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Justin Mercier

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  1. The one acinaces / akinakes that I have handled from the transitional period between bronze age and early iron age, the handles were cast in place around the iron blade. That said, I cant really tell enough about the above photographed one just from the images. Suffice it to say that, as a blade style that spanned from the bronze age up right into the iron age, there were certainly a large number of techniques used in the creation of them.
  2. Gorgeously preserved spear with a lovely reinforced tip. Thank you for sharing !
  3. That bronze axe is just phenomenal !
  4. See you all in a few weeks. Hope the weather's a bit warmer this year since i plan on van-camping again =D Last year was single digits at night !
  5. Thanks will take it into advice =) I havent been over there in more than 10 years
  6. This was my main shop anvil for 12 years. I just picked up an anvil twice the size which is going to become my main shop anvil, and i dont really need all the anvils that I've got, so I'm going to let this one go. $500 , picked up at my shop in Woonsocket RI, or I can deliver it to the Swords through the Centuries event in Wolcott CT in a few weeks as well. 1 inch hardy hole, a hair oversized so 1 inch tooling actually fits properly. Will come mounted to the stump, since the stump is too small for my new anvil I cant reuse it.
  7. As usual, I'll be there! Not an event to miss. I'll have a big bag of disposable earplugs for people to borrow in t he bunkhouse again too =D
  8. Everyone I know who has one loves it. Honestly i don't know how you can say a non-self-contained air hammer is noisy... a compressor might be noisy, but the air hammer itself just has a little exhaust noise which is just a slight hiss and barely makes any noise at all.
  9. Very nice axes. Nothing like using a well made axe to get a real feel for 'using' tools. Powertools have us all spoiled =P
  10. yup completely free to use, dont have to pay unless you want to use extra icons and animated avatars and stuff
  11. Alternately we could just set up a discord server to hang out and chat blade stuff in, rather than trying to integrate it into the forum page
  12. That should be perfectly fine, because the evenheat controler has a fuse in it. (or at least mine does!) The trick is to have fuses in line with whatever circuit that will burn out before the wires catch fire, this can be a 'starter' with a fuse for a motor, just a twist in fuse for a kiln, or a breaker that's the right size. I've got my evenheat running off a 50 amp welder outlet as well =) EDIT: Ack, sorry for the necro-post, for some reason this one thread showed up as 'new' to me and i thought it was recent!
  13. Nice little hammer, that A frame must give it a lot of stiffness though
  14. Total weight on the flypress was around 450ish lbs, but It just sold locally this morning to someone who had emailed me. A smaller fly press like that (around 50 to 60lb arm weight) can do a LOT of work, particluarly veining, cold chiseling lines for decorative work, hot stamping, bending, etc. But with my hyrdaulic forging press and multiple power hammers, it just didnt get any use anymore.
  15. I tend to accumulate tools when the opportunity presents itself, but I've decided to be realistic about the tools i ACTUALLY use vs the ones that are just really nice to have. I do this stuff as a hobby, so i don't really need 3 belt grinders, 2 power hammers, 5 anvils, etc etc. It's hard to part with tools, but with my limited shop space, it only makes sense to down-size (or 'right-size' as i'm calling it) to the tools i'm actually using. For the most part I'm trying to give very reasonable prices on good tools to see them go to places where they'll get some use and to get more people i
  16. All items are located in Woonsocket Rhode Island, and most of them CAN be delivered within about a 3 hour radius, or to area blacksmith events. SOLD - Took a while to decide to part with this, but... I don't use it, and it accumulates tools on top of it instead of being used. I've got plenty of other anvils that do get used, so much as it pains me, I'm going to sell my minty fresh 450lb Fisher Sawyer's anvil, 1902 dated, 12x16 face, so smooth and flat that you can see your reflection in it. This thing is immaculate, not a hammer mark on it. It's located in Woonsocket Rhode Island,
  17. man, i'm sad i couldn't make it =( Looking forward to more people sharing their photos !
  18. @Coulton ClineUsing a big sledge or a press is key to getting the teeth to fill in, you cant have a blow that only forges the outside of the 'teeth' bar, it has to drive all the way through and move the metal at a depth equal to the depth of the cut teeth. You'll see the originals have better welds the thinner the 'behind' of the teeth is, because there was less material in the way to prevent it from filling the teeth all the way. When I demonstrated creating wolfstooth pattern at ashokan last year , doing it by myself with hand hammers, I tried to use as small a piece of wrought as I kne
  19. I love the scream of the demons being trapped in the swordblade when you quench it !
  20. here are the rest of my photos in a dump, due to the numbers passing 9999 they're a bit out of order, with the last half coming before the first half http://www.tharkis.com/thumbs.py?path=images/hi/fireandbrimstone18
  21. an awesome time was had by all! Thank you for hosting again! The weekend started off with some heavy brush and tree removal to clear out some space to set up tents. All the stuff on the ground and all the trees here were dug up and removed so T-Star leather could have a place to set up. Here are a small selection of some of my photos from the weekend Eli and Owen Mike on the strap hammer Mark and Dan's bloom Jeff and Deker's pattern welded gun barrel after one welding pass More welding and reduci
  22. Someone better be taking a whole lot of photos to share from this. For 2 years since the last bushfire forgein i've been trying to plan to get to this one, and everything was all set... but the big nor-easter storm we had this weekend exposed a leaky roof on my house and now I'm going to have to bail on a trip to london and use the money for re-shingling the house =(
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