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  1. I really like them both. Nice work.
  2. Those fellows look different than the ones down here. Thanks for posting.
  3. Working with a smith of the viking era would be cool. Then make a stop by a colonial American smitty. One more stop with a 19th century blacksmith in the American west. Then back to the present. I'm a little partial to an indoor bathroom! Didn't always have one.
  4. Very elegant. I too, would wear that with pride.
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    Border Crossings

    Thanks for the input, guys. It is just a simple neck knife and sheath. I just did not want to create any problems for myself.
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    Border Crossings

    I was just wondering if anyone out there could shed any light on any of the legalities of shipping a knife across the Canadian border from the US. I have someone who would like to have a knife that lives in Canada but was concerned of the legal aspects shipping it. Any info. would be appreciated, Donnie
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    HT ??????

    I forged a blade from W1. Edge quenched in peanut oil. Tempered at 425 for 1hr. I wanted to see how far the blade would bend. After putting it in the vise, I applied a minimal amount of pressure. I barely moved it when it snapped like glass at the top of the vise jaws. Any ideas why? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  8. I would have guessed, maybe 20 miles from the photo. Simply amazing. Thanks for the post.
  9. Mr. Longmire, you are my hero.
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    The Vent

    I got bitten by a brown recluse in the same place some 16 yrs. ago. I hear some folks say "I lost my ass on that". I can say it honestly. I hope your son has a speedy recovery.
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    How do you peen the pins in a handle and NOT split the scales? Any suggestions?
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    Thanks, gentlemen. I have been using JB Weld. All my knives have been stick tangs. I wondered if it would work OK for scales, and hold up in a dishwasher.
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    What would be the best choice of epoxy for a kitchen knife?
  14. Beautiful work as always. I hope to one day, see you forge one, live and in person. That would be a real treat.
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    A statement of intent.

    Dee, you and your family are in our prayers. Try to deal with things one day at a time. Things will turn around for you.......one day at a time.
  16. Blade forged from 01 rd stock Handle is Whitetail antler with engraved bear paw in-layed with real stone, done by my wife. Sheath, also made by my wife. opinions welcomed...... Donnie
  17. I really enjoy forging hawks. All of mine have been slit and drift. I have tried to do a wrapped hawk with a bit insert several times. My trouble is welding the mild part between the bit and the eye. I have no problem welding the mild to the high carbon bit. But, I have gotten quite frustrated trying to stick the mild to mild. I am using a coke fire. I have cleaned the steel with a grinder. I have tried with enough heat to create a lot of sparking, a few sparks, no sparks, tapping lightly, striking a little harder, and even a little harder. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  18. If you have hard water you can add coconut oil in your soap. We use coconut oil in our soaps and it lathers great. We find it at walmart and some bigger grocery stores will have it. It will be in a white plastic container and has the texture of shortening. Coconut oil makes soaps lather beautifully but can be drying when it makes up a large portion of your soap's fats. It will make a very hard, white bar of soap with abundant lather. It even lathers in very hard water or even sea water. Coconut oil is a saturated fat. Use it at a percentage of no more than 20-30% in your base oils. Also, have read where others add borax to the liquid in the soap before adding the lye. Borax acts as a water softener and will make the soap work better in hard water. My wife adds a cup of Borax along with her laundry detergent to the clothes to soften the water so the detergent can clean better. A certain percentage of your laundry detergent is wasted due to the hard water.
  19. You can also use a hand held mixer that you get at walmart for 10.00 and use that instead of stirring by hand when trying to get your soap to trace. It will trace a lot quicker which will keep you from wearing your arm and hand out stirring. When you create your own soap recipe you will have to run the ingredients and their amount through a lye calculator to get the right amount of liquid and lye so your soap will not be lye heavy. Soap usually has to cure 3 to 4 weeks depending on how high the PH is. Here is one of the lye calculators we use. http://www.soapcalc.com/calc/SoapCalc.asp Here is a very good source to learn how to make cold process soap which is what you call this method that is being used above. http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/soapmaki...Soap_Making.htm Here are more websites for many different recipes and instructions. 1. http://www.millersoap.com/ 2. http://www.soapnuts.com/indexcp.html 3. http://www.summerbeemeadow.com/ Here are some videos on soap making so you can see what is actually done. 1. http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1876_so...emperatures.htm 2. 3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRyol7bb588...feature=related 4. http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/soapmaki...akingvideos.htm Hope this helps.......search youtube and you will find a great deal of videos on soap making.
  20. You can use vanilla flavoring to get light brown. Over time while soap is curing it will begin to turn the brown you want. Also you can use a dab of cocoa powder and it will give you a darker brown. Another option to try for soap is using goats milk instead of water in your soap. Very good soap and expensive if you go buy some at a store. Wife makes soap...... Donnie
  21. Sexy and stealthy. Gotta love it.
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