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  1. So it begins: a new fascination/envy for a skill others have and I want! Thanks for bringing me in to your shop for the afternoon and evening Alex. I am humbled that you would openly share your knowledge, materials, and tools. As for the wood, one man's junk is another man's treasure. As I cherry picked the scrap bin for walnut to do an inlay project I couldn't pass up some of the grain patterns on those pieces you now have. Although I had no intentions for them, I feel I was given a gift to give a gift. In return....well...I will have a tool (knife) that I will cherish foreve
    2 points
  2. So, this showed up in the mail today. Surprising since I just ordered it last week. I haven't had time to read it in detail, but the pieces shown inside are quite humbling.
    1 point
  3. Counting the connecting pins, this hilt has 52 pieces.
    1 point
  4. Couple more pics of Mike's knife. After cleaning up the profile: And then getting started on getting things flat: Things got a little wonky on the grinder, so we went to files to get it straightened back out. Plenty of work left to do.
    1 point
  5. Sanded the other side today. So far I've used 9 sheets of 80 grit paper and fully expect to use the 10th. I'll need to order more. The weight: 1lb 9.5 oz And the sax is weighing in about 1oz lighter, but needs more sanding. It might get it's own thread if it survives. I always get really nervous come HT time. And I think I normalized already, but I might have to do it over just to be safe.
    1 point
  6. Not sure what I'm doing with it but it looks like it's all welded back together. I wrapped it around a bar of wagon tire wrought iron. It's not a langsax but it will still become something interesting?
    1 point
  7. I know the Good Lord teaches against envy, Garry, but I can't help myself. That's one beautiful burl. I've a friend who makes his living cutting down trees............biggun's with the really big burls. I've seen a bunch he has. Unfortunately for me, his hobby is wood turning, so I'll never see one of those burls in my shop unless the burl fairy makes a stop some night while I'm sleeping.
    1 point
  8. I will not bother to post the ingot of the day..a few pits but all in all it went very well. Tomorrow is my last run and the forge will be back in place. All ingots will be cut in half , only one section of each will be forged. The ingots all have a different life history/chemistry and should provide some insight into the historical methods. The virus has me in the shop more than normal. Each melt requires 3 hrs of furnace time plus material prep. I am using my homemade cast iron about 3.2--3.5% carbon. and a material called Norway iron ( an early steel from Sweden very clean just like wrough
    1 point
  9. A day on leather work today with this lot cut out, welts glued in, dyed and ready for the belt loops to be sewn on.
    1 point
  10. I did this tanto a very long time, from the same steel
    1 point
  11. Hello, this is an experimental blade made of medium carbon steel (I can’t say the exact grade of steel, we are conducting chemical analyzes) In my experience, such large grains (nie, nioi) can only be obtained on medium carbon steel, on steels with a carbon content of 0.7-1.2 this is not even close (dozens of experiments were carried out)
    1 point
  12. Got the big billet of crushed Ws I'm working on cut, restacked, and first-pass welded on Sunday, and today I got it mostly drawn out. I had to fight it for a while to make the cross section look like a rectangle rather than a parallelogram, but I think it's all set now. It's a lot of work just to lift this thing up.
    1 point
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