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Kevin Colwell

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  1. I agree - Barta is one of the best. I would like to reach his level, but oh well. Maybe if he did Chinese swords, I could tie him. The sword you havef made looks great, and the inlay is even better.
  2. Look to see if there is a blacksmith or bladesmith near you. Be nice to them, and tell tem you are trying to build a forge for kniv and maybe swords and tools on the cheap. As them to help you source nd build. Then, do what they suggest (often, there will be a scrap pile handy with many of the things you need). But it ffrom them, and thank them for their valuable time. Maybe help them do whatever they are up to around the shop This will provide a chance to learn some stuff, too. You will learn more by a day with a smith than months reading. If you are ever in CT, I will help you out. kc
  3. Thanks for all of the work on the videos. My son and I like them a lot. You are doing some cool experiments/work. The outcome is seriously-impressive, too.
  4. yeah, I can imagine how the push dagger added an additional issue. Go look closely at the pommel alignment on the drawings of original swords in the pinned post from Peter re: 2 new swords. At least 2 of the pommels are off just a little, but it looks like a lot because of the nature of a double-edged sword and our perceptions. I would enjoy making a dogbone handle, sort of in the same line as a coffin-hilt but maybe just a little harder. I would do most of the work with files and maybe a rasp here and there. This is a great thread. Fun to watch. Thanks for it!
  5. I am in. Although, I will have to stick to engraving by hand. I am eager to learn some from you by watching. kc
  6. love it so far. I am eager to see the development. I think this is a really challenging style to get right, because of all of the symmetry issues. I am enjoying the tongue-in-cheek stuff, too (like the notes on the board).
  7. I like this blade profile and also the pattern. It is a really cool combination. The bars before the edges of Salem's first blade fascinate me. I have never seen anything like them. This is a really nice trick to use as a tool for patterning. I am happy to see you do it, and to learn as we go along. thanks. I learn so much from you. kc
  8. the knives look solid and clean, and the leatherwork is damn good. I am struggling with leatherwork due to low motivation. Still, it must be learned.
  9. damn dude, that is over-the-top, in the best way possible. I am blown away by the pattern welding. You have a good technique that you have figured out, and it worked just right in this blade. Nice job. This is an awesome dagger, and I am glad that you got recognition for it. Nice.
  10. Eric, that is one of the cleanest and most crisply-designed axes I have ever seen. I am really impressed.
  11. Outstanding piece! I love to make messers. They are a great shape, and they are challenging. The hilt is the trick. It is a great deal of fun. Adam, contact me if you want any help close by. I have done several baurnwehrs and messers. Keep us posted!
  12. that knife looks great. You definitely should stay on the forum. You will get set up quickly, if you are like me. it will be an adventure and a challenge.
  13. Gary - I usually dislike the subhilt design, a lot. It looks monstrous to me (like a monkey with two asses). But, this one has a nice look to it, and doesn't look like a machinest on meth tried to make a knife. The curve for the forefinger looks comfortable and elegant. The raised clip is an interesting touch. I want to make a saber with a yelman some day, along the same lines. nice take on this, and looks good.
  14. I would go with 2 pieces wood, and inlet the wood like in the picture Michael showed. Two halves, each inlet into the guard and pushed together from the side. The downward sweeping guard was a stylish thing on baselards, hollbein daggers, and such. The Nazi's ruined it for us for a number of years, by using that style on some of their daggers. I am excited to see this. I love baselards (and I am worth more than a leek, too, even though I don't carry one).
  15. that is a nice series of nitrogenous bases on that knife handle (something I am absolutely certain has never been said before in the whole history of humanity). I just had to. Really interesting idea. Creative as hell, and the handle seems like it would have been technically challenging. One of a kind, for sure. Cool stuff. kc
  16. Karl - I have one sheet of curly oak, and I LOVE it. I am staining it with Aqua Fortis, and doing a grain filling finish with oil like you would with an old English shotgun. It is beautiful stuff, isn't it? The piece I lucked into is 1/8" x 7x24. So, it really only makes slabs. But man, what cool slabs it makes. I pinned some on a knife this morning. I will be done if a few days with it. I love your output. Those are all great. I like the transition Damascus the best, but that is because it is a cool trick. They all look very nice. kc
  17. I like this one a lot. I especially like the blade (of course, we all make great blades...) but the inlay of the dragon adds a tremendous amount to the overall piece. Having carved a number of dragons myself, I am really impressed by the approach you took. This is a sweet demonstration of minimalism in terms of using enough lines to give the impression without over-doing it. I hope that makes sense. When I draw or carve, I tend to provide too many lines and spoil the image. I am pretty sure you know what I mean. The bronze work and the gem, as well as the overall handle shape, are all great.
  18. oh - how hard was the hairpin weld? I have thought of doing those/that for a long time because it is common on Tibetan daos. I have always assumed they built the layers up one hairpin after another. Otherwise, it would be folding a really long bar back on itself. What technique did you and Shane use? What the hell has happened to Michael Pikula, by the way? He was a great dude, and had acquired so much skill in his travels. I hope he comes back to the fold, at least part time like so many of us.
  19. alright! a blast from the past, only better since you are more capable now than you were then. You and this blade have always had a rendezvous as part of fate, there just had to be the proper passage of time until you reached it. You are there, now. How many were in Arthur's war band? (I just finished a Great Courses history of Arthur in reality and in legend/literature, and it was awesome. I am hooked, now I listen to Great Courses on Audible while I drive or do fine work in the shop. You would probably love it). I am really looking forward to this. I was sitting around with many of you at Ashokan when the nascent idea began to jell of you just getting a lot of guys together at your place next time. I have always been cheering you on in this process. So... cheers! This will be awesome. I sometimes visit other internet sites, largely because I can sell things there. As such, I am frequently sifting through work that lacks a soul. This is a short sword that will have a spirit when done. Now you just have to capture the true spirit of the thing (an HS Thompson quote).
  20. I think that is elegant and sophisticated. I made one somewhat similar a couple of years ago. I quite like this.
  21. Rob, I think that may be the coolest thing you have ever made. I love it. Other than the ones from our Mr. Longmire, that is also one of my favorite pipe tomahawks I have seen made in a long time. I am really impressed with how you did this from that crowbar. Good forging, filing, etc. I am serious, I think this is an outstanding piece of work.
  22. He loves to do this to us. Just part of the fun he has. He earned the right, by making 50 for every 1 that I have made. Glad you get Dave's sense of humor. He is a great guy, and probably you would want him on your side in a debate or a fight. As to the dirk, that is nice work. JPH has pattern welding down to a fine art/craft. He keeps tempting us with promises of another book (most of us got into this somewhat because of his books, but those happened a while ago. We keep hoping for another). JPH - that is lovely, in a barbaric sort of way. The feature on the guard is a great touch, I don't remember seeing you use that shape before (which may just mean that I don't remember it ). The fuller and complex grinds really elevate this one. I could barely make a little full tang hunting knife in the amount of time it took you to make that. I guess I could if I did a forge or machine finish, but I have obsessions, and I can't do those. Anyway, always happy to see your work. You have been a guiding light so to speak for a lot of us, for an ever-increasing amount of time. Keep at it!
  23. Peter - great stuff. I have to try and make a sheath like that some time. It just seems like an appealing process to try. Composite materials at their best. The pommel on that first sword was really sweet, with the double-vesical form (don't know if there is another name for this shape in 3D. Very fine work. I think that the file refinement of the guard was my favorite, though. This is because those sorts of tasks, sculpting with files, are my favorite. Files lead to contemplation and joy at the creation of the work. Belt grinders just lead to a cough and a headache. Thanks for sharing.
  24. Ben - busy as usual. I wish I could somehow make it. I have heard good stuff about that show. I love the clipped point bowie with the copper menuki! That is a great accent to the black. Good stuff, all around.
  25. the hole-in-the-fuller technique was done in Turkish and Chinese sabers, too. I don't have any pics handy, but they did it. Fewer and larger, with less intricate patterns than the Renaissance rapier masters. Those guys were even more nuts than we are, actually (or they had good patrons).
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