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  1. A few years ago Alan gave me a pipe hawk handle blank which I never got around to making a head for. It's my dad's birthday on Thursday and he smokes a pipe, and has a few pipe hawks he's made from hatchets,, so I decided to make a head to fit the handle and give them to him to finish up. I planned to make it from mild steel, but I couldn't find a suitable piece, so I used wrought. Had a bunch of problems because a.) I was running out of gas, b.) I don't have a drift, and c.) my forge doesn't really get hot enough to weld wrought to itself unless everything is tight and ground clean, which isn
    4 points
  2. I have recently learned of this term from my 19 year old daughter, but it seems appropriate. This, sir, is a "flex." Translation: "A gratuitous display of competence in order to quiet any question of your abilities." Speaking in the vernacular of my generation: That's bad ass, dude. Grins, Dave
    2 points
  3. Alright, so I got a question from a potential customer as to whether or not the knife comes with a certificate of authenticity... given the absolutely horrendous price-tag. -So, I decided to make one. It has been a learning experience, no doubt about that. And after 42 hours of work, here is the result. Draumr Gripnir - Certificate of Authenticity: Specs: Leather: 2mm vegetable tan, dyed and painted with acrylic paint. Paper type: Original Crown Mill 100% pure cotton, 100gsm, Ivory color. Page size: A6 Pages: 48 Metal details:
    1 point
  4. Ah, looking at James Austin's method, and the original piece, I can see where the the over-definition of the collar got me. It wasn't what caused me to scrap the head, but it would have eventually. It looks like the only "sharp" lines on the preform should be surrounding the rectangle isolated for the pole, and in the front of the eye. Another mistake I realized was that the edge of the collar should actually extend a bit past the step for the front of the eye, on my preform they trailed it a little bit. Also, the material I isolated for the pole was a little too big, which made the eye wonky.
    1 point
  5. I just can't get myself around to start on sheaths yet.. I really need to and the practice is good but it's just no fun. So I put a handle on another one instead. I've never used cocobolo before but I get now why people like using it, nice deep colours. The blade as before made from my big 45 layer billet but twisted to give it a little flair
    1 point
  6. Thanks fellas! Garry, as to the playing... I've been playing my whole life as a relaxation thing or when I want to play something I hear. So, mediocre at best!
    1 point
  7. Alve it doesn't get any better than that....outstanding job
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  9. Greetings folks. I'm not sure where to post this and I'm beginning to think this isn't the right place as I'd love to post in show in tell, however this is a bladesmith's forum and not a luthier forum...... and so..... this is what happened in the shop today, yesterday, and the month before. Knives are being worked on! And Alan, if you feel it's not appropriate, feel free to remove or move to a more appropriate spot! At the end of it all, it's still surreal to think that this was something I've built with my own hands from scratch with minimal tools and no knowledge. It's be
    1 point
  10. That all depends on how much you charge.......
    1 point
  11. Give me eat, come eat !!!!!
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  12. Hello guys, I'm a french guy and i found this forum while searching for some informations about seax typology. And i found so many things ! Big thank you to everyone, but a detail caught my attention : some people were in need on informations about seax scabbard buttons .... and i have some ! But not only about this specific subject : it's a report (totally free and open access from HAL an open acces franch archive) from a find in Erstein in France. The report is about Merovingian warriors tombs from mainly 6th century and their armament. So there's informations about swords,
    1 point
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