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Matt Stagmer

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  1. Hey guys! Just a couple days away! The shop is a mess right now. The grinding room is covered In Aluminum dust. I hope to be finished with all of that today and start the great clean up. Weather has been beautiful but of course it's getting colder as we draw closer to the event. Friday and Saturday look beautiful but Sunday is going to be chilly. Come prepared for all weather conditions. Can't wait to see everyone and hear what you have all been up to!
  2. Thanks fellas! Even though we are in a rush during these builds, we try to show as much ligit process as possible.
  3. Thanks fellas! Any of you that have attempted this sort of construction now how we must have felt doing it in such a sort time frame with no chance of recovering if we messed up. I can't wait to show you all the insanity that we do in a few of the future episodes. Some how we managed to step it up even more after this build.
  4. I know right? When we first agreed to make this we were going to just plasma cut the blade blank, but that would have still left an amazing amount of sculpting on the grinder so we just decided to go all out.
  5. In our current episode of MAN AT ARMS : REFORGED we tackle our toughest blade yet. Both the forging and the grinding were a true test of our skill. Keep in mind that we are given 6 days to make 6 builds for a season. The blade turned out pretty awesome. There were some wonky parts but all in all I was thrilled at the outcome. I hope you enjoy this build, Matt Stagmer
  6. Although the items are far out we will show a lot of good classical and modern techniques. We can't get away from some of the silly demo stuff at the end of each episode, but we tried to add as much process to each build to show as many different tools and ways to do things as possible. Oh and I promise not to say bad ass anymore ;-)
  7. We will have a designated time and place for sheet metal work.
  8. Patrick Hastings is coming. I'm pretty excited to see his work and meet him.
  9. We would love to have you and if you do decide to come, let me know if you would like to demo. Even if you don't do an official demo there is plenty of hands on time, but I'd like to list you as a demonstrator if you would like.
  10. Sorry Owen. I've been on Kerry since October to decide and post a date. We would love to have you one of these days.
  11. Beautiful work. Having seen my brother grind with a hand grinder I have vowed never to do so in my lifetime. :-)
  12. It's all part of sword making. Being able to roll with what you are delt. I still learn something new with every sword.
  13. Super clean! That pattern is almost hypnotic!
  14. Nice work. Looks the part for sure!
  15. Ive been watching these come together on facebook. Has got to be one of my favorites of this year by anyone!
  16. This is so sweet! Just a great piece. This is how I imagine dwarfish weaponry.
  17. Hey guys and gals, Its been far too long since I have posted anything. It's been a crazy year in the shop and out of it. I wanted to share a few seax knives that I have been working on finishing up. Sam forged the two wing nuts and kerry did the initial forging on the blade that has the bronze hande fittings. The rest was done by me. The carved handle was the first handle I ever carved about 5 years ago. I had it waiting for the right blade all this time. The top seax is 4130 with an edge quench and does show some activity in the right light. The fittings are steel and the handle is coco. I did some chiseling on the spine and ground a fuller. The wingnut is pure iron(forged by Sam Salvati). The next one is pattern welded from three bars of straight laminate. 15N20 and 1070 for the top two and I have no idea what the edge was. Kerry forged the blade blank and I took it from there. The handle is elk with cast bronze rings. The pommel bar and hilt bar are wrought and the wingnut is pure iron(forged by Sam Salvati). The next one is four bars. Spine is wrought then two bars of loose twist 15N20 and 1070 then wrought and then a W2 edge. Wrought fittings and a carved hickory handle. The fourth one was a bit of a trial for me. I was playing with different ways to do the welding. The blade is w2 and wrought with an antler handle and poured pewter bolster. Since this picture was taken all of these have been engraved and completed. All in all these 4 represent some good learning. Nothing to flashy. Just trying some new things. I dont get much time these days to break from the production so I have speant all of my weekends forging and trying some things that have been on my mind for awhile. Here is a better picture of #1 Here is a better picture of #2 Here is a few shots of #3 And here is a better of the last one. And a few in process shots... as you can see it fought me a little bit but I got it all solid under the screw press! and last but not least my little helper that seems to show up every time I fire up the forge. Thanks for looking. Feel free to launch questions. I know I did some things in odd ways on some of these but I learned a ton and continue to do so. Cheers,
  18. Pretty darn cool. I'd also like to point out that Sam tells me all day at work that he doesn't do bevels
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