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Giuseppe Maresca

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  1. Very interesting project, and cool finished piece. I like the chain pattern on large blades like this.
  2. what a piece of art! it's stunning, I can't wait to see it finished
  3. The quality of the cast stuff is impressive...
  4. It's an impressive piece; the guard looks great.
  5. I suggest you to take a good, powerful angle grinder to cut and rough shape forged stuff, and use files and coarse grit sandpaper for anything else. In this way I do a lot of stuff, like integrals, without using belt grinder. I have a very good and powerful belt grinder now and, unlike the angle grinder, it's still far from being indispensable.
  6. I LOVE it! The handle is perfect and there is a stunning activity in the hamon.
  7. I'm a member from long time and I feel that I have to donate, but I don't think that paying for the membership it's a great idea. A lot of new people would be discouraged to join to the forum, and this could easily stop to be an open community, in my opinion. I think that leaving the choice to the members to donate or not can work only in few communities, but this is one of them. On the other side I think that have to be avoided abuses from people that use the forum only to sell their stuff, without giving nothing to the community, but this is a Don's choice. Anyway I'm glad that there I can
  8. They are made of 1040, great stuff for hammers and hardie tools. You can either water or oil quench, it depends mostly from the cross section of the piece to harden and from the way it will work. For a 4,5cm rod i would recommend a water quench.
  9. Looks like an excellent working tool. D3 is very good stuff, and pretty easy to find too. I would like to work with it if I had an electric oven fot heat treatment.
  10. I own an old gun with pattern welded barrels, that has the same finish on them. I always thought that it was browned.
  11. I've worked with railroad springs, and as Tell wrote, it works like common spring steel (car coils). The kind of spring I used was in round section and was shaped pretty different from your, but the aim is the same, so I think it's more or less the same stuff. It's good stuff for knives, anyway.
  12. I like them, expecially the hawk head.
  13. Great looking nessmuk! That's a beautiful piece of sambar stag.
  14. C.Renzi, in Italy a similar compound is known as "cemento alluminoso" or "all'allumina". I was unable to find it, but exist here to.
  15. I've worked with yew, It's a great wood for knife handles, and for hammer and hawk haft too. It's pretty light and not vert hard but has great resilience and flexibility, and I really love the look. On the other side it's easily breakeble in the sense of the grain, like other conifers. Tom Sterling, the yew you have used for the Stingray dagger it's really outstanding.
  16. clean and essential, it's very nice. I like how you shaped the handle.
  17. Outstanding and very inspiring pieces!
  18. I've used Fisher "Sigillante Refrattario", that is written to resist until 1500°C. It works pretty well.
  19. Are you sure that the farmacy didn't sold you boric acid? It looks pretty similar to borax cristals. Anyway I know that it used as additive for some flux, but I've never heard of it as flux alone.
  20. Absolutely stunning knives, the second one is my favourite.
  21. Thanks for the tranlation Nick. Umbo, it's a very good freehand work.
  22. The 3D effect in the super dense damascus is wonderful. Great looking blades.
  23. Usually they are made of 1040 or 4140, but olders can have more carbon. Nice adze anyway. Did you use a kind of die for the blade?
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