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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. JPH

    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
  2. 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
  3. hello: yes they are..only on the shinogi-zukuri side... jph
  4. 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!!
  5. JPH

    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
  6. 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
  7. JPH

    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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Chas: This was ground on a 14" serrated wheel at a SFM of 7200. I do that "feathering in" on all my double edged pieces..I think it looks a lot better than just having them abruptly come together..It just looks "right" that way. JPH
  11. Hello: Been sorta busy around here with family stuff since we have a brand new granddaughter so this is something I whipped out real quick.. This one is welded from a mix of 1095, L-6 and a bit of meteoric iron thrown in ..8 1/4" Maiden Hair blade...Phosphor bronze mounts...Some of that bowling ball material for the fluted grip..This piece looks like a deep reddish maple burl! Turned out OK...at least I think so... The sheath is set with a 17.65 Ct star ruby.. cut this one myself.. All in all I think it didn't turn out too bad.. Hope the photos work... This one is website stock and is currently listed there... JPH
  12. just saw this myself...that is really NICE... Ya know they say a man isn't complete until he is married..and once he is..he's finished... JPH
  13. DB: I am more or less fully operational now...I am trying to save my shekels to replace my vertical mill that "walked off" from my storage in Nevada last year.. That and I am still trying to find where I put stuff in the studio...moving up on size from 850 sq feet to 1200 is a majopr change..I am still spending way too much time hunting stuff down...but I am figuring it all out.... Thank you all for the kind words..I am still trying to get this stuff figured out as far as doing this stuff......probably will get it all sorted out three days after I die...that's the way these things usually work... Started working on some PW sgains today...should have all six done by Thursday..still gotta figure out grip woods... JPH
  14. Hello!! Here are a few pieces I whipped out this last week or so....yes I committed forgery! All are hilted with some of my Bovine Ivory (I love using that stuff..very nice material when done right)... Pic heavy so...with out further adieu ..away we go!! JPH
  15. I got that beat.. Scene: A forge area..an old man..late 60's..built like an ex-football player, stoved up and somewhat crippled, yet still virile and manly..moving with a cat like grace ... with hair growing everywhere OTHER than the top of his head..wearing nothing more than an grease and sweat soaked loin cloth as well as a light coat of oil generously rubbed into his tough, leathery hide, all of this while holding a red rose in his teeth..quickly and with deliberate movements, removes a white hot bundle of steel from the flaming, fiery mouth of the Hell-forge, and with great haste, and yet, with the greatest of care.. places it on his anvil and with massive blows from a 8# hammer, he welds the bundle into a single piece of pattern welded steel..With an immense shower of sparks, flux and slag raining over and around him.... the sizzling sound arises as each glowing star strikes his naked skin.. his glistening sweat extinguishing the hot, molten metal.. steam rises from his sweat soaked brow.. in the background plays Verdi's "Anvil Chorus" from his opera, Il Trovatore... (OK I will rat myself out...this is just a description of me actually working day by day,.and what kind of mental picture does THIS give ya?? HUH???!!) Waa Haa HAAA ha!! FAB- JPH
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