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george ranier

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  1. That looks wicked and nasty, but in the best possible ways.
  2. Thanks for the input guys. The handle started as a sketched design, and since I came close to the sketch, and it feels good in the hand (at least my hand!) I was reasonably happy with the result. Part of the fun with this has been trying different things, but as a beginner perhaps there is more value in keeping it as simple as possible and focusing on the basics.
  3. This is the first knife I've posted, but overall 5th that I've made. Been a 'lurker' for a long time, and grateful for the existence of this forum as well as all who've posted here in the past. A few years back I never would have thought I had it in myself to build a forge and make a knife. Without the inspiration here I would probably still be questioning that. This blade was formerly a coil spring in my car, but after a rough encounter one morning with the spilled contents of a dump truck (some rocks, bordering on boulders that I tried to drive over), the spring was liberated for othe
  4. Hey Kevin, The article makes for an interesting read. How do you think your technique will work on intelligent sociopaths (which would be the majority of sociopaths that I've run into in my life)? When reading the article, I was reminded of a guy with whom I went to college. He was very smart and also an amazing liar. It was a frightening combination in hindsight, but of course I didn't realize the nature of his pathology until I became more educated. He would make up details of his story ahead of time that were absolutely fantastic, and those details added greatly to the credibility
  5. Jesus, What are you using for an anvil? And thanks for posting the video. Hope all is well. George
  6. Hey Dee, Not qualified to comment on the photography, but I like your work (both in knives and jewelry)! Do you have a website? George
  7. Jesus - That little tanto is full of activity! It doesn't show in the picture, but there is faint utsuri. I do plan to make the mountings for it...hopefully it doesn't take much time as it took me to get the polishing started. John - this post is so full of eye candy, including your blades. Thanks for sharing, and keep up the great work.
  8. Made by Jesus Hernandez some time ago....
  9. Thank you so much for this thread. I've learned entire new categories of things to be learned.
  10. Niko - Looks good! Can I ask how you colored the copper?
  11. Jesus and Stephen - Earlier today I found myself trying to find the chemical analysis of tamahagane on the internet again. Interestingly, many of the searches linked to threads from this forum, which as an aside was pretty cool. But I eventually ended up reading about kanna-nagashi, the japanese method of purifying iron sand. In thinking about the final carbon content of your bloom as compared to japanese tamahagane, I wonder if kanna-nagashi would have played a role? I would have to think that if it was easy enough to increase carbon content in steel by simply adding organic materia
  12. Jesus - Do you have information regarding the composition of traditionally smelted tamahagane? The only stuff I've been able to find on the internet tells me about carbon content, which various sources list as 1-1.5% for the "best" quality. Do you know the composition of the other 20% of your Spanish red hematite? This whole process is incredibly cool, and as others have said already, your documentation is much appreciated! If you ever need a charcoal chopper, give me a call!! Keep up the great posts.
  13. Wow - when I think of a rotary tool I think of the Dremel tool that I use to carve out mortises for hanging doors! This is obviously a whole different ball game!! Astounding workmanship!!
  14. The curiosity is killing me....pic?
  15. Jesus, You inspired me to register here. Hopefully the first step on a journey! Great work, and Renee says hi. Congratulations! George
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