth too much. I believe it was done this way historically as well, with the minimal amount of distortion seen on these pieces. It also seems most spears have two layers of pattern welding, with perhaps two twisted bars on each side and an iron core between them. Here you see the twists in good detail as well as the wolf teeth! So far so good. At this point I have normalized twice. Once I was about the thickness of a dime I normalized again and quenched in water. The next part of the process is pretty standard, I ground the blade to 220 and began hand sanding. I only made it to 400 and etched several times, unhappy with the definition I am bringing out in the twists. I will polish again and bring the blade to maybe 1200 and see what I can bring out. The blade is wonderfully clean. There are only a few teeth that did not fill 100% and these are still very clean. The blade is 9 inches long, 1.25 inches wide and .25 inches thick. It has a wicked distal taper. This is very much like I would expect the seax of Charlemagne to feel in hand, almost ethereal. Next to a life sized print out of the Helsinki spear! I'll take more photos like this when I have finished the polish so that the details can really be seen. You can see the characteristic flow of the iron into the depressions in the steel. IMG_2237.MOV Hope you guys enjoy where we've gotten to so far with this collaboration! The plan now is for me to finish the blade and handle and send it to Luke for sheath work
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