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Kevin Colwell

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  1. 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. .
  2. 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. \\
  3. yes, good work. How big were the shields that these were put onto?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Lukas - that is an awesome piece of our craft. I am inspired. That really is impressive.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. damn man, that is awesome. you did some great forensic work as well as craft. I am truly impressed.
  12. this is very interesting. I want to see how this comes out. I like the design.
  13. 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.
  14. that does look sweet. The pommel is a great touch. subtle.
  15. I felt the need to add a separate comment, this thing is just too cool. I like and respect the guard. I know that getting a big, curved, guard like that opened up and fit to the blade takes a lot more effort and time than a flat-faced guard. But they add a LOT to the knife, in my opinion. I love that guard.
  16. I am not well-versed in high-end kitchen cutlery. Plus, I think you have to feel them to really understand them. They LOOK great. One of the pattern welded knives doesn't have a very visible ricasso/plunge cut, but that may be the lighting and the pattern. Other than emphasizing and cleaning that up a tad, there isn't anything to suggest for improvement. That is a lot of knives, but they all look really good from here. Goodto hear from you and see your work. well done! kc
  17. JD - I travelled around your website. Good stories. Plus, I didn't realize how nice the folding knives you make looked. Those were/are some very good knives.I am daunted by making folding knives.
  18. JD - that is a wonderful story. Balance. Our current economy has lost the perspective of balance. More is not always better, and imaginary money (it is all imaginary) can't replace real things like food and butterflies. Now I will be thinking of myself as putting my own little song into the knives. Some of the swords may have a curse word or two embedded in them, too! I had forgotten that you were in Mexico. Growing up in Texas, I had family in Mexico City, but never made it there while they were alive. I have always been fascinated by Mexico and it's people. Though, the ones I knew had a totally different experience than a man from the souther tropical regions would (Oaxaca). thanks, Wes - we shall see. The things that are in my head range from simple piece with no bolsters and forged finish up to the sort of stuff that TK Steingass is doing these days (full tang, saddle guard, hand finish). Or the thinner blade design with a bolster that sweeps down to imitate a guard and then sweeps back up to the blade. That design has been used from David Boye forward in the custom world but it works.
  19. How does the handle feel? Not going to create hot spots with long use, right? Noth that anyone will use that beauty for long periods of work. It is beautiful. I knew it would be when I saw the title. You know I love and respect your work. This is another one of those. Damn fine knife. Outstanding.
  20. OK, First, I am impressed as always by the thoughtful responses to my serious, but tongue-in-cheek inquiry Second, it still suprises me that anyone is willing to take time and help me with my situation. Just great. Seriously. Third, I think the answer is not TACTICAL for me, but WORKING KNIVES. If I make several that are aimed at that function and form, I iwill know. A range of finish level, also. Simple sheaths, probably not finished until the customer orders the knife so they can tell me how the want to carry it (right v left, angle, etc.). I am thinking mostly full tang, tube or birdseye rivets, wood or micarta handle scales. One of the hard questions is to decide whether or not to use guards or bolsters. I will play around with the swept bolster that looks like a guard for narrow full tang, and also saddle guards. Wide blade/no bolster is light and I will have to try. Plus, the hammering on the area of the choil to thicken it so that it does the same thing as a guard. This is exciting!
  21. that blade has a lot of subtle curves that are nice. It draws you in. At first it looks fairly standard for a genre, but then it has a lot of individuality and style. Sort of like some good songs. More there every time you look.
  22. I don't know how I managed to not reply to this. I flippin' love this knife. It looks just right. That is all. I thing this an excellent idea, and it appears to have been executed well, too.
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