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Jesus Hernandez

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  1. Skinner: The person that does it is a despellejador, the knife... no idea. No funda de cuero for this one, Hÿllyn. Next one in the making will have one.
  2. Hÿllyn, It is interesting to hear that about the difference in terminology used in Spanish for the different kinds of blades (armas blancas). Where I grew up (and this may be different acording to the different regions of Spain or countries where Spanish is spoken) the word daga is used to name a two-edged symmetrical geometry blade. Puñal will be, as you said, any blade that is held in the fist (puño) but that is one-edged and therefore asymmetric with respect to a center line. Cuchillo may refer to ANY short (under a foot usually) blade but mostly used for kitchen cutlery. Estilete is
  3. Antonio, in Spanish, I would call this "una daga". "Un puñal" would be more like a bowie. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate everyone's comments on the carved handle. I was especially moved by the fact that Jake made a comment on it. Being that he is the "master carver". That is enough payback for me on the amount of work that it took.
  4. Alan, I can assure you Blackwood is NOT going to be one of my favorite woods to work with in the future. It looks great but it is so hard to work with. It chips, it cracks. It's frustrating. Thanks everyone for your comments.
  5. A friend of mine asked me to make a dagger for him. He is a good friend from high school and we have stayed in touch despite the physical distance. I wanted it to be special. I came up with an idea for a longish dagger (10.5 inches for the blade alone) that will have a piece of steel cable at the center surrounded by 1095 for the edges. I started up by welding a thin piece of cable (1/2 inch diameter) together. This particular cable has a tight strand pattern that looks really well when etched. I shaped the cable like a bullet and sandwich it between to pieces of 1095 steel. The picture s
  6. I am glad you posted this Steve so that we can all learn from it. I put three tiny holes in my forge so that I could put the pyrometer probe in and measure temperatures at both ends of the forge and in the middle. I found that the ends stay 100 degrees cooler than the middle and this is even visible when you place a blade (like a tanto size) in the different areas of the forge. I can see the color transformation around 1500 going to 1550 degrees and noticeably the blade will start to tranform from the place that is closer to the middle or the forge. I use a long piece of rebar to hold t
  7. Looking at these picture makes me homesick. I was born in Spain. North from Andalucia, in Castilla.
  8. Well... if you like to see control in the hamon detail take a look a this. It is not really a hitatsura type blade but at first it looks as if the clay just came off a portion of the blade during the quenching creating an irregular area in the hamon. It is when you look more carefully that you realize that the smith depicted a dragon pursuing a flaming ball in the hamon. This sword is at the aoi website so I am going to link to the site rather than using their picture. Here is the link.
  9. Greg, The tanto does have a taper. The taper is very subtle at the back of the blade (mune machi) and progresses ever so slightly on forward and becomes the most noticeable as it approaches the tip of the blade (kissaki). Don, I realize that you live very close to me and will be love to take you up on an offer to get together. Your shop or mine? You've been an inspiration and an amazing source of knowledge for me.
  10. Thank you everyone. Sorry Phillip. I did not take any close-up pictures of the habaki and the blade is already sold and no longer in my hands. It was made of copper, folded over the mune and soldered. Then patinated with some file marks or what I call scratches.
  11. Here is the last one I just finished. 1095 monostell tanto. 11 inches nagasa. Clay-coated and water quenched. Poplar shirasaya with zebra wood spacers (koiguchi). Thanks for looking!
  12. The book I alluded to is called: "Kubikiri Asaemon Token Oshigata" It took my a long time to find a copy since it is out of print. It is expensive but if you find a copy grab it! Ciao Peppe!
  13. It is my understanding that there are two froms of tameshigiri (test cutting). Shito Tameshigiri and Shizan Tameshigiri. Shito relates to the testing of the sword's cutting ability. Shizan refers to the testing of the cutter's skills. In my view both are important for the reasons that have already been explained by the others in this thread. The Yamano family in Japan represented a family of executioners that span for many years. The had a "manual" of standarized cuts at different levels of the body, different number of bodies, etc. This record account has been published in a two volum
  14. Sort of. But the copper only attaches to some of the layers of the steel. In this case the 15N20 creating a nice contrast. The blade itself is perfectly functional. It does not affect the practical use of the knife.
  15. Hÿllyn, thank you for your clarification. That's is why I linked the webpage on the post so that if anyone is interested they can read about the process of making the knife. Kyle, the blade was in the etching bath for 60 minutes or so. The ferric concentration is 1:5. Hope that helps.
  16. The wood id Bloodwood. The patina on the wrought iron guard was created by etching in ferric and adding copper filings to the etching bath. Thank you for you comments.
  17. Please take a look at the webpage: Webpage for the Copper Hunter Thank you.
  18. Please take a look at the webpage: Webpage for the Celtic Flare Thank you.
  19. The design The steel The guard The handle deconstructed The leather sheath The locking mechanism The blade The whole project
  20. Glad to hear back from you. I've been missing your comments and insight.
  21. I have been using Rex's T-rex (3/4 inch) for everything for forging to welding and all I have to say is that these burners are extremely well made. Nothing negative to say at all. They perform to the best expectations. I have recently purchased a 1 incher for a welding forge and I am amazed at the BTU output of the new burner.
  22. Lin, I really like the simplicity of the damascus with the low layer count. It has a strong visual effect.
  23. I like the changes. It looks like all those hours at the computer payed off. I particularly enjoy seeing the "how I made this blade" pages.
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