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  1. I got the photo proof back yesterday from Whetstone studio of my full set. Some of these you have likely seen already. These are the five that were in the judging room
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  2. Anndddd I was able draw all of the teeny, tiny spheroidized cementite into the bands and harden. Through hardened flawlessly, no warps. 64+RC.
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  3. Hi Guys, I have not been forging for a bit as I have been concentrating on my Wildlife Photography but I needed an axe for camp fires so I forged this up yesterday and handled it today. Farriers Rasp and saw bit. Hope you guys are all safe. Rob
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  4. Thank you Francis. Jim and Ford would be pleased with your progress. Maybe our paths will cross some day. Until then keep on making cool stuff!
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  5. Hi everyone, I just finished a tanto I had been working on for the last 3 weeks . The blade is W2, uchi-sori with a 7 1/2" nagasa, and the fittings are copper with shibuichi inlays. Here are the photos of the build: Profiling: Hardening: Polished: Now for the part that's really time consuming, the fittings: For this blade, I decided on a ginkgo leaf theme, a symbol of pe
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  6. Thank you Doug! There are definitely issues that I want to address with my next project by this feels like improvement. Not at all. The blade was quenched in Parks 50, which gave it its slight uchi sori. I had never used W2 before so I more or less followed John White's process as documented here The goop I use is thermo-loc, which I like because it doesn't really smell much at all and is really clean to handle, although it costs a bit more than traditional rosin/pitch. Thanks for asking. That's a journey I feel only just starte
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  7. By 2017, the gray had changed to white. Here’s something you don’t see every day. A pattern welded steel Kelso-Mills dagger.
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  8. Indeed it is! Go to this thread: Lots of good info there. Your block would be great in the Paul Lundquist anvil-vise combo thingy towards the end.
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  9. Really nice craftsmanship Francis. I find the best work like this calms the spirit. If you don't mind me asking... Did you water or oil quench? What are you using in place of pine rosin for holding your furniture during inlay work? Where is your work shop and what brought you to the journey of bladesmithing?
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  10. Hi guys, I recently posted a preview of a blade I have been working on, and I have now finally been able to finish the complete knife - sheath not included... thought I'd give a bit of a new preview of the whole thing. All inlay in both handle, bolster and blade are 24 karat gold wire, 0,7mm in thickness. Bolster is in meteorite iron - which is nerve wrecking to work with when doing inlay. Some areas are more fragile than others, and if you look closely at the "R" - you'll see the outline of a
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  11. This project has been a ton of fun, I'm glad some other people find it interesting as well! I will be away from the shop for three weeks starting tomorrow, but I got in one last bit of work on this. There's some left to do, but I ought to be able to wrap it up before the deadline. The sheath insert will be made from a piece of grey birch knocked down this spring by snow and wind. This hatchet I made a a while ago ended up a little thin in the bit, but it works pretty well for carving! The insert is made without a split using a knife and rip saw. @jake pogre
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  12. If you ever want to appreciate sand paper, I highly recommend doing a burl handle without it. This was fun, but definitely a challenge. Here are the tools I used for handle shaping. The knife is has an asymmetric grind and is long enough to hold with two hands, so I used it like a drawknife for a good bit of the shaping. In the middle is my scraper/burnisher for kinko work, which proved useful for sand paperless finish. I wrapped up the stone finishing with 300 then 800 grit water stones going lengthwise. I then switched to my oilstones to add the secondary
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  13. Big afternoon with all the handles on and in the clamps under the lights for the night. There is from the left canvas micarta, giraffe bone, rosewood, spalted maple burl, desert ironwood hickory burl, amboyna, koa, double dyed box elder, and two of hickory burl
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  14. Here's the direction I am thinking of going
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  15. Day one of Blade Show is over. Part one of the mission has been accomplished
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  16. It was a little phantasmic watching that bearing heat up. Maybe I found my inspiration
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  17. “Far over the misty mountains cold, To dungeons deep and caverns old, We must away, Ere break of day, To claim our long forgotten Gold the latest Seax by Myself and Petr Florianek... My blade but Petr has surpassed himself with the blade carving , handle and sheath ...My fave to date. hope you like it. [
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