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Kevin Colwell

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Kevin Colwell last won the day on October 4 2020

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    Family (Wife and stepson) reading, Psychology, law, public policy (teaching people to get along, take care of one-another, and not destroy the planet in the process). Bladesmithing, Outdoors stuff of all types, esp. camping and ecology, exercise, cooking. Dogs and Cats.

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  1. that is a beast of a blade. Awesome. The scabbard is also great.
  2. the details of the fit with the scabbard and hilt are really lovely. Good work.
  3. that is a great piece. The silver (and the texture) set it off very well. Yataghan meets Orc slayer. I love it.
  4. good ideas. The wood handle with the turning looks a little like my FS version 3 that is on the table next to me as I type (that and a kukri). you understand.
  5. that is awesome. it is also about where I am in my own progress. I have some engraving to do in the near future. I am making a Chinese idiom so there is not any background removal, but still similar. great stuff.
  6. I like it. The combination of twisted bars and a wakizashi makes for a nice blade. good work.
  7. that was good thinking to carburize and re-heat treat. Nice move. The blade is small enough that you pulled it off. The blade had some great hada, too. nice.
  8. that is really good creativity on the closure. The cable blade looks good, too. I haven't seen cable much , lately. Matt Berry took some cable from me, and used it to make a serpent that ran down a blade. It was beautiful. Your blade does look a little like a dirk
  9. good knife. I like it, and it will be functional as hell as well as look good. It will be used a lot, too, which is good. Great conversation, too.
  10. ok this is a way to provide nostalgia and something new. I'll bite - what are the waxes going to be when they grow up? Seriously, tiger-themed? Is that the plan? good to see you here. Oh, I forgot to ask - I thought they were usually horse-themed? Not opposed to tiger, just asking because it is a vague memory of something Jesus did a decade ago.
  11. this is a really lovely creation. I have enjoyed watching it. Great work!
  12. Yes I have tried the full stock removal method for large knives. Never anything this large. It just doesn't seem efficient. Even if only doing the trick some factory knives that are "hand forged" do and just forge the distal tapers and call it done, then doing stock removal on the little hour-glass blob/sheet of metal that is produced by squashing both ends of a bar with a thickening toward the center. Even that is far easier than grinding in a good distal taper. For me. So... great work to achieve results that way. Trying that way is good. Now, you are sure as to why you like to f
  13. thanks for the detail Rob. That looks like a great working and playing tool. kc
  14. damn, new tools almost never work that smoothly. good job. I haven't checked in enough. I knew you mentioned making some folders when I said they were the one thing that intimidated me. I would remake the Sutton Hoo sword before I would make a slip-joint or lock back. More chance of getting it right, too (not necessarily a lot, but more). Looking forward to seeing what you make. Registration for Ashokan Sword is open. Register and come see us!
  15. I use the electric kiln for tempering and spheroidizing/annealing. The two make a good combination to get the various things done. You are right about decarb. I tested the edge of the sword, which I had draw filed after forging. The whole length of the edge was hard as glass. No decarb that I could notice, after three grain refinement cycles and a hardening cycle. Notice how uniform the color is. There is just a bit of decalescence or recalescence happening above the tip if you look. Just below the bold that holds the leg of the post vise to the arms.
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