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Kevin Colwell

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  1. I like it a great deal. It looks vicious. Chopping, slashing, and draw cutting, oh my. The little nose dive is wicked.
  2. that is going to be great. On the original, are the bolster/ears/things forge wedled on?
  3. You two are off and running. You could maybe reheat and quench. If you wanted to (not sure about how thick the edge is. I have become more appreciative of tantos lately. This project looks like it will be a good one.
  4. I am NOT a Japanese sword expert, or Japanese-styled sword expert. I have heattreated a good number of 1075 (and W2) blades with hamons, though. Usually, shaped a lot like a Japanese tanto's. So, take this for what it is, or is not, worth. To be safe, I humbly suggest taking 1075 (or W2) to 1475 or 1485 F and holding. W2, hold for 3 to 10 minutes, 1075, only until you are sure the whole thing is that temp. You will get activity and even utsuri because of the change in cross-section and low hardenability. You don't have to worry so much about keeping the spine below austenite transformation. If you try to do that, you will frequently encounter the hamon being pushed lower to the edge than you expected given the clay layout. That has been my experience, anyway. I hope it helps. If you think it is worth a try, check it out. take care, kc
  5. I love that particular style. It is fun type to make, and looks great.
  6. I have played with enough jewelry making to appreciate the intricacy and difficulty of those. I am really impressed. Some times I think I may take advantage of my ability to take university courses for free to take some of the metals lab classes. Not get a whole MFA, just take a few lab classes.
  7. Hey Emilliano (and everyone else), Notice that the workshop described at the archeological site in the video thread re: Lee that Alan posted in Bloomers and Buttons has a spot for a smelting furnace, and then a spot for a remelting furnace. This was in Saharran Africa. Hearth melted steel was everywhere! Japanese had orishigane Chinese had stir-frying Europeans had whatever the hell different language names... You get the idea. These are great techniques, and you are getting a serious appreciation for the material. I need you to teach me how to do this with firebricks and a blacksmithing blower.
  8. no hurry. Unfolding and evolving is good. When you do get the narrative narrated and all, it would be cool to know what you started with. What did the original stock look like? That sort of thing. Take care, and enjoy the process. kc
  9. that is lovely. great work!
  10. those are nice looking knives. I missed them earlier, I think. Pretty cool. kc
  11. yes, I am looking forward to more. The overall piece sort of eludes me right now. I will be glad to see it come together.
  12. that does look great. I am with Alan. I just love well-done pins. They look so much better and just seem more appropriate.
  13. I am late to the game, as usual. I like Alan's idea, though.
  14. nice Noah. The cable looks good in this application. I think cable gets a bad rap lately. After all, it starts as 1095 and then decarbs down to around 1080. Nothing at all wrong with that. good work. kc
  15. Emilliano, I will write you a letter of rec when the time comes. A great deal of stock is placed in letters in the academic realm.] Don't just bend my ear. Let me give you a letter of rec. They mean a lot. Plus, you deserve it. kc
  16. nice little knife. Is that epoxy I see in front of the handle scale on the ricasso? if so, be careful of that in the future. If you catch it quick, you can get it easily with alcohol or acetone. Pretty and functional appearing knife.
  17. w's would make a good topic to show how different things can become from a minor change in the beginning. Also, it would show the squashing effects on the layers very well. Just my ideas. I am glad to see you doing this. thanks. kc
  18. looks nice as a package. How did the tung oil work on the wrap? Did you dunk it, or how much did you appy? How hard is it now, and what colore is it? How dark did it get? I know, a lot of questions. But, I am intrigued to using tung oil for this. good work!
  19. I like the knife, and the hammer, too. I really like the hammer
  20. that is a fine first sword. Or fifth. Very nice lines. The woodwork looks good, too. I am quite impressed. kc
  21. first axe is really heavy, and the rust is more rusty than the nicde, dark patina you would hope to see. Are there any spots where you can see past the live rust? If there are, is it a dark and thick patina? That would sure help. Like I said, that first one is damn thick given the period, intent. You need to get Longmire and Mercier to weigh in on these. They both understand the aging process very well. I would be careful. I am not sold on the authenticity of the first one, because of the size and the rust. But, I am NOT a good source for this information. good luck, and tell us what you learn so we can learn too.
  22. Hey Jim, How does that phosphor bronze age/patina? Is it more like copper or brass (I don't really like the way brass ages, but i love working it, and it is historically accurate for a lot of the Chinese work I try to emulate). However, if bronze that is easy to obtain was to take a more interesting patina or age better, that would be very cool. For me, age better means not just become dull yellow, but develop a spectcrum of oxide colors. I think you know what I mean. Like what you get when you flame color copper. If phosphor bronze does anything like that (how about with liver of sulphur), it would be really cool for some pieces.
  23. Jake - that is a fine job! I like the blade collar touch.
  24. Emilliano, I hope can find a home (professionally speaking) as a teacher. You have a good understanding of the work you do, and you write very well. Those things don't always go hand-in-hand with being a craftsman. Seriously, I think you would excel at it. I need to get my melting hearth fired up. A dao from hearth melt would be very beautiful, and true to originals in appearance (since they melted cast to decarb it). I love the way that material looks. It is more beautiful to me than any tsuba. great stuff, bro.
  25. I like this style very much. The finish is quite good, too. That will be a great knife to show people. That is one to be proud of.
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