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  1. We know that the hilt of the hunting knife of Charlemagne is of horn and 22cm in length: Also it appears that horn was a common material used on anglo-saxon hilts. But where do you get a solid piece of horn that long and straight nowadays? If you look online, the solid horn tips you usually find are all much shorter, and then you have the part of the tip that's too narrow and bends to deal with. Recently I came across this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAxCsA19xLQ&t=3s Not only did it show that you could bend solid horn tips (I knew thin plates cou
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  2. I recently did another hearth burn with four runs, all wagon tire sections stuck into the hearth in one piece, about 10 lbs total. All of it looks promising so far, three pucks went straight to the press and one was quenched for examination. I also etched my first piece of this material with ferric chloride for a recent project: This is 8 folds etched in FC with scotchbrite for the oxides, a very different look than what you get from lemon juice and polishing compound. This knife actually has a (very high) hamon, but it’s hard to see. It follows the
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  3. This knife is inspired by a number of finds from the Scandinavian Iron Age and made from my own hearth steel (wrought melted down and folded 8 times) with a wrought iron tang. The handle is birch burl and is glued on with shop-made pitch glue, with the tang secured with a small bend. The sheath is inspired by later examples, especially Anglo-Saxon, though there are sheaths like this from many places and periods. The blade is 10 cm, the handle 9.5 cm. Price: $340 US plus shipping PM if interested
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  4. The steel is really hard to ignore
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  5. I made a bunch after watching it, but never did get around to doing anything but giving them away. For those that know me, you understand that's almost a sin.
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  6. For the longest time I've wanted to carve a weave pattern on micarta, when I get around to it I'll start with Jethro Tull's Nothing Is Easy
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  7. Finally got some time to try to consolidate the high carbon pucks from my last hearth furnace run. Had very variable results. Starting material (not in the same order as the bars). Noticed something strange on the largest of the pucks. It has been sitting in a fairly cool dry environment since November and it has developed these white crystals on the surface. Only this one had it and all the pucks were stored together. Any thoughts? 6 hours later, the variable results: From RIGHT to LEFT. First puck did NOT want to w
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