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  1. I know this isn't up to the quality of many of the blades I see here, but I am overall pleased with it. This was the first Bowie I made, first distal tapering tang and first clip point. Lots of learning on this one. It is made from 80CrV2 with a stabilized buckeye burl handle.
    5 points
  2. Well, yesterday anyway....I took the pieces parts from an accordion cut bar and arranged them for welding together. Cleaned them up and tacked them to each other Built a canoe Filled the sides with 1095 powder And welded the lid on the canoe Saturday is Liz's birthday, so maybe Sunday I can forge this up.
    2 points
  3. It started with the cutting of the tang. Im not sure what I was thinking when I did that. Spent a ton of time trying to get to force the handle to fit the tang. Also had a few grinding issues. Lot's of good feedback! Thanks! I learn more the fkups than what goes right. I also believe the first pin is too far forward.
    2 points
  4. The guard is now roughly filed to shape and lightened substantially. And using foresight I have decided to start on the scabbard before assembly as it was quite inconvenient on the last one to work around the hilt After going through some books and inspired by the fantastic sheath Peter Johnson made for a big bollock daggers the plan is to try out a maybe strange composite core. Innermost layer against the blade will be hard pressed veg tanned leather, followed by stiffening layers on each side from modelling plywood, wrapped in linen and then very thin veg tanned leat
    1 point
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  6. Looks pretty good for a first bowie!
    1 point
  7. ^ Rob, they make some good points... But your response makes an even better one I think. The best way to get better- is two fold: 1. The ability to recognize, learn from, and improve on mistakes & the methods that made them is the only way to get out of a rut of just repeating them. You must keep trying to do all of the above! IE- keep f-king up. Lol... 2. The importance of understanding honest criticism from peers or seniors- and applying it without anger or attitude... is key to that improvement. As a sixth knife- it's still good
    1 point
  8. I have everything in my shop (except the drill press) either on casters or able to be moved with a 2-wheel dolly. My anvil and small forge have kinda taken root (but I can still move them if needed). My metal band saw, wood band saw, grinder, table saw, planer, and big forge can all be moved to the middle of the floor and back to the wall when cleaned up and not in use.
    1 point
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