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Kevin Colwell

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  1. Jim, I love that piece. It is awesome to me, and really speaks to my internal biologist.
  2. Joshua - you made me laugh, yes, poplar needs paint. It is a bitch to stain or lacquer.
  3. you have to soak the blade at crazy high heat for about 15 minutes (1900F or so). that will usually put everything back into solution. Then normalize twice or three times to get the grain back down. Finally, especially in this case, do a controlled spheroidizing anneal (1350 for about an hour, then down slowly to 900F over the course of 4 hours). That will put everything nicely distributed and ready for hardening.
  4. Alan nailed it. I even had a batch of 1075 that did that, and the reason I bought that particular steel had been that it has a low alloy content to begin with (not all 1075, just this batch - it was below spec on manganese so I snatched up a lot of it). anyway, the knife looks good so far. l like the hamon, and the overall shape of the blade. kc
  5. thanks everyone. I am working on a couple of jian and a guan dao now. The last thing is a sort of halberd. I am actually stoked about it. Today I have to get my tire hammer running. I have been doing all of this with Uncle Al's press (I am on the third motor). But I built a tire hammer at a workshop last summer and it has sat in my shop since then. Just anchored it down last month. Today is the day to fire it up (I got more power for the shop so I don't have to run a damn generator all the time). kc
  6. Hello Everyone, Joshua was kind enough to message me and make sure I wasn't dead. I was having a crisis in an economic sense a couple of years ago, and I was thinking of ways to make more money from the knifemaking portion of my professional life. Well, I did and I didn't figure it out. Not knives, anyway. I have paired with Scott Rodell. He designs Chinese swords based upon original examples. Then, he draws me a one-to-one pic for his design. Then, I make it. It is awesome. I send it to him, and he gives me critical feedback (and if needed, I modify the thing). Imagine if every Bladesmith could partner with a person who is both a historian and an expert with the use of the things we make. It has been wonderful for me. Of course, I can only make about 3 swords per year. Each one is custom, each one is different. Each is made to the specs of the client (Scott works with them the way Holland and Holland would work with someone if they were making them an over-and-under). Here is the last one. The client named it Winter Moon. It has 400+ layers of 1075 and 15N20 with a W2 center plate in sanmei arrangement. The fittings are nickel silver except the blade collar (tunkou), it is sterling. The wood is simple poplar with a poly stain. DON"T EVERY TRY TO PUT THIS ON POPLAR, get better wood. It took MONTHS to get the scabbard right. Hope y'all like it!
  7. Alan, Creative and really striking. I like it a lot! The pommel is cool. Not your fault you have too much style for just one timeline. Glad I stopped in to see this.
  8. Oak is beautiful when stained with Aqua Fortis and then fill the pores with Tung Oil. It is a beautiful combination. Purple/black and brown with gold highlights!
  9. that groove is a place for the knot of the handle wrap to sit. It has a functional purpose, and probably has a specific name, too. great work, though!
  10. that is a beautiful piece of craft. I am truly impressed with the effort and outcome. Please make more, and share the process with us. kc
  11. oh this is going to be a beauty. I am really going to enjoy watching it, too.
  12. Alan, I missed this before. Welcome back!
  13. great work, Gary. I love the whole thing, the knife, the history, the collection... yowza...
  14. a better grinder does help because it cuts better. People tell you to not blame your tools if things don't come out right. But, your tools do shape (literally) the final product. A good grinder makes a big difference. It did for me, when I switched to a grizzly, and then again when I switched to Uncle Al's. Variable speed is worth it, but it means that you need a lot more horsepower. The vfd seems to take a good bit of power away, I wasn't criticizing your work at all with the picture from Woodcraft. I was just putting it there for reference. The shape of blade you made is a great one. You can make your bevels much more crisp and flat with good files, too. Plus, learning to file is probably the most important thing you can do in terms of working metal and wood.
  15. I like it. I made a friend a blade almost identical to that out of 80CrV2, and he swears it is the best deer skinning/cleaning knife he has ever owned. The quality of heat treatment we can do on carbon steel blows away what most people are used to with factory stainless. I do really think that is a great blade shape. The original Nessmuk was a little pointier, I think. I have a copy of Woodcraft and Camping somewhere (on my computer). I may try to find it.
  16. outstanding. That is great. I am a fan of this sword. Great work.
  17. Gary, i love that sword. really good fit and finish, and great design.
  18. Jim Kelso did a some outstanding presenting, and had some of his work there. The pieces evoked the same peace and calm in person. Jim - I sat next to you and the woman whom I assume to be your significant other (I loved the nickname you had for her but I can't remember it I didn't want to be a bother, and I now regret that I didn't say hello. I also admired your style while some of the audience decided they wanted to ask, and then answer their own questions. Smooth.
  19. Justin - for your first presentation of this sort - it was an AWESOME job. I learned a great deal, and I thought that I had followed both he and Niels Provos as they separately journeyed to making the Wolf's Tooth. This was educational, entertaining, and well done.
  20. those are some truly impressive spears. You have a nice ability with that hammer. great work!
  21. that is an impressive bit of pattern welding. I have never gotten around to the Merovingian pattern, but I do like it a lot. The shape of the blade is nice. It is very complex, for sure. More modern than some of your stuff, but very cool.
  22. busy, busy, busy... you are putting out a lot of good stuff. I like the little knives a lot, too (not just the bush swords). In fact, I think I like the little knives more. Practical and all.
  23. that is a very solid design. I love working knives like this. I have a problem, it that I always put metal bolsters on. However, that is my problem, not yours. The knife has a great look to it, and it should function very well. I presume you nailed the heat treatment. That is the most important part. nice work!
  24. I like the new handle approach. I hope it is met with acceptance from your customer base. I always loved the sockets, too. But, I can see how the handle could be almost as durable, and far more comfortable, with the current approach. The blades just look wicked and almost indestructible (as usual).
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