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aweller last won the day on October 14 2018

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    Few recent nordic knives

    From what I can find the standard method is to stitch completely wet, so that's how I've done it. In fact I'm not sure half tan is "stitchable" dry... It would basically be like stitching rawhide dry. Next time I'll take pictures too, I struggle making the awl go through straight while keeping the leather tight against the knife. My last sheath turned out ok, but the stitching is the part I feel could look better. Here I found a picture that shows my stitching. Like I mentioned - it’s not bad, I just want it better
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    Few recent nordic knives

    Love them all. Such clean lines. For some reason clean Nordic knives make me happy . Your leatherwork is immaculate, any chance of a tutorial on sheath making? Especially the stitching part, I struggle making the stitching even and straight when I'm working with wet leather.
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    Rotary Tool Bits for Wood Carving

    I have used rotary bits for carving wood quite a bit over the years and developed quite a collection, I even had my dentist donating to the cause for a while.... my go-to bits were always the cylinders or even the “inverted cone” cylinders for detailed work. when held on an angle they work like a V gouge and give you a crisp center line. I used round bits and oval like bits for hogging off lots of material For super small details I would use the a tapered diamond point but I found you can’t move a lot of material with a tapered point because the closer you get to the center of the bit the slower the bit is turning (think an old LP record - at the outside things are moving much quicker than at the center) I agree with tsterling - the carbide bits are the key. Hope this all helps.
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    My 14 year old son started watching forged in fire and caught the bug this last summer. While I was at work he went out and bought an old, frozen hand crank champion blower and forge for a couple hundred bucks he had saved up. I told him if he got it running I would let him use my old (Trenton 190ish pound early 1900s) anvil. Well he got it running and built an open air forge in the front yard.... and stole my anvil. For some reason I don’t have any finished pics, but here he is building it. Now that winter has come this will be surrounded with 3-4 feet of snow and I work at my real job from dark to dark. I wanted a small anvil for the garage so I can continue to work through the cold winter months. I bought a 4x4 (10 inches long) anvil from Old World Anvils, trimmed down a stump my dad had laying on his property and made up this concoction... the anvil sets down into the stump about 4 inches and is set in 100% silicon at the base then I used shims to wedge it in there pretty tight. Seems pretty small with all you guys running big power hammers on here, but it lets me work in the middle of the night so I’m pretty excited...
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    Silver and bog oak seax

    This is just gorgeous. In my mind I don't think there is a better combination than silver and bog oak, and I think you nailed the perfect amount of carving on the handle.
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    Wayne Goddard RIP

    First book I read... Can't say my knife shop only costs 50 bucks, but I definitely learned a lot from that guy.
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    Composite Sax-inspired

    Dave, this looks like a powerful blade. "Relic" comes to mind but that seems overused these days in the knife making world. Any plans for a sheath? I get your lack of enthusiasm for Facebook praise. You see the same "that's amazing" comments for everything under the sun. It's totally different when it comes from your peers who know the amount of work it takes.
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    Need some opinions

    The other thing that seems a little off to me is the direction of the numbering. I guess I consider the blade tip or the spine to be "up" so I would put the numbering with the 8 closest to the blade instead of the butt of the handle. Or with the numbers laid out in a horizontal manner with the blade edge being "down." I can totally see how your layout would work in a typical sheath carry but I just think the presentation of the knife is better the other way. Hope this makes sense, hard to do without drawing a picture... Always hard to start carving something that you've put so much work into already.
  9. Love number 1 and 4... Both the shape of the blade and the pattern is very nice. I'm definitely tempted, but I better leave these for someone who can do the blades justice.
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    Drop Point

    I've come back to this post several times and I really like this knife. I think the overall dark tones of the wood and the finish on the blade really compliment each other. The other thing I really appreciate is the design work. I draw lots of pictures but my mind wanders and by the end the blade does not usually match my initial concept sketches. I think being able to match your initial sketch shows a mastery of the materials (even though you left off the handle wrap I like it better without anyway). Awesome work!
  11. That's a solid first knife! Looks solid and I appreciate the finish, one of the hardest parts I found in the beginning was finishing the details and getting the grind lines out. Hand sanding is hard, but becomes therapeutic/meditative. I agree with the comments above, especially the thickness of the scales. Took me a couple tries to really get that right so it was truly comfortable over the long term. I would say looking at the pictures the scales should be close to half that thickness. I've never done a curved plunge line, but I always assumed they were initially formed on a disk sander with the curve of the plunge matching the diameter of the wheel. Maybe someone who has done it can chime in.
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    I-beam metal for knife making?

    Don't you wish sometimes you could be the 13 year old boy helping tend the fire for 12 months in one of those shops? It would be considered child abuse these days. The fact that he can make pretty much the entire blade with 2-3 heats just blows me away.
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    Rhomboid Hunting Puukko with Sculpted Handle

    Beautiful knife! I love the sculpted handle. I agree with Alan, I feel the blade and handle combination is perfect.
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    Lucky 13th - "Sami Influenced" blade

    Thanks Derrick! Its an intimidating little niche for sure, but fun. You should give it a try.
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    Two blades with PW bars

    These are beautiful! I'd be worried my handle would not do the blade justice! Definitely on my list of things to learn someday.
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