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  1. I took my first blacksmithing class 22 years ago this month, October of 1998. Did a lot of ornamental stuff before trying blades. Here's #1 (the little one with sheath) and #3: You can't tell from the pics, but the blade and guard of #1 are welded cable. What am I most proud of? Let's see... there's this repro of the last tomahawk presented to Meriwether Lewis, accurately dimensioned and using antique wrought iron: and the blades of the Maldon Foes collab between me and Petr Florianek (Petr did the handles and scabbards): And my trowel:
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  2. Here's my first "sword." I made it when I was about 13 years old from an old file. Not forged. The copper wire on the hilt is from telephone wire that I stripped the sheathing from. The pommel is a large brass nut that I filled in with braze (hence the bubbles). I think the guard was a bit of brass from a backing plate from an old boat. And here's another short sword I made a couple years ago. Long road . . . many miles left to go.
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  3. This'd by one of my earliest ones Rob (1970's) made entirely with an angle grinder froma piece of burst sawmill bandsaw blade so most likely 15N20. Did a lot of work with it and if it was the only knife I had today I could stiill do most of what I need to do (hunting wise) with it. Lots of them (over 450 in last 4 years) betwen then and now with the last one away being the River Sunset bowie
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  4. Just spent a few days out there again. Needed to meet the grading guy, a masonry/foundation guy, and clear some more land area up. Saturday night a flock of hen turkeys came in to roost in the trees. They came right in to about 10 yards of where we sat. I also took a cell phone video of a few of them taking off and roosting. (works fastest with GOOGLE as the browser) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LczeW3mxlDh7VrNx9dVGFEHBmnnydnvC/view?usp=sharing
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  5. Here is one of my first and one from down the track. Still on the road too.
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  6. First knife about 25 years ago,band saw blade stock removal.Brass pierced scales with buffalo horn underlay.
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  7. Awesome Gary. Very good early knife that has obviously been well used and still going but you can sure see years of your making shine through in that Bowie . I will dig out some of mine after I get home from work.
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  8. Great idea. I love seeing before and after pictures as well as seeing how someone progresses as their skills improve. As soon as my skills progress past crap so that people can tell the difference between my first and latest knife I'll post some pics. Gary, I wish my first knife looked as good as yours. Or my second. Or third...Maybe my tenth?
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  9. John N, thank you for your thoughts! Those are the kind of things I want to know about. I thought about what you said and went out to the shop and acted like I was cutting something up from tip to heel, and just like you said, the son-in-laws knife requires a very high angle for the rock, where as my mothers is less than half that. Since I have not ground any bevels yet, I will reshape his knife by bringing the tip down slightly and making the edge curve much more gradual, shortening up the flat quite a bit. I think he'll be much happier with it. Thank you again! Nice looking knife Garry!
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