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Bill Jones

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  1. Hello All Does anyone out there know where I can get grinding Belts in Germany. I can not seem to find a dealer that sells them Bill
  2. Hello What does this class cost? Bill Jones
  3. Hello all It it has been a long time from my last posts I will be staying in Germany I will be shiping all my forging and grinding gear to Germany :-) The small problem I am have shipped my Grinder over to Germany with blades o work on. but my Grinder blew up today it must not have liked the German power. so I need to buy a new motor and speed controller any one here have contacts in Germany I can get these parts from? Thanks every one Bill Jones
  4. Great work. If I am lucky I will have tools over on this side of the pond to start working with aqain Bill
  5. I think I will just give up sword making now and just watch your work.
  6. why is it when I have the money I don"t have the time. and when I have the time I am out of money. I really hope he teaches this class again. I have around 10 blades forged and heat treated and I have no real clue on how to put them together. This class is what I have been looking for 3-4 years now.
  7. Hello all Is Darren Ellis still in business? I have been trying to get hold of hime for 3 weeks or longer. Bill Jones
  8. Thanks Cyrus I put this book on my birthday wish list. Bill Jones
  9. Hello all If you ever Get the chance to Watch Jim Forge do so. But I worn you don't even Blink one time you will wonder how he made that little folded up billet into a full lenth sword I have seen him do this first hand it is truely amazing to watch he has no wasted steps or wasted time in his shop. and never get in his way unless you wish to be welded up with the steel :-) Bill Jones
  10. Nice Job on the blade have you tried cuttting with it yet?
  11. Looks like you guys where having too much fun I should come out there and just hang out and learn from you guys. Bill
  12. Hello I really don't give advice very often on what to do. But I started about the same way you did. I tried to learn by myself to learn knife making for 3-4 years all by my self and I thought i WAS DOING WELL. until I went to a real class in knife making the teachers be very kind told me the best thing I could do was going to class and at the end of only 2 weeks of classes at the ABS school and 1 other teacher. I unlearned and learned so much you would think that 2 different people made the knives if you looked at my knifes 2 weeks apart. So what I am saying is you can save more money by taking classes and learning how to set up your shop and how to use all the tools you will need to make knives. I spent over 1.5k in tools when I first started out if I had gone to the class first the tools would have been a lot less and not so abused. also I would have made better knives that I could sell for more money. Example the first three years I could only sell my stuff for 35-45 and real good one 60. after classes that went up to 135-175. I worked in the shop from when the teachers first opened the doors until they put a boot in my ass to kick me out for the night. a the end of the 2 week I got a lot of knives forged and sold every one of them. so in the end the class paid for itself. in in truth if I had paid 20 times what the class taught me it was a steel. You should let your desire to learn take precedent over buying tools, read all you can talk to every one you can TAKE THE CLASSES then and only start buying tools and the only ones you need. Bill Jones
  13. Hello all I wish I could photo my 4 quench tanks 2 of them I made out of 6 and 10 inch pipe and a flat piece of steal welded to the bottom. one is over 4.5 feet long for doing swords the other one is for daggers I have them mounted on wheels so when I am not making swords I can role it out of my way. for knifes I just use steel planter box I had laying around the shop. for long single edge blades I use a live stock watering troughs it holds 60 or 70 gallons of water. most of all this stuff I picked up as scrap so the cost is not very much. the real cost is the fluids I put into the tanks. Bill Jones
  14. Hello Jim I am glad to hear that things have calmed down in your life and if it was not for you my path down the knife and sword world would have never happened I am very greatfull for all the things that you tought me thru the years. Now If I could ever get out of Germany to work in the shop again I will work on the skills you tought me over 15 years ago. the nobel minion core Bill Jones
  15. Some moments are too perfect to capture on film, however this one came really close!
  16. Hello all You would think with a month at home I would have time to make this knife I got the blade all forged and heat treated then some one called me up and needed a pattern welded sword in 10 days. So the hog hunting knife will not be done till my next trim home A year from now :-( I really mise working in my shop but some life will have you do what it needs you to do not what you want to do. every one have fun forging Bill
  17. I am going to home for the next month and plane to be in the shop every day I have been away from the shop for a year I am twitching real bad about getting a shop fix. we wife might to use a water hose on me to get me out of the shop.
  18. has any one ever heard of this guy? http://www.stephenchastain.com/
  19. I have been asked to make a hog hunting knife for a friend of mine does any one have recommendations on size and shape. Dagger or single edge? Bill Jones
  20. Bill Jones


    Very nice Job I really like the work you are doin
  21. yes they can be changed first get a large truck and hall the thing to the scrap yard and use the money to help by a new press that way you can change a punch press to a forging press. i took a old blanking press and made it to a forging press it cost me about 2k to do it all and now it is broken down again by the time a fix every thing it will have cost me more then a new one.
  22. Hello all I will ge getting a press as soon as I get back from Germany I have 32 more months to go. I just need to find out what is Rons lead time so I can have it the a few weeks after I get home Bill Jones
  23. Alan Very very well done. I think you should make more swords that way I dont have to just suffer from hawk envy I can then add sword envy to the list.
  24. Belabear Where are you form? there are many smiths in Germany that might be able to show you How to put a bone handle on. I live near Frankfurt and have made many seaxs with bone and wood handles I would be more then willing to help out Bill Jones
  25. Hello I am living In germany at this time but i live in the states I will be home working in my shop for 3 weeks then going back to Germany. I am here for the next few years then I will be retiring to a full time blade smith ( I hope)
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