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JPH last won the day on October 17 2018

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    Pasco County, Florida
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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

    Revenge of New Stuff

    Hello!! I am still here kicking and screaming....getting ready to do something I haven't done in like 6 years..a knife show!! It's this weekend (the 12th) so I am cranking out more stuff so I can make a decent showing.. Will let ya'all see what I have new if I can before the show... JPH
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    Revenge of New Stuff

    DL: Yes, you are 100% correct SIR!! That Is the very rare and unusual Bovine Ivory from the wild and woolly Bovines that once roamed over the American continents a while ago... Note: their descendants are still running wild here today.. but they are seldom seen..(case in point: When was the last time you have ever seen a Bovine in the wild??) JP...( I am off to get some rack time.)..H
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    Revenge of New Stuff

    Hello: Here is this last week's work..One worked and the others are what I call a pattern fail.. well.. as I have said before..experience is what you get when you don't get what you want so...while they turned out OK as a knife in general they are not what I wanted... Materials are 1095/L-6 and a small amount of meteoric iron.. Now the one that worked was the one I was sure wouldn't..that is the wavy feather pattern..THAT one did work and I think it came out pretty spiffy..I just wish I could make a longer piece cause a full length sword in this pattern would be totally unreal..It was a real PITA doing this pattern and I think I found a way that isn't so nerve wracking...More on this later once I work it out and get things sorted.. Hope these pics work.. This old man is back to work... JPH
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    Return of New Stuff

    ZC: How do I do what?? It's just a simple ladder pattern..and it's just 6 small knives... As far as speed..when you have been doing this for as long as I have been...and if you are constantly learning and not being "stagnant" ..you get to be quicker just by repetition and practice ..You'll be surprised at how fast you can get on some things... Now on the pattern welding..I start with sheet 1095-1070 and sheet L-6 usually.. and there are anywhere from 60 to 75 pieces in the faggots and these are 1 1/4" square and between 12 to 18 inches long.. These remain at a working heat for a long time and I can draw them down considerably in one heat using my LG and truing the bar up on Julius. I cut this into 4 to 6 pieces and do another weld and then I am basically done with the lamination part and I can go to patterning.. I will wind up with a bar that's close to 6 feet long and 1 1/4' wide.. That is a lot of steel to make knives from... Plus while thing are heating I am not standing around sucking on a prune pit..I am usually doing file work..or while blades are etching I will be doing hot work...filling any "down time" as they say.. I always have 5 or 6 projects going and I work on them all in turn.. Work in batches of the same "nature" of work.. Work time "wise" and you'll see how much more you can do in a given day.. Simple as that... Right now I am finishing up more barstock for another 10 to 12 pieces...I should have that done and ready to pattern today as well as working on that feather pattern variation I am working out... So.. Anyway..I hope this helps explain how I get stuff done..I simply WORK.. Thank you all for the kind words.. JPH
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    Return of New Stuff

    Hello: Here are the results of the last 5 day's worth of studio work... all PW..some with Bovine ivory some with hardwood grips.. All in all turned out OK... Hope these photos work.. JPH
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    More Done

    BH: Yes I do... atar.com and there is actually stuff on the in stock pages!! well at least for today there is. Things sell PDQ at times..so it's hit or miss as far as what's available.. JPH
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    More Done

    Hello: Just finished these a wee bit ago..so they are very fresh..don't want no stale steel around here!....all are 1095/L-6 with some meteoric iron thrown in for grins and giggles...phosphor bronze fittings and Rosewood, Red Deer or various flavours of Bovine Ivory grips.... this group came out OK.. for an old man working out of his front yard... JPH
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    Sad Tidings

    Hello: Well it has taken me a couple days to come to terms with this.but a long time friend...Wayne Goddard has passed on this last Weds... I knew the man for geeze..35 years at least.. First AG and now Wayne..makes me wonder who will be next..seems that more and more of my friends are fading away,,,damn.. JPH
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    Next Group

    Dave: this is the material that I imported from India a while back.and i will never do that again cause the $400.00 worth of bone wound up costing me close to $4500 US Yankee dollars after all the fees and other stuff the gubbermint hit me with.. Shame though cause it is some NICE material... JPH
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    Next Group

    Alan: I seem to get that effect a lot in my ladder patterns..It must be from the way I do the laminate and cut in the "rungs" and then hammer them all nice and flat. I am pretty sure it come from the compression of the pattern at the bottom of the rungs up into the sides.. At least that is what I am thinking happens.. Anyway it sure is eye catching... JPH
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    Bog Rata Santoku

    Hello: I usually don't "go" for steel that is all scrambled up like that but this one is rather nice indeed..Looks like the old oil and water marbling..VERY NICE JPH
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    Next Group

    Howdy!! well here is the next group from our new facility out here in the jungles of Florida... All are PW and hilted in Bovine Ivory of various colours.. Didn't turn out half bad..the Naval Dirk in particular is rather spiffy with the silver mounts...and the two swords are part of my "Neo Viking" limited edition.. So here's to hope that these photos come out.. JPH
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    Rest In Peace A.G.

    I have had a hard time dealing with this.. Last week I got the word that a long time friend of mine.....AG Russell passed on..and well..this man is a legend in the custom knife world on many different levels.. It has taken me this long to come to terms with his passing and well..he WILL be missed... not only by myself but by many..many others in the "custom knife" world...His contributions to custom knifemaking are legion... He was a "major force" in getting the "word out" about hand made custom knives.... AG...may the Wise Lord guide you to your rewards... Oh man...I am entering my 50th year of bladesmithing and it seems that all the folks I know that helped that "Yankee Kid" are passing... I am feeling ever so mortal right about now.. I am not getting any younger..geeze... JPH
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    1st Florida Blades

    I should have the first two done tomorrow if all goes well..it looks like I pooched one of Maiden Hair pattern blades...dang nabbit...well I was due for a FUBAR.. I will post the survivors once I get them done. JPH
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    1st Florida Blades

    Hello: These are simple to do but take forever...lay out where they go...pre-drill the appropriate sized holes..cut them to length and tap them in... JPH
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