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  1. 2 points
    The pointy moss does work better. I just hope whoever buys it understands just how finicky the process of making it was!
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    Greetings Fellows of the forge, While I am waiting for the leather to get shipped to Darwin for the sheath to house my recently finished Seax I have been spending my time making wood carving chisels, gravers, punches and researching how these sheaths were constructed. Well In my research I have viewed countless Seaxes both historical and recreations and have decided that I absolutely love the Broken Back style blades especially the Long pointy ones. I also came across the Baltic style War Knives and after reading the Baltic War Knives thread in History I decided that These knives really interest me too especially their blade geometry. So in the spirit of historically inspired things that “could have been” I decided to combine the wicked blade shape of the Broken Back Long Seax with the thin stabby blade geometry and handle of the Baltic/Gotlandic War Knife. Here it is so far after a successful heat treat...now I am going to work out what handle material suits it best ( pictured with a rough fit of antler but I am undecided) I then plan to put some of my newly made tools to use on the handle fittings. The overall length including the tang is 57 cm with a blade length of 40cm The spine is 7mm thick and 2.5cm wide at the base It already has a wicked feel to it. As always any and all feedback, critique, advice suggestions etc greatly appreciated
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    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!
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    Hi Alex, yes I will put a spacer but am still deciding on what but I think it will be Bronze too. Josh and Clifford..yes..That pumpkins got it coming!
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    That is one sweet blade profile and the handle is gonna be icing on the cake !!!!!!!!!! The punkin better git its affairs in order..........
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    +1 on that. +1 on the pumpkin idea as well!
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    That this is going to be sweet Rob! Are you going to put a thin bronze spacer in the center between the two pieces of horn too?
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    My wife turned me on to white charcoal pencils. The marks stay very visible at high heat. I also just noticed your signature line about the Czar. That reminded me of one of my favorite Broadway musicals and a scene with the villagers and their Rabbi. Villager: Rabbi, do you have a blessing for the Czar? Rabbi: A blessing for the Czar? Sure. May God bless and keep the Czar......far away from us! Happy Thanksgiving!
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    Excellent,Joshua,it looks like you're happening on this,right on! From experience i know how both the top and bottom edges of an axe blank suffer in forging.(They're also challenging to correct,as few if any of sections of curvature would lay against any surface you may have on your anvil...unless like some Swedish shops you actually forge special top-tools/bolsters for that specific axe shape). I'll even be a total wuss and go ahead and confess that i no longer even use a prick punch for laying out.On number of occasions the marks from my small square punch have grown into fairly unpleasant(both visually and structurally)stress-riser issues...But that's going a bit far,i'm sure you know what effect your marking system will have. Best of luck,man!Happy forging!:) (and safe&happy holidays:)
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    Dude. Rather, your dudliness. I am lovin' that blade. The slightly recurved/downturn edge? Yeah, I bet that feels wicked to hold. I especially like the combination of the slight broken back and the length with the slender width. Nice combination of Baltic/AS flavor. Things that should have been (J.A. LOOSE) Smokin' man. Simply Smokin'
  11. 1 point
    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.
  12. 1 point
    Looking good mate. Best of luck
  13. 1 point
    Joshua,good job,glad to see you're trying this out. In the third photo from top,those aren't cold-shuts,looking straight at the edge of stock? If so,i'd grind those out before you go about shaping things further. (sorry if i'm seeing things).
  14. 1 point
    That's a dog's butt in the first shot... Seriously though, looks good! How do you like it?
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    And, a few more more. This little mantis hitched a ride in on my wife's black sweater, so I grabbed the camera and shot him before he jumped off. He seemed to like to "pose" for the shots, lol. A moth that was on the birch tree outside my porch:
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    I've made several of them for blade smiths and have used them a few times. My experience is they are obnoxious to use and a $4.95 cheapo file is much faster, easier and cleaner to use. But it's still a good experience to use one just to get a glimpse of how it was done in the past.
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    Thanks for all the input! -Todd
  19. 1 point
    Has anyone used the diamond grinder belts before on steel? They are listed for stone and glass use but I am looking for an abrasive that will hold up to S7 that has been HT and low temperature tempered. So far my Klingspor, Hermes, 3M and Norton go bald after I have ground three filing jigs. That is after I have surfaced them with a carbide face mill to remove the de-carb. I can get a little more mileage by using 40% speed and very light pressure but I still see far too much expensive sand flying off the belts.
  20. 1 point
    Made from scotchbroom, copper and 4140. The 1095 blades are 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" wide. They are secured with two 1/4" threaded slugs.
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