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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 u
  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 simpli
  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.
  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 dea
  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
  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 ro
  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, al
  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 wel
  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 c
  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
  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 ho
  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, th
  15. BEWARE! This steel might have magic properties! Remember what Wieland did and he only used geese
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