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Matt Gregory

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  1. Hey gang,

    Some of you may remember a thread or two I did a few months ago touring Niagara Specialty Metals... well, during that visit Bob Shabala, NSM President -and my tour guide- mentioned that his firm had some of the coveted and rare L6 that many smiths crave. Some being about 40,000 pounds of it!

    Assuming that I'd at least throw the idea out there and maybe I could get enough folks interested in going in on a batch, I posted the steel's chemistry on a few forms with a note that I knew where we could get it.

    Next thing I know, there's a strange new van rolling into town:

     

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    Sho' nuff, good ol' Uncle Aldo was wheelin' and dealin'!

     

    He met with Tim, Bob & Jeff at NSM to work out some of the arrangements:

     

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    The deal was made, and the New Jersey Steel Baron pondered his most recent conquest upon a dais fit for a man of such high caliber... 20 tons of L6!!!

     

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    Here the Steel Baron holds court with Bob:

     

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    While Jeff, Bob & Aldo worked out the details of their new business proposition, Tim was kind enough to give me a second tour. I asked if I could see the yard where all the billets were kept again, and he smiled and said "There's been a few billets that have come from the mills recently that you'll want to see."

     

    Remember, gang - these billets are around 1,700 pounds a piece!

     

    Crucible CPM-10V anyone?

     

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    ...or would you prefer Crucible CPM-S30V?

     

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    How about Crucible CPM-M4?

     

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    Nothing beats Crucible CPM-3V for a hard user:

     

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    King of the tool steels, D2:

     

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    I stopped taking pictures of billets around this time, as no one really needs to see any more, but NSM has piles of this stuff, including every single one of the D-series steels, the A-series steels, CPM-15v, 9v, 154CM, CPM-154CM, CPM-D2, 440C... and lots of other stuff like every kind of titanium you can think of. They even had enormous billets of pure molybdenum for a special job!

  2. Jill and I recently took our first legitimate vacation in years, and we managed to capture some great shots.

     

    This one is of a waterfall behind Hospital Rock in the foothills:

     

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    Jill snapped 5 shots with a wide lens while standing in Zumwalt Meadow in King's Canyon, and I patched the images together into this extraordinary panorama:

     

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    Here's another one that Jill caught on our descent into the Canyon:

     

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    My favorite shot of Grizzly Falls, trying to teach myself exposure tricks:

     

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    Sunset on our first night in Sequoia:

     

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  3. Great! The beautiful wood grain flows into the guard.

     

    I'm curious about the clayless hammond, also.

     

     

    Thanks for all the comments, gang. Dave, I have no clue how I managed to post this same thread twice, but I did... sorry!

     

    I call the hamon technique 'clayless', as I didn't use any form of coating on the blade. I did a handful of grain refining cycles to reduce hardenability a bit, then low temperature austenitizing before quench in fast oil. What you see is what occurs 'naturally'! I plan on etching it a couple more times and polishing a pinch more to bring out a bit more detail, although there's already quite a bit - my photography just sucks!

     

    This is the first -and will likely be the last- ricasso-less blade I make. Lots of trouble, and not sure I'm thrilled with it. Different, for sure!

  4. Here's one I recently finished. Blade is 1095 with a "clayless" hamon, mild steel guard with tamboti handle and domed stainless steel pin. Hopefully I'll get a chance to start a sheath this weekend, then she goes up for sale!

     

    I'd love to hear input from you guys, as this one is an unorthodox design... I'm wondering how it will strike everyone. Please tell me - good or bad!

     

    Sorry for the crummy pictures, my photography skills are lacking.

     

    Thanks for looking!

     

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  5. Here's one I recently finished. Blade is 1095 with a "clayless" hamon, mild steel guard with tamboti handle and domed stainless steel pin. Hopefully I'll get a chance to start a sheath this weekend, then she goes up for sale!

     

    I'd love to hear input from you guys, as this one is an unorthodox design... I'm wondering how it will strike everyone.

     

    Sorry for the crummy pictures, my photography skills are lacking.

     

    Thanks for looking!

     

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  6. Although I still look the part, I'm finally (at the age of 37) having metabolic shifts - I weigh 167 pounds, and I've started a workout program to whip me into shape, as the mass I've put on is just "dumpy-middle-aged-guy weight". Not sure if the weight will ever be back to where it was (truth be told, I think it was unhealthy - I was at 148 pounds about 18 months ago).

    Regardless, 90 days from no, whatever weight I have will be hard, lean muscle - I'll try and remember to post pics.

     

     

    The NABS hammer was swung to great effect a few months ago at Dan Farr's shop, where Roger Pinnock and myself collaborated on a southwest-style bowie modeled after Jerry Fisk's Rojo bowie... we called ours the 'Mojo' in reference and honor of - even managed to pick up a couple of nominations for Bladeforums.com Best Bowie 2008!

     

     

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  7. I didn't mean to suggest a members-only site, sorry if I was taken that way. I just know that if I have to pay a yearly subscription to something, I'll be reminded to do so... rather than just remembering to make a donation!

  8. No doubt!

     

     

    ...maybe we should have a membership fee option? Don't get me wrong, free is good, but only if someone else isn't paying for it to be free for me! I , for one, would be willing to pay for a yearly membership... this forum and those who frequent it have been immeasurably important to me!

  9. Tony,

     

    Before you test fire that cross bow again, can you say "SAFETY GLASSES"?

    If a limb breaks, it's coming straight back to your face.

     

    The exuberance of youth is a wonderful thing to see, but sometimes wisdom

    is accentuated with scars. Don't stop having fun, but give a touch more

    thought to the fragility of assorted body parts.

     

    To one and all, "Merry Christmas".

     

    Bill :)

     

     

    "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"

     

     

    Way to suck the fun out of it, Bill... next thing you know, you'll want us to put corks on the ends of our knives! :D :D

     

     

    btw...how ya feelin', pal?

     

     

     

     

    Great project, Tony - looks to be coming along great!

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