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  1. Thanks. The guard indeed looks identical to yours. Your piece is Austrian. I think that most probably mine was ordered by the Serbs from Austro-Hungary and it was made there. The thickness of the blade is 7 milimeters - this is quite thick but is not much for this kind of sword, which again tells me that my example was used as a weapon. The richly inlaid handle, the sharpness of the blade and the double-edged thrusting tip also confirm that it was not used as an wood chopping tool.
  2. Hi Giuseppe & guys, here I am posting the promised photos of my other tessak. It is quite cool with those silver crest ornaments - the Serbs knew how to make their weapons look good. This is an old example, very rare and with its tip sharpened on both sides - apparently it was used not only as a tool but also for stabbing of enemy soldiers. It is quite sharp too. This short sword was captured by some Bulgarian soldier or officer during the War between Bulgaria and Serbia (1885) - a historic weapon that is at least 130 years old. I will announce this sword for sale in the Kives for Sale
  3. This is on my "to buy soon" list. I saw those little sand blasters in an artist's supply shop. At first I thought they were airbrushes but then the saleswoman explained that they were used in jewelry and art etching. I think that the one I saw was supplied with a regular vaccuum cleaner. Don't have access to one. To be honest, I thought of using a coffee grinder filled with sand or grinding stone grit for small parts. But then I realized that this would simply destroy the grinder since its blades would get broken on the spot.
  4. Thanks, guys. I posted this same question on several metal finishing forums and I got a couple of good ideas. They both were of the forehead slapping kind. The first one coincides with Brian's suggestion - do a surface etching in FeCl or some other etchant. The other one is quite funny - take a piece of sand paper place it over the surface (grit down, of course) and start tapping it with a small hammer. It leaves small pits that really do look like bead blasting. I tried them both and they worked just fine. The etching process is a little hard to control - it needs testing on man
  5. Because I live in the BG mountains now and the nearest shop with good equipment is 50 miles away from me and this means 50 miles of snow amd ice coverd roads. Plus, i think that it would be a good experiment in finishing. Applying a sand/beadblasted-like finish by hand that is.
  6. I am looking for a way to apply a finish that resembles fine sandblasting. Thought of using flash rusting to cause fine pitting and then remove the rust but it seems too complicated. Any ways to emmulate the look of a sand-blasted finish? Just to mention that scratching with paper to cause mateing is not an option for me since it is a competely different kind of finish with a different look. I need no scratches. Thanks!
  7. I have a Serbian tessak that looks very much like yours. It has some decoration ornaments ont he hilt, though. Will try to get some photos when i get my camera back from the guy who is using it at the moment. Hehe, thanks, but it is not. Its blade was rust pitted and the handle was not original - some guy made the new handle using his (wicked?) immagination and it was totally un-symmetrical and ugly (as you can see from the pics). I was lucky that I managed to sell it the way it was because antique sword collectors don't like having DIY work done on heir swords.
  8. Guiseppe, I am sorry if this is too late but I just found this thread. Most of your photos are no longer availale but there is one left and judging by it I can tell you that: What you have there is an artillerist's sidearm, as stated by Guy Thomas. It is also known as a "pioneer sword" - used by pioneer units. It's other popular name is "tessack" (or tesack, tessak... it's a Slavic word, so I can't give you the proper English spelling). Such swords were VERY popular in Russia and Scandinavia. They were used as machettes but were meant to chop some serious wood branches and even whole tree
  9. Hi guys, I just made a Sen and I tried it on one of the tantos I am working on. This is a great tool, I must admit, it is really faster than a file and fun to work with. Since I have never worked with a Sen before, I want to ask about the "finish" it is supposed to leave. Should it be smooth? I mean, mine leaves small depressions caused by the cutting edge digging deeper into the steel. This is because the Sen kinda "jumps" while I am working with it. Actually I expected this before I made the Sen and this is not a problem since the polishing stones will smooth the worked surface out bu
  10. Cool pic, Bryan. The Japanese are using Chinese bellows for centuries and even the modern Japanese smiths are using this kind of bellows even today. They are made of wood planks and shaped as boxes. Here is what a Chinese bellows looks like: PS: You are into САМБО? Ths is cool.
  11. Buttkickingly cool. The welds are tight, the sugata is clean. I think I've seen the blade before, can't remember where, though. First grade work, thanks for sharing the photos with us.
  12. This is the most common RRT anvil shape, nothing fancy here but I still find it very cool.
  13. This is a Great job for a beginner swordsmith. Looks like an O-Dachi. Katanas are scary when it comes to polishing and you did a pretty fair job. PS: How did you blacken the brass fittings? Spray coating, chemicals, heat oxidizing?
  14. Merry Christmas and a happy new year, guys!
  15. For Christ's sake, Andrew, forget about German. Not only it is very difficult to learn but it is getting progressively more useless. It was in vogue during World War 2 (makes sense, huh?), then it got displaced by Russian (in East Europe) and English (in West Europe). Ten years ago it was still somehow popular in the European union but newest researches show that it is at the bottom of the chart of foreign languages being taught in EU schools. It is a b*tch to learn too. Yes, it may share same roots with English but it is still like nothing else you've seen til now - it has cases and it ha
  16. A-W-E-S-O-M-E! That's just totally cool.
  17. The first snow fell somewhere in the beginning of November. I was happy because I like Winter. Then the snow melted and for a month and a half we had a strange form of spring here - no snow, no frost. Sunshine and mild weather everywhere. Today, the Real Winter came back. We have about a foot of snow at the moment. I hear that the snow is going to melt again and that the total spring-like warming is coming back. Damn anomalies!
  18. I am not American but I remember reading somewhere that tomahawks were actually imported in America. The book or article I read stated that Native Americans did not have tomahawks before the European colonization of the American continent and that tomahawks are not a genuine Native American tool or weapon.
  19. Cool seax. I like the carved handle a lot.
  20. Cool! Soft bricks rule, don't they? Here's what I did some time ago: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?sh...ic=6401&hl= Your hole for the burning chamber is as big as mine for the burners. Don't forget to post back the results of your efforts. I really want to see one of these working (mine was a failure )
  21. That's true, Roman emperors faked a lot of coins, making them lighter in weight and with poor alloying. The Commies had their coins made of brass/bronze but all the bills and coins were en sured with gold in the national vault. Destroying a brass coin was equal to destroying a part of the national vault. When there is no gold or goods coverage, we are talking about severe inflation and money start to cost nothing (alloying and nominal - wise).
  22. Damaging coins or bills was punishable in Communist Bulgaria. This included melting of coins for using the alloy in other applications. Everybody laughed at the Commies for protecting their national currency. WTF, this is one of the few good things they did. This was a totally Capitalist move. Now the USA is doing the same - it is protecting its Money, just like the Commies did long time ago.
  23. Haha, this is cool! And if you're tired of using it as a melon cutter, you can always use it as a Sen.
  24. Excellent! Very sturdy and healthy blade, looks tough and unbreakable. Nice Sen work too. Thanks for showing us your work.
  25. van Uuyis, now you are my N1 Japanese-style western bladesmith working in monosteel. Absolutely gorgeous blade and the fittings are killer too. The first one you posted some time ago was brilliant as well. It is great to be able to sustain this high level of craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.
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