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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 could be shaped, but didn't realize it also works for solid horn), but that he uses solid horn tips of 38-45cm in length! Apparently Indian waterbuffalo horn can have solid tips that long. But finding them online took quite a bit of searching. I've managed to find one source on Etsy that has solid horn tips of sufficient length: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1154781738/buffalo-horn-tip-section-cavity-free or the complete horns: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1215340715/water-buffalo-horn-70-to-85-cm-water I've ordered one of each. The best of the two is the complete horn, which has a solid tip of over 40cm. The tip I got is a bit shorter, and has some cracks in it. I may still yield a hilt, but I'll use it as practice piece to straigthen it. It will probably be years before I get around to it, but at least I have the material for when I need it.
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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 part of the blade with colored oxides after the quench in my previous post.
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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 weld to itself. No matter what I did, it just wanted to crumble on me. But it does still spark nicely. To me the sparks look like little explosions not the branched sparks we "normally" see. Second one was welding fine, but I got hasty and screwed up the third fold weld and had some cracks form. Looks like a bit of carbon loss. Will see if I can break this apart and clean it up. Third bar was acting a bit like the first but not quite so bad. Got two folds on this one and decided to put it down instead of fighting it. Sparks are nice though, looking like some pretty high carbon. Thinking of trying to clean this up too and mixing it with the the second bar. Fourth bar (the one that came from the puck with the white crystals) acted beautifully. Consolidated down to a bar nicely and then was able to get four rounds of welding done (8 layers). Ended up with a bar about 8 x 1.5 x 0.25 inches and all the edges, and the flats that I checked, spark like this picture. Very happy with this and I think I will move this forward into a knife (unless there is a consensus that it is still maybe a bit high in carbon and should be welded one or two time more). As a final note, I checked all the edges of the three bars that made bars, and they all seem to be homogenous (basically the sparking looked the same no matter which edge was tested). On the whole, am pretty happy with how these are turning out. Edit: The match up between the hearth runs and the bars: Run 3/ "bar"1; Run 1 / Bar 2; Run 2/ Bar 3; Run 4/ Bar4
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