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  1. Finally finished one after a year plus hiatus.... Here's a quick video of part of what's been distracting me. The new forge for our shop is finally functional: plate demo.mp4
    6 points
  2. Finally got around to starting my blade for KITH. I’ve done a medium sized paring knife.
    5 points
  3. Only comment is about the cone mandrel, If you're knife focuses, not much need, but if you're doing a range of blacksmithing, they can come in handy. Mine spends most of it's time alone in the corner, but every once in while, I spend a day using it and without it, that day would have been two. Price, 23 years ago I spent $75 on a 2 footer and a fellow smith laughed at spending so much, now I couldn't find one for under $600 and a tall one like that in the photo is commonly over a $1000.
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  4. I finished up 2 pieces for the KITH. Now what do I do? I actually had a 3rd, but I could not get my brain in gear enough to make the final choices on the handle. WE could have a vote, I suppose, on which one you'd rather have, or the recipient could chose. I'll figure something out One is a Ulu/Karambit hybrid, or a combat mushroom knife. Ironwood with a forged tail. The other is a slim, copper and damascus higonokami Which would you rather have? Geoff
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  5. The tent is up, forging station will be front and center now. Unfortunately no bleachers this year, chairs only. But it's still going to be great!
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  6. ..Just by the Hair on my chin chin chin.... I wanted to challenge myself this year again, so I decided that a Razor would be a good every day use blade (maybe not for the crowd here...) that would be sufficiently challenging. Then I realized I had never done a Hollow Grind before....OH WELL! This is my "handle-less" Straight Razor made from differentially hardened 1065 with a Resin and Orange Osage Stand. There is a slight Hamon, but because it's boring I opted to leave the blade at a satin finish. The Stand is a Slab of Orange Osage in Resin with some Copper shavings placed on top of the bark to give it some color. It is very stable and comfortable in the hand, even for a novice straight-razor user like me. What a Learning Curve!
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  7. Not all today, but when I have a chance to work from home, I usually spend lunch in the shop, and try to use the focused hour to figure out how to work faster and better at the same time since I'm an amateur and can become immersed in trying things that aren't that practical to follow. These are chisels in various stages. I've been hobby making chisels for a while, but have just this year gone to more hammer and anvil work and less stock removal. There's still a lot of grinding in these, including all of the bevels after heat treatment. the oddball handle on the middle one is just experimenting because there seems to be a greater and greater interest in pre-1900 chisels when the buyer made the handle without ferrules and often octagonally. The style of the chisel and handle together is sort of like lunch with the Wright Brothers and George Washington at the same time, though. some of these are W1 and some are 52100 - moving to round bar from flat stock limits what I can use, and I can't use what I used to really prefer for chisels with forged on bolsters (26c3). W1 is fast becoming the favorite - it forges easier, make a chisel just as good and is easier to get to eye bleeding hardness in a brine quench.
    1 point
  8. Today was metal fabrication day. That means taking big pieces of steel, cutting them into smaller pieces, and then welding them back together again. For some weird reason, the photos keep posting sideways....
    1 point
  9. You've got a year and 7 months on me, Alan! I've been almost exclusively lurking for the last 18 years, but have really enjoyed doing so. At the start, I was sure I'd get around to making some knives. Now... a little less certain. What I've learned here has been surprisingly applicable to the world of custom lighting, and lighting restoration, though. (Working on some fixtures from our Parliament buildings that are mostly forged wrought iron!) I still think often of the forge-in I made it to at Owen's, back in 2011. Getting to meet you, Owen, Jake Powning, Petr Florianek, Peter Johnsson, Jake Cleland, Elias Sideris, Mick Maxen, Jeroen Zuiderwijk, Leo Todeschini/Tod Cutler, Jeff Pringle, Josh Burrell, the list goes on... sheesh, no wonder I decided to fly to England!! 'Photo depicts the author experiencing, for the first time, visiting a museum with people as excited to look at swords as he is'
    1 point
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