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  1. Got this from my brother as a christmas gift. He knows me so well! Nordic style, actual polished steel and bronze, with a chainmail aventail (which needs a bit of repair due to shipping damage, no biggie.) Leather lined on the inside with hinged cheek pieces. Its comfortable too! Valhöll awaits!!! The beard seems to fit, but I'm not so sure that the cardigan does . I hope everybody had a nice christmas with their families. May the good times keep rolling, the food be warm, and the
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  2. 8-9 ounce veg tanned leather / hand stitched with quick attach metal belt clip
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  3. These two paired Scottish dirks were done as a personal project for Christmas presents. They went to my sister and her husband, who had their wedding in Scotland last year. The blades are 5160 steel with dramatic distal and profile taper. I don't think these typically had distal taper, but I decided to do something a little different. One blade was forged by me, and the other was forged by my girlfriend as a fun couple's project. She also polished the blades while I worked on the hilts. The guards and pommels are solid brass, and the woods used are padauk and wenge.
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  4. A lot of this is controlled by the shape of your hammer face and the angle of the strike. Very rounded faces push steel in a different direction than flatter faces. I realized that choosing a hammer is often something that takes a few years, or at least it did with me. Imagine dropping a bowling ball in a mud puddle, which way is the mud going to move? Now imagine dropping a log in the same puddle. Which way does the mud move? You now have the difference between a rounding hammer and a cross peen. Use the same analogy for various shapes of hammer face. Tilt the hammer
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  5. Nice! And now I know what wrought will do in an oven, which is handy.
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  6. Thanks For the Faith fellas. Well keeping with the dark theme of the raven I tried my hand at drawing up a design and gave my first try at tooling leather a go (Thanks Josh for your tutorial). As with everything there is always heaps of room for improvement and I will need to make more tools but in any case this is where I am at so far. It would have been much better and easier to tool the leather flat before moulding but I had to mould the broken back hump in and could not see a way to do the tooling first. Next is stain leather and make fittings.
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  7. Those are going to look sharp! (no pun intended, Josh!)
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  8. Thanks! The handle is very comfortable (I have now learned that its probably ironwood) though I was more happy with this one that I also made a while ago (Beech burl for this one).
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  9. Thank you. My parents loved it too, so I am very happy.
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