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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. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. I love it, Jim. Your work always makes me feel peaceful. That is a lovely turtle.
  10. that is a very cool object. Is it built up from smaller pieces that were brazed together? Neat approach.
  11. I wax micarta. It helps it a bit. Ren wax. I like it for using knives, and a lot of people are really into the material. I prefer wood, with tung oil or a brushed on poly that has been rubbed out with auto polish. aqua fortis on maple is one of my favorites. I love the shape of the knife, though. That is spot on!
  12. yeah, plus, for us, riveting is dead simple. Buy some copper burrs from Tandy. They are just like nails with thick bodies, and the washer come so they slide better one way than the other. oh, and I forgot to say, I like the work. The birch handle and forged blade is a classic. Both seaxes have great lines, and that last one is just wonderful. Nicely done!
  13. I do the same thing on my sheaths, but I use copper rivets. In the leather world, they call them burs. but, they are really just rivets. Look good, solid, and dead easy to make.
  14. Bundle... that's what the sales guy at the company that sells the psych techniques and trainings I created calls a discount provided when someone buys several items from the same person. It used to be called a volume discount. Don't worry, I am not up on sales jargon, and don't want to be. I just hear this so much I started saying it. or typing it.
  15. great story. I think I would have liked Bob. Love the knife. Is there a special bundle rate for a fellow bladesmith who has bought all your books? PM me about it. take care, kc