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  1. Hi guys, Today I decided to forge the pommel. Back to my scrap heap for inspiration. I made a slot punch from an old rasp and cut the end off of a dumbbell bar for the pommel. This was also a bit more work than I thought but I am happy with it as it sits roughed in. Still got to fine tune the Tang fit and then to decide on handle material and shape.
    9 points
  2. I received this birthday card from my wife. 26 years together and she still makes me laugh hard.
    8 points
  3. This'd by one of my earliest ones Rob (1970's) made entirely with an angle grinder froma piece of burst sawmill bandsaw blade so most likely 15N20. Did a lot of work with it and if it was the only knife I had today I could stiill do most of what I need to do (hunting wise) with it. Lots of them (over 450 in last 4 years) betwen then and now with the last one away being the River Sunset bowie
    7 points
  4. And finally a few glamor shots. This was technically a commission, but mostly a labor of love. The customer has been a friend for over 40 years, and his eldest son is the only person I have held as a baby other than my own children. (Babies are oozy messes and I don't like to touch them) There wasn't a very big budget to work with, but I felt compelled to fill in the gaps on this one a bit. Thanks for following along!
    7 points
  5. Well, at the prompting of Josh... nudge nudge here is a couple more pics of this knife. It comes at the price of delayed deadlines and field of broken promises, but I’m slowly getting it done. What a crazy year. I wanted this knife to have somewhat of a narrative, I shied away from the perfect straight lines and the look of it being laser cut and strayed more towards the thought that it was engraved over time, by the campfire with things that the author saw/experienced at that time. I must admit I’m kinda disappointed in how the sheath came out, the antler port
    6 points
  6. A most excellent idea and one that is much needed. It is so easy for any maker to look at someone else's work and think "I wish I could...". We all do it. It's always important to realize that this is an art form and it takes time, patience, practice, and more practice. Never stop practicing and experimenting and you will always grow as a maker. I started making knives in 2005/2006. For the first couple of years I was a stock removal guy. I really wanted to get a good grinding process before I started to forge knives to shape. Here is the first knife I made solo, without any
    6 points
  7. I took my first blacksmithing class 22 years ago this month, October of 1998. Did a lot of ornamental stuff before trying blades. Here's #1 (the little one with sheath) and #3: You can't tell from the pics, but the blade and guard of #1 are welded cable. What am I most proud of? Let's see... there's this repro of the last tomahawk presented to Meriwether Lewis, accurately dimensioned and using antique wrought iron: and the blades of the Maldon Foes collab between me and Petr Florianek (Petr did the handles and scabbards): And my trowel:
    6 points
  8. Here's my first "sword." I made it when I was about 13 years old from an old file. Not forged. The copper wire on the hilt is from telephone wire that I stripped the sheathing from. The pommel is a large brass nut that I filled in with braze (hence the bubbles). I think the guard was a bit of brass from a backing plate from an old boat. And here's another short sword I made a couple years ago. Long road . . . many miles left to go.
    6 points
  9. I never know what to do with small left over pieces of my Damascus. So I weld a tang on and turn them into small kitchen knives. These 3 have Iron wood handles, micarta spacers and stainless fittings with epoxy and pinned handles.
    6 points
  10. [img]https://i.imgur.com/j3dZJtQ.jpg[/img] couple finished recently!
    6 points
  11. Forged a billet of feather pattern recently and finished this little hunter. Fair amount of labor involved in that process, even used my son as a striker to split the billet! 1084/15n20 blade steel, elk antler handle, copper corby bolt and spacer with stainless guard and lanyard hole. Clint
    6 points
  12. I had one of those days where I had no real plans but just felt like starting another WIP project and forging something from my scrap bin after a Long overdue clean up of the forge. Sitting in my scrap was the fuller tool I used when forging Monsoon and After a dodgy fix up I thought I would once again call it to duty. I am getting a kind of funny familiar forgotten Hobbit Feeling and at this stage am leaning towards a short sword but as always this just may change into something else. Anyhow here it hangs, as forged. I later did a slight clean up and
    5 points
  13. Here is one of my first and one from down the track. Still on the road too.
    5 points
  14. Just finished this one. W2 and some sort of spalted burl. I think it looks alright at first glance but there are a lot of issues. Learned a thing or two though
    5 points
  15. Thanks for the advice and feedback guys. Profiled the guard and now files and sandpaper to finish it off. Forge a pommel next.
    5 points
  16. Well I have got the blade to a bit under 500 grams and have decided at this stage to keep the forged fuller. I experimented on some scrap with the half round file and the bur grinder for cleaning a fuller and that worked great but I quite like the contrast between the clean bevels and the slight forge marks which shows that the fuller was forged.( it also is the straightest and most even fuller I have forged to date and I am quite proud of that). I am also planning on a darkish aged etch for the blade. Anyhow, I have done the forging of the guard with the punched blade slo
    5 points
  17. Here's an integral Chef from someone who loves the shape of a Bowie. Low layer Damascus is15n20,1095 and 26c3 core and just a little wrought showing on the bolster and a coffee finish. Handle is spalted maple and a bronze spacer.
    5 points
  18. To say that 2020 has sucked hard is putting it mildly. I have moved twice this year ( once by choice, once by force ) and just now am barely getting my shop put back together. All three of these blades were ones I was working on end of 2019, and I just now got around to getting any work on them done. I wanted to play around with hamon polishing to see different effects and I got some interesting results.
    5 points
  19. Got this thing hand sanded up to 220 (almost, still a few machine scratches to get out yet) and did a quick test etch. Pretty happy with the look so far...
    5 points
  20. I dunno, Alan, it still feels like this place is hopping! Also, it's pretty amazing in terms of the depth of knowledge we've got archived on here. Do a google search on almost anything bladesmithing and we dominate the search results. You hear that other forums!?! We will crush you! (Yeah, I guess you have a point on the tone changing. . . Don would have never posted this. LOL)
    5 points
  21. Bought small wheels a about a year ago .....been practicing on a couple of blades. If you prefer beating them in ...do that ....If you just like everything about blades ....buy them right away
    5 points
  22. Hello, this one commissioned as a gift for a husband who apparently really liked the Alone bowie I did awhile ago. Unfortunately I have run out of W-2 and so used 80CRV2 on this one. I explained to the customer that the hamon would not be pronounced as a result of the alloys but she was agreeable. Had to use a layer of clay twice as thick to get this, which really isn't a true hamon anyway, but the customer is happy. There is a bunch of alloy banding present in the "soft" area, which looks pretty neat also, but hard to capture in a pic. Clint
    4 points
  23. I got more done that I was expecting today. The flats are mostly ground on the longsword, and it's poised to be about 51" long overall. It's only at 50 grit but I did a test etch and I like it so far. The profile (still basically as-forged) will be touched up now that I can actually see how the bars shifted while forging. That way I won't end up all lopsided.
    4 points
  24. So I've been on the hunt for a suitable hood to get my forge inside before winter. This I what I came up with. It was a big hopper system of some sort. I got it inside and hung up today.
    4 points
  25. I've been working on my first sheath. I'm at the point I've got the front and back ready to glue together. Have to sew the belt loop before I do that, though because I designed it so the sewing is hidden between the back and one of the wedges inserted to compensate for the guard. Here's what I've got to this point. I know there are a lot of flaws but it's good enough to call it my first sheath. Oh, the spots on the front of the sheath are fresh water and not stains.
    4 points
  26. I hired a couple of local high school kids to come in this past weekend and clean out one of my mothers' old flower gardens. She has an "eccentric" taste in garden styles and we've been dealing with cleaning them up since we bought the house from them 4 years ago. I told the boys that they would most likely stumble across some interesting finds that would have them scratching their heads. As I was checking up on them Saturday, I noticed them struggling with some sort of massive square metal frame. When I went out to give them hand, they had uncovered an old driveway drag made from 2-8' sec
    4 points
  27. Alright, as this is a quite interesting post - I thought I'd throw my progress into the proverbial basket as well. Four years of progress. First blade was a full tang cooking knife in san-mai lamination with folded and twisted 15n20 and high carbon tool steel. Handle in african Ebony. I folded this steel entirely by hand as I had yet to aquire my pneumatic hammer at that time. Damn, I really punished my arms and shoulders with this one. Latest blade I suppose is known to most of you as I posted it quite recently here on the forum. I was thinking
    4 points
  28. 1080 /15N20 crushed W's,twisted stainless fittings, dovetailed bolster and G10 handles.
    4 points
  29. I really like this thread. It gives me hope that maybe someday I'll be able to actually create the blades that I see in my mind before I begin. Lol My first: The last one I've finished:
    4 points
  30. Love this thread! First knife made 6 years ago this month (at the same place Alan "learned"). To my first real commission four months ago: And my personal new EDC one month ago:
    4 points
  31. It was actually two years yesterday that I finished my first blade. I had wanted to become a bladesmith for years and had just moved countries to make that become a reality. As you may notice I liked long knives then and that has only grown on me But I do think there has been some improvements over this time even though I don't have as much time as I would like to practice
    4 points
  32. started on this addiction about 4-5 years ago.. My first completed knife was this one. Made it as a going away gift for my friends dad who packed up and went the expat route in Costa Rica. Still has it, still uses it to slice limes for his mixed drinks. And then I have this one, which is done other then a sheath and a sharpening. But its the best hamon I think I have ever done, and it feels just wonderful in the hand. Have my KITH tanto in the works right now ( sitting wired and clayed up in the garage right now. I am kind of hoping to surpass this one with tha
    4 points
  33. Busy day today with patterns cut out of steel sheet for a chinese vegetable cleaver, a 12 inch bladed cimeter, a meat slicer and new pattern table knives with a his n hers slight size difference. The cleaver and the cimeter will be in carbon steel but cut the staniless blades from a sheet of NitroV stainless and got them ready for a minimal pre-grind tomorrow. The 1/4 inch hole in the handles is to hang them in the liquid nitrogen dewar on the copper brackets I made.
    4 points
  34. The Sheffield Millennium knife. http://www.knifecollector.net/Millennium-Knife.html
    4 points
  35. I made a handle core out of some scrap oak I had laying around, and then attempted to cover it with leather. I've only tried a leather wrap one other time, and this one turned out marginally better, but not great. I need to develop this skill...
    4 points
  36. I'm working on a piece that has a bunch of bits. It's a conceptual piece, sort of the sidearm of a desert wanderer. The scabbard will have several pockets and other stuff. The main blade is a big camp knife/sword with a knuckle bow and a mid 19th century saber style mounts. Some of this stuff is going to go on the scabbard (side knife and fork and the fire steel), the rest may go in a trousse, in which case there are a couple of other things to be made: a larger knife, a skewer or two, toasting fork, maybe some copper cups or dishes, maybe a set of hygiene tools. This has been a chal
    4 points
  37. And this is the 'hipster special' I could not get pics to post properly a couple of weeks ago! Stabalised OSB and 4000 year old bog oak handle
    4 points
  38. Boring, black souled air-hardened steel....CPM154 for the top two and CPM3V for the bottom one. Elk antler from a bull my friend shot last year, G-10 spacers and stainless guards and butt caps. Thanks for looking, Clint
    4 points
  39. Hi Alan, do you have a pic of a scraper face? still more to go but I have it at 550 gm Oh.. I have the Hobbit covered
    4 points
  40. Got it straightened out. Edge is about 2mm thick so I still have a long way to go grinding but I am glad I did not take it too much thinner for the quench. Wish I had a small wheel to clean that fuller out. As forged it weighed 700 grams but I want it much lighter.
    4 points
  41. Sheepskin with a buzz cut is traditional, but if you do your fitting well you don't need a lining. If your scabbard wood is thicker than the veneer Peter used, the linen isn't really required either, but it does makes for a nigh indestructible scabbard. The leather you want is veg tan 1-oz calfskin. Half-ounce if you can get it. For all of this, the key is hide glue. Not the premade stuff either. Dry hide glue mixed with hot water and kept warm while working. It fills the fibers of both linen and leather, making what's basically medieval fiberglass.
    4 points
  42. No pics or vids yet, but as of yesterday I am now the proud owner of a working power hammer! Little 'woody' the 15kg anyang I have owned for about 15 years got well and truly BBQ'd when the factory burnt down (and a wall fell on him). I have picked away, couple of hours here, couple there, and hes back running Quite symbolic he's working again. Stubbon little fella actually seems to be hitting harder and more controlled than before his 'stress relieving' ! - New motor & belts, new lube system I frigged together from found bits, and ready for a bit of hot metal!
    3 points
  43. I got the upper guard peened on... And then peened on the pommel cap. I've got some touch ups to do, and I'll call it done.
    3 points
  44. Cool thread Rob. I started in 2017. First object was a nail header. First blade RR spike Hawk. First knife a chopper. Most recent knife in progress is hand forged 64 layers of folded 1084/15N20. I'm learning quickly from the masters on this forum.
    3 points
  45. This is the last thing I made for my self.Two holsters and a sheath. Had to quit. Health went to hell. Didnt even get a belt made to match it. Sold every thing off when I quit.Didnt even keep my first pieces. kidterico
    3 points
  46. I'm as slow as Molasses in the dead of Winter in Northern Alaska............but I've got this latest knife just about ready to deliver. I yet need to wipe some finish on the stabilized handle. I sanded it to 1200 grit and hand buffed it, but I think it would benefit from a thin finish. I'm thinking 100% Tung Oil. I've used it quite a bit on my wood carving knives. Also ordered the maker's mark stamp for my leather sheaths today. They are about 3 weeks behind because of the Pandemic, so I guess I'll have to be patient. Here's the proof they sent me. Going to start
    3 points
  47. Leather awl and a few copper bracelets
    3 points
  48. Just need and edge on the river sunset Bowie now after getting the sheath done today. Another couple of firsts with the croc skin inlay and the Sam Browne stud strap retention method. learned a great deal and know where improvments can come next time this style is in the order book.
    3 points
  49. Another big one is that the general tone of the forum changed when Don retired, and some people didn't like it. It was not deliberate, but it was inevitable since only Don is Don. I have been told this in no uncertain terms. We try to keep the core principles the same, but Dave, Me, and Niels are not Don, so there you go. Ten years down that road, it's still recognizably the same place, but like all places time does not stand still. The rise of social media was a huge one. The makers who go to Facebook and Instagram rarely come back. And why would they? All the adoration y
    3 points
  50. I had a local videographer approach me about filming a mini doc, it was a passion project for him. and we fit it in around his other work, we started in Feb and were stopped for a short time by the lock down, but we found a way to move forward safely and got it done. he just finished the editing and did a great job on it. He filmed the making a mosaic damascus chef knife, from initial billet to final sharpening. We talk about what inspired me start, my business, my path in the craft and some of the why of my work. let me know what you all think.
    3 points
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