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  1. Not sure if this is of interest to the members. I had a request to build 4 drop point hunters for an ex police officer to gift to the sons and father of his best mate. His mate was killed in a car accident on his way to begin a night shift with the Vic Police. His son’s and father are all keen hunters, the only brief was that I had to incorporate the officer’s bones into the handles and put timber on the other side. I used blue G10 to signify the Police Service and Bull Oak for the wood. It took ages to place all the pieces of bone (sieved from his ashes ) with super glue prior to pouring the
    5 points
  2. Proof of concept for a forged biltong cutter I came up with. Loosely based on a antique cast bread cutter. Biltong is the Afrikaner version of jerky
    4 points
  3. Here are some photos of the kris
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  4. I would bet on this as well. Also, it generally shouldn't be a problem below 500 F or so.
    1 point
  5. So, I've been using it for a couple of weeks now, and so far I'm very happy. I've been working on Mokume and shop/forge tools, and it's working great! I haven't created any dies yet, so it's really just a simple squishing machine. In that role, however, it has been excellent. Just to be safe, I am going to reinforce the lower support and the sides in that area by welding in some material before I apply dies.
    1 point
  6. This makes me yearn for some good biltong. Great idea
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  7. Just a guess, but since the steel is made by Uddeholm, it's probably quite clean and won't suffer much from martensite embrittlement. Similar to 26c3, which doesn't show the usual toughness dip in that area.
    1 point
  8. Got a bit of work done on my brother in laws cleaver today. Obviously there's still a bunch of work to do yet. Quick question for those of you that have made these before. I meant to bump the heat up on my temper a bit to around 420 or so and overshot to 450 before I realized it. Too high? The stock is .140" 15n20 from NJSB. BIL plans to use it as a true cleaver for meat processing, chopping through bones, etc.
    1 point
  9. Hand sanded Zeb's blade to #800 and revealed the patterns. Looks like it's got some hamon activity.
    1 point
  10. Recently I was in Orlando, FL on business. I had a chance to drop by Randall Knives and got to talk with Jason Randall for a bit. I had been there 8 years or so ago, of course you can’t tour the shop but anyone can tour the museum. Attached is a photo of the Scagel knife which started it all and of course the rest is history. I am not a groupie or a collector but the Randall folks have always been courteous and we are all bladesmith’s anyway. So I felt inspired to make a few similar as I had the time and some material. Gary LT
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  11. This is one I did some time back and have just got the full edit on the video done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLSn-DXTU_Y&ab_channel=VonGruff
    1 point
  12. Last winter when I was finalizing some stuff in the shop, and decided it was the point where it warranted upgrading some equipment I got a new smoke/CO detector. I live in a pretty rural area, not as much as you, but I guess I never specified anything: That's a far-angle shot of my woodshop. There's a drill press station and a hand tool station that you can't see from those angles, but I forge outside. That's the basement of an old house, no forging down there. I won't forget last winter when the smoke detector I had was wrong, but kept saying there was a dangerous level of CO P
    1 point
  13. Good looking shop setup. Jealous....lol. I live in the country, but my house is single story- built into the ground with attached garage. So, I have to be conscious of monoxide levels... forging in the garage is out for my comfort level. Township codes and my yard- deny me the ability to put up a pole barn... so, What I play in.
    1 point
  14. Interesting knife. Ditto Dragoncutlery comments. Where is the makers name on the blade. Fit and finish arent up to that price range standard. IE. Buggered blade slot in pivot , dings in wood around pivot, poor scale to frame fit. For that much money I'd expect perfection.
    1 point
  15. i think if you want to break in to that price range you will want to re think your hardware choices and share info like what are the steels used for the damascus how many layers for example
    1 point
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