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  1. You know what, I didn't actually measure it. I was going for as close to a full flat as possible. I will have to measure the thickness of the cutting edge, which I left a little thick and convex. But the blade is 2" wide at the base with a flat grind from spine to the edge bevel. It's a pretty sweet design, I am looking forward to making more of them. Oh, and the sheath is just leather. I molded it with a sharpie end and a polished antler tine. Takes a bit of time but with the aid of some clamps, water and a heat gun it can happen.
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  2. This September I am getting married, and as such, I wanted to make something special for the occasion. I had always planned on making the rings out of damascus, but after really trying to hammer out the details, decided that it just wasn't epic enough. So I came up with the idea of making a cutlass for sabering champagne bottles out of the same billet I made the rings from. That way, my wife and I would have a fun memento we could grab from above the fire place and have some fun with well after our wedding. Then the topic of gifts for our bridal party came up. My fiance and I have a very close
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  3. Alright, I finally finished this sheath. im going to start by burnishing the edge. I hade 2 burnishers so I took one and cut down the end to fit in my drill, it actually works great. Way faster than doing it by hand. I’m using the same method as before. Using water first and then gum trag. after the gum trag I go over it by hand with the burnisher. This gives it a smoother finish. Now I rub some beeswax on the edge, and then go over it again with the handheld burnisher. This waterproofs the edge. Then I
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  4. I finished my first integral today, I'm quite happy how it turned out, even though the fit and finish isn't too perfect. I planned on taking it to Owen's forge-in, so I just passed my deadline as I'm leaving tomorrow morning and still have luggage to pack, lets hope the dye is dry by then. I'm looking forward to the demo's and lectures and meeting some smith's in person.
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  5. That's exactly what I did.
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  6. Congratulations. I never knew what true happiness was until I got married... and then of course it was too late .
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  7. The appearance of a hamon will depend, at least in part, on the alloy that you choose and the grain in your steel. Depth of hardening increases with grain size. If you choose something like 1075 with fine grain structure it will automatically form a hamon, at least if you polish it out or etch it. That's the auto-hamon that Jerrod referred to. As far as the tank goes secure it to something so that it doesn't fall over or use something that is by nature stable, like a turkey fryer. Even then it wouldn't hurt to secure it to something. Doug
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  8. Good luck with the show! I've earned more stitches with blades I have made in the last few years of doing this than I had in the previous 40 odd years all combined. Then again, I am a klutz Hope the thumbs heals quick.
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  9. Pretty knife! I really should go watch that show, it's on DVR right now. I don't have any measurements of that particular knife (most of my time was spent studying the main exhibit), but the knife that is right behind it is 40.6 cm long and the one in front of it is 57cm. Pictured is the one right in front that's 57cm, I have no other measurements right now.
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  10. Kewl lookin blade....outta curiosity I am curious what angle your main bevel is per side. Looks like 7 ish That sheath is equally impressive....is it leather over kydex?? I am trying to wrap my mind around how fitted it is to the blade.
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  11. That's why I said I'd like to see one, that was not a seax.
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  12. Enjoyed seeing you compete with that, Josh, and you did well with it! Any chance it'll be with you at the Blade Show? Alan - They did have a "seax" on there. It was far removed from historical precedent.
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  13. Nice! And good for you putting historically proven forms through their paces. I'd like to see how a nice brokenback seax would perform...
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  14. That’s cool Josh. I love how well the sheath is fitted to the knife. Still waiting to have the show aired over here, how was it? Looks like it could be fun.
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  15. Lol. Kreg has seen my face (on FB) He understands that the peice of toast on my current picture is far more photogenic. Good luck with all that man! I'll answer what I can, but I'm just winging it myself.
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  16. I used my power hammer today. It did ok. I haven't rebuilt it yet, but It forged out a low layer billet of 1075 & 15n20 real quick. I twisted them up and I'm gonna weld them together when I get the chance. It might sound crazy, but I really wanna try the wolf's tooth pattern I've seen so much of lately.
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  17. Thanks Alan. I just finished the handle today. i start by grinding the pins down flush with the wood. now I start rough shaping the handle on a 60 grit belt. This part goes pretty fast if you use the corner of the belt to dig in. As you can see I’ve hit the tang, I do this in a couple of spots to make sure I’m close. after that I can clean up the rest with a finer 180 grit belt. I have to clean up this side by hand, because I don’t have an exposed contact wheel on my belt sander.
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