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  1. This has been a "long term" project for me. Took a bit over forty years. Back in 1972, at my first set designer job, I found this badly-abused Patton saber in the trash. It had been used as a theatrical prop for decades and had suffered the attentions of playful members of the actor's brotherhood. Some fiend of a propmaster had painted the nickle-plated garrison scabbard with lead-based white oil paint (I assume to kill the distracting shine onstage), this was later painted black. Somewhere along the line, another vandal sanded off the browning on the grip and basket hilt to bare steel. Then
  2. Looks like fun! I haven't been in the Upper Peninsula since Kennedy was President. Just as beautiful as I remembered. Great-looking culery. Oddly, I was more fascinated by the idea of a Kevlar canoe. It's taken me a while to wrap my head around the idea of fiberglassing plywood kayaks, now they spring THIS on me! Maybe I'm in the wrong century.
  3. I spent a lot of time looking around the car for a bird's nest. Let's see if I can find that picture I took of an Impala in the bush...
  4. Thanks, Alan. I've had kind of a rough stretch this year, and am just getting back into the field. Got really discouraged after two expensive, high-profile shows that were unmitigated disasters. It's hard when customers look at your work, "OOOH" and "AAAH" over it, but don't buy anything! Praise doesn't get you to Burning Man! But I'm back...and off to the Burn in a couple of weeks!
  5. This is one of my newer knives: my version of the Searles Bowie. Blade is O1, differentially heat treated and hand polished to a satin finish, 9" long and almost 2" wide. The grip is ebony, with early-style flat checkering and nickle-silver pins. To go with it, I created a period leather and nickle silver sheath with frog. I'm very proud of this, and consider it to be my best work, so far. The price is $400 US, plus shipping. I'll be posting some more goodies in the near future....gotta pay for my trip to Burning Man!
  6. The whole package is wonderful. Extraordinary work. Congratulations.
  7. I'm heading to Las Vegas next month, to frolic in the Beinfeld Antique Arms Show at the Riviera. Here are some of the goodies that are going with me that I've made in the last few months. Like me..they're an eclectic bunch! Everything from a gladius and puggio set to muzzle-loader's accoutrements, Bowie knives and daggers. I even whomped up a few of my kiridashi for the event.
  8. The past few months have been very busy...spent most of November in Europe, and have been hustling to get knives made ever since! I'll be exhibiting at the Beinfeld Antique Arms Show at Las Vegas's Riviera next month, and I wanted to bring a batch of new stuff. These are examples: a pair of eating utensil sets that would be appropriate in a Voyageur's canoe or at a Ren Fair feast. Roach-bellied French knife, horn spoon and a skewer (Forks are a new item, y'know.) all in a neat little pouch. The pouch is designed so that it can slip over a belt or into the straps of a shoulder bag. There are a
  9. Very nice, Kevin. I discovered that having a shop where everything is under one roof is downright empowering. My work improved and my productivity increased. It also gives my cats someplace new to hang out, stare at me and criticize me. Everyone's happy! As with your shop in North Carolina, I don't have a snow-load to worry about here in Tucson! A former northern Illinoisan, I can sympathise with the above gentleman from Michigan.
  10. I like to chuck leather tooling stamps in my bench drill press and use that. The drill is not turned on, of course!
  11. I used to own a 29-4 and loved it. Sounded like the Toonerville Trolley at high speed, but was built like a locomotive. When I moved to Arizona from Illinois, I gave it to my best friend and his wife...they were fellow members fd the SCA and had many uses for it. I've been looking for another ever since!
  12. It has a wonderful feel to it. The balance point is a couple of inches in front of the guard. With the wasp waist eliminating a lot of weight, and the point of impact in the middle of the end flare, swinging it is a dream and it does a lot of damage to things smote. I'm surprised at how well it turned out for a first sword! , .
  13. Yes, I did last night, just before posting here. I expect I'll hear from them, eventually.
  14. To quote George Takei: "Oh, my!" That is lovely!
  15. As promised, here's the Puggio that I made from the broken blade of my first attempt at a Gladius Hispaniensis. With both of these Roman pieces, I've aimed for the idea of a set made for the Iberian-Celtic civilian market as opposed to something created for the Roman military. Therefor, I avoided the usual tinned brass fittings and other elaborate metalwork and used rawhide on the sheaths. Hastur The Unspeakable approves, but he's Egyptian...so what does HE know? This started life as a Tennessee Toothpick, but I got carried away. (Squirrel! Shiny!) I guess it's now a quillon dagger from
  16. Just for entertainment's sake, a bit of Steampunk, inspired by the Professors Foglio's webcomic "Girl Genius". This is an Airship Pilot First Class dress uniform dirk. Blade is O1 with a Spanish notch (Just to show I can.), handle is antiqued bone, brass-bound rayskin for the sheath and frogs. The decorations on the frog I purchased from the good professors: a pilot's medallion and the sigil of Haus Wulfenbach. I guess now I have to design the rest of the uniform.
  17. The Gladius has been done for a while. I got distracted (Squirrel!) by other shiny things and forgot to post the results. It took two tries to get the blade right...the first one was too slender in the waist and warped in the quench. While it was still hot, I began to straighten it and it snapped at the thinnest point. Incredibly, within a few hours, I had laid out, ground and polished an improved design. The blade is beefier and has a lenticular grind. Once it was heat-treated (Successfully), I polished it, etched it with hot vinegar and repolished it. Then, with tears in my eyes, I scuffed
  18. I've been using it for years. One thing I've noticed...you won't need to buy it very often. A little goes a really LONG way!
  19. Here's where things are with the gladius. Blade grind is complete. I know some purist will kvetch about the hollow grind on an early Hispano-Roman short sword. Pity about that. I'll give the next one a lenticular cross-section. Guard and pommel are walnut. Grip is carved and antiqued bone. Once the blade is heat-treated, it's getting a very dark etch, so the whole package will look ancient but well-preserved. Right now, the weight is two pounds, which I'll bring down to about one and a half pounds after heat treat when I do the final grind. Heat treat had to wait while I gathered some mate
  20. An ungodly amount! Dear Cthulhu, I'd forgotten how much crud a grinder kicks out in stock removal! With my air sucker going full blast, the amount of black gunk was amazing. This is why I prefer to forge. Still, a craftsman must be flexible and know how to work in various styles.
  21. Starting an adventure, this time. I've never done a sword, so it's about time I started..Right? To make things even more entertaining, this will be entirely stock-removal instead of forging. After all, I have to USE that Bader BIII grinder, don't I? What I have here is a Gladius Hispaniensis. Everybody seems to be doing the Mainz and Pompeii Gladii, so I'm doing the design that appeals most to me. I like the graceful, wasp-waisted lines of this earlier Spanish short sword. Since I expect to make more of these, I made a wooden template to simplify future lay-outs. The blade is 22 1/2 inches l
  22. Quench it in your crewmates blood! Drink a toast from the socket...then off for the White Whale! A dead whale or a stove ship! Sorry, I'm a Melville fan.
  23. Now there's an idea. I can just see a stack of "The Bladesmith's BBQ Bible" on my table at the next show!
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