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  1. 3 points
    After a rough grind & a quick etch I got my first look at the pattern. I'm sure that it will show more detail after H/T.
  2. 2 points
    It has been a while since I last posted any work here, probably because I haven't done much knifemaking for the past couple of years. However, work suddenly dried up in August, and a prayer revealed the answer: "Make knives!" What sort of knives? The market is stuffed with makers. Again I got an instant answer: "Burger, wake up! Make multiblade folders!" Well so I got back into making knives and it was a struggle at first. One of the prime reasons I stopped was that I just couldn't see up close any more, and my reading glasses, no matter how frequently I changed them, just couldn't keep up. So i learned to make knives wearing +4 Optivizors! It took three weeks and four knives before I was used to working with them. Enough history! This weekend is the largest knife show south of the equator, the Brooklyn knife show in Pretoria, and I was lucky to get a table. So for the past month I have been working on a couple of special knives: The first is the second five blade stockman I made, (the first I made in 2012/13) this is knife nr 11 of 2019, and I am quite happy with it. The damascus was made by Henning Wilkinson. Brass liners, bronze pins and MOP scales. a Then, just to be completely insane, I decided to make some knives i have never attempted before: a split back whittler and a four blade congress,and since both are my first attempts, I just had to use damascus for both. The congress has warthog tusk covers, the blades are crushed w's damascus by Stuart Smith The split back whittler has paper micarta scales, the blades I made from a bit feather damascus I had left over from when I made my first five-blade about seven years ago. Thank you for looking, questions and comments welcome!
  3. 2 points
    Basically,the decision is based on what is wanted/and how to get there most expeditiously. For example,that axe you forged of late in Hot Work topic(great job,btw;my internet is intermittent,and i couldn't comment just then),you chose a type of axe that is essentially almost poll-less. However,to create even the transition from poll to cheeks,as well as thin those some,and to make that transition forward all took time and energy. Potentially,especially if were you up against a design that called for more variance in mass, you could accomplish it easier or faster by welding. Heres a cool photo of a yet-unwelded components of an axe similar to one you posted: It is by a smith Mathieu Colette,from Montreal,here's his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Taillanderie-Claudel-609826759129934/photos/?ref=page_internal That photo doesn't really show that the middle piece that grips the blade and the front of socket is cleft on both ends,this kinda "bow-tie" shape in section. The blade is forged from two more pieces,and socket is comprised of three more,so this particular method is a 6-piece construction.
  4. 1 point
    Yes, a stupid mistake, luckily I got off lightly, it reminded me of when I was an apprentice truck mechanic, the guy I was working with(teaching me!!) was trying to drill the fender to fit mudflaps, however he had his hand the other side of the fender exactly where the 1/4 inch drill bit exited. The bit went right through his wrist, we had to remove the drill bit from the chuck while it was still in his wrist, then try and remove the bit from the fender, not something you expect to have to do in your second week of your apprenticeship!
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  6. 1 point
    It sounds like you did indeed use the terminology correctly. The best example I generally have to describe shear is to place your hands together (palm to palm), then slide them as if you were trying to warm your hands. I think this is the key. While it is a weaker weld, there is a lot more of it to spread the load. Like the chain link example, if you scarf a lot of material, you have a lot more area of weld to hold it. Whereas if you do very little scarfing, you will want something better than a forge weld (like an electric arc weld, possibly with a better material filler than the base material).
  7. 1 point
    I suspect he meant compression?
  8. 1 point
    I wish I could like it more than once.
  9. 1 point
    That is a very evocative pattern; looking forward to the finished piece!
  10. 1 point
    I knew you could do it !! Awesome job as to expected from you...........................
  11. 1 point
    That's remarkable, Gary. I'm impressed.
  12. 1 point
    FWIW, I decided to start carrying after an encounter at my shop. I work long hours and often the boss goes home and I stay behind, or he's measuring a job, or meeting clients while I build stuff. We work near a shady motel and a trailer park that has some less than unsavory characters passing by our little cove away from the main highway. I've had the occasional drifter stop in to say "hey I like your music", "can I bum a smoke" (I dont smoke), or wanting work. This one night I was working at the big saw loading it with more steel to cut. I turn around and this ghostly pale guy is standing right beside me. His eyes were wide open. I noticed he was very nervous and jittery and had a baggy coat and a baseball cap pulled way down. He asked for money and I really had forgotten my wallet that morning. I gave him my glovebox cash and he thanked me and went on his way. Looking back, I question the guys intent and what he may have done if he decided I was lying about my wallet or if I had flat out said no. I then think about how many times i had my back to him and how often we were within arms reach with potential weapons everywhere. I dont like that I got inside my truck to give him cash. He could've killed me and had truck and all. So from that point I decided I needed to be more prepared, and not to compromise my safety by giving anything to people that raise red flags and keeping distance and eye contact. I dont like the scare tactic approach. If someone is out to do you harm and you pull a knife; who's to say their fight or flight sensor was stuck in flight mode today? Again, just trying to help. I think the best way to do that is via a deadly dull, and gravely serious reply. Best of luck!
  13. 1 point
    You certainly didn't loose the edge after those years. Exquisite work sir!
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  15. 1 point
    Now that’s what is needed in this modern world..QUALITY!
  16. 1 point
    Nice work! I've gotten addicted to making folders recently, but haven't tried a multi-blade yet. That is quite a step up from a single blade. I'm also dependent on optivisors. I still have 20/15 vision, but it starts about 3 feet from my face Once you get used to the short depth of field of the optivisors, they are a life changer.
  17. 1 point
    Welcome back! Good to see you back in the saddle. Those are very classy knives and I wish you the best for the show.
  18. 1 point
    Duh, maybe I should pay more attention to my comprehension when reading, huh! Sorry 'bout dat!
  19. 1 point
    Very nice, very classy. Makes me want one now. Keep going
  20. 1 point
    The bigger button is made as rivet and its riveted on the long brass strip, which is creates sort of washer for all rivets. I hope this make sense Exactely, thank you
  21. 1 point
    Very clean work! Those are quite impressive. I have a feeling you will do just fine at the show with work like that.
  22. 1 point
    Welcome back! I too am a member of the Optivisor club, during all steps except actual forging and rough grinding. Those look great. That split-back whittler was an ambitious thing to try, but you pulled it off very well indeed! I'm not quite there in my folders, having only made three of the buggers so far. Keep it up and good luck at the show!
  23. 1 point
    Very impressive folders. I think you should do well at the show. Probably a lot of opportunities for future orders, I'd think. Hope you have plenty of business cards to take with you.
  24. 1 point
    That is a very cool hammer! Neat design. It's looking good, Gary! I think were all holding our breath in anticipation .
  25. 1 point
    I fiend of mine sent me this email message today. I don't have cable, so it doesn't matter to me, but I thought I'd pass the info along. The cable channel IFC is running a 12-hour Monty Python marathon on Wednesday 11/27, from 9am-9pm (check local listings). Hours of Flying Circus episodes, followed by Life of Brian and Holy Grail. P.S. They're showing Godfather I and II on Thanksgiving Day. This has been a public service announcement. Happy Turkey (or Tofurkey) to all!
  26. 1 point
    5160 heat-treatment is great for beginners. Forging, not so much.
  27. 1 point
    You could weld drops on, making sure you have very little penetration. Especially easy if you have a crappy welder and don't really know how to weld... I'm not trying to be offensive or put anyone down here, it's just that I recently took apart (pulled the welds apart by hand) and re-welded a forge frame for a friend of mine who doesn't really know how to weld and who used a harbor freight 110V welder, and the welds looked just like beads on the surface.
  28. 1 point
    Here's the book I mentioned: http://bluemoonpress.org/index.php/hammered-symbols.html And a video of the collection (all sorts of tools, not just axes). It really helps if you speak German, but the pictures speak for themselves.
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