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Kevin (The Professor)

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    Family (Wife and stepson) reading, Psychology, law, public policy (teaching people to get along, take care of one-another, and not destroy the planet in the process). Bladesmithing, Outdoors stuff of all types, esp. camping and ecology, exercise, cooking. Dogs and Cats.

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  1. Nessmuk-ish skinner

    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.
  2. Nessmuk-ish skinner

    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.
  3. Type XVI

    outstanding. That is great. I am a fan of this sword. Great work.
  4. Hunting Sword--Pro Photo

    Gary, i love that sword. really good fit and finish, and great design.
  5. Ashokan 2017

    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.
  6. Ashokan 2017

    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.
  7. Dymarki Świętokrzyskie 2017 in Nowa Słupia,Poland.

    those are some truly impressive spears. You have a nice ability with that hammer. great work!
  8. WIP--A Bowie from Concept to Completion

    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.
  9. Mean Little Sucker tanto, bushcraft knife, and carry pics

    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.
  10. Full tang skinner

    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!
  11. My first real sword! Type XVa longsword complete

  12. Thark bush swords

    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).
  13. Dunno What to Call This

    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.
  14. 18th century civilian hanger

    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.
  15. Shield Making

    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.
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