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  1. 15 years ago I spent 5 days on a sword making class with Don Fogg at Owen's Bushfire Forge. I just finished it. W2. A bit thin, especially at tip - a lot of things to improve. Full on wild hamon - I love it but I can't say it was planned like that! I gave up trying for the subtle polish. Fittings all made under the supervision of Ford Hallam. Saya and handle wrap ... I guessed what to do by looking on internet. Poplar wood and plasticoat spray paint. What is great is that there is so much to improve for sword number 2... if I live that long. And I guess the next can be a bit smaller to make them a pair. Just need to smelt some steel this time. Thanks Don - I think of you every time I see the sword.
    2 points
  2. Ooooh messers, I love messers While I'm absolutely no expert I do like messers more than the average person and have made a few with what I would like to think progressively better feel and handling as I fail my way towards the right results. For that size and shape I would say a weight between 1700 and 1900 grams should be about right. I've pestered Elmslie in the past about all sorts of things regarding them and one of the best things I've learned from him is just how non linear the distal taper often is on these larger ones as that greatly helps with weight, balance and stiffness in the right places to the point the pommel caps are really much more decorative than serving any real balancing purposes, very often being hollow shells. The blade should feel good bare. So just as a vague example a blade might go from 9mm at the base down to 6-7mm in the first 4-5 inches, from there a gradual taper from those 6-7 down to 4mm over the next 20 inches ( I like false edges and usually use them ss reference point) and from there they really start to become thin and knife like in thickness towards the tip. But it's also so hard to say anything definitively with things like point of balance and weight as the originals are as varied as they are many
    1 point
  3. These days I go to a PT before the doctor, went to a chiropractor first time late last year, apart from trying to break my back he also stuck needles in me, walked out feeling great. First time was rough, lady PT that treats a lot of the sporty types, advised her to put up sound proofing because I'm sure it sounded like cattle being slaughtered to the people in the waiting room. I spent just short of 3 hours in line at the cop shop trying to do an accident report on Tuesday, right leg started going numb and been bothering me since, need a visit to the chiro next week. I hate needles, they made me pass out well into adulthood, but if the choice is between a pill or needling, I pick steel
    1 point
  4. I had dry needling done on a muscle in my back. It was done very intense pain but did end up helping to loosen up a bound up muscle after I had mono. Edit: the pain was not as intense as raw dogging foot surgery when my pain killers didn't work after I left the hospital. I didn't spontaneously start crying until I was too tired to continue after dry needling
    1 point
  5. I think the main thing I learned from this is to be extra careful with cleanliness while folding. I forgot to take pictures but I’m working down that material and opted for a cut-and-stack in a few places rather than just folding. I also trimmed off the ragged ends which have been a source of problems in the past. I loved the feel of that blade and have been wanting to try paying more attention to sword dynamics and design and apply points from @peter johnsson’s work. My goal for this blade is one thing that’s agile but still has some authority, so I opted for a narrower blade with a bit less profile taper. The design below still has some kinks to be worked out, I now see that I need to fix the curve at the tip to be more even. I’m also not sure about the guard length, I may bump it up. The real grip will also need to be narrower. I want to get together about 4 lbs of hearth steel to weld around an iron core for this blade. That should hopefully leave extra that I can cut off to use for other projects.
    1 point
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