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Kevin Colwell

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  1. whoa... I loved this knife already. I didn't realize the guard was welded on. That adds a hell of a twist. I have been toying with the idea of doing this with full tang fighters and bowies. I am excited about this idea.
  2. that is a great piece. Nice story behind it. Meaningful adornments that tie things together, and a historical blade for inspiration. My kind of knife making.
  3. that pommel is anything but simple, though it wasn't too difficult for you to make. I love it!
  4. tell us more about the file saw thingee. How does it compare to a cabinetmaker's rasp? great work so far. I am impressed by the tig welds. I haven't ever learned to do that (but I am a forge-welding fool!).
  5. Nothing wrong with that. It is a working knife, and looks solid as hell.
  6. I like it. The guard and the butt cap really set it off. Hell of a big blade. It almost looks like a short sword from Eurasia.
  7. Bladesmithing is largely the craft of knowing or being able to devise multiple means of fixing or undoing things you have done to metal and wood.
  8. aha! The, "autohamon," effect. I forgot. I have never heat treated a piece of bloomery steel with that thick spine and long/wide wedge shape. I really want to learn to do heath melting to approximate early steels. In fact, we are having a mini-workshop in March at my shop/forge. Once I learn to do this, I will be able to make better daos (which were clayed), Japanese swords (which I have never made), and of course, seaxes. Oh yeah. Thanks again for sharing what you are doing. I really appreciate it. kc
  9. clean knotwork, and I like the guard. It adds a lot of color and texture.
  10. Just take a small punch, the pins will drive out. Trust me. If you can see them like that, they aren't that well bonded to the bolster. I know this, oh man, do I know this. Just beat them out with a tapered punch. It will also swage the hole some, so next time the pins won't come out the same way. But, that is good. In brass you can just drive a tapered punch into the hole really hard and cause the hole to expand some. Then, when you peen the next pin into it, the hole will be a slight hourglass shape (do both sides, so each bolster has an upsidedown cone-shaped hole). It will prevent this problem in the future, unless you grind another large amount away. In general, you have to thin the bolster material from the backside, before you put it onto the knife. Milling machines are perfect for this. Nice and flat, and rapid material removal. kc
  11. I really like the shape of the blades and the traditional handles. Why did you go for clay heat treatment when you had 1080 steel and were making a seax? I am not criticizing, I have done clay ht seaxes, too. Not as well, either . The blades flow well, and the long traditional handles look just right. great job. Thanks for sharing your work and all of the history you always share with us. .
  12. Damn, and damn... those knives, both of them, are just awesome. Talk about Durable. I watched some youtube vids about testing the strength of various lock mechanisms on knives, and the results were dissappointig. The locks had less strength by far than what I had hoped for them. They have a timeless look, I think. Has anyone come up with a way to lock the blade open or closed? If there was a simple mechanism other than putting a finger on the pad on the tang, that would really rock. I think such a small thing would make a big difference in use. \\
  13. yes, good work. How big were the shields that these were put onto?
  14. that looks really good. I am not sure what I am looking at on the tip in regards to the amount of hardening. Just not sure with the cloudiness of the hamon how much did or did not harden. It looks cool, though. i am not used to that style of finish on such a small knife, and I am lost, I think. good work, though.
  15. Jake - I have always been afraid to try to cut steel with a coping saw. I wanted to, but I had THE FEAR. Now, I will give it a whirl. I find myself using hacksaws on anything I can. I don't like my bandsaw, wood or metal, much. I did just drill and tap better holes to keep the table on. still, I like jeweler's saws less, unless I am working silver. Then, a little wax, and they are great. I am lazy, I use Ren Wax. Why? Because it is the wax that is sitting on my bench... that's why. Works really well, though.
  16. nothing wrong with a thin bowie, although some are really thick. That looks like a good knife. I like thinner blades, because the cut so well. i guess maybe a knire that size should chop a little. But, a knife is never going to chop well compared to a machete or a hatchet anyway, so what the heck? Thin is good.
  17. Lukas - that is an awesome piece of our craft. I am inspired. That really is impressive.
  18. that is a totally novel idea. I like the concept. I hope that people are interested, if you try to sell them. You might have good luck with that as a Chef's knife, if you got the handle really comfortable. I can see it being something that could appeal as a cooking item and also home decor. I guess the possibilities for the inside of the handle are almost endless, too. Is there anything inside the guard? I would put something for color inside of it, too. Maybe sculpt it a little more, so it is less blocky. The blade looks great. Wickedly pointy, too. I hope you don't mind the input. So, please explain what the filler material and bonding agent is that holds the leave in place. I am not familliar with it. cool concept. kc
  19. I believe, that even though I really love the socket-handle bush swords, and I like the little knives you make, that this is my all-time favorite. This is something that I could very well make myself, meaning I have really been thinking about and drawing blades a lot like that. I bought some material for steel tube rivets two days ago, with this sort of thing in mind. Only with a bolster, because I sort of always do them (even though there probably isn't a reason for one on that knife and it adds extra weight). Plus, I would have to make a leather sheath, because I don't have your mastery of kydex or of all of the different carry configurations. I am going to have to learn more about various carry choices (after all, swords were my major thing for the last 5 years, and when I made hunting knives I just needed to make a little belt sheath). I just love that knife. Seriously, it is just about the epitome of that genre for me. Rock on... kc
  20. thanks for showing your graver/chisel. I have one much like that which I used on a dao a couple of years ago. Plus, I have few smaller ones to fit into my Ngraver handpiece. It is always the geometry and sharpening of these tools that holds me back. I can sort of do it, just not great. I couldn't be sure from the pics if you were using a diamond-shaped graver or a thin cape chisel. Gravers are much better, at least easier to use. Keep the courage. What you have looks good.
  21. damn man, that is awesome. you did some great forensic work as well as craft. I am truly impressed.
  22. this is very interesting. I want to see how this comes out. I like the design.
  23. KIP! Long Time! Hey, that is great. I love copper, and the knife has an interesting shape. Stag looks just right on it, too. Cool points... welcome back. Keep them coming.
  24. that does look sweet. The pommel is a great touch. subtle.
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