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  1. I have a small shop and hate cleaning up sawdust. I used 1084 for the blades and large garage door spring for the handles. Have a great weekend!
    6 points
  2. Just finished up this San-Mai Cleaver. Wagon Wheel Wrought iron and 80Crv2 blade. Desert Ironwood handle w/ SS hardware.
    4 points
  3. Before I started the barrel channel today I decided to put a handle on this chisel. It was my fathers and was given to him when he left one school by the one of the teachers because of his liking for woodwork so that would have been in 1935 or 6. It has had the handle broken off and used like this for as long as I remember and it has been in my shed for the last 23years so it was time to put it right. The piece of oak is from some board cut from a tree my father helped cut down and dress in about 1955 so it was apropriate to use it for this. It is one of the chisels I use for
    4 points
  4. Low layer Damascus quick n dirty etch. Pay no attention to all the little slips from the grinder
    2 points
  5. Thanks again for all the kind words gentlemen. I had the day off work so I spent most of it reshaping and finishing the guard, and bringing the handle down to final shape. Even though I still have some rough spots to sand out, I couldn't resist buffing the handle to see the grain better. Depending on how long "the list" is this weekend, I may be able to get it glued up before too long.
    2 points
  6. And here's the first one finished Was originally going to have the wood scales go the whole length of the handle but then got the idea of using ebony and blackening the hilt but just had a 12cm long block of ebony in my drawer so I had to improvise. overall length is 76cm and the blade is 56cm long. the edges were left almost 1mm thick for legality reasons so it is a bit heavy at 950 grams and now I just have to find the time to finish the other one
    2 points
  7. I'm trying to pull more enameling into my work, and fun stones. This is Hvetr-rafn, or Winter Raven. A drinking horn. The finial will be cast in silver with opal eyes and more blue enamel. There will be a silver lip and some more details.
    2 points
  8. I've yet to do a lot of sand & polish as well as to etch the blade but all of the components are there now.
    2 points
  9. hello, Recent project for customer. Slavic knife with pattern welded blade.Pattern welded knife blade made from wrought iron and carbon steel. Overall length 220mm, blade length 150mm, blade width (at the widest point) 20mm, blade thickness 2mm. Oak and deer antler handle. Thank you Jacek
    2 points
  10. Making messers for two of my nephews as time allows. As they will at most be used to saber champagne bottles I wasn't too concerned with making them very historical so the blades are quite thin at the shoulder at 4mm but still taper down to 2mm at the clips but still more beveling to do on them Mostly using them to play with different crossguard designs to make them not too similar
    1 point
  11. Hey from the UK, first ever time lifting the hammer. I know it's the wrong steel but I just wanted to start basic. Went for a tanto shape and then hit the files. Work in progress hopefully better things to come
    1 point
  12. First go at one if these, just too cool not to try. had some issues that were mostly as a result of rushing or not paying attention but I’m happy with it over all. Would like to make another with some twists and stuff. Inlay on the socket would be cool too but I only have so much patience! wrought socket and core, wrought and mild teeth, en42j and 15N20 edge.
    1 point
  13. Ooooh yaa! Now that's a knife. Doug
    1 point
  14. Lookin pretty phat!
    1 point
  15. There are a few topics on the forum about it. Here is a Google site search for it.
    1 point
  16. I just saw this one on FB. This from one of my FB friends, Roberto Ottonello. He is an Italian knifemaker who does some beautiful work. A slip joint variety that uses the whole tusk as the handle. Just an idea.
    1 point
  17. Nice! Rob, I once saw one made from Texas Longhorn. Held about three liters...
    1 point
  18. That's slick. It has a real steam punk or post apocalyptic sort of vibe to it without looking so over the top that it doesn't belong in the kitchen. I like it. It makes me want to spatchcock some chickens...
    1 point
  19. I learned the craft slowly, painfully, and piecemeal. I came from a background of a electronics/network tech, which helped me only in the sense that I understood troubleshooting and problem solving. I took some classes with a local blacksmithing group, met a few bladesmiths, and went from there. Very few people, IMHO, make a living as a bladesmith. I have a wife with a job that covers us, but puts her on the road about 40K miles a year. So along with bladesmith I am watchman, chief cook, and bringer of food to horses. My work brings in a few bucks, but pretty much if I can cov
    1 point
  20. What Brian said. I occasionally clean this build up off my platen. My first one lasted 6 years before developing a crack. I'd suggest beveling/rounding the corner where the belt comes over off the wheel. JBWeld works well to hold it on. If usaknifemaker doesn't have your size, I'm pretty sure you can still find it on e-bay and order specific sizes.
    1 point
  21. No they're not a gimmick. The idea is that over time abrasive is rubbed off of belts and runs between the belt back and your metal platen, wearing it down. Ceramic glass platens can't be worn away as easy. They are very resistant to heat and provide a slick surface for your belt to run over. A big cavet, if you don't put them on right, you're gonna have a piece of glass suddenly pull loos from your platen and hit the wheel! BANG! https://usaknifemaker.com/ceramic-glass-platen-liner-for-flat-platen.html
    1 point
  22. Oooh, I'm excited to see more of this.
    1 point
  23. Bronze works fine, but it can conflict with some color schemes. You can also get small diameter stainless barstock, 303 and 304 work fine. No real need for anything harder than that. Your knives look good! Keep it up.
    1 point
  24. All Finished I decided against copper spacers. I call this one "Smoke and Mirrors" I made it for my wife for Easter.
    1 point
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