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Kevin Colwell

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  1. Congratulations on the Magnum Opus, my friend! We need a big pic of the polished blade! That is a hell of an achievement. Sell it to an Arab prince or something. Then make another
  2. thanks for sharing. This is an awesome build (3 years or 10 years or whatever). Files... files are, "where it's at." I love them, and I am always wishing that I could get by with forging, soldering/brazing, and filing. You and I are alike in the love of files, and in the fact that pictures help to reveal things that would otherwise be missed. I will always look at pics before I consider a piece finished. The one time I did not, I had the pommel of a sword misaligned. Damn it. So, pics before shipping. The people here are great, and so is your work!
  3. I have emailed Michael a few times. He seems a great guy (everyone warned me to avoid politics with him...). But, I really enjoyed talking sword history with him. I went through a cable period I call my, "Michael Bell," years. Honestly, I would love to work with him for a class like that.
  4. I just love that knife. Longmire will know the name, probably (if there is an actual name for it that is English, anyway). great work.
  5. Mattew, I will take you up on that. I figured you used templates. I have a hammer handpiece from magnagraver but I need to get the sharpening just right. Thanks. I will probably buy the templates and set up a drill press with an arbor and lap or just see if I can use them with stones.
  6. I like it! As the others said, the aging added a lot to the overall appearance. Very good work.
  7. off and running. I am happy that you are documenting this for us to see. More!
  8. awesome work, Matthew. Just flippin' awesome. i want to get your help - I need help learning to sharpen gravers and chisels. i am pretty good, but my work would really benefit if I develop this skill some more. killer inlay
  9. That is a very attractive blade. I have done the sanmei to stretch steel from old projects myself. Great trick. Hope the teacher likes the knife.
  10. that is awesome. I love the effect a good photog can have on your work (if the work is really up to scratch in the first place). Makes you feel good, doesn't it? congratulations.
  11. that is a lovely little knife. I think it came out great. I sort of liked the handle with the facets, before rounding. That would be another good take on this. glad to see you back.
  12. Steven, stain it with aqua fortis and then hit it with a low flame to get it to turn golden brown. Just get ferric nitrate crystals and dissolve them in water until the solution is saturated, and wipe that onto the wood just before you whisker it when sanding. Then, hit with a small propane torch, and finally fill the grain with tung oil. It takes a long time to fill the grain. After the grain is full put 2 or 3 more coats. I will explain more if you want, but you probably already know. Look on youtube for grain-filling oil finish. kc
  13. yep, each of those pins were peened on it. It lives in a little dead space on my workbench, just at the edge of the area I do all my hand work.
  14. Give me your address, Jerrod, I will send you the clip point. I still owe you for the anvil. kc
  15. thanks Noah. You know that I fought against leatherwork, so those are like sheaths 9-13 for me. kc
  16. Joshua, thanks for the info. I am also glad that you like the knives. It is fun to do simple ones sometimes. Thanks for taking the time to try and help me learn leatherwork. I need it, and appreciate it. The thing is, I did all those things on the sheaths. The reason you don't see the groove is because the sheaths are double-stitched. So, there are no gaps between holes that aren't filled with thread. Except, I just used a regular drill bit to drill the holes. Ricky - I made that blade years ago, and I have used that knife myself. I didn't want to sell it for a long time. I like it a lot. thanks. Yes, you saw three of these in process. Same ones.
  17. these are the first two knives I have ever made with micarta handles. I never use it because I usually make swords. But, I already had someone order 2 of the clip point only with a shorter blade. So... I guess people like them.
  18. Hello Everyone, I here are some knives I made for a break between swords. They are 80CrV2, except for the pattern welded one. It is 1075, W2, and just 2 layers of 15N20. These are meant for serious use, and are made accordingly. The wharncliffes are 3" (micarta) and 3.2" (curly oak stained with aqua fortis). That curly oak is just plain awesome. I have enough of this to make scale for 5 more knives, at least. I love it. The clip point is 5" (blade), and has green micarta. The puukko-like knife has curly oak also stained with AF, but from a different tree. It is also beautiful, but a little less gold and purple/black and more brown. AF on oak usually gives both of these colors (gold, and purple/black). It is a great trick, and curly oak is not that expensive.
  19. yeah, I made a Viking-style sword and a pweld langseax with a forge just like the one you have, and then I upgraded. Next forge was small but better, but I put too much insulation and refractory in it, so it did not heat properly. Finally, I bought the Chlli forge, and it almost scared me the first time I ran it full out.
  20. owen, that is a beautiful piece of steel. It really shows the elegance of pattern welding within a vicious form. Just great.
  21. yeah, I think thin is best for weapons. I am NOT an axe expert (axpert?). never made one, but you make it look pretty easy. Did you make or buy your punches and drift? I am honestly impressed. Good work There is such a huge variety of things you can do from here. Thanks for sharing so much of the process. I need to make a camp axe/hatchet for me and the Boy Scouts. thanks
  22. Salem, I wish you lived in my neighborhood. Not just so I could borrow your surface grinder, either (but I would borrow your surface grinder - I use a face mill to do the same setup step ). The hollow grinding you have done on a few of the last things you showed us has been very impressive. This may seem odd, but I haven't hollow ground much, ever. I did a Viking-style sword blade way back when, and I never showed it to anyone because I was too new. However, it was later cut up and turned into several knives by my friend Ricky. You are doing some outstanding work, my friend. Stylish and technically solid. That's the goal, right? You have been really turning out some quality stuff. (I have a commission for a horse's tooth dao with nickel silver fittings I am beginning in a couple of weeks, so I will finally be able to show some nice stuff of my own soon. Finally!). Come to Ashokan some year and meet the gang on this coast. It is tax deductible! kc
  23. Peter, I love this thread. I have taken the leap and began doing leatherwork for simple knives. I have to start somewhere. It is indeed an entirely new area to learn after metal and wood. However, it is relaxing and I can be contemplative while I do it (or listen to Great Courses histories, I am hooked). I may try your swivel-knife derivative. The modern design that you hold with the rocker on top is alien to me. A pen-knife approach may work better. I have to test things out. Off to make some sheaths. These swords are outstanding. The use of acanthus leaf motifs lately has been a nice thing to watch. I have been practicing them due to the Chinese use of that same pattern. take care...
  24. I love the knife. thanks for showing the guard and fasteners. This is a great project.
  25. yes, those are a couple of new ones for me (leatherwork is something that I have essentially no skill with. Working on it... The dye really made it all come together, too. Great work. Thanks for sharing. kc
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