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  1. For well over a year now, I've been working on a "Secret Project" I will be making steel for. It's been the cause of a lot of new stuff in the shop, and a lot of learning and hard work as well. Well, I'm finally at a point where I'm allowed to let the cat peek out of the proverbial bag. There's still a long way to go, and I won't be able to divulge much in the way of specific details for a while, but I'm proud to say that the steel in the attached picture is from my shop and that there will be a LOT more of it coming over the next year or so that will be made into more gorgeous 1911 pi
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  2. Hello everyone, I am brand new here and new to knife making, but have been doing a lot of reading and youtubing. I have a long history of picking up hobbies, obsessing over them then moving on, so have resisted any large financial investments in this one so far, but doubt I will be satisfied until I have forged a good knife. We'll see. Anyway, I have made 1 knife so far - 1075 steel, stock removal by hand - hacksaw and files. Heaps of hand sanding (ouch). Heat treated myself with a very makeshift forge, but would need to improve that for actual forging. I am quite happy with the o
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  3. Looking great Zeb! It's making my hands itch to grab the hammer and start forging again. One of these days, when I can spare the time...
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  4. That gonna be 1 sweet blade!!! I always wanted to try checkering handle.
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  5. Dayum. that's one pretty pistol. Mazel Tov!
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  6. I spent much of the day moving into my new shop for the Christmas season here at The Shepherd of the Hills. I've yet to get the signage up but at least I'm up & running. After the move I managed to get started on the checkering for the handle on this Bowie. As you can see, I went with blackwood for it.
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  7. You can temper as low as you want, but I think it doesn't really do a lot until 325 or so. That's the thing about homemade steel, everything is seat-of-the-pants. The great thing is, once you figure out how to play with it, you can figure out how to work almost any non-stainless alloy. Especially when you get up to smelting your own. Things will get interesting fast!
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  8. Just an update... It worked!!!! Hardened up good. Now to make a ton more of this "sheer steel"
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  9. Hi you smiths! Been a while, here's some pics and a bit of preamble. The first pic is of a dagger, with 13" turkish puzzle pattern blade and basket twist handle with takedown construction, w's pattern bolsters and bronze finials. I made it this summer. The second I'm not sure if I have shown here... it was from 2016 as I recall, and is another basket twist handle, this one with the quillons integral to the grip, with bronze accents, and a 17" blade of merovingian twist with CruForgeV edges. The third I'm sure I did show here, in 2014, but the pic is so much better than mine that I t
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  10. 3"x30" Grindr is my humorous allusion to the infamous hookup app of the same name. I'm not sure how popular it is up there in the Yukon territory. Also not sure if runes are popular on Grindr, though it wouldn't be the first time I've been proven ignorant on such matters..
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  11. I have a bunch of D2 and A2. Now just waiting for my horizontal bandsaw to arrive so I can chop it all up.
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  12. OK so never say I don't deliver. Here is you guys t-shirt!! Geoff, I tried to get yours in tie dye but the words kept getting lost in the tie dye!
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  13. I don't know how I got to be the anvil guru, but now I need the T shirt. g
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  14. Summer matures and evenings start to grow darker, but autumn is still only a distant promise. To me the season of harvest and turning leaves always brings promise of work and progress. A couple of weeks on vacation with family has ended and yesterday I got to finish a sword that has been a while in the making. It was initially intended for the knife maker show in Solingen this year, but I had to cancel my table as I got some warnings of my tendonitis rearing its ugly head. I stopped in time, but work was slow for a while. The sword is based on studies I have made on a few surviving swords
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