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  1. Yes I did get one of his videos. I have to take it out to my father's to watch it though. I only have a dvd player. It is VHS. I can't wait to see it though. I also can't wait to go to Batson's Blade Symposium. I know Chuck will be there. IF he Emails me back today or tomorrow, I may be driving back down there this weekend again to pick up another item. It all depends. Anyway, I just picked up a 100lb propane tank for my forge and now I need to order my forge so I am gonna do that now.
  2. Well Tate let me tell ya, It was a real treat to actually be there. I hope you get to feeling better and get to pick up your anvil soon. I myself have been under the weather and it is a big PITA. I do think you will enjoy your anvil greatly. I had initially thought that Chuck wasn't making these anymore when I had stumbled upon them or I would have ordered one last summer. I was overjoyed when I found out that he was still making them and I managed to get the last double billet one. I am saddened though that many future bladesmiths will not have the chance to purchase one these wonderful anvils. Maybe we will all get lucky and Chuck will find a new source of stock for these anvils and start making them again. By the way, I only got one side hardened, I turned the non hardened side up and tried to bounce a ball bearing off of it. I bounced about maybe a half inch dropped from about 12 inches. I then turned it back over and bounced the ball bearing off of the hardened side and it bounced about 90% back up to where I dropped it. So getting a face hardened anvil as opposed to just a chunk of metal for an anvil makes a big difference on the rebound.
  3. I posted pics in this topic here. Enjoy! http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?sh...=40#entry114711
  4. Sorry about the small pics. The actual sizes are about 4MB in size so I uploaded them to photobucket and linked them. I will try to shrink them down a little and get some good pics on here. OK edit done. Disregard this post.
  5. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to drive down to Picayune and meet Chuck personally. He is IMHO one cool dude. He has a very unique shop. I was gonna post pics, but my wife failed to get any good pics of his shop. She was busy taking pics of his yard and his flowers. LOL I do have some pics from the visit though. I was also lucky enough to be the last person to get a double billet anvil. I also purchased a bladesmithing hammer from Chuck also. He not only made me a bladesmithing hammer but was also generous enough to make me another hammer as well. I am just going to assume that it was an anniversary present. We went down there on Valentine's weekend. I got married on Valentine's Day. Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know what great guy Chuck is. It was really great to be able to see where all of the anvil making goodness went on at and to be able to pick his brain about a great many things. He is a really unique character and one of the nicest men I have ever been fortunate enough to meet. The rebound on my anvil is ridiculous. It is like 90%. I don't have my shop set up yet so it is in my front room. I enjoy stopping by the anvil and bouncing a ball bearing off of it all the time. I can't wait to actually use it. My hammers Chuck and I Pics of my Anvil Whose 90 lbrs are these I wonder. Ok I edited this post. Lets see if it works.
  6. I drove down to Picayune MS and met Chuck Robinson and picked up my anvil and hammer. He suggested going to this event in April. I will be there if I can afford it. I am still trying to get my shop set up.
  7. Sorry I haven't posted anything at all lately. Had an ice storm, just got internet back today. It is coming along nicely. I would complain to my wife that I wanted to watch the progress on this sword on a daily basis. Sorry to hear that it is on the back burner. I will keep an eye out for the new posts though. I think I just may use your idea with the plane. I already have one that I don't use anyway.
  8. I am sorry to hear about the dreaded ping. That is some really nice sori. You know what to do differently next time and that in itself is worth the price. I am glad you will still be able to salvage the blade though. I bet it is gonna turn out really nice. I do hope that you post your progress on your next one. It is very informative and educational, not to mention interesting. We out here appreciate the extra time that you take to share your work with us. So are you going to keep working on this one or start on a new one for your customer now? Best of luck to you.
  9. Wow! I have always admired your work, but this newest piece is awesome. I myself had just intended on forging certain sword types, but after seeing this newest piece of yours I think I am gonna have to try viking stuff as well. I myself am gonna use lost wax casting to hopefully make some nice fittings also. I feel so inspired right now and I can't act on it just yet. Well gonna spend some quality time with my drafting pad coming up with some new ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!!!! You are truly a master of your craft.
  10. Wow! Thanks Cris. I really appreciate you taking the time for that. It has gone a long way to helping me understand your geometry. I also would have to agree that it is going to be a very good cutter. I am gonna copy and paste the pic for reference in the future. Now if I just had a comparison pic of say 20 different blade geometries that I could choose from when forging I would be set. I do suppose I will probably draw up quite a few pics for reference in the future. When I get them done I will share them. I love reference pics they help me visualize things a lot easier. Hmm, I will still have to decide on the 1" or 1 1/2". Oh heck I think I will order both and find out what size I need the old fashioned way. By just doing it. Keep up the great work.
  11. Hey Cris, I noticed that you you started with 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 60" Bar stock. What is your opinion on 1/4" x 1" x 60" Bar stock? I was planning on ordering that size until I re-read what you are using. Since I have no real experience with these matters I was wanting your opinion on this. Could I still forge a good blade with the smaller stock? I would like to know if you would recommend the size you are using or if you just wanted a somewhat beefy blade. Oh, and if you get the chance could possibly post a diagram of the profile of your blade as compared to the Cheness SGC and the geometry of a regular blade. It would be most helpful to me. on the Cheness site they show the difference between the regular geometry and the SGC cutter and I would much like to compare the differences of your katana and the other 2 blade profiles. But if it is going to be a pain for you don't worry about it. I was just curious. I am just having a difficult time visualizing the differences. Anyway, thanks for sharing and keep up the good work. It is looking really nice.
  12. Oh man, I myself am very sentimental. I would never sell my first katana, but that is just me. This is going to be a hobby for me. But hey Congrats on selling your work. I might possibly sell some of my work if it starts piling up on me and people like it, but not my first one. But, it is the journey and what we learn from it that counts, not the destination. I can not tell by just looking but is the geometry of your blade wide and flat like the Cheness SGC cutters? I am not sure if you are familiar with them or not but I was just wondering. And I am in no way comparing your blade to theirs. I was just curious about the geometry of the blade. Keep up the good work though and the pics. They are very informative and inspirational. Thank You!
  13. Bennett, That was a very interesting link. Now I am fascinated with finding out how to do that. That is so awesome! It does say that you can contact the lady that grows them rubies for more info on how they do it and the recipe. I just may do that myself very interesting to say the least. But you would have to have a kick butt electric kiln to do that. 2340 deg. F! That is hot!!!
  14. That is looking very nice. Keep up the good work. There is a lot of good info on how you do things. Thank you for sharing. I myself am planning on forging a me a sen first thing and use it instead of draw filing. But that is some nice work. Are you planning on finishing this up yourself with some tsukamaki and koshirae. Can't wait to see the finished blade.
  15. Ooooooh, Aaaaaaah, that is looking real nice. If you don't mind I am curious as to what the weight of the blade is now, and what weight you might be trying to shoot for. It looks very nice so far though. Don't forget to include pics of the baseball bat and 2" x 4" technique that you are going to use. I think I would learn a lot from that. I have heard about it, but have never seen it. Keep up the good work. And for what its worth my 4 year old daughter thinks its pretty.
  16. Nice! I can't wait to go pick mine up. I have looked and looked and for the money you just can't beat this anvil. Too bad he isn't gonna be making many more.
  17. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing! I am also fascinated with other styles of blades other than the norm. I do intend to research quite a few and even maybe forge some out. Beautiful blade and scabbard.
  18. Well, Thanks for the videos! I observed very closely. I see you made nice progress! I am excited to see what happens next! This is worse than being addicted to soaps. I think that your blade is going to turn out very nice IMHO. Again, thanks for sharing and know that we are all enjoying your pics and info of your progress. Keep the videos coming if at all possible. Oh and there is no such thing as sharing too much information. I sometimes find myself learning new minor things just by reading the forums and paying attention. Keep up the great work. Will
  19. Well, my opinion isn't worth much. ( I haven't forged yet, still setting up my forge. ) But it looks nice to me. That is how I was planning on doing my blades. Wet forging with flat bar stock. But thanks for all the pics. Keep up the good work and keep us updated OK. You have a new fan.
  20. Uhm, I haven't had cable for years so I would like to know what show you all are referring to The link just led me to the website to buy stuff and I didnt happen to see anything like what you all are talking about. I would like to know the name of the show so I can look it up and see if I want to buy it on dvd or not. Sorry if I seem deprived but after being forced to live without cable for a while it becomes non important to have it. Besides have you seen the stupid crap that gets pumped at you all the time? over 100 channels and only a few that I would actually waste my time watching. I'd rather be doing something constructive myself. Sorry for ranting.
  21. Well, Congrats!!!! Wow! I held a 9lb just born. They plopped him in my hands and I was like whoa, heavy baby. The miracle of birth is a wonderful thing! I hope you enjoy every moment of fatherhood.
  22. That looks great! I am patiently waiting my turn at that. Beautiful hamon though. Nice work. As said before neato!! I'd like to see the finished product.
  23. Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! If things go well today I am gonna be sending my deposit to Chuck today. I have been looking at these and drooling since summer. I know I may seem a little over excited, but I find that the more excited you let yourself get about things in life the more alive you feel, or at least I do anyway. Thanks Chuck! Now I wont have to forge my blades on a non hard face chunk of metal.
  24. That is one very nice piece of creativity there. I can only aspire to eventually be that experienced and gifted.
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