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Giuseppe Maresca

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  1. unbelievably beautiful! The overall shape is nicely organic, and the details are outstanding. The guard, the wood, the sheath and the carving are perfect. There is a kind of phytomorphism that somehow reminds the Art Noveaù...
  2. Huge!! I have to look around for something similar. There are a lot of heavy forging tools that can be made with a 1 inch thick carbon steel plate, this was a good find for you . Thanks for the photo...
  3. I'm talking about the big one. If I understand from what kind of tool it come from, I can try to find a similar piece here. I simply can't imagine how do they use a similar blade.
  4. Let me know if you come in sorrento. Venice is beautiful too, I have to go there sooner or later. Maybe next year, if an old friend in Mestre will receive me. Look here for translations, I find that it's very good (and faster than the dictionary ) http://massimol.it/Gratis/vocabolario-ingl...ano-inglese.php
  5. I was talking about Nick's huge blade, I was just curious to see it.
  6. I come from Sorrento, Naples. Sometimes I write on the forum of tuttocoltelli, but mostly here...
  7. Do you have a photo of that blade? I'm curious... A similar piece can be very useful in a shop. You can made a lot of tools from it.
  8. Welcome aboard Stefano, it's nice for me to see more italians here. Your knives are flawless.
  9. I'm making some damascus from similar bandsaw, and they sparked and worked just like plain carbon steel, around 75-80 point of carbon.
  10. I like everithing of it! stunning knife.
  11. You are getting old Sam! Best wishes . Party pics please...
  12. I love this knife. The blade looks just perfect to me, thick spine and thin flat ground, gorgeous pattern.
  13. Mild steel will have Mn, like about every kind of modern steel. Mn is used to purify steel from sulphur and oxigen, so only wrough iron and electrolitic iron will be free from it.
  14. I prefer the whole blade hardened and the back tempered. I switched when I saw that differentially hadened blade don't brake easily after the bend, but bend far more easily than a 100% martensite blade. I think that outside the ABS test, you really don't need to bend a blade; once you ruin its straightness, you ruined the blade, imho.
  15. Thanks Nick, really it didn't hurt at all. This morning the swelling went away, and in the afternoon it got well enaught to do some sailing.
  16. I've pierced to the bone my left forefinger about 2 hours ago, with a freshly sharpened knife. I was polishing the handle with the wax, holding the blade in a cloth, but I gripped to much the handle with the right hand, the blade slipped out of the cloth and hit the finger. A lot of blood but almost painless. I was very lucky since the bone stopped the blade, and the scar is very narrow, about 1/4 of an inch. Few millimeters more right and the blade would have severed the artery. The blade was very clean, so no rust, dirt or something else under the skin. Our job/hobby is too dangerous to all
  17. Probably I'm going to write something obvious but almost all the sabers I've seen are made with that kind of cross section. An old short sword made in that way has deep scratch running vertically to the blade; i think that was forged and then scraped. Some very old Buck knives shows a similar cross section. I refer to model 120, and another I don't remember, maybe 109 or 106; anyway big knives with pretty wide blade and thick back, thinner in the middle of the bevel and again thicker near the edge. Really uncommon on factory knives.
  18. That iron rod with animal (I don't know the english name) head is cool! The first knife too is very nice.
  19. http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?sh...amp;#entry68339 M35 it's not exactly stainless, but so alloyed to be unweldable without fluorspar, so I had to can weld it. The welds are perfect, later I had no problems working it, no delaminations or inclusion. Everything else is written in the topic...
  20. Thanks for answering Sam. Have you got a picture of your blower? Just to be sure that I understood what you are talking about. 45$ are nothing for a good tool, I hope to be as lucky as you in finding it. Your blower is a centrifugal or a turbine kind?
  21. I know that probably nothing can be better than a professional forge air blower, one of that with a nice cast iron shell, that probably will survive me, but they cost far more than I can afford... It's a lot of time that i search for a surrogate, since these blower here in Italy costs around 400€ (540$) for a 400m3/h, and more than 700€ (946$) for a 700m3/h. Now I have buildt a big coal forge, 60x100cm and I need a big volume of air to work well with it. I want to melt some bronze (and maybe small amounts of crucible steel), so I need a minimum of 700-800m3/h. I'm planning to make one mys
  22. Is it not enaught to heat it? Most magnet, even neodimium one, lose their properties a bit over 212°F...
  23. Welcome back Bob, I'm glad to read you.
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