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    Metal stuff.. and...Revolutions started..Uprisings quelled..problems solved by the application of high explosives..I am what goes "bump" in the night...

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  1. I like it..A LOT!! But...it would be drop dead gorgeous with a PW blade...with a nice fuller down the back.... still it looks great.. JPH
  2. Alan: No open work.. it is black enamel ..when it is fully polished up the black and gold colours tie in with the general theme colours of the Ito... JPH
  3. Al: yeah.. the Hamon isn't a total pooch..but it isn't what I was going for but it did work up to a point......so back at it one more time...I will figure it out..Just wish that Bob E. was still with us..Between the two of us, he and I could figure most anything out as far as these things go.. Working on a couple more of these for book IV as well...should have them done in a few weeks.. JPH
  4. Hello: Here is the first sword I finished in 2020...The blade is 1070..the Hamon.. well, I dunno what to call it... Togari Gunome maybe?? finished with temple lion motif fittings from my art foundry guys in Taiwan..They do a great job..yes they do!! Much better than an old ham handed reprobate like I could do..... Black samegawa under that black and gold Chevron Tsuka-ito that I adore.. This is another proto for book IV which is coming along splendidly even if I do say so myself.. The siya is black lacquer that I dripped/ "flicked" Testors model airplane paint (metallic gold) on and then sealed with 6 coats of hard, clear lac.. I got the idea from a siya that one of my friends down here showed me a while back...turned out non too shabby but there is still room to improve on that...I do know I need to find a better price on that stuff..it is $$$...Hope the photos work out... Note: This Hamon didn't turn out like I wanted.. I was going for more of a crashing/breaking ocean wave/surf sort of thing but that isn't what happened.. Like I have said before...Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted to.. Happy 2020... JPH
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    Book IV Cover sword

    Alan: As far as Bo-Hi/fullers go..I have no idea why "modern makers" tend not to do these.. I mean they not only serve a purpose hey also make a piece look "finished" if you know what I mean... Ref polish..this was done using wet/dry paper to 2000 grit wet then a hot vinegar dip (used that harsh white vinegar) followed by a rub down with automotive rubbing compound cut with a light oil on a leather buff stick... then another hot vinegar dip followed by more rubbing until I was happy with the results.. I do not know what Mr White does so I can not comment on that ... JPH
  6. Howdy! Well I finished the first of the "cover swords" for book IV..here it is...didn't turn out half bad if you ask me..especially for a bald barbarian.. O-Katana in 1070 Electrite (that is 1070 with a small amount of Si..) 31" blade...Shinogi Zukuri with two scraped in Bo-Hi full blade length .. Koshi-sori (most curve in the first 1/4 to 1/3 of the blade up from the habaki) Choji Hamon that is very frosty and has nice activity.. Dragonfly motif mounts in bronze with gold and silver leaf detailings.. Black samegawa under black and gold chevron pattern silk tsuka-ito.. I think this one came out especially nice.. Hope this pics turn out.. JPH
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    Nightmare Tanto

    Howdy!! Thank you all kindly.. Yeah..getting old isn't for wimps or sissies..but it's not the years per se in my case...it's all my misspent youth getting shot,,stabbed, blown up, ran over and generally FUBAR'd.. All these injuries are now making themselves known..in spades!! But that's OK..I am a human cockroach...I sometimes need my walking stick..especially when the weather gets bad..had to use my walker a couple of times..Thanks to Uncle Sugar they gave me this hot rod one.. padded seat..back rest..arm rests..4 wheel suspension...the whole Magilla..... Regards publishers..thanks given to Alan L for fixing me up with a new one who has been very VERY good to me.. Now I am not saying that my old publisher wasn't... but when the owner died..Paladin Press went slowly out of the business...I have to give them the credit they deserve simply due to the fact that without them giving this strange LEO/ Dog Faced MP a chance I wouldn't be enjoying the "status" that I have now....what ever that is... Someone called me an "Icon" the other day...But I don't want to be hanging on some church wall!! I'm not even Christian!! Anyway this one cut me up one side and down the other..the worst part is it makes everything so sticky and all with the blood..hard to keep a decent polish going.. But it turned out ok.. So it's onto the next batch of high carbon swords for my e-vile minions that rep for me... Here's a "mini bastardsword" I just finished for site stock... JPH
  8. Hello: Just finished this one for book IV...what a nightmare this one was...the polish is deadly....cut myself a bunch of times but double edges can get yas.. Still it turned out OK I guess.. Not too bad for a broken down old man.. blade length 13 3/4"...1095 and L6 laminate... This one could really benefit from a pro grade polish.. A bunch of stuff going on in there... Hope the photos work JPH
  9. hello: yes they are..only on the shinogi-zukuri side... jph
  10. Hello: I have these two Kat and Waki blades...laminated in Kobuse 1070/L6..they show great Hada and active Hamon. They are in Kiriha-Zukuri/Shinogi Zukuri geometry. They are polished to approx 1000 grit and lightly etched to show the Hada and Hamon activity. They still need final polish. The specs are below.. Kat blade : Blade 30 3/4" tang 12" Waki blade Blade 21 3/4" tang 10" . These will most certainly be devastating when polished.. I simply do not have the time and they have been sitting around here for oh 5 years there abouts... plus I am in need of a cash influx due to some health problems I recently had.. if you wish additional pictures just message me and I can see what I can do... THANKS ALL SOLD and THANK YOU!!
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    Another whippit!!

    Hello!! thank you all kindly for the replies ... as far as how I get the fullers in.. These are done on the forging part under my fly press using 1/2 round dies.... I squeeze them in and then clean them up with a small wheel on my Burr King aka "the gutless wonder".....sad thing is some folks use the BK 960 as a "lead grinder'.. I stall mine out...but when it comes down to using those small 2" and smaller wheels for detail work..they are pretty good.. All in all..it really comes down to practice... I have done so many of these that it seems to be automatic... On the bovine ivory...that is possible...yes..quite possible.. well I need to get back to my breakfast..having some left over jambalaya, black beans and eggs.. that'll keep me running at full sopeed all day.. thanks all JPH
  12. Howdy!! Something I whipped out for a show this next weekend... 28" long blade...welded from 1070, L-6 and some meteoric iron in my "Hugs and Kisses" pattern...full length fuller each side... Blackened Bovine ivory grip and phosphor bronze and buff horn guard and pommel plates... Didn't come out too bad... Hope the photos work.. JPH
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    Cowboy Knives

    Hey!! Not a "cowboy" per sey but a "farm boy"..Up at 0430...feeding chickens and gathering eggs..milking cows.. slopping the hogs... mucking out stalls..tending to the chickens, ducks and geese....as well as the horses and all the other critters..all that plus going to school and it all started over when I got back home...rain or shine..all sorts of weather..didn't matter it still had to be done.. So I know what you are saying..it is a rough life but it is a good life.. JPH
  14. Alan: I am starting to really like the stuff..It is different I will say that. Here is one I finished today that is going up on my site tonight..got to get some lucre PDQ..all God's Childin' gotta eats! I forget what this colour combination is called...something like molten lava? JPH
  15. Hello!! First off I totally DETEST grinding..it's boring and monotonous and just un-fun.. So I run my grinders to the point where grind time is minimalised.. And the Frankengrinder cuts everything..it doesn't care..steel, iron, bronze. wood...meat ..bone or anything else that it gets to chew on it'll do it!! Just have to be careful.. besides just about everything in my studio can get ya..some to the point you are FUBAR... So best keep your mind on what you are doing.. On the feathering in of the bevels..these are done free hand..Pretty much everything I do is freehand ..besides I was "taught" to grind by my great friend the late Robert Egnath...he ground more blades in a day than most folks do in a year..His personal record was 193 if I remember correctly... I have ground so many that it is second nature to get that nice transition... It's all practice..just like most other things.. Here's another one with that really shows the feathered in grind...finished this one yesterday.. JPH
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