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  1. I know its not related to blades, but its such a darn nice piece of wood. The only thing I regret is putting modern string holder on her, as she would pass easy for 16. century Italian piece, if I used just 8 small forged nails.
    4 points
  2. It's been some time since I've posted here and I apologize for that. Since this isn't my normal project, I thought some here might be interested. I'm scheduled to do the Arkansas Knifemaker's Show next month and wanted something to enter into the "Best Fighter" competition so I'm making this to be my entry: This rapier blade is of a 336 layer damascus in a random pattern. The guard is of 416. The knuckle bow that you see here is also of 416 which will eventually get forged into a semi-circle, welded to one quillon and have an ivory cabochon inlaid into the center.
    3 points
  3. How to Forge a Railroad Spike Axe (by thepxsmith) Smash the point into the shaft. Keep smashing. Try to keep it from bending while smashing. When you get to 4”-4.5” you can stop smashing (Your forearms will be super tight and your fingers curled permanently around your hammer by now). Make a slit in the top side. I use a slot punch, usually takes 3-4 heat cycles for me to get it through. Drift the hole out just a wee bit. No need to get crazy here, we will come back and refine this later. Flip it back to the side and hammer the “ears” down a little. This will also open the drift hole more so
    2 points
  4. Getting close on the handle and I still have polishing and sharpening to do, but overall pretty happy with a fist effort. Blade: 1/4" 5160 13" overall, 7 3/4" edge Scales: black and orange G10 secured with 3/32" brass rods and epoxy Feedback welcome
    1 point
  5. This is a curved fireplace screen I started when I was in school, about 10 or 12 years ago. I was reorganizing my shop and got tired of the unfinished pieces laying on the floor, so I started working on it again when I refilled my oxygen bottle. I figured I'd share the large, non knife related project I've been spending time on. The scrolls are forged flat, then bent and twisted on a form to ensure that they curve consistently over the entire piece. I have a bit more tweaking and some small pieces to do before assembly.
    1 point
  6. Showing the process you use has two possible benefits: 1. Someone may learn something from watching you do it. 2. Someone may say "Why are you doing it that way? Why not do this?" Then you learn something.
    1 point
  7. "We who would awaken the slumbering unconsciousness must work hard." J.A. Loose, 13-March-2008
    1 point
  8. Great to see you back Gary. This one is going to be sweet!
    1 point
  9. Not bad for your first. Not bad at all. Terrible for a WIP though. WIP means "work in progress" (or process) and typically shows the start to finish with steps along the way. This is more like a WIF (work is finished)
    1 point
  10. Nothing wrong with that for your first go. Welcome to the madness!
    1 point
  11. If you're going to jingle, jingle all the way. Nobody likes a half-assed jingler.
    1 point
  12. A short dip in ferric chloride, then you wash off the oxides and put the blade in a jar of super strong instant coffee for at least 12h.
    1 point
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  14. I made a few I am proud of, these two most recently - one from canister damascus of scrap pieces and 1084 powder, the other of a billet of feather I made this year. Elk antler on both, the drop point having stabilized spalted maple spacer and the clip point african blackwood spacer. There is some awesome work in this thread....Clint
    1 point
  15. you can please all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time.
    1 point
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