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  1. Correct me if I'm wrong, did you get such fullers by employing a 2.5 inches (i.e. 5 cm diameter) wheel? How could you obtain such narrow fullers with such a whee? BTW, congrats for the piece
  2. As a beginner for this kind of knife I would like to hear advice about the best bevel shape and subsequent sharpening technique for a big bowie meant to do boy scout work in the woods. The steel shall be spring steel treate to martensitic and with a Rockwell hardness in the 57/58 range for good elasticity. Thanks in advance
  3. You can use tang's length as module, then you can multiply it by 1.618 to obtain longer stuff (eg a sword cross) or multiply it for 0.618 for stuff shorter than the tang (eg a knife cross). To obtain the blade length you can multiply the tang lenght by 1.618 more than one time, several time to obtain a sword blade length. I have found the golden mean principle in a sword discussed at myarmoury.com, the ljubianitza sword, topic by Blaz berlec, sorry I can't find a link to my post with the diagram I made
  4. Thnak you all, what i had in mind but I wanted a check from the land of bowies ...
  5. Which is the best bowie knife edge shape? I was thinking of a convex grind for outdoor purpose. Steel should be high quality spring steel heat treated to 55 - 58 HRC. Still for my didactic course on bladesmithing. My usual area is medieval stuff so i must ask for modern knives.
  6. Indeed I'm working with a premiere heat treatment facility, they have already advised me for sword steels, for knives I'm waiting their advice. However I wanted to hear the opinion of the primary makers of bowie knives, the americans. What is especially important is the ease of finding the steel from many places in the italian territory. 5160 should be easily available and easily forgeable, with respect to others, like the Boehler k720 some advanced smiths use here (it is a bit red short)
  7. Thank you Peter, my goal is a very big bowie, to be used in the woods for chopping etc. A sort of aggressive knife for hunters. Also forgeability is another goal, in fact I had already thought of 5160, which is attainable in Italy as well. My pupils should learn knifemaking by makingthis bowie too. Hope this clarifies furtehrly. Tx again
  8. I want to forge a bowie for a didactic course on knifemaking. What would be the best steel in your opinion? Edge retention would be a must, chipping resistance also. I could work in team with a professional heat treatment facility, which has its own ideas. But they are asking me what would be the best characteristic of a bowie knife, for which american smiths would be perfect advisors .. Thank you
  9. Dear friends, I want to make a ring for my fiancee so I'm looking for tips and suggestions on how to realize it. I have read something about mokume, this is intriguing me, also pattern welding is intriguing as well, or possibly a mixed technique. I would like to receive if possible tips and suggestions about what technique I could use in order to create a fanciful ring to present her with. Another option is to buy it ... but I'm a smith. I have a good sixty kilos power hammer and a god set of blacksmithing tools, also precision drills and a good friend with plenty of lathe machines, a milling cutter, plenty of files etc.
  10. Really interesting Ariel. you know how to make happy the other half of the sky ..... assuming that your pendants are for female customers
  11. Pugio Karoli americanis. Sounds good madness. From king to pioneer ... well after all franks were wanderers as well.
  12. A nice dig of beautiful pieces, God knows who the smith was . The last one is the most difficult to make but the penultimate lower one is the most fascinating to me. Well, that ancient smith would be very proud of he could hear our comments.
  13. Many thanks. Look at what i have just found ... http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl.ethos.494985
  14. GBC

    Bark scales

    For the ones that cannot get it, direct link http://marcodifrancesco.altervista.org/filmati/M.D.F.%20Bark%20Scales.avi It is an AVI file so check your computer settings for opening such avi files. USe vlc from videolan.org if your computer doesn't open it, it is a free and open source video player. Put the above url directly into the vlc's "open network stream" window if necessary NAturally a comment Marco che poeta! What a poet you are. Even the heated metal looks like a planet (ok I did it with an orange around 1982, with strong light coming from behind, but no baroque music).
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