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  1. And We’re Done! whew…wasn’t sure if I was gonna make that, lol 1065/Wrought Head, Copper Pin, Hemp-Wrapped Plum Wood, and decorated Leather sheath with Brass danglies Here’s hoping she can meet muster with the rest if these amazing Entries!
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  2. So you've got a 13 layer bar ~ 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 10....hmmm, let's see, WWBD...(what would billy do) I'm not a huge fan of lower number layers, so take this with the grain of salt intended. I'd probably cut that into 4 pieces, stack and re-weld and forge out into a bar about 3/4" thick, and then weld that to a bar of 1080 for the edge to mimic a san-mai pattern. Here's a picture of a knife I did like that out of a scrap piece of crushed w's that was left over from doing an explosion pattern:
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  3. Got the last piece sewn on so I think I'll start making templates for the chape next
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  4. Well, there are a great many options that you have. Congrats on getting this far, but it might be a good time to hit the pause button and design/decide on your target pattern. It is a real bummer when you are shooting from the hip at the forge, and realize that you've just forged something down too thin to create the pattern you want. I've made that mistake quite a few times Most of my W's end up as a mosaic, but accordion cuts yield similar results. Mosaics are a little riskier, but the accordion cuts produce a lot of waste material. (You can make some neat mosaics out of th
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  5. Okay, get a cup of coffee. This was my first hammer-in but I think I covered it well enough that those of you who didn't get to go will feel as if you did. I took over 200 pictures, so it too me some time to work them up and sort them out. Hope you enjoy. Gary Mulky starting up the coal forge Ray Kirk at the Post Vise Ray Kirk shapin' that blade Lin Rhea at the Anvil Lin making a point Brion Tomberlin showing how he files grooves in spacers
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  6. That turned out a very cool package! I like the sheath and the short haft
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  7. The billet as surface ground. No cracks or delams. Even after grinding this is going to be a big beast.
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  8. Finally starting to look like a knife. A couple hours with a dremel and it'll be ready for finishing.
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  9. Wow Most impressive! Your hilts/handles are always full of features, but you stretched your wings on the shaping of that one.
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  10. Thanks folks! It's a maple handle. I love how this has turned into a brussel sprout recipe discussion. Personally I fry them up in olive oil, salt pepper with a dash of apple cider vinegar in the end.
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  11. Raindrop looks good with a medium-high layer count to me. Somewhere around 200-250. And yes, I'd forge it wide, then drill, then flatten uniformly. If you look at the very tip and the bevels of this you can see the pattern got stretched when I forged after setting the pattern.
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  12. ^ 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
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  13. Yes. You used too many layers and twisted too tight for the number of layers. To get that look, go with a ten-layer twist that incorporates a double-thick bar of the dark steel in the middle. Forge it to a square bar about 1" thick, and twist it to 4 tpi. Flatten to about 3/8" without drawing out, then grind about 5/32" off both sides equally. The stars show up in the middle 25% of thickness. Look at Niels' diagram here: You are aiming for the middle of that range, which means you have to stock-remove about 25% of the thickness from each side. The bottom bar in that image bei
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  14. Custom made saber shipbuilder, according to the source of the Museum of Bogdan Khmelnitsky. Blade Damascus, made ​​of four packets cooked-to-end, three of them are twisted, edge grained package. U10 steel, 5HNM, 65g nickel. Garda cast hilt of moose antlers. Dedicated to the events in Kiev
    1 point
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