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  1. 2 points
    Boy oh.. so this one is an odd duck for me. The blade is leftover bits I had from other projects past (3" blade 7 1/4" overall). It's a four bar construction. The spine is wrought iron, the second bar is 1095 and 15N20, and the edge is 1084. The ferrule a sandwich of wrought iron and brass silver soldered. The handle is stabilized quilted maple. The sheath is hand stitched tooled (I'm still getting this down) veg tan leather. It was a fun knife to put together and I pushed every comfort zone I could on it. It's up on Etsy if anyone is interested. Thanks for looking!
  2. 1 point
    Hi all, Just finished another lockdown project, only a small piece but the biggest blade I can currently heat treat and a milestone project for a noob like me! This is a late 15th/early 16th century messer. I've always liked the little Breughal inspired peasant knives that a few people have made replicas of, and also the Wakefield hangers, so smash those two designs together and you get this. The dates are of course a little out but not by much so hopefully It looks like something historically plausable. I don't know if there's some weird perspective thing or what going on but to me it definitely looks bigger in the pictures, this is only 43cm long, but I think that is about right for the sort of knife in the 'peasant wedding' painting. Certainly civilian rather than battlefield weapon. The blade for this is forged from 1075+cr, with a distal taper going from 6mm at the guard to 3mmish around the tip. The fuller was roughed in with an angle grinder and then filed in. Hours of fun. I like shiny knives so this has been mirror polished, though I know this is not to everyone's tastes and maybe not how a real one would have looked. The hilt fittings are mild steel, and the handle scales are walnut. The sheath is double layered with an integrated belt. I am mostly a leatherworker really and it's always fun going against all of my instincts to make something that looks medieval. Goodbye tracing paper and measuring tools, freehand it is. Anyway I hope you like it! I have a photo of 9 year old me at a reenactment event holding one of these and it's stuck with me since. 15 years later and I finally have my own, so quite a special project for me, and a nice big tick on the bucket list. Any comments or critiques welcome. Cheers! Alex
  3. 1 point
    The other little project was to make a spring fuller for the helve hammer so I can draw out some length from shorter thicker bars. Started with a piece of 2 inch bar stock and drilled a serier of holes accross it then a cut off disc in the angle grinder gave me the two pieces to grind into equal halves. a 6 ft 6 length of 2 x 1/4 flat bar was marked out and cut into 3 and a dog leg marked in using the angle dividers. I wanted to run these wiuth a dog leg so I had a better meeting surface with a straighter pull through on the hammer. I only welded up the one for now with its added bar to bring it up the the anvil height. I did set the 1/2 rounds on to make sure they would be in the right place but didn't weld them on till I had put the bar into the forge and got it hot enough to bend the flat bar to make the right shape to work as a spring and then welded the 1/2 rounds in place. And just in case any of you are not up to speed on welding this is how a weld is supposed to look In any case it all seemed to fit together about right and with a couple of bolt thread tapped in the table top I can secure it in place against the movment caused by drawing the bar through it in use. I am abkle to secure the tup at its highest poiunt so that I can change out the various dies etc that I may end up making and have the ability through the top styrip on the drive arm and the link between the tup and the spring to adjust the opening by quite a substantial ammount if the need be.
  4. 1 point
    That's a nice little EDC. I think you have a pretty good handle on the leather tooling. That one looks good anyway.
  5. 1 point
    Be careful Joel. Getting into electronics is certainly a dangerous hobby. I HAVENT FORGED ANYTHING IN OVER 6 MONTHS TRYING TO PERFECT THE FAN AND OIL CONTROL CIRCUITRY FOR MY FORGE!!!
  6. 1 point
    Cool stuff Conner! In the unlikely case you guys have been wondering, I'm still alive . I'm taking a break from knifemaking. I've been reading a lot about loudspeaker making lately and decided to make myself a pair of floorstanders for a change. There's a lot of science to make it all sound good! In the end, ff they only sound as good as my Oberon7, I'll be pleased . Once I'm done with the speakers, I'll finish my KITH knife I promise hehe.
  7. 1 point
    Steak knife/paring knife in the works. I forged the bevels on this one and it looks good considering it’s my first time doing that. I didn’t have to grind very much either, they are very even. Oh and yes I will sand out those scratches.
  8. 1 point
    Not in the shed but had a good day in town. I went to the outlet where I get bearings and belts etc to get a slightly shorter belt for the hammer final drive They have drums of bearings that are to go for scrap and they gave me permission to scavenge any of it I wanted. I just got three smaller ones about 4 inches in dia but there were a couple of big ones that must have been 2 ft across.
  9. 1 point
    I think this is looking very cool Zeb.
  10. 1 point
    Fire striker "Drakkar". Fire strikers that are made with using forge welding.
  11. 0 points
    Totally gutted on this puck. My electric kiln I use for REM had something go haywire, and the crucible I reseal my pucks in to bake bled some and as it touched the soft firebrick, it undermined the crucibles plinth inside and the cruciblr tilted and overheated to the point of remelting and pouring out into the kiln. Lol. Needless to say I lost half a pound of steel, need to remelt it. I'm going to add a half pound of W2 to bring the carbon down a tic, and buy new elements for the kiln. Plan to remelt this Friday.
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