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Kevin Colwell

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  1. Alan nailed it. I even had a batch of 1075 that did that, and the reason I bought that particular steel had been that it has a low alloy content to begin with (not all 1075, just this batch - it was below spec on manganese so I snatched up a lot of it). anyway, the knife looks good so far. l like the hamon, and the overall shape of the blade. kc
  2. thanks everyone. I am working on a couple of jian and a guan dao now. The last thing is a sort of halberd. I am actually stoked about it. Today I have to get my tire hammer running. I have been doing all of this with Uncle Al's press (I am on the third motor). But I built a tire hammer at a workshop last summer and it has sat in my shop since then. Just anchored it down last month. Today is the day to fire it up (I got more power for the shop so I don't have to run a damn generator all the time). kc
  3. Hello Everyone, Joshua was kind enough to message me and make sure I wasn't dead. I was having a crisis in an economic sense a couple of years ago, and I was thinking of ways to make more money from the knifemaking portion of my professional life. Well, I did and I didn't figure it out. Not knives, anyway. I have paired with Scott Rodell. He designs Chinese swords based upon original examples. Then, he draws me a one-to-one pic for his design. Then, I make it. It is awesome. I send it to him, and he gives me critical feedback (and if needed, I modify the thing). Imagine
  4. Alan, Creative and really striking. I like it a lot! The pommel is cool. Not your fault you have too much style for just one timeline. Glad I stopped in to see this.
  5. Oak is beautiful when stained with Aqua Fortis and then fill the pores with Tung Oil. It is a beautiful combination. Purple/black and brown with gold highlights!
  6. that groove is a place for the knot of the handle wrap to sit. It has a functional purpose, and probably has a specific name, too. great work, though!
  7. that is a beautiful piece of craft. I am truly impressed with the effort and outcome. Please make more, and share the process with us. kc
  8. oh this is going to be a beauty. I am really going to enjoy watching it, too.
  9. Alan, I missed this before. Welcome back!
  10. great work, Gary. I love the whole thing, the knife, the history, the collection... yowza...
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. outstanding. That is great. I am a fan of this sword. Great work.
  14. Gary, i love that sword. really good fit and finish, and great design.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. those are some truly impressive spears. You have a nice ability with that hammer. great work!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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).
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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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