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  1. Small "Bird n Trout", from 1074 and Wenge scales. 5 - 6 oz veg tan for the sheath. Room to improve, but don't think this year's deer will care.
    5 points
  2. Tried a little experiment today. Forged out a santuko for the wife out of N690. Rather pleased with the results. And before you ask - yes, N690 can be forged if you are careful.
    2 points
  3. Pommel is down from a little over 600 grams to 217grams and nearing it's final shape. Been trying to push the point of balance as far forward as I can and right now it is at about 12cm from the guard
    2 points
  4. I did some sanding today on the handles for a meat slicing knife and chef’s knife
    2 points
  5. Bladesmithing is temporarily paused while I work to afford it. So Into the realm of woodworking I go! first 2 of 5 cutting boards are almost done. all they need are juice grooves and finish sanding. Plenty more are on the way
    2 points
  6. Now this is both a project I wanted to do because I want to practice more with making scabbards with by knives and also an experiment for me with different techniques. The first one being making the blade completely by stock removal instead of forging. And so far I am not seeing any obvious advantages to it Started with 6.2mm thick bar of 80crv2 and after profiling it weighs a whopping 1695grams so we are talking about at least a kilo of steel getting turned into dust Started with grinding in the fullers, planning on having two on each side a
    1 point
  7. They are a style of tong, something like a V jaw tong but they also have a V in them that is at right angles to the jaw. If you grind down the cross peen to where it's not as narrow and more rounded you can use it to draw out the blade width wise. Another thing that will do the same is to forge the main face of a ball peen hammer down until it more of an oblong that is at a right angle to the handle. I had one like that until someone walked off with most of my forging tools. Now that it's cooled down around here I'm going to have to finish getting my forge set back up. I like
    1 point
  8. Just got these finished up. Clay hardened 1095 with filework and mustard etch, and a baked oil finish. Carved bog oak handles, with antler bolsters and pommels. Bog oak sheaths with leather throats, and copper clips for antler handled ferro rod fire steels. Commercial boxes with fitted foam lining. Went a little more rustic than usual, but I think I like them... Let me know what you think...
    1 point
  9. Finished this one and got two more coming behind it. Experimenting in faster assembly. GaryLT
    1 point
  10. Did a public demo for the Cades Cove Preservation Association this Saturday. http://www.cadescovepreservation.com/ Negatives: MAN! It was hot! Setting up and especially loading up at day's end had me soaking wet. Light crowd. The folks that run the museum are great, but I think they struggle with publicity. Worked my tail off to have plenty of flint&steel sets and heart pendants on display. Sold one flint&steel. Positives: Sold one knife. Antler crown with poured pewter. Made me sad though that I didn't get
    1 point
  11. Glued and clamped the backside plyw on the scabbard this morning and got the by knife close enough to finished to make a sheath for it so next is the pricker. As the current plan is for a relatively high status kit I went with faux ivory for the scales
    1 point
  12. Been sanding a bit on the blade. Got the fullers mostly cleaned up and thinned down the bevels. But going to wait with final hand sanding until all the pieces are closer to shape.
    1 point
  13. Realized that starting on the fullers was dumb as they would wander off when grinding in the distal taper and happy I caught myself before doing the second set. Have the non linear taper rough ground in now and in the process of draw filing the sides true. I really like draw filing with a good bastard file as I can removal almost as much material as the grinder albeit it being quite a workout. Looking at it now and guestimating how much material bevels and fullers will take I might actually be able to end up closer to 550 gram bare blade weight. Lower number
    1 point
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