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  1. So How do I get me some of that? Dan
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    Bush nectar

    Now Tai Jut think of how much prettier that would look with a Hamon...... Runnin and a duckin Dan
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    Cutting test

    Hi Jimmy I know and converse with Tony and am quite familiar with Howards blades, those in the polishing biz and many in Japanese Budo. You should know I am in Budo as well (in a very well respected one at that, in fact the oldest extant Japanese school) thus I am extremely familiar with the whole test cutting thang and have been doing so for almost 25 years. My post was only for a discussion of uniformity of testing materials so there are measurable and thus compatible results..... thats all. If you read between the lines, I am fan of our efforts over the Japanese efforts and can and do
  4. Ray I love the composition of both...nice job. Its been a while since I considered the turned hilt ( up and down) Dan
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    Design Work

    So this is what we decided on for the big and little brother set. The big one is ten inces with a stag and Leather grip. At the end of the day it isn't a Scagel, but one of my own he liked. i will be forging this weekend with my son I bought a digital camera and will track the progress just for fun. If I can figre out how to use the damn thing! Dan
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    Cutting test

    Hey........I have 9 acres. I cut trees! But if you're gonna cut tatami and bamboo, why not be consistent with what it is for-test cutting simulations. That way you can compare to a constant (or a control) instead of just going around whacking at stuff. Same reason we cut rope...to compare to what we or others did before. Otherwise our bladesmith test would be...this knife cut 200 times in rope as compared to this one that cut 17 times through a car door that compares to this one that cut 16 times through a truck door that compares to this one that broke on a pipe compared to this one
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    Cutting test

    Hey Jimmy.......yer supposed to use greeeeeen bamboo ya silly. Dried bamboo is not the "tradtional" target material. It is too stiff for the sword. Thus it doesn't simulate any body contact-which is the whole idea with bamboo and or tatami omote. When you do get the tatami make sure to soak it in water for about 6-8 hours and then take it out and let it dry for an hour before you cut it. Too dry and it its a bugger to cut through-if you can at all. To wet and it will just sag. And try to get Tatami omote that are new. Some of the used ones have dirt, gravel, sand, old condoms, and you migh
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    Design Work

    It also helps with section profiles.I did cutting tests with various shapes with some friends. I am deep into the Japanese arts-they are into euro stuff Dan
  9. Dan

    Design Work

    Yeah I know..... for years I just "smithed" out of my head. It was creative -yes. But I found the more I played by drawing and then smithing the more creative I got. But hey...thats just me I can make a blade "profile" then play with a grind Top is a recurve bowie then a flat grind then a chisel grind Dan
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    Design Work

    This is corel designer 12 Its great as it has all then symbal libraries you need fro engineering and architectural but then you have the advantage of all the fill effects. Corel draw will work too Dan
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    Design Work

    Tribute to friend and teacher Hugh Bartrug Uloo Skinner Dan
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    Design Work

    Kukris These are from an early 1800's design a friend brought back from Nepal. the rest is all mine. its very serpentine. I am not a profesional graphic designer nor do I pretend to be. It is what I hope to be an aid in my process. ..... Cheers Dan
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    Design Work

    I have a client who would like a matching set of Scagel type knives-camp knife and hunter. I have recently begun using the cadd software I use at work to start desgining knives now that I am back to forging. I used to hand draw then transfer to a shim stock cut-out that I could layover without it burning up What do you fellows use to desgin with? P.S I am copying anothers well established design ideas And.....there will be Hamon on it. That should please Tai. Dan
  14. I just wanted to say thank you very much. He contacted me and has what I can use. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks Dan
  15. Yes But it is not common, and when I have seen it (just twice) -it was in lower carbon steels; say 1050 more so than in the higher ones. But that may be... just me. It happened where ashi are. It is always been my guess that what I saw was a contraction area of pearlite frozen in the ashi within the area under expansion in the yakiba. It was only a very thin skin/surface problem. It may be long while before you see it again. It has been that way for me. Just now I edited...... I remember "thinking" I saw it again once when it was a wheel/belt score from my poor grinding technique....
  16. Hey............. I stuck up for ya on that thread! I don't mind the opinion. I trust ya don't mind mine. cheers Dan
  17. This is a spin off of The Kukri thread where Tais laments us using hamon on western things and tells Don.............well, just go read it. This is my reply Personally, I enjoyed going to Tai's site and seeing that introductory picture on the front page. And what is that Dan? Why it is a picture of Westernized bowie type knife with..a hamon on on it. But that cannot be Daniel, Tai does not approve of a hamon on something not Eastern. Why he is even sick of Hamon on things that should be hamon'ed. "It is positively Gauche, uncouth!" he says. In the strangest of aruments he allud
  18. deleted -see knew thread titled... Tai's lament Dan
  19. I posted this in a different area-perhaps wrong area. So....does anyone know if it is still available? Thank ye kindly gents Dan
  20. Hi Guys Anyone know where it can be found-either in old stock for sale or is anyone still making it? Thanks Dan
  21. Man I suck. I still cannot figure out how to take a picture and send it. What a moron. Dan
  22. Oh Heck This really boils down to Tai thinking one genre has been done to death and is cliche. I don't see any trouble with that. One mans trash being anothers treasure. I, on the other hand, see primitive knives as an exuse for not being willing or able to do high level work.........running and duckin Seriously though whats the trouble with Tai's view? While I absoloutly dissagree with it-I see no trouble with him stating it. Don, I don't know if you just said it wrong...sorry, but I thought I would correct it for the guys reading. Utsuri is not the dark area-it is the wh
  23. Don The hamon is great and I wish more Americans would pay attention to it. IF they knew what Ashi are -they sure as heck don't show it in their work. And Saka Choji? With an American smith? Forget it. Great Job Dan P.S. don't listen to Tai
  24. Really,... first it was modern damascus, Jimmy was it's mother,...then it was hamons on everything, Don started that one,.... then it was Neo-Tribal, I was the father,... then it turned Neo Devo and split into Hillbilly Baroque, Harley's babies,... ... that makes Harley the new Bill Moran! Tai ********************* Hey I'll give ya that. But then there may be lots of fathers who gave birth to the same idea. That also makes Cleston Sinyard the father of stainless damascus and using various steel and iron powders and Hubbard (from conn. I forgot his first name) the fathe
  25. I couldn't tell ya who has been placing hamon on "other " blades for how long. I started doing it in the mid to late-eighties. I kept trying to buy damascus from different makers (no power hammer till later) and none of theirs would produce a hamon till Jimmy Shmidts told me what I was doing wrong (wrong steels-low count). Then I was off on my own with my own mixtures and finally......Hamon. Then was the agony of studying how to do them right. First on Japanese swords and then on little arrow heads for fun and then on other things like American shaped knives and axes, I thought it was my
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