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ETX Chartaine

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  1. Greetings all! I just returned from Illinois, the Land of Lincoln. This was my first trip to this state, so I was taking in as much of it as I could. Behind my sister-in-law's house there ran an old rail line. The tracks had been pulled up and likely used about 500 yards away on the new lines, but they had left a TON of steel pieces laying in the dirt. I will post pictures, but I was wondering if anyone can pick out steel types from the following descriptions. I found about 20-30 "J" shaped pieces. Total length from tip to tip was about 7-9 inches, and they resembled large candy canes ... no they are not striped . If turned on their side, they have a "T" shaped cross section. Anyone know of what I speak? (pictures will follow) Also, does anyone know what steel is in the rail plates (like the ones they hold the rails in place with) is also?
  2. LOVE the bamboo! Good looking knife, Clint!
  3. I totally agree! You are an amazing artist Jake! Keep it up.
  4. Love the look! I like the sleek lines on the blade. Good work!
  5. Love the look of this blade ... Is it a sale piece Ray? Would love to know what this work would cost someone *cough* like me *cough*.
  6. Thanks for the responses thus far ... I look forward to seeing some more.
  7. I love the look of the knife ... I would like to purchase it, but like Edgar, I am lack the coinage to purchase the blade. I do have something to trade ... its right here in my pocket ... would you take a fistful of lint?
  8. Been reading about all these tools like this and wondering to my inexperienced self ... do you use this tool on cold steel or semi warm steel or what?
  9. Been reading about all these tools like this and wondering to my inexperienced self ... do you use this tool on cold steel or semi warm steel or what?
  10. So, I decided today to give my first newbie post and ask a question that has been gnawing at me reading all of the working forums. How does everyone start their project off (clarifying - when NOT working on a commission)? Do you have a certain ritual you start off with? Do you pray to the bladesmithing gods for luck and few problems? Do you sketch out a pattern and find materials that will suit? Do you just grab the first piece of decent steel and go to hammering? Personally, while learning the forging process, I have been grabbing whatever piece of steel will be big enough for a knife (the crocodile dundee style, the bigger the better) and hammer away. This led to many overheated blades and a few cracked pieces thrown into a scrap pile, not to mention the hours of frustration for wasting a day with nothing to show. Here lately, I have been doing more sketching and planning so as not to waste effort or time (more of those to be posted later). Since I am not near as much of an artist with a pen and paper, I tend to just draw vague outlines and then use whatever inspiration strikes me at the time of working to complete the project. Thoughts?
  11. Chris - You are venturing not only into Persian but more Indo-Persian ... example, Khukri. Its a recurve fighting blade from the Phillipines area, also from India (if I am not mistaken - my blade history lessons need sharpening [pun TOTALLY intended]) Check it out. Large picture Khukri Sorry about the large picture, can someone explain how to change the size? Removed picture and linked to avoid problems
  12. Love the wood. Where is it from natively? The lines on this knife are great! It flows really well, keep up the good work. I don't think I would add anything to the handle ... the wood is too pretty. The grain has too much character to cover with wire or anything. I might have added a little guard in brass, but its a little late for that.
  13. What if you use a forged steel instead of the brass? That could help pull together a "raven-esque" look. I like the idea of using the Norse mythos.
  14. I have been wanting to try one of these ... guess I will get to do it with a bit of friendly competition. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. And are we thinking traditional style tomahawks, or can we work some nontraditional choppers up?
  15. Love the look. Good work on the fullering and lines in the blade. The video is a great idea to, moving pictures to show how the light catches points on the blade. Why did we think of that sooner?
  16. Jake, That is a great design! My only problem with it is the tail/finger guard thing. I am a practical sword and knife user, being an actual sword fighter in my down time. That tail is great for protection and very pretty but I think it might hinder the user a bit. I haven't ever played with this kind of blade, and would be willing to do so ... ;op ... should you care to send the finished product to me. Anyways, great design ... keep us posted
  17. Great information Ray! I love seeing how people got their start and where they come from ... thanks for sharing!
  18. Love the look of the bottom knife, great finish work. Whats the handle made up of? The top one has great shape, and I look forward to seeing the end result. Matt Warren
  19. I agree ... great idea! Loving it! Its very functional looking, which is always a bonus. What was your handle made from? Oh, and ... how much would you sell it for ;op ???
  20. LOVE the hammer! Been admiring it for several hours here. Good work! I love hickory too. I have used it on several demonstration swords (aka, boffer weapons for full contact fighting). It is a great wood to work. I like purpleheart and red oak too. Been dabbling with bois'darc (or orange osage, depending on what part of the country you get it from) which has a striking yellowish color to it.
  21. Sorry ... internet timed out ... delete this post
  22. Congratulations! That is one of the more stunning scrollwork jobs I have ever seen ... especially that wasnt attached to a tabletop. Love the work, keep it up!
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