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  1. Howdy... Been slowly trying to recover from all this covid infringements on my supplies and materials... so decided to get my mind cleared of all the stuff that has happened ion 2020...Wanted to make a Bowie and well..it didn't turn out quite the way I intended.. This is what happens when my feeble old mind starts to wander off... 19" recurved blade, in a feather pattern, welded in 1070 and L-6 with some meteoric iron thrown in just because I can.. Twin fullers (which are not all that much fun to forge in on a recurve..I tell ya that..) Forged phosphor bronze mounts
    12 points
  2. Copy of Chinese Qianlong period sabre. Blade is from hand smelted titano-magnetite. Japanese construction and hamon with Sankrit and Manchurian script carving. Scabbard is sectional veneer overlay in three woods with lacquer finish. Mounts are gold plated brass, hand pierced and carved. Hilt is New Zealand nephrite jade. Sole authorship work. Wouldn't make another one ;-) (Don't laugh at the stand. It's just my workshop, jury-rigged go-to )
    12 points
  3. This is a curved fireplace screen I started when I was in school, about 10 or 12 years ago. I was reorganizing my shop and got tired of the unfinished pieces laying on the floor, so I started working on it again when I refilled my oxygen bottle. I figured I'd share the large, non knife related project I've been spending time on. The scrolls are forged flat, then bent and twisted on a form to ensure that they curve consistently over the entire piece. I have a bit more tweaking and some small pieces to do before assembly.
    10 points
  4. Alright, so... better late than never... Let me present "Odal" - the Heritage knife. Details on the blade can be found in my previous post HERE. Handle is in walnut, supplied by customer - treated with oil - also provided by customer (he makes his own). I decided to attempt to further develop both my drawing skill as well as engraving - so I sketched up a Urnes inspired dragon on my pad and put one on each side of the bolster. The back cap (or whatever it is called) on the handle is in the same steel as the blade. I've also done some inlay on this
    9 points
  5. It's been some time since I've posted here and I apologize for that. Since this isn't my normal project, I thought some here might be interested. I'm scheduled to do the Arkansas Knifemaker's Show next month and wanted something to enter into the "Best Fighter" competition so I'm making this to be my entry: This rapier blade is of a 336 layer damascus in a random pattern. The guard is of 416. The knuckle bow that you see here is also of 416 which will eventually get forged into a semi-circle, welded to one quillon and have an ivory cabochon inlaid into the center.
    8 points
  6. Well I finished 8 knives, started quite a few more and I'm waiting for plumbing parts for a press build. Probably my favorite (first try) is a multi bar twist and stop I hope it counts, blade is about done handle isn't. I have improvements to make, but I like the patterns and variations you can make. Next are a San mai chef,a frame handle Bowie with a 10 + inch blade, probably with my best file work to date and a Mosaic chef knife. 2021 more complex Damascus.
    8 points
  7. Hi ...and a merry Christmas to all of you Handle is G10 and Micarta and stabilized Skate board. My son is a good skater and used to be in the top three i Denmark in his teens...so skateboard from one of his old worn out boards seemed the right choise. Blade is 304 stainless over Uddeholm 26c ....
    8 points
  8. Learning to grind fullers and making stainless / damascus san mai
    8 points
  9. I haven't had much shop time this year, as it turns out that when you make engineers and planners work from home rather than hang out in the office all day they get about 500% more productive, thus proving, as we all know, that meetings are a total waste of time for everyone involved. Not that I'm complaining, it's good to have steady employment in these rough times! Anyway, I've switched tracks for the last year. No tomahawks or fancy pattern-welded swords and seaxes, I've been working on perfecting (or at least making well) the simple slipjoint folding knife. Once I'm satisfi
    8 points
  10. Latest one I wrapped up. One of my finds when i remodeled my shop was a 3’ bar of 3/4” 52100. This is a 4” utility out of that bar. Guard is low layer Damascus and the handle is stabilized banksia pod with black & silver pearl resins. Thanks for looking.
    7 points
  11. Now kitchen knives really aren't my thing so after I finished the blades and glued the handle blocks on them they just sat on a shelf for months but thought it was about time to finish them so I can put them in the case of things I don't use. The small one is 45 layers while the other two are 135 with cocobolo handles and buffalo horn.
    7 points
  12. What was your year? This year was not what any of us expected going into jan 2020. All our plans changed with the state of the world, as events canceled my travel was curtailed and I spent far more of this year at home and in the shop. I should have been productive, and in once sense I was. I have had a good year, my sales were far better than my fears, I filled my orders on time and managed to keep stock made for the online sales. Even so I worked Far less than normal. Best of 2020 ? What is your best work of 2020? Show me! Show me what you are most
    6 points
  13. Well got up early and did the heat treat this morning before light. I connected the forge up the day before and gave it a test run. Everything went so very smoothly and I got a good quench that hardened along the entire blade. The blade is almost dead straight and I will be able to easily sort the rest in temper and grinding. For those interested in the how the new forge performed I am very impressed. It is easy to start and ran smoothly unlike my Fire Pig that coughs and snorts until it gets warmed up. It got up to temp in no time and was very e
    6 points
  14. I know its not related to blades, but its such a darn nice piece of wood. The only thing I regret is putting modern string holder on her, as she would pass easy for 16. century Italian piece, if I used just 8 small forged nails.
    6 points
  15. Whoa! Where did that dagger come from Garry? I don't recall seeing that one before. Nice work there. A quick shout out to all the makers who might be intimidated by what you will see in this thread, and choose not to post. Don't be. Don't let anything stop you from taking a bit of pride in whatever you have achieved this year. Post it up. Take a bow. This year was a combination of trial and error with some successes along the way. Luckily enough, I have a few more successes than errors. Most of my work in both categories, is documented elsewhere on the forum. Here are
    6 points
  16. These would have to be up there as much for the new techniques tried as anything else
    6 points
  17. I don’t think I ever posted this one here. Very satisfying patterning on the blade.
    5 points
  18. First dry fit-up: There's still a full day of tweeking details but I'm getting close. By the time that I got here I had lost the good light for pictures so the quality is minimal. I'll get some better photos when it's completed.
    5 points
  19. After spending a week teaching a class, I got enough shop time to get the silver wire inlaid in my ivory hilt. There's still a good bit of work left to do on the ivory as you can only do so much before the inlay. Once I get the final shaping done to the flutes I will sand & polish it before applying a gloss clear coat. This hilt has eight wire inlays which may seem like a high number but I wanted this handle so have a lot of silver for contrast.
    5 points
  20. Though I spent much of my shop time getting ready for a class that I'm teaching tomorrow, I got the pommel made, drilled, and the knuckle bow bent to fit today. It's always a bit of a challenge to bend it exactly to fit and I heated & re-heated it several times before the end fit the hole in the pommel exactly right. As my class is reproducing "Bowie No. 1", it will be lengthy so I may not have the time to work more on this for a while.. I'll post more on this rapier when I can devote the time to it. If you
    5 points
  21. This is the best knife I've finished this year, I am really happy with this one. This damascus knife was finished early in the year, I have been working on a personal passion project for quite a few months now, but commission work and life keeps getting in the way. The project knife is going to be awesome as well but It still needs some extra time.
    5 points
  22. These are my two finished successes for this year including my first damascus.
    5 points
  23. These two knives are my most recent and by far the best knives I've ever made. The chef knife has reindeer antler and sterling silver, two materials I've never worked with before.
    5 points
  24. What the hell.....! Spent a lot of this year making to sell “affordable” knives to buy materials to upgrade tools. Rebuilt two belt sanders, welding forge, bought a porta-band saw also. Began working a seasonal job in October, so time was limited. I have a few I am pleased with as small as my shop is. A) Kingwood Puukko, (shown before) B) Sheath for an 18th century Bowie (shown last year?) C) Domed Pin Knife, (will score 3 fine lines on the bolster and finish). I do some commissions time to time, so I’ll save these for show if needed. Picts follow in ord
    5 points
  25. Ive been 'workshopless' for a lot of 2020, so have not been very productive at all this year. Managed to get a few kitchen blades done though, none of them 'pushing the boundaries' of my skill set, but trying to improve with each piece. This is the last one I finished a couple of weeks ago. It had a 'knifeyness' of its own when done, one of those rare things you make that looks like it has always been there! It was pleasing that I put a picture on instagram, and it was purchased by a very well known craftsman who I know has deep respect for tools. Quite a co
    5 points
  26. Great thread Matt! This is by far my best: Lots of first for me in both the Damascus making, and the fit and finish.
    5 points
  27. For me it was an attention thing. I'm not actually super social. Even social media takes a certain toll. I was a late adopter to the Facebook move, but it was clear one had to go there at the time for marketing. Sadly, it's a thing one must do when one is really bad at getting to regular old j-o-b's on time. LOL. I actually deleted my first Facebook account, and then realized I had to suck it up and join the fray. It's become an increasingly toxic environment on more than one front and for more than one reason. No need to go into that here and now, but it's intrinsic to the site, and it always
    4 points
  28. I forged out a little scrap piece of Damascus in a 1-cubic inch blade smith challenge. Starting Stock: 1/4' by 1" by 4" Hardened
    4 points
  29. Latest one of the bench. 5” recurve skinner. Blade is Go Mai mild steel outside/W2 core/nickel & copper in between. Wrought iron guard with stabilized claro walnut. As I play with adding nickel and/or copper to the mix I’m coming to realize I like one or the other. If I mix both it just looks “off”. Thanks for looking.
    4 points
  30. This thread is for a discussion on the causes and effects of temper embrittlement. The topic comes up every now and then, and really deserves a thread to be able to point people to when needed. I will do my best to keep things as simple as possible, while at the same time covering the important parts. Besides a number of years as a practicing metallurgist in steel foundries I am also using my 3 most common reference books for this type of topic that I keep within reach on my desk: The ASM Heat Treater's Guide (2nd ed, 1995), Structure and Properties of Engineering Alloys (2nd ed, William F
    4 points
  31. I have finished the temper and now moving on to cleaning the fullers before final grinding then sandpaper. So still a long way to go but I have no rush or deadline so I am just enjoying the process. For those interested in how I ended up tempering this blade- After I got a full straw temper from the residual heat in the heat bricks I utilised the flat bar welded to my vise (that I clamped the blade in after the quench ) and opened it up so that just the edges were sitting on the flat bar. I then worked my way along the centre of the blade with a p
    4 points
  32. Hello everyone. As the title says, I forged this blade from an 01 Explorer leaf spring. I bought a bag of vermiculite to allow the blade to slow cool so I could drill the tang. This is the first time I've done this and honestly I was surprised how soft the steel was after I let it sit for 20 hours. It was normalized 3 times, quenched in oil and tempered for 2 hours at 380F. The handle is made of black/silver epoxy scales that my wife ordered online from somewhere and the slats in the handles are a sandwich of 20mm, 30mm, 20mm shells. The blade is patina'd black. I used a wood burner to
    4 points
  33. I got the ivory fluted and slotted for a twisted wire inlay. I'm not satisfied with the first pommel that I made so I'll need to construct a new one. Then I'll need to forge a knuckle bow to shape and weld to one quillon of the guard. I'm planning on inlaying an ivory cabochon into the center of the knuckle bow but that will come later.
    4 points
  34. I made a few I am proud of, these two most recently - one from canister damascus of scrap pieces and 1084 powder, the other of a billet of feather I made this year. Elk antler on both, the drop point having stabilized spalted maple spacer and the clip point african blackwood spacer. There is some awesome work in this thread....Clint
    4 points
  35. First of the batch of handles in the handle rack and ready for the finish but will get the rest up to this stage before starting that process.
    4 points
  36. Hey! I meant to post here but got distracted! I use a small shopvac for the blower on my hearths, it is the smallest shopvac brand one you can get at a hardware store like Lowes or Home depot. I put a ball valve between the tuyere and the blower, so I can adjust it properly. Alan is right, make sure your charcoal is burning good and hot before starting! I tend to stick the blower into the furnace before the run to get a powerful air blast in the bottom, that way I make sure it is burning everywhere, and then replace the tuyere where it is meant to go and adjust the air
    4 points
  37. Thanks Josh, waiting for the forge to arrive. It has arrived in Australia so hopefully will get to me in a week or so. Did some rough clean up and prep for heat treat. Got the edge to about 2 mil and will final grind after heat treatment. I got all the hammer marks out. I wire brushed the blade after each heat during forging and it sure made a huge difference as did re dressing my hammer faces. I also have to extend my quench tank.
    4 points
  38. My favorite of the year 9” 80crv2 with stainless bolsters. Handle is translucent resin with shredded us currency in it.
    4 points
  39. Hello fellow forum members! How are you, I want to share this Viking sword as a Christmas gift, or rather yule !! We present the Warg, inspired by a sword from the late Viking age, discovered during the summer of 2011 in the town Norwegian from Langeid. Like the original sword, the Warg has a Petersen Æ type guard in the style of those found in Ål and Buskerud, Norway or Suontaka in Finland. One of the most interesting features is the extremely short and historically correct grip. The hilt only supports three fingers, so the little finger partially rides on the pommel and the forefinger and th
    4 points
  40. Wish I had the tools to cast, maybe next year. Chape formed from brass sheet and rods. Next thing I need to think about is setting up a dedicated photographing corner as the light I'm the workshop and inside the house are really really bad
    4 points
  41. I'm not familiar with that controller. Looking at the manual online, it appears times are in minutes? From 50 to 1825 degrees is 1775 degrees of temperature change. 90 minutes is 5400 seconds. 1775/5400 is 0.33 degrees/second 1.65 degrees every 5 seconds, so your 1-2 deg per 5 sec seems about right to me? I'll try to look at it again when there's a higher concentration of blood in my alcohol stream, and see if I can work out why it's going to "stop".
    4 points
  42. And a few process pictures for good measure. This had a lot more parts than I'm used to so getting things lined up was frustrating at times I'm planning to make a sheath for it but still looking for information on how to go about it as I want it such that the front rondel seats down into it as well.
    4 points
  43. Also, no forge deities/legendary being names. Even the ones I don't know, and I know of most of them. Unless of course it's your real name, but I don't know many Weylands, Peruns, Vulcans, Hephaistos, Thors, Oguns, Goibniu, Amakuni, etc.
    4 points
  44. How to Forge a Railroad Spike Axe (by thepxsmith) Smash the point into the shaft. Keep smashing. Try to keep it from bending while smashing. When you get to 4”-4.5” you can stop smashing (Your forearms will be super tight and your fingers curled permanently around your hammer by now). Make a slit in the top side. I use a slot punch, usually takes 3-4 heat cycles for me to get it through. Drift the hole out just a wee bit. No need to get crazy here, we will come back and refine this later. Flip it back to the side and hammer the “ears” down a little. This will also open the drift hole more so
    3 points
  45. With much encouragement from @Brian Dougherty I am making a traditional viking scabbard for Haust Gjalda. Got everything glued up today. The inside is felt lined and is a good tight fit. I am still messing around with designs for the leather. Right now I am leaning towards the boars head design. I did some research on Freyr and according to google the boar is Freyr's chosen animal, and the rune is his symbol. However, given the story with this knife a theme not connected with Freyr would be ok to. There are a couple of other desings I like too that I will include in this post. Tho
    3 points
  46. sorry to take so long to up date this , but not much was done on the sword, I got sick then wrecked my back and had a commision I needed to be working on. But I made a little time to work on it this week, so we will see how far I can get. the guard wasn't sitting right in my mind it keep looking off , but the curves traced the same and a ruler showed then as the same size everywhere.. finally after going after it dial calipers I managed figured out where it was out fix that, tadn repeated the process several more times.. it is funny how even 0.005 thickness in the wrong place just l
    3 points
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