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  1. That's exactly what I would do. No amount of legal wrangling is worth it (to me, anyway), so you might as well milk them in fashion that benefits you and allows you to clear our name at the same time.
  2. That's really nice, Robert! I love the pattern in the steel. Please keep us updated as you work on it.
  3. I've done some experiments with the good old pink goo "Naval Jelly" stuff. It will etch, but it's comparatively slow and non-aggressive. It's good for bringing out quench lines in a very subtle manner, and can (on some steels) help give a nice even patina. It's accessible, so it can't hurt to try it out - if only to see if it's good enough for your needs.
  4. That's a great chest, and I love the bowl! Nice work!
  5. That's just incredible, Jim. As a youth of the Ohio, I can almost feel the creek rushing past my fingers as I strain to grab the feather. Wonderful job!
  6. I'm going to try like heck to be there. It's not too far from me, about 1.5 hours, so hopefully I can schedule some down time to get out there.
  7. Guys, this sword has done more to inspire me and convince me to move away from stock removal than anything else in the recent memory. Ealdric is absolutely magnificent, and I think all of you really outdid yourself on it. Congratulations!
  8. I once had an idea to put a bottle opener at the back of a knife. Then my wife asked if it was such a good idea to have a razor sharp knife being used to open beer. I took that as "You're being dumb again dear, trust me.", so I decided against it.
  9. I have a wee bit of experience with my tools. Not in making knives, specifically, but I'm in my workshop most days using my tools. And I've got the entire place setup in a way that makes sense to me, but would probably confound anyone else.
  10. Thank you, guys! I had a ton of planning in this knife before I even started, so once I was ready I was fully committed until it was done. Oddly, not including tempering cycles and waiting for the epoxy to cure, I think I have *maybe* three hours in this knife. When it was over I was very happy with the final result, but at the same time a little sad that it didn't take longer - I wanted to play some more! Now I just need to make a sheath for it. If I can convince the leather to cooperate with me this time.
  11. Hi guys, After a long lurk, I finally have something worth posting. I'm clearly still a padawan, but I'm especially proud of this knife. I made it because I wanted a good, sharp hunting knife that could be used in the field, but had a certain air of class about it and could be displayed in my office or living room when not in use. The blade is four inches long and made of 1095. The handle is African blackwood, and the finger guard and other accents are nickel and paper micarta. That pin in the handle is also functional, designed as a retaining pin - even though it's all epoxied tog
  12. Thanks Guys! This is currently en route to Scotland. It was pretty difficult to put in the box and send it off.
  13. That's awesome, Alan! I love the length, and the matching dagger. Genius!
  14. Thanks guys! The goal for this one was elegance, incorporating tradition. The original idea was to carve handle with knotwork, but the uncarved handle looked so good that we decided to leave it as is. Also, we had originally considered nickel accents on the sheath, but again, the understated elegance won out. Alan - yes in a manner of speaking. I made my own etch-o-matic about a year ago from plans I found on the 'Net. The hardest part was fitting all the pieces inside the Radio Shack project box. In this case, I wasn't even sure it would work the way I wanted, but I went slow and
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