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  1. 4 points
    270mm slicer, forged 1080 micarta, NS, and Stabilized Mulberry burl. Pretty much says it all. I need to refine the edge just bit and give it a final polish. This is the first one in a while, other projects keep getting in the way. 1/16th at the tip, 3/16th at the bolster
  2. 3 points
    I took the idea of Don Fogg oil drum and made it a bit smaller. Took 36 inches of 10 inch diameter duct work pipe with two end caps ( found at a local hardware store), lined everything with an inch of kaowool and 1/4 inch satinite. Put a stubby 1/2 inch diameter Venturi burner at the bottom and got pretty good results. Posted pictures of it in the beginners section as I was asking about the grain I got using it. I’m putting together a 36 inch muffle pipe to fit inside it now. As to what I did in “the shop” today, I started my countdown clock to the weekend. Starting Saturday and going to the following Friday I will be taking blacksmithing classes at a local living history center (Conner Prairie). 9 hours a day for seven days; Saturday and Sunday Damascus, Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday tomahawk and ax making, second half of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday general blacksmithing. Weekend can’t come soon enough .
  3. 3 points
    Another minute or so on the grinder and this handle is finished with the right shaping faze. Very similar to the knife in the link Zeb posted up there some where. Total of 10 facets.
  4. 3 points
    Ready for final glue-up. I hope you've enjoyed the journey through the creation of this one.
  5. 2 points
    Scottish Dirk, 318 Layer pattern welded, sterling silver fittings with Bog Rata handle, I did use some black dye to get the wood a bit blackerTotal length 47 cm blade 33cmI still have to make the scabbard.
  6. 2 points
    I hear you Robert. I look at my knife compared to some of the other contributions and feel like I'm going to be shortchanging somebody. That being said, I agree with Brian 100%. The thing that I love about the KITH is that it gives me an opportunity to try something new, but also forces me to do it over and over until I get it right. This year was not quite the litany of do-overs for me as last year, but between welding failures and grinding mistakes I still threw away 3 blades before I was happy with it. The one thing that I've noticed about the KITH, especially with the group guys on this site, is that it's not a competition. All that really matters is that you're pushing yourself, and doing the best work that YOU can. As long as you're doing that, your contribution is just as worthy and welcomed as one from a card carrying ABS master smith.
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    I like that the twists are a surprise. Much more effective than having them show from all angles.
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    This one too! https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php%3F/topic/38817-heat-treating-for-beginners-and-the-under-equipt/&ved=2ahUKEwj_5-Xmxv7kAhVBnlkKHTjnB54QFjAMegQIBBAB&usg=AOvVaw2yWAV0FRTrjbQ1YNxeWgLX&cshid=1570052910714
  10. 1 point
    What everyone else said... work of art, stunning, love it.... Truly a masterfully executed, harmonious, and tastefully done piece.
  11. 1 point
    What Alan said. You could always go well outside the box and use salt water etching to etch ridiculously deep and then undercut the edges for inlay with a rotary tool? Never done it but makes a little sense in my head.
  12. 1 point
    In hindsight, this is a great idea. I love carrying my blacksmiths knife. Its handy, and I must have nailed the heat treatment. I'm also not really worried about using. It's hard to tear up. No twist though! I would make the handle thin and D shaped to leave the blade end heavy for easy riding the sheath without a strap and to maintain comfort. Robert, that's a fine lookin' knife!
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    Impressive! Very clean!
  14. 1 point
    5160 high carbon, African bubinga scales
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    He swings......and never misses Excellent Gary!
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    Awesome looking knife! Interesting lines.
  19. 1 point
    That looks like a serious field knife. Interesting patina. How did you get that?
  20. 1 point
    At 6 inches, I don't think it's going to make a difference round or square, by the time you lay the wool in you have a 4 inch square area to heat up. It's gonna get hot. burner size is the question
  21. 1 point
    He swings , and it's a long high ball, It;s going, it's going it's gone !!! Another home run for Gary !!................
  22. 1 point
    Thanks for the close up shot of the pattern, Gary! It really does that high of a layer count justice. Looks great, btw.
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    I have. Isnt that a weed burner in the side of well, an oil drum? I need to look for that around here. The trench method with a long baffle pipe was my first thought, but Its gonna be hard to see decalescence on a 30 some odd inch of sword blade in a baffle pipe that's small enough to maintain a steady internal atmosphere. And I dont want to play around in open flame with this one. They say the worst time to learn karate is while getting your but kicked.
  25. 1 point
    That's very nice. The back edge is the perfect fit.
  26. 1 point
    Holy cow dude! Stunning!
  27. 1 point
    Beautiful, clean work!
  28. 1 point
    Can see the detail better here than on FB. Still a stunning piece.
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    I’m done but for the finishing touches on the sheath
  31. 1 point
    Yes I get it now, what I don't get is how you got from the 1st and 2nd photo to the 3rd photo! Looking good as always!
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    For many years now I was business partners with Peter Swarz-Burt and watched him making wootz . I learned a ton from him over the years. Well Peter left the shop last June,moved to HI infact. After peter left I got an order for a wootz knife . There were a few bars laying around I could use so I took the job.. the bars failed .. so I began my dissent into wootz making . This is the first piece completed from My wootz
  33. 1 point
    This sword is loosely based off an example in the Moesgaard Museum. I made the distal taper drastic in the first 2/5 of the blade, evened it out in the second 2/5, before finally tapering again in the last 1/5 (though the tip does have a very slight swell that I intentionally kept to get a bit more mass out there). The result is a sword that feels incredibly mobile in the hand, yet still has blade presence during the cut. The pommel is hollow to keep it light while increasing the visual "weight." The original inspiration was fragmentary, but based on proportions it seems likely that the blade was originally a slender Geibig Type 4, so this one was made to have a similar slender blade shape as could be seen in other 9th-10th century blades. The blade is 1075 tempered to 50-53 HRC, the hilt components are medium-carbon steel, and the grip is a combination of wenge and purpleheart. Hopefully you all like it! Stats: Overall Length: 37.0625" Blade Length: 30.0625" Blade Width at Base: 1.625" Blade Width at Point: .827" Grip Length: 4.342" Pommel Length: 2.244" Weight: 2lb 7.6oz POB: 2.75" COP: 20" from guard Thickness at base: .189" (.480cm) Thickness at COP: .093" (.235cm) Thickness at tip: .094" (.240cm)
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