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Kevin Colwell

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  1. oh this is going to be a beauty. I am really going to enjoy watching it, too.
  2. Alan, I missed this before. Welcome back!
  3. great work, Gary. I love the whole thing, the knife, the history, the collection... yowza...
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. outstanding. That is great. I am a fan of this sword. Great work.
  7. Gary, i love that sword. really good fit and finish, and great design.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. those are some truly impressive spears. You have a nice ability with that hammer. great work!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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).
  15. It looks a little like the gem I bought off of you a couple of months ago. I just love the pattern welding. You are the master at that, by far. It does look a little like a yataghan. Shasqua or however you spell it, they came from thin machete-type things, so this is thicker than they are (I am betting). nice one.
  16. I like it! It has a pirate-esque look to it. That knuckle bow and guard being integral may be the first I have ever seen like it. Very cool. This was a pretty complex piece.
  17. thanks for the detailed answer. I guess that most of the time, a shield is just carried, and weight and fashion mattered a great deal. cool effort.
  18. Wes, in time you will come to love that piece. It is worth the work. I have a couple like that. Fought me every step of the way, had to do everything (everything) at least twice, etc. That is beautiful, though. Elegant, clean, smooth. I really like it. Especially after seeing some of the bastard monstrosities that people call tantos these days (if you dare, look at other fora, it will be educational... like seeing a train wreck or a five-assed monkey). great! kc
  19. you said it was ok to ask question... So, what are enarmes? Wood and linen? Wood linen and leather? What will the final construction be?
  20. I agree with above post - the handle on the first one is quite beautiful. That is an impressive bit of adornment, and it is not, "too much." The brass/bronze and rivets on the butt cap are really nice. The steel looks good, too. On the second one, the pommel is a little too big. It if was a lot smaller, it would look better (and as you noted, balance better). The grey iron looks nice. I don't know if you could have gotten a similar effect with mild steel, maybe? Oh well, it is still a very nice seax. Thanks for showing them and sharing the information.
  21. pattern welding and copper are two of my very favorite things. You made an elegant knife with this effort. The customer will be duly impressed. I really like this one. I like most everything you make, actually. But, this one is in your Top 10 so to speak.
  22. I think that is cute as hell! I love the details, and especially the butt cap and peen block. This is a wonderful little knife for a princess.
  23. nice knife. The steel looks flawless. I like the ricasso to have a little more drop down to the cutting edge, just as a style thing. Although I also make perfectly straight knives, often without a ricasso of any sort. I just mean that when there is a ricasso and a choil, that I personally prefer for there to be more of a pronounced curve. Don't think I am criticizing your knife, though. I like it, and it appears well and carefully made. I made a couple of very similar shape about 3 years ago. It is always challenging to know when to copy other styles versus when to stand on your own design. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and the sheath looks great, too.
  24. Interesting material. I LOVE the knife I bought from you. I imagined it was smaller, a great deal smaller, than it actually was. I was pleasantly surprised.
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