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  1. 2 points
    This type of blade construction was rather common in early medieval in central and northern Europe during Viking age. The blade consists of three parts: high carbon steel on the cutting edge, a twisted pattern-welded bar in the middle, and a simple pattern-welded bar on the back of the knife. To forge it I used a scrap metal (as usual in my projects) but this time the scrap metal was very special. I used old bloomery iron and wrought iron nails/bolts/rivets which were found in the Dziwna River in Wolin in the place of the old shipyard/harbor during the building of the new marina (Wolin is the historical site (Viking age city)), every new investment must be supervised by archeologist. This was also the case here but they were not interested of nails :-), so I collected it.
  2. 2 points
    Forged my first knife in 10 years a couple weeks ago. Went well and started cleaning it up on my craftsman 2x42 grinder. I use this sander for all kinds of projects and it works well cleaning up cuts and rounding corners. For knives, it didn’t go well, so I moved into hardware mode. I made the tracking mechanism years ago, with the idea I could adjust the grinder to use various belt lengths. In this case I can go from 36” to 72” belts. Basically it is two wheel design with a 8” sunray contact wheel on the bottom, tracking on top and platen. I went with a 1hp iron horse motor and pulleys for speed adjustment. The frame is 8020 extruded aluminum that I got from a previous employer that shut down. So the only cost was the wheels, drive train and motor, also $20 in bolts and such. It is such a pleasure to use after the craftsman and works like a dream. It fits my present needs well, and if I dive deep into knife making, I can always make a more traditional 4 wheel model. The pictures below are the grinder, which I will probably make a table for. The tracking adjustment and set up with a 42” belt for giggles. Just want to show off, wife just doesn’t get it.
  3. 1 point
    So back in 11/2018 I had a demonstration to do and I decided it was a Felling axe that my sights fell on. It was the last demo of the year and all ready had snow on the ground. My buddy Scott came around to help with sledge.. We got the mandrel done and 1/4 the way to a finished axe before he had to boogie. Fast forwards to 5 days ago and my desire to to finish the Axe.. I am about 96% happy with it.. I am not a fan of any hammer marks nor scale left on the work if it was designed in my mind. About 8hrs, all hand work.
  4. 1 point
    Tell your wife that you, sir, just won the awesomeness award for the week with that build.
  5. 1 point
    The 8020 itself isn’t to bad price wise, it is the brackets, bolts and nuts that are pricey. You can always drill out your own angle and 1/4 inch plate to make your own and use 5/16 carriage bolts in the track with regular bolts. Here is a picture of the back of the tracking showing how it slides on and the back of the grinder.
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    Thanks all I saw a review of a Tod's Workshop messer where the pommel was brazed and wanted to try something similar, though in this case was silver soldered. Not quite as strong of course, but should be plenty strong enough I hope..
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