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  1. Yep, old 16 gauge, black powder shotgun. Propably early Husqvarna (yes, the chainsaw/ dirtbike guys). A good friend of mine is into collecting and lets me come over to take pics of his treasures. This one‘s barely functional but a slick gun nonetheless.
  2. Do you forge the steel or do you use stock removal? If you have access to a forge there‘s a lot of options to use scrap material such as automotive leaf springs, large coil springs, files and rasps (there are huge ones as well) so a trip to the local scrap yard or a car repair shop can get you pretty far. If it’s stock removal you‘re into you need to find the right steel in the right dimensions. 1.2842 (90MnCrV8) is pretty common and is usually available in many dimensions. Heat treatment is unproblematic and it makes a durable edge. There‘s many more options, just read up a little on here, soon you‘ll know more than you can handle. All the best, Christoph.
  3. @Alan Longmire Thank you for the welcome - I really missed this place. For a few days I had looked quite some of Wostenholm, Wade & Butcher and the likes online and just ground out what seemed to come natural from there. Most of them had all straight handles and just a few of the more ornate ones had that bottle shape. The double pins were very appealing to me. It was a fun process to work without any sort of sketch and just let it happen. I am very glad you like it - this means a lot to me! @Jaro Petrina Thank you! @Gerhard Gerber Thank you as well! The simplicity had two reasons to be honest… One was that I really like the clean lines of the originals and wanted to somewhat match them, the other one was that I didn‘t want this knife to get over my head. It’s the first one in years so I tried to concentrate on fit and finish rather than a complicated shape. It‘ll be my personal carry knife when I‘m outdoors for camping and fishing.
  4. Hi, it‘s been so long that I last made - not to say posted anything knife related. Late last year the bug bit me again and it bit hard. So without any design process it kind of broke out of me… I had a decent bar of an older german tool steel (1.2519), brass and stag at hand so I decided to go for the style of the old Sheffield bowies. The blade is flat ground all the way with approximate half an inch towards the cutting edge worked down to zero on the slack belt to get some more stability. Blade is a hair over eight and a half inches. I sincerely can‘t remember what made me pause my shop but surely making this knife has been some of the best time I had in ages! Thank you for reading and all the best, Christoph.
  5. OK, so I've started redrawing the handle. I wasn't able to draw the loosened weave in an appealing way, something always looked off. Instead I decided on cussioning the lobes as if they were swollen a bit (insert stupid jokes here ) underneath the weave. For this I plan to make the pins smaller and sink them deeper into the wood compared to the handle. For the pommel I roughly placed a scottish thistle in but I think this would be too ornate... I'd still be happy about suggestions here. On a more practical note... Jake, you show a lot of blades with a distinct hamon... how do you deal with backward bending during hardening (sori in japanese terms)? Do you compensate in advance or grind out after? Are you able to prevent it completely? Regards, Christoph.
  6. Hello Jake, thank you for chiming in and for such elaborate critique - I wasn't expecting to be taken so serious! Coming from you it means a lot to me - I've been following your work on here for a long time and the first advice, when my friend asked me about it was "google for Jake Cleland - he makes a mighty fine dirk" (I'm not making this up!) OK now on topic: Dropping the fuller would actually be easy for me, I was scared to shits because I only yet milled a fuller and I planned on grinding this one in. So much to screw up there. I think I'll keep the basketweave and call this a transition/ trendsetting kinda approach - I am too curious about the combo of carving and setting the pins and I'm not sure I'll be brave enough to do another dirk after I finished this one... IF at all I am able to finish it. Now about shaping the bollocks more prominently. I think this could work if I extended the last Diamond of the weave from triangular to square and let the guard follow that line - I'll have to rough-sketch that... Well combining the celtic knots and the basketweave - that was what I was struggling with as well. I thought "meh, just draw it and see how it looks" and still I'm not sure about it. Glad you pointed it out! Now I could think of making an altered basketweave maybe like a weave that came a bit loose over time - not sure how to realise this though... more drawing to come I think Do you have any suggestions on the pommel design in stead of flutes? Oak leaves, maybe thistles? I'm all excited now. The coming weeks not too much work so a lot of shop time at hand - this is my kind of wellness holiday
  7. Hello everybody, it feels like decades I last posted anything here and so it was with my knifemaking... no time, no tools, no room. But times change (yay ^^) and finally my shop is up again and I can spare some time to start a new project. I already made some cutting tools recently to re-hone my skills and the old fire burns stronger than it ever did! It feels so great to get my hands dirty and all cut up for finally holding a piece of work in them that fills me with confidence and happiness - I cant't find the words for it... So a really good friend of mine is into reenactment. His role is a scottish clansman of the late 1500's - kilt, socks and all
  8. Hi Peter, as pictures can tell, this is within the most honest and authentic blades I have seen so far! The subtle appearance makes it stand out so much. Thanks a lot for showing, especially the long way it took you to completion. Regards, Christoph.
  9. Hi, thanks for your replies! Jake, your post has my head spinning with questions, I´ll have to take some time to research and sort them out. I´m kind of stuck on the differences/ similarities between celtic and germanic tribes, there are a lot of controversial sources on that topic... (should have paid more attention at school instead of drawing silly pics ) In the meantime my desk got piled up with dozens of scribbles and sketches, where I tried to copy some of the simpler knots and ornaments. I rented the "Book of Kells" CD from our City Library - which is not bad actually, allthough the pictures are not as "High-Res" as I hoped they´d be, a lot of the fine Detail is lost in binary oblivion , but it got me back to drawing again (I haven´t for years, hence the shaky lines). I started a motif based on the poem "Pangur Bán", written in gaelic by an irish monk somewhere in the 8th century, that is about the similarities between chasing words and mice Well, here´s the cat, with some light ornament sketched in the background: it´s based on the cat depicted on page 293v in the Book of Kells. I´m trying to keep as close as possible to the historic sources, without making actual copies. If you like, I´ll post some progress pics... Bye, CHristoph.
  10. Hello Geoff, thank you for that recommendation, I just bought the "celtic design book" - can´t wait for it to arrive. @Dave: I think this Link is great, I love animation movies and this one seems to carry the spirit of the book very well! edit: I just watched it and have to say this is one of the most beautiful movies I have seen for a long time, the stills and trailer don´t do it the tinyest justice at all. I´m totally blown away - it´s a true masterpiece of animation and I have to thank you again for posting that link! Another interesting link, while not 100% on topic as well: http://www.historyofscience.com/G2I/timeline/index.php?category=Manuscript+Illumination
  11. Hi, allright, I´ll admit it you finally got me as well Years of watching seaxes, spathae and celtic inspired jewellery right here on this forum haven´t gone without an impression on my feeble mind... So I´ve spent some time on the net and thought I´d share the results. Maybe some of you have got more resources to add or find some inspiration in the following links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celts Now searching the internet for celtic artwork leads to a clutter of modern tattoo motives mixed with simple drawn knotwork (nice vid!) and fantasy stuff Then, by accident, I came across the "Book of Kells": http://www.snake.net/people/paul/kells/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Kells and further the "Book of Durrow": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Durrow and the "Lindisfarne Gospels": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindisfarne_Gospels Really great stuff. But this is all insular art of the christian ages, I´m living in Germany in the Neckar-region, closer to the Hallstatt/ La Tène area, so I wanted to learn more about that. But info´s pretty scarce here... I found the "Gundestrup cauldron": http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Gundestrup_cauldron which led me here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:La_T%C3%A8ne_culture_artefacts and right on this board here I found this thread: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=14530 with Mr. Pringles wonderful recommendation of the site from the Historiska Museet: http://mis.historiska.se/mis/sok/sok.asp?sm=0_6&lokal=&land=&fornl=&invnr=&unr=&catid=1&rd_max=310&rd_min=220&sakord=&sakordstyp=&material=&del=&qtype=bild&landskap= I also have a catalogue at hands from the Landesdenkmalamt Baden-Württemberg that held an expo on early celtic finds in Hochdorf/ Neckar: http://www.keltenmuseum.de/dt/grab/grab.html The finds: http://home.bawue.de/~wmwerner/hochdorf/hochdorf_funde1.html In the catalogue ( ISBN 3-8062-0441-1 ) there are a lot of pics of ceramic pots and so, that already show hints of the ornamentic flow of the later designs featured in the first links and I´m curious how the celts got htere. Some ancient greek influences are mentioned but I´ll have to dig deeper... Between "Hochdorf" and "Kells" lies a period of about 1000 years of constant development and I´m sure there are more documents out there to fill in the gaps. I´d be really happy if you could add some to this little collection. Regards, Christoph.
  12. Hi, on my research for traditional medieval designs, I stumbled across the following: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/virtualbooks/index.html You will need the .net framework 3.0 and the shockwave plugin along with a little piece of software that automatically installs when entering the page (be careful when you´re at work, the network administrators might haunt you for that). I have honestly never seen such a thing on the net, and it´s absolutely free. Downside is, that it´s painfully slow on my ole `puter and slow internet, so a powerful machine might be better... You can also view some nice stuff on the main site, free Galleries and stuff: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/index.html Have fun, Christoph.
  13. Hi…it´s me again. I too am so happy you replied, Dee – we don´t get many news around here – radio is dead. Thanks for your considerate thoughts on this issue, we were finally able to calm down a bit and sort things out. Still I think we´re trapped…It´s been four days now and no signs of a change in situation. We managed to build up somekind of safety by gathering everybody inside a small house close by and barring all windows and doors - but water is getting short and it´s freezing cold outside, sanitation is an issue as well. Seems all water and electricity have been shut off – who knows how and why…All we have are a few car-batteries we salvaged on our retreat to give some light and keep up the connection to you guys. We´ve run out of stuff to burn just two hours ago – lucky for us this place is packed with people so it´s kind of self-heating. Out of twentyeight people here only four of us (me included) are able to run - the rest is either wounded, too old or too young to put up with the situation…we´ve got to get somewhere else, where we can have supplies, both medical and food and safety…maybe get some rest as well… Toxonix… Similes? You kiddin? You haven´t seen little red ridinghood ropeskipping with the intestines of what could have been one of your loved ones, or one of your pals hung up on a tree like a pinjatta, beaten to death with his own limbs by some half-rotten zombie boyscouts. This here is the carnival of corpses! IN ZOMBIE DISNEYLAND THE FREAKSHOW IS WATCHING YOU, man…seriously…similes…dammit…tsss edit: [disclaimer] the lines written by me in this thread are purely fictional, and not to be used as a measurement to the authors mental fitness, nor to be seen as an insult to any living (or undead) creature [/disclaimer]
  14. …ell…nybo…out…ere……thi…is…ermany…alling…till…tryin…o…et...a..connectio…up …yes that seems to do it…allright. I still can´t believe what happened here, they came out of nowhere… we were overrun….hundreds…thousand… .men, women, children even - all thirsting for blood, slaughtering amongst the innocent – this is insane – those who still could ran for their lives, leaving behind the weak like meat on a dinnertable. It´s just a few of us left here trying to defend them... I don´t know if we can hold out much longer… This is nothing like the movies - fast cunning bastards, they communicate, they even hunt in packs this is a nightmare! We´ve got to find a way for transport to get people out of here…I´ll report back as soon as possible……
  15. BEWARE! This steel might have magic properties! Remember what Wieland did and he only used geese
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