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  1. Hey everyone! I finished this piece a few days ago, so I took some photos and thought I would share! This began as a small billet for a demo at NESM for their annual hammer in, and upon finishing the blade a client signed onto the project, so I designed the hilt and we went from there! I still have to make the sheath, and when it's done I'll update this thread. The blade is seven bars of pattern weld, wrought iron on the spine, four twisted bars, more wrought iron, and then an edge of ~400 layers. The handle is moose antler, bog oak, silver, wrought iron, and rubies. I guess I'll
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  2. Do more with less is a great adage; i would add that in a world full of disposable things, and people who do not know how things work, there are a lot of good things thrown away that can be repurposed, to accomplish with work what money can't buy. (wow, long sentence, but i did more with only one sentence )
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  3. Pattern welded carving knife, I started this a very long time ago but I was never happy with the handle so I decided to make another one to fit it. Only a dozen layers, total length 32.5 cm (12.75 inch) blade 20 cm (8 inch) Handle is stabilised New Zealand mountain beech With gilding metal fittings.
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  4. Hi All, Another one done, juts working on sheath and then final edge 20180930_210249.mp4
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  5. Good day people, After a long and well deserved vacations “I AM BACK” (Schwarzenegger-like voice in Terminator) I am back to the business and today I bring two you two new folding knives of my recent creations. The first one is a deer stag antler handled folding knife with a straight point and a beautiful cooper incrustation on the blade. This blade of 9 cm length is elegant and functional. The idea behind this folding knife is to break with the curved pattern of almost every Spanish folding knife. The second one is a mini-carraca folding knife, a classic and small foldin
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  6. I think you have reached a "perspective point". There are many in life, you find as you get older, but you have to he careful of them. Sometimes they lead you in a good direction and sometimes not. There is a strong "romantic" appeal to the path of simplicity but you really need to examine whether you are concerned about the process or the result. As an example I have cabinet making tools that belonged to my Great grandfather and while it is pleasant to work with them without he noise of power tools if I had to pay my bills making cabinets I would choose my shaper over a record plane for makin
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  7. Gerhard, Zeb, and others on this sometimes treacherous journey, I hope you find some peace, comfort and ultimately healing and joy.
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  8. We must be thinking alike as I have been thinking the same thing. In fact, I started making an entire new guard last night. There were just several little things that didn't feel right about it. I'll try to post a pic when done with the new one.
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  9. I don't have much, some choice toys, bare minimum of furniture........nothing close to what "normal" people my age have..... For a while now I've been wanting to do a Swedish Death Clean, the only thing stopping me is I would have to give stuff away for free, no real 2nd hand market here..... The process that up-ended my life mid-August is still dragging on, stress and lack of sleep is I dare say literally killing me, and working on my knives is all that gives me peace and joy. My severance package should pay off my car, my car can outlast me, and all I need for happiness is a h
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  10. Good observations. If your modern tools are a distraction or hindrance, don’t use them. Go back to them when and if they become just tools again, or are truly needed to accomplish something your body and minimalist tools can’t. And as far as life being life, it storms on the wicked and the righteous alike, we all get sick, suffer heart aches and joy, and in the end return our bodies to the dirt. No one escapes the tough times, they just might have more means to deal with it. Keep joy in your heart, and your friends and family close. The rest just is, roll with the punches and d
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  11. I think all of us lose sight of the fact that simplicity is one of the greatest things that we all too often forget to appreciate, be it pleasure, or the process of work. The K.I.S.S. principal applies to all things great and small ......................
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  12. I finally got around to slotting the guard for this dagger. This is a new design for me. I be interested in whether or not you like the design.
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  13. I will second this. I have always admired your work Ruggero and would enjoy seeing more of it. You could also show your son's work too. That would be very cool.
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  14. I do hidden tang knives almost exclusively, and people have questioned the strength many times. I finally tested several of my pieces, without handles. I took a 6.5 inch blade with a 1/4 x 3/8 x 4 inch tang and bolted that into a 3 foot piece of pipe. I then used a full overhead, two handed, swing into the end grain of a log. I broke one tang at mid tang where a bolt pinched the tang, and I bent the tang right at the shoulder on the second one. Both tangs were dead soft and both were nearly square transitions into the ricasso. The truth is, I've never broken a knife at this point, and I
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  15. I personally love hidden tangs and prefer them over full tangs. If you have sufficient webbing between ricasso to tang and that area is tempered way back they can be incredibly tough. KaBar is one company that does have issues with the blade getting bent over right in that area, but it's because they have 90° shoulders. It's been done this way for a long time even with two handed swords. Gives more room for creativity with natural materials and looks classy. I say if it aint broke dont fix it.
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