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  1. I've also had this one on the bucket list for quite a while after seeing photos of industrial sized grinders in American factories from the first half of the last century. I'm planning on some sort of motorcycle style seat, I also think belts are a better setup than wheels due to the fact that wheels can and do become uneven. post some pics if you get to it before me
  2. I second that, very nice, the belly towards the tip will lend the knife nicely to batoning and chopping. Looks like a good camp knife.
  3. Like everything about it, I've been thinking of making a similar piece for an Uncle of mine who shares your interests and I think you've convinced me. It looks like what I call a classy user- the EDC of EDC's, always gets used, dirtied, cleaned sharpened a lot from use, just fits and you become attached to it (a common man's "Mjolnir"). Clean lines, nice flow from spine to handle, good balance- well done Sir.
  4. I say use the handle from the top left, blade from the top right, but with a choil
  5. Well done Sir, I have to second what Timothy said. Also, profile of the iron work is unique and catches the eye better than similar work that has a more rounded swell, seems like you're getting better by the day.
  6. I like the overall look of the knife, but in the future I'd make a couple of minor changes: 1. making the choil square can be a danger in that 90 degree angles are a good place for a knife to crack etc.. during hard use, round choils are much more resistant to fractures as there's no one spot that's weaker than any other 2. maybe flare the handle out towards the butt end for a more secure grip ...other than that I think you've nailed it, the slight downward curve of the handle is great ergonomically and the blade profile is right on.
  7. I really love the knife, but I don't like the handle- with the sweeping shape of the blade I think a Persian styled handle with a downward curve that ends in a round would compliment the blade contour nicely- also the cross section of the handle would look nice with a flare towards the end of the handle. Your knife just seems to be wearing the wrong pants
  8. Nice, I like the proportions and the forged finish as well.
  9. I don't remember seeing too many historical bowies that look this good -and I second Johnathan's "Wow", the contrast of the dark spine and guard with the pop of the handle is really beautiful.
  10. Welcome, very cool blade, good mix of design- I'm sure I won't be the first to say it , but I like everything about it. - also feel free to post the website in your message next time as well
  11. Nice, I'm imagining a cable damascus integral...
  12. Well done Sir, I really like the contrast of layers- it would also be a great look for a dagger perhaps?
  13. Turd aside, it almost looks like a stone finish. When things don't go as planned, I just remember that mistakes are how we learn best. Different color and less square and I think it'd look quite nice.
  14. That looks great, keep it up man. Brian is dead on with the habaki and having it be a friction fit, it tends to set the tone for the tsuka etc as you probably know from the tanto you did. My advice for the saya is practice, practice, practice and don't skimp- always attempt to master each step in the process and the repetition will work itself out- I think of it as different projects, first flat boards, then getting the sori just right and as even as possible etc... for me it makes process seem less overwhelming. (the test I use for the habaki is putting the sword upside down in the saya a
  15. Very nice, I like the French curve and the 1084 damascas never seems to disappoint.
  16. First of all I have to agree with Wes, and I think you hit the nail on the head with the micarta and leopard wood- the contrast is really nice as it also compliments the contrast of the blades hamon as well.
  17. Don't like the lack of wood on the end of the handle around the lanyard hole, but I think everything else kicks ass. I like wide blades and I dig the maker's mark- they look like good edc and even short work camp knives. keep it up!
  18. Very nice gift, plus it's something that can be passed down from generation to generation. (way better than registry crap that doesn't last anyway )
  19. I've never used it, but with Hickory and Oak especially when I want a clean solid finish I make a paste with glue and the dust and work it into the pores over and over again until cursing sets in and then like George says linseed and/or tung oil................then maybe beeswax. you can also mix either oil with beeswax and make one hell of a polish I think it's a 4 to 1 ratio.
  20. ...but now you have more knowledge than before, so if at first you don't succeed- try until your fingers bleed
  21. Reminds me of some Japanese hunting knifes I've seen- I like it all and that patina really drives the point home.
  22. Sir, that is one beautiful knife- it's like the contour of the guard draws you into the flow of the blade while at the same time creates a contrast because it rounds more the further away from the knife it gets (kinda like the focal point of a painting)................and also Wow
  23. I like everything about it- I find that too many fillet knives taper too much (in my opinion) from the handle towards the tip and I like that the blade has a little bit of a tapered belly right before the upsweep. Overall it looks like the kind of knife you hope your Grandfather or Dad passes on to you when they're done with it- well done sir.
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