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  1. Made some progress on @Dr Rays harpoon fighter today with all the work done pre heat treat now. I made a cutter to clean up the fuller from a piece of heavy spring steel and bent an old file to do the sanding.
    4 points
  2. I recently finished something that would be nice to show here. I actually started this knife in june last year, this is the longest I've ever worked on anything. I actually started as a relaxing blade to make for myself between commission work, but it fought me every step of the way, and turned out to be super difficult to make the way I envisioned. As I was finally making some good progress I decided to move out of my parents house and go live on my own, it is super exciting but left me with little time to work on knives. Sadly I can't forge at my own place,
    3 points
  3. Spent a couple of days making this for a friends kid. It's bubinga, about 3/4" thick, 26" blade including the integral habaki, 36" o/a. Steel tsuba, leather seppas, copper fuchi and kashira, with a couple of simple steel menuki. The fittings slide on from the end of the handle, so I bulked up the handle profile with laminated card before adding the wrap. The wrap is cotton ito, and it was a bit of a nightmare wrapping on a full length sword as opposed to just the tsuka, and I struggled to get it as tight as I would like. With that and wrapping onto bare wood instead of rayskin, which gives the
    2 points
  4. big brother is watching
    2 points
  5. Stephen I appreciate the offer! You don't know how much. Folks on the forum are good people. I found out what happened to the mill that used be in a machine shop I used till it closed after Covid hit. Talked with the guy and turns out he needs a little repair work done on a bathroom at his house. You know one of those you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours deals! Works for me!!
    2 points
  6. I would think the Tools, Supplies, and Materials sub-forum might be a better fit for this info, but that isn't overly critical. And sharing where to get good supplies on the cheap is always appreciated. Also, Kelly Couples sells it and a bunch of other stuff, though not quite as cheap as you got it (both would be $295, as they are $150 and $145 each, with free shipping). I had a couple sales guys from DuBois out the other day to talk about a new quench tank/system. Probably going to go with water, at least for the first tank, but future planning is always good. N
    1 point
  7. Admins see your IP address on every post. It doesn't give exact location (although we can do that too), but it gives you an idea of a location. Unless you're on a VPN.
    1 point
  8. In that case, you know exactly what a traditional tanto does not look like (Don't feel bad, they screwed me up too)
    1 point
  9. This is a really good trick, and it's cheap and easy! On the other hand, it is a bit hit or miss, it smudges quite easily on transfer, and the result is fairly fragile, it'll come off easily. While engraving, it's hard to avoid touching or rubbing the rest of the transfer, and I was rarely able to engrave a whole design before it was gone. If like me you need to do this often, you might want to try this variation. It's a bit more involved, but it gives me much better results (especially since once it's dry, it's extremely resistant, you need acetone or sandpaper to get it off):
    1 point
  10. Thanks everyone! I admit it doesn´t have any real tanto shape, the construction method is though, although there are some extra alingment pins the silhouette was really important to me, I have spent a lot of time holding it up to the light. I was actually thinking of Don Fogg when I made this, his fusion pieces are really inspiring to me. The cross section was a real head scratcher, I found out quickly that I couldn´t do it on the grinder, so I eventually did the entire thing with files and edm stones, to get the ridgeline where I wanted it the bevels chang
    1 point
  11. Nice work! Why do all the Japanese knife parts have names that sound like food?
    1 point
  12. it is stamped 209 kilos, so that would be about 460 Ibs, it was made in 1913. I also have a 60 pound stake anvil by the same manufacturer from the same year, when I saw that one pop up on an online marketplace it couldn't help but re-unite them. These anvils are forged from cast steel, and the faces are really hard and almost an inch thick, thats why mine is still so flat after a hundred years, the downside is that the edges chip easily. Since this picture was taken I have actually added another rack on the other side of the swage block, and I still can't fit everythin
    1 point
  13. Hey thanks Welsh. I did weld all the way around the stack so hopefully I can still use it. If it ends up turning out bad I guess I’ll know that I need to up my welding game lol. And yeah it didn’t get anywhere past a bright orange. I remember my small little test stacks (couple inches long maybe) that I forge welded and those things were glowing bright yellow and seemed to have welded just fine. Just can’t get a larger piece that hot.
    1 point
  14. Please don't mock me! I'm very fragile. Ok, Ok! I'll do it. I've got a bunch of damascus to do in the coming weeks, I'll do the experiment. I wonder if you could do a round tube can with a cardboard tube liner, hummmm. G
    1 point
  15. I, for one, would love to see your results. What can we do to encourage you to try? Should we give you loving encouragement and affirmations? Or should we mock you relentlessly as a coward to light a fire under you? Either way, I'm sure we're all here to help in whatever motivational support you need.
    1 point
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