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  1. I really like the color contrasts. Guard, bolster, pins and burl handle all work together like a piece of art. How did you plan that out?
  2. Well alcohol may not have been part of the design, but I really think you deserve to toast to a gorgeous piece of work.
  3. Cool, the Goldfish Bowie! I see that snack smiling back.
  4. I don't know if what I have is wootz. That's what I am trying to find out. What I know is it is a late 18th or early 19th century, most likely 19th century Afghani Khyber knife. I bought it from a known dealer who is pretty good at id-ing these things. However when I got it, I just don't see it. Maybe if I squint just so and the light is just right and the planets line up right and the butterfly flaps it's wings just so...., Still I'd like a little more solid visual.
  5. Thanks guys. The ferric may be easier to come by then the Nitric. As Jerrod pointed out, the work address seems to be the key. If I had that I could have bought the Nital. As to the picric, yeah I hear ya. Back in the day when I was in college we had a building evacuated because of it. Seems the art department had a large amount of it and it crystallized.
  6. Does anyone know where someone without a commercial license can get a small quantity of Nital 3%? Every dealer I have seen require some sort of hazmat docs or number before they will ship. Barring that does anyone know of an etchant for a potential wootz blade that works just as well and is available?
  7. Maybe not what you wanted; butttt..... DDDAAAMMMNN that's cool.
  8. Ah donuts. You just had to go and show me that. Now that's one more thing I have to get that I can't afford.
  9. Gorgeous work. Now that this thread is a bit older so I am not changing the subject much here it goes. How does one just happen to have a chunk of meteorite just laying around??
  10. Does anyone know a source for bronze fittings? I am looking for an endcap for a restoration I am working on. Thanks
  11. Man, if you did that sorta on a whim I would love to see what happens if you plan it!
  12. These are really cool. Looks like something else to add to my tobuy list! For some reason in the first picture the one at the top in the raw does it for me. Do you have a website for when I decide I absolutely have to have one?
  13. Like the work and for some reason really like the chainmaile backdrop.
  14. I have also read about quenching in a human body. But where I read it was in a fantasy novel, the exact one escapes me at the moment but I do remember it was fairly common theme. You would be suprosed how much fantasy/comic lore shows up as fact. Two big ones come to mind. Quenching in a body. Swords are very heavy so only well muscled barbarians can lift them.
  15. mross


    Looks good. How does it handle?
  16. Niko and Jan, you guys are starting to sound a little Zen in your posts! The work is phenomenal! As to the talk about luck here are two quotes on that: "The harder I work the luckier I get" Samuel Goldwyn "Diligence is the mother of good luck" Benjamin Franklin
  17. A thought I had on this. If you are going to have it "mounted on a piece of 'rugged looking wood' " you could put a removable brass plate to engrave the winners on. Then they keep the removable plate and a new one is engraved for the next winners.
  18. Hi all. These are phots of an etched Moro blade from another forum. The etch shows differning patterns from side to side. ANy suggestions on the construction? THe best we can comeup with would be a sandwich construction with a different core and the laminated skin folded over.
  19. mross

    Gabon Ebony

    Thanks guys. Right now I have 0 skill doing wood work. I can build a deck or a porch but have never done any fine woodwork. I was planing on taking it slow with just hand tools and maybe a belt sander. I know sanding is frowned upon with Nihonto, but I do not currently have the skill to do it the traditional way. Since it's my knife and I'll be doing the polish on the blade, shame on me if the sandpaper messes up th polish. I had the ebony idea because I had a vision in my head of how it would look, OK maybe more of a fantasy given my skill level. All the suggestions are noted. When I finally
  20. mross

    Gabon Ebony

    I have heard of the liner method. I have a tanto that is in a bone tsuka and sheath that used this method. The blade is not very good and I suspect it was made for those who travel. I had looked at the black wood, it's not quite as pretty as ebony and I'm not too crazy about its dust. I believe it can be irritating. I do think the liner method is probably above my current skill level. This will be my first. So I may go to poplar wood. One reason I was not going this route was I did not want to have to do lacquer work that is still a strong negative. I was hoping for a pretty wood that would no
  21. mross

    Gabon Ebony

    Bummer. The ebony is so pretty, thought it would look great. What are the requirements for the wood?
  22. Hello all, I have a tanto blade I want to fit out. I will be amking the Tsuka and scabbard. I've never done either so this will be fun. I was thinking to use Gabon Ebony because I thought the black wood would set off the blade nicely. I have read that ebony is not a good choice due to it's tendancy to split and crack. Is this true? Is there a way to make it so it won't crack and split or should I find another wood? Thanks
  23. Could this be added as a sticky/pinned?
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