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Doug Lester

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  1. I think that it looks great. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who has mystery wood laying around the shop. Doug
  2. No, the cats didn't bark at him but I think that I know who he was. Doug
  3. Love these discussions. Doug
  4. That is indeed a nice looking beastie. Have fun at the show. Doug
  5. Nice looking sword. Actually, I was under the impression that Mr. Fogg had passed. Nice to hear he's still with us. I was reading a post on You Tube and the presenter from Japan said that there were only about 10 master swordsmiths left in Japan. If that was correct it seems like it will be up to Western swordsmiths to keep the art of the Japanese sword alive. Doug
  6. I've go the reverse problem. I really like 9260 but the only source for it here in the US stopped carrying it. I found in the UK that the equivalent alloy is EN45 and I never found a supplier who would ship to the US. I'll need to get my forge set back up, I was cleaned out by a bugler, and I think I'll try 8760. Doug
  7. Remember, a mistake that you didn't learn anything from is a mistake wasted. Doug
  8. I read a statement from Tod Cutler that if he made knives and swords to the level of fit and finish found in period pieces he'd not be able to sell them because they'd look too amateurish. As a side, I remember Ed Caffrey posting a picture of a knife that he used translucent buffalo horn scales to show off the damascus pattern in the full tang. Doug
  9. That's a very nice looking knife and the tang showing through the handle gives a nice effect. I tried making knife scales from rams horn and all I did is ruin two rams horns. If I work with it again I'll get the scales already prepared. Doug
  10. If I find a wood that needs to be stabilized, no matter how pretty it looks, I look for another wood. An exception to that might a nice piece of burl wood. I share Geoff's opinion of Osage Orange (the North American variety). It's not exactly fancy and it's not exactly plain but it oxidizes to a russet brown with a deep luster. That wood has been used for fence posts that stood up for decades. Doug
  11. I had an 86# block of H-13 that was my best anvil until someone cleaned me out of almost all of my tools. I had a leg vice that would hold my hardy tools, it was just a little high. So you don't need a classical anvil to do your work on. Anyway, I'm glad it's working out for you. Doug
  12. Both are top notch but the pattern on the first blade is outstanding. Doug
  13. A lot of great talent shown there. Doug
  14. Others may not agree but I like to cool to black and check the blade with a magnet to be sure that phase change has occurred before returning the steel to the forge.. The magnet should stick to the steel. Doug
  15. Ya, I guess it's one of those cases where you wish you could really examine the blade. Doug
  16. Looks good. I see from your layout lines how you are going to deal with that bolt hole. My one concern is the thickness of the stock that you started out with. My impressions from the khurkuris that I have made from the car springs is that they're rather thick and might produce an overly heavy blade. But all in all I think that it's coming along nicely. Keep posting your progress. Doug
  17. I agree with Charles. Especially #1, even though I wasn't able avail myself of classes.. Remember that Charles lives in a smaller country and isn't faced with traveling from central Illinois to eastern Arkansas or Montana or any other distant place. One thing that I noticed is it doesn't appear in the photos that you gave it much of a primary bevel. I'd try to take it up more to the spine. It's a must that you learn to make the steel do what you want it to do. If you haven't started a library, videos included, on knife making. I would suggest [i]The Master Bladesmith[/i] by Jim Hrisoulas to start with. Kevin Cashin has some good videos that you can find on the American Bladesmith Society store. Doug
  18. Very clean looking work. They look like they would make you want to go chop some wood, almost. Doug
  19. Love the handle and guard. I can't imagine the process of enamaling wood. The sword makes you want to pick it up to see how it feels. Doug
  20. Top notch work The long one looks like it has some mosaic work in it. Doug
  21. As illustrated by the museum picture, organic parts of a knife/sword rarely survive so it's hard to say that your selection of handle material is wrong. I agree that the handle of the knife is as impressive as the blade and I am handy to see that you chose to duplicate the stub tang on the blade. As you see from the museum photo, the size and shape of the tangs can vary a lot. The smaller knife is also quite impressive. You, sir, have real talent. Doug
  22. The more I look at it the better it gets. Doug
  23. Amazing little boot knife. Doug
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