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Kevin Colwell

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  1. wow. that is just right. I am impressed, seriously. That is a great revival of the form. Congratulations, my friend.
  2. You are the master, when it comes to the pattern welding. I love the way that steel looks, on both of them.
  3. that looks impressive. I don't know a thing about that game, though. Good dedication
  4. going to be interesting. Let's see how the knuckle bow comes out with the points. It will be a bowie/pesh kabz/trench knife. It would be pretty formidable, too. thanks for sharing. I love to watch the process unfold for folks.
  5. JJ - love it! I make pendants and bracelets out of silver often, but just as gifts for my lady. That is a good piece. Did you lacquer it?
  6. congratulations. There was a lot of learning and skill development in that process. I am impressed. I bet you had fun, too!
  7. clean lines. I like those shapes together. lovely work.
  8. that 12" blade looks downright wicked. Seems like it should be for removing limbs (the plant kind... tisk tisk). cool work, for sure.
  9. thanks for sharing this with us. It is a great thing to see and learn for me.
  10. I made one with a very similar profile, and sold it for about the same price. Whomever buys your sword will be getting a wonderful deal. That is a good job of smithing and cutlery. I am not a collector, just a smith. But, I see quality in that, and I hope that someone buys it soon. It is a very good deal at that price!
  11. that came out well. I don't nomally like textured handles of that style. However, you made a nice package with the handle and sheath. great work. In this case, it all looks really good together. kc
  12. I love that style of knife, and the feather patterns came out really nice. congrats on some fine work.
  13. glad to know all the yammerin' led to something real. You may want to get a ball end mill. They help round the slots and reduce the potential for ye olde' colde shuts.(edited to add, maybe you already did that, as I looked more closely at the cuts. Or, you rounded with a file or die grinder or something else... ). Forgive the redundant advice... carry on. I have to finish what has turned into the commission from Hell, and then maybe I can try a frame handle. If I have any courage left after this commission. this is a clean looking knife. for sure.
  14. nice, thoughtful, work. I am a scientist in my day job, so I try to avoid this level of analysis in smithing, but I appreciate it greatly when others do it. You are off to a great start. Now, you have to build a long-term relationship with your materials. Learning how they work from the objective perspective is the first step, and will help greatly with learning the subjective process of how this all feels when you do it. I love the work. Hammering, filing, shaping, drilling, (not so much the grinding, that is a necessary evil). But, the rest of the work is very enjoyable. Final assembly is a little stressful on some pieces (gremlins live in epoxy). thanks for such a detailed description of your impressive analysis.
  15. love Wostenholm-style bowies. That is a good take, although I haven't had the pleasure of handling the originals.
  16. hehe, I thought it was a bottle opener, too! I just couldn't figure out why the hell you put one there, unless it was based on something. So, I still don't understand it, but it has credibility, and I think it is good. Cool, even! Tell us more about that sort of knife, if you can, please.
  17. that knife is just about ideal. I love it. Outstanding job.
  18. the one I have takes gravers that are about 1/8" diameter. Just a regular western graver. I mostly use 120 degree and 90 degree gravers, with an onglette or chisel mixed in for background removal. have fun. It is not quite a GRS, but with the foredom to drive it, it is close. It is better than the other hammer handpieces (except for the GRS air stuff). edited to add: you can do outstanding stippling with one of those, if you make a punch and then just go at it. Also, make a flat bottomed punch and use it to smooth and drive down background. Matte it, too, if you texture the punch by running it across a file (drive the punch down onto a double-cut file a couple of times before heat treating it). kc
  19. I have one. they are made to run off of the high-torque, low-revolution fordhams. I have one of those, too, so they work great together. I use it to drive all sorts of little gravers and chisels through steel or brass. Great little tool. The company is around, I bought some stuff from them about 3 years ago. Good score.
  20. Damn, that is good work! I mean it. I wish I could do leatherwork and carving like that. How did you clean out the fullers? That is the one thing I would suggest for improvement. Maybe make a piece of hard wood with the diameter you want (or the contour, I should have said). Then wrap 100 grit or 200 grit around it and hold the paper tight against it and go at the fullers until they are smooth along their entire length. I made a big variable speed die grinder into a tool for those fullers by hose-claming a guide finger that I can adjust to it. That lets me ride the finger along the spine, and use cutting wheel to do the work. Then, turn the machine way down for the first part of the finishing work. Please don't think I am nit-picking, I love this piece. I am really impressed by it. Just mentioning the fuller thing in case it helps.
  21. well, I like it! I think it has class. good job.
  22. I like the spirit and the outcome of the project. Nice work.
  23. yes, you learn more from the ones that don't go right, it seems. Good work. Let's see how the handle develops... I am looking forward to it!
  24. Gary, thanks you for that detailed response. I always appreciate that you take the time to answer my questions. So, you preform the heads with a lathe, and then just peen them a little with the ball peen once they are in place over the top of the actual through pins. I think that is an ingenius solution. I will have to chuck them up in my drill press or mill to form the ball, but that isn't very much different than a lathe. thank you. great work.
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