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  1. Hi all! After a long time I signed there because I made new knife which is available. It is small knife overall lenght is 22,5 cm, blade 10 cm and handle 12,5. Welded blade is forged from old, broken springs of agriculture machine and from the bearings. These springs I found unders old oaks on Kovalovec meadows. Guard is from patinated bronze and on handle is small patch of cow bone, which I found on the way to the Skalica hills. Last part I bought from my friend and it is Palisander Honduras burl wood. Hand sewn scandinavian type sheath with leather inserts in the b
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  2. I get in this argument with smiths pretty often (less now that I've bailed on Facebook though). Way I see it, time is finite. Effort=time. Anything that reduces the amount of time/effort needed to complete a task, means I can spend that time/effort elsewhere. The older I get, the more I feel this way. And arguments about "cheating" just piss me off. Only people without good tools call it cheating.
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  3. I think some of the 'anvils' are in fact drifts as you suggest. If you want to have a look at other finds, here is a search in the Norwegian finds database. Hammers: http://www.unimus.no/foto/?fbclid=IwAR2uQRcqng4jPq3ouSTCMVKKKFrQzDmXnI1s71C7Wa-5eDcEORAnJevwopg#/search?q=hammer vikingtid Tongs: http://www.unimus.no/foto/?fbclid=IwAR2RV_49sNPBLikxcKfikkfmngxhcjPGBHZwcW-ZzKp9V0VZmo4xNR5JQkM#/search?q=tang vikingtid Anvils: http://www.unimus.no/foto/?fbclid=IwAR1Ug_XRXyU4hC0PnW73OFmahse-47PDjx7wACnRwZASpCyEPEDXTfP4TGI#/search?q=ambolt vik
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  4. How many tools is enough? I'm almost 20 years working as a blacksmith and I've been thinking about which direction I want to go and maybe building a new shop to support me for the coming years. Which got me thinking about tools, so I thought I would lay out all the tools I've used in the last year. Might have missed a couple :-) In addition to what's in the photos, I have gas and coal forges, anvils, post vises, a swage block and a small cone mandrel. For power tools: bench top drill press, dry cut saw, tumbler and a belt grinder.
    1 point
  5. There's no such thing as too many tools, only too small a place in which to keep them.
    1 point
  6. I don't see the point of using ivory, particularly for smaller pieces? Regular cow bone is practically indistinguishable. Very few people can tell the difference.
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  7. Cut a long story short, wish I had the guts to make and sell a knife like that....look great!
    1 point
  8. "If Mamma ain't happy, ain't nobody gonna be happy" Learned that over 50 years and 4 wives ago!
    1 point
  9. I made a little Kiradashi for leatherworking a while ago. Best tool I have ever made for myself.... Nice job forging that.
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  10. Really nice. Thanks for sharing.
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  11. Did a little horse trading- and now My shop-monster has her own anvil... a little 35 pounder Cliff Carroll to go with my new TFS -Now to get a stand built and her rocking the iron!
    1 point
  12. Been working on the carving for this on for the past couple of days, and got the first side pretty much done:
    1 point
  13. That's a beautiful piece.
    1 point
  14. Many, many, many thanks, Josh. Just the kind of input I'm looking for. I know a lot of this knife making stuff isn't chiseled in stone like the 10 Commandments. But everything anyone of you experienced knife makers can tell me helps. You're certainly not going to hurt my feelings. The only reason I joined the forum is to learn...........and I'm trying to be just like a sponge. I had meant to make the plunge line match the angle of the bolster, keeping the Ricasso more narrow, but the newbie in me was fearful I'd not be able to match that angle on both sides free-handed. The
    1 point
  15. Good evening, all. Here's the progress from this week. I've got everything plumbed in (except the propane tank), wired up and just now plugged it in and flipped the power switch on. No sparks! The main NC valve clicked open, the blower started, and when I turned the high flow switch to 'ON', that valve clicked open, and clicked shut when turned back to off. Nothing happened when I turned it to 'AUTO', but I'm not sure if that's something I need to worry about yet because I haven't done anything to program the PID.
    1 point
  16. Take that blade to a certain seax group I'm a member of. The criticism would be downright salty! A well done blade btw! I have to agree with Joshua, and Alan, but you did it well!
    1 point
  17. Same here, John. I stepped away from the computer and came back to a response that sounded as if a moderator had deleted an offensive post. At any rate, I for one, appreciate honest critique from more experienced bladesmiths. I hope to be at a point in this journey some day to make educated/experienced comments about others work........other than just saying I like it.
    1 point
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