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  1. I actually looked up how much 50lbs of silicon bronze would cost. It's less than I thought. Bronze would look really cool, especially with a patina on it. The wear marks would make it even better. Have just looked up weights. Bronze seems to be heavier than cast iron per cubic inch (.307 for bronze vs. .260 for cast iron), so the size would probably have to be reduced a bit, or a bit of a hollow left in the base. I think I could build a custom flask large enough to fit in my burn out kiln and use satin cast. Definitely can't use vacuum casting, so it would just be a gr
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  3. Generally speaking, this forum is limited to knives you made yourself. Sometimes we'll allow people to sell knives by others, if the "other" is a well known custom bladesmith. You're kind of on the edge with the two knives you've listed. Tell you what: as long as you don't bump the threads, they can stay. Bump them without either new information OR a price change, and they're out of here.
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  4. All, thanks so much for the advice, especially Alan for doing the deep dive for specs. You've made this new guy feel very welcome. Full disclosure here, I am JUST starting into bladesmithing after thinking about it for ever, and don't want to mess up this pretty unique blade steel. So the finished knife could be quite a ways off yet. Fortunately, there is a very accomplished bladesmith gracious enough to take a group of us Vets under his guidance. I will take pics/video thru out and post those as it progresses. Any help/critique/advice humbly welcomed. I am recently r
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  5. I prefer slightly damp. The real leather folks call the condition "in case," which is just damp to the core, not wet enough to drip when squeezed. The guy who showed me would cut out the sheath blank, run it under the tap for a second or two, then put it in a plastic bag for a couple of hours prior to working on it.
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  6. Have a couple of other projects under cntroll so was able to get back to this today. grind is done and first bronze plate fitted. Next is getting the underside of the ricasso done and then on to the S guard so doing a bit of checking on others guards to find the right combination of curves, length and end treatment to hopefully complement the picture I have in my head.
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  7. Nothing fancy but It feels quite practical. My friend is leaving the Northern Territory for greener pastures where instead of buffalo and boar he will be hunting deer, goats etc I made this as a parting gift. hope It serves him well. 1075 and antler.
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  8. I really like the height. That should make it easier to stand up to batonning through tough wood.
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  9. The Lady Wife and I have been building a deck. The deck is nearly as big as the square footage of the house. It's been mostly weekends but she does have vacation time she needs to burn, so we took this last week to work on it. It's been in the 80's and 90's but the smoke haze dropped the temps into the 60's, good construction weather, if you don't need to breath. OBLIGATORY KNIFE RELATED CONTENT As I was cutting deck boards I found one with a ton of staples in it. I pulled my EDC to pry them out. I then thought about what most people would think about using this blade as a pr
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  10. Had to change the motor on the power hammer today. Was more than a simple bolt inn as the hammer was really built round the 1 hp motor but it was a 5 amp draw and was trying to draw 5.5 amps so kept shutting down. The new motor is a 2 hp unit and was/is substantially larger so it was a bit of a shoehorn effort. Had to shift the hinges mounting plate back about 3 1/2 inches and that necessitated shifting the treddle as well which was all welded i place. The hinged mounting plate was held in with 1/4 in bolst so had to drilll and tap them and the stop plate in thier new positions. I did have to
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  11. 425 plus shipping sheath made by Roy carter
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  12. After getting some handle on few blades for shaping tomorrow morning, I made a start on the knife this thread is about. First step was to cut the blade out of the bar A little bit of surgery was needed on the tang with a short extension welded on and a 5/32 hole drilled and countersunk for a copper rivet later that will be where the 1/8 handle pin goes through I ground the bronze spacer to .155 but have an idea they might be a bit thick for the subtle shine I want them to give. The ebony spacer is about right and the handle blockwas cut with a 6.5 degree an
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  13. Yes. Alcohol dyes are great for leather. And score, man, a showcase free of commission? And, you know, he has a leather sewing machine...
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  14. If I need a shiny burnished edge, I use the tragacanth. It looks much nicer than dry burnishing. It can be messy if you get it on the hair side, though, only use it on the flesh side and cut edges. And don't let it freeze. When it thaws you have a bottle of gummy bear guts. With a polished bone or antler slicker, especially with a notch filed to fit the thickness of your edge, it produces really nice results. It's how they get the edges of leather belts to look so smooth and shiny. It's more of a pro leatherworker thing, though, and I am about as far from a pro leatherworker as I
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  15. As the title suggests, this represents a lot of new things for me... first time casting fittings, first time carving wood, first hollow grind, first double edged blade, first time setting gems, and many more. This is a gift for my mother and was originally conceived because I am obsessed with Jake Powning's work and I desperately want one of his blades, but simply lacked the funds... so in true blacksmith fashion, if you can't afford it, make it yourself. It is of course no where close to the quality of his work, but I am fairly happy with what I ended up with. Made from... 8 rubies 6 sa
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  16. i haven't tried it but pulling vacuum might get the bubbles out of the resin and minimize the sinking
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  17. Looking great. Can't wait to see it finished.
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