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Kevin (The Professor)

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. I think that is elegant and sophisticated. I made one somewhat similar a couple of years ago. I quite like this.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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).
  15. Dave - good to see your work again. I like the lines a lot. Pretty radical fuller. The bolster is my favorite part, though.
  16. that is a great idea. I like the original and your interpretation. Please don't take this as critical, but I would like to see the sides of the handle (the wood and the steel) sanded to 400 or 600 grit with the scratches running lengthwise. It would be a little tight in the curves, and you would need a hard backer for the paper when sanding, but it would bring this dagger to a higher level. I really like the work you have done here. I am not criticizing at all. I am just letting you know this in case you want to try it. It could help. People shared this info with me, and I am passing it on to you. thanks for sharing.
  17. what they all said! that is one fine knife. The shape of the guard is unique and cool. I love the way the blade looks. the blackening, too!
  18. I missed this one. That is a really nice knife. I love the details you have put in it.
  19. good to see you getting your hand back in. that guard is really sweet. I like the handle pins, too. Very cool stuff.
  20. that is one fine dagger. all of the components are just right. The time you spend getting the handle dialed in will be worth it. great work kd
  21. That was a failed attempt at a naginata from a few years ago. I often have some pretty cool scrap stuff laying around that failed for some reason. Ricky has made some beautiful stuff by taking failed swords from me and reworking them into bowies and tantos. Adam, thanks a lot for taking and posting all of the pics. It was an HONOR and a PLEASURE to host this event. These guys are great.
  22. I forgot to add that I think this looks like a great filet knife. I thought that was implied, but I needed to say it. Nice work, as always. I have been a fan of your work since I first started seeing it on here, and you have taken time to explain a whole array of things to me. Thanks.
  23. beautiful addition to the series. Looks right, given the previous stylings. That pommel is an original, and bad ass, too. I like the profile, the s-guard, and the whole package. Great knife.
  24. those are both well made (at least they look it). I think that is pretty good smithing. Thanks for sharing.
  25. Jon Cook, I am making a set of "working knives" right now. 2 wharncliffes and a simple clip point. micarta handles. At a deeper level, I have a great friend, among my very best, who is just finishing his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psy. In a previous lifetime, he was in Special Forces, and he is also a smith. So, I am working with him to create a few knives that are actually likely to be usable and sturdy under a variety of field conditions. He at least knows what one needs for various applications that I don't. We aren't going to go nuts with it, but come up with a few designs that actually have shapes that work, good heat treatment, etc. We will fall far short of, "cool." But, so what. A former farm boy/rancher type and a former soldier who are both Ph.D.'s and both smiths putting their heads together to make good knives. That's the idea.
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