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Kevin Colwell

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Give me your address, Jerrod, I will send you the clip point. I still owe you for the anvil. kc
  5. thanks Noah. You know that I fought against leatherwork, so those are like sheaths 9-13 for me. kc
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. owen, that is a beautiful piece of steel. It really shows the elegance of pattern welding within a vicious form. Just great.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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...
  14. I love the knife. thanks for showing the guard and fasteners. This is a great project.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. I am in. Although, I will have to stick to engraving by hand. I am eager to learn some from you by watching. kc
  21. 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).
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Eric, that is one of the cleanest and most crisply-designed axes I have ever seen. I am really impressed.
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