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  1. nsantella

    Tailors knife? Knife ID question.

    I am trying to ID this type of knife based on a sketch. I was told that it represents an antique knife used by tailors, but that could very well be completely wrong. The blade is hinged so that it opens when the loop shaped thing on the end is pulled. Didnt come up with anything using basic keywords or image searching. Without the description I would have guessed it it was a cheap keychain knife, but I cant find one of those that looks like this either. If anyone can help with what this is properly called, or point me at a good picture of one that would be great. Im trying to find one for sale, or enough information to try reproducing it. Thanks!
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    Simple Integral - First Hamon

    Thanks for the kind words. This was my second try (the first turned out to be lower carbon steel than I thought and wouldn't harden fully in oil or brine) and getting everything straight and symmetric on both the knife and scales was kind of fiddly. It is a pretty simple design, I guess that does not necessarily mean easy to do. Overall I was happy with it, just wished my engraving was a little less "rustic". Fun thing about this forum is that we all have to keep ratcheting up our standards with each new post from great artists and crafts people! I just try and tag along when the inspiration strikes me.
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    Simple Integral - First Hamon

    Though its simple, I was exited about this since it is my first successful attempt at differential hardening and my first actual commission. Its a basic integral with some kind of purple-red tropical hardwood scales and nickle silver pins. The custom part was engraving the bolster with an anniversary date in roman numerals and tooling for the sheath. I also extracted the filings from the handle scales in alcohol and used it to dye the sheath which seemed to work well. Steel was an old cold chisel quenched in oil with some high temperature pipe insulation cement for the spine. I only took it up to 400 as I was figuring on it getting used and cleaned with a scotchbright pad. Etched in vinegar to bring the line out a little. Also chose to leave in some flaws from sloppy forging rather than grind thinner. Of course I failed to take some decent pictures before it left. Hammer engraving the bolster was the hardest part and came out barely tolerable. I did the layout electronically and glued the paper to the bolster which did not work very neatly, should have tried some king of solvent transfer. Even unhardened the steel took the edge off my home made engravers in single cut though they work ok on mild steel. Wound up hammering on a commercial push engraver. Would appreciate any critique. Thanks for looking!
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    15th Century Spanish Espada

    Have to applaud the complexity and ambition of this piece! I remember when "El Cid" swords were about all there was commercially available. If you wanted any critique, I also struggle with layout of lettering and getting nice clean edges on pierced work, but having those details close to perfect makes a big difference. Laying out text electronically then transferring it helps for me, but I guess the rest is practice and time. Great work and dedication!
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    Damascus Dagger

    Nice look and overall package! It looks like the sheath has a steel stud that locks into a frog, would you mind describing how the stud is attached without a metal locket?
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    Glaive, Basilard and Ka-bar

    Thanks Gerhard. Il have to try that steel with oil again, haven't used it in a while.
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    Glaive, Basilard and Ka-bar

    Thanks for the interest and the comments! With the basilard most of them seem to have a dagger style blade but I have seen some pictures of Italian ones that are single edged with that kitchen knife profile, some with a fuller. That was what I was going for, though I didn't get the shape quite right and should have started from thicker stock. On the ka-bar I was trying to push it as small as possible and still look a little like a ka-bar. Although I wanted a traditional color scheme I wasn't that happy with the way the maple came out, the figure got lost in the texturing. But my current knife project should have blued fittings and a ridged blackwood handle when its done! I should also note I followed the instructions on color case hardening from this forum and it worked first try. Gerhard do you have any idea what those flat springs are made of? I have a big stack of them in all sorts of sizes from about a half inch to over an inch wide, they were my cut from an adventure which involved camping out in a moving van parked in front of an Audi/VW repair shop in the Bronx quite a few years ago. Iv used them for small knifes and tools and they seem like they are water hardening? Thanks again.
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    Glaive, Basilard and Ka-bar

    Thought Id post some recent work. None of its as polished as it should be, but hope its a little unique and of interest to someone. Thanks for checking it out. Here is a close up of my attempt at a glaive which was for Forged in Fire. It was made from iron pipe, a truck leaf spring and VW flat torsion springs for the langets. My only major regret is not having time to try any etching on it, Id also like to try a big integral socket sometime, just not under that kind of pressure. Next a basilard for medieval reenactment. I experimented with home made plywood from oak veneer for the sheath and handle and my wife card wove a nifty belt for it. Its a medium carbon lawnmower blade that had to be water quenched. I should have lined the sheath as you can see by the wear on the bluing of the blade. Lastly my own version of a ka-bar. It took a little longer than six hours... Its EDC sized with a 3 inch blade from truck leaf spring rust blued, color case hardened wrought iron fittings and a figured maple handle. I used anilin dye, wish I had tried acid dyeing the handle. Leather sheath is decorated with the snake which is the symbol of the town of Itri, Italy its dyed to match the handle.
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    Knapped style dagger with figurative hilt

    Yes it is a little brass turtle set into the palm of her hand. It was a compact pose that seemed like it worked for a handle. Then thought she should be looking at something in her hand and it was intended as a gift for a friend who has a thing for turtles so was an obvious choice.
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    Knapped style dagger with figurative hilt

    Real knapping takes some skill. When Iv tried all I have created is broken rocks. I did try and make the imitation flake patterns realistic here and those failures in real knapping might have helped.
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    First Pattern Welded Knife with D-Guard

    I really like the overall look, Im working on a D guard myself. While you didnt ask Il offer a personal opinion that slimming down the handle a little, particularly near the blade, might balance the proportions better. Dont recall seeing a viking style core on a bowie before, neat.
  12. Just finished up something a little different which was directly inspired by this forum. Back quite a few years when some nice examples of knapped style blades were first appearing here I thought Id try one. It sat around waiting for a hilt, then the idea I came up with was a little too ambitious for my carving ability. It ended up a little more “rustic” than I first imagined but overall I am pretty happy with it. I also need to admit I had my brother, who is an experienced figurative wood carver, do the eyes which are tricky. Thanks to everyone who posts more often than I do for all the inspiration! Steel, bone, cherry and brass with a cherry bark sheath.
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    Seven King Sword

    Very nice style on the individual panels and the overall look!
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    Roundel, Sax and Bill

    Thanks for the interest! The roundel dagger hilt is in three pieces. Two disks and a thick walled piece of pipe which was flared in the forge, turned on a lathe and then fluted by hand. Im ashamed to admit I then filled the handle with hot glue before piening the tang. The sax does have a flat grind all the way across, the line is just the transition to the wrought iron wrap. I made the bill for a show but intend to use it in the garden which is why I wanted a short haft. The rams head was an attempt to dress it up a bit, semi copied from an Indian dagger hilt.
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    Roundel, Sax and Bill

    Here were a few (relatively) recently completed pieces I just got around to takeing pictures of. Hope they are of some interest. 1050/bandsaw blade pattern welded roundel dagger with stainless steel hilt A wrought iron backed sax with carved cherry handle. And a socketed bill hook with a carved cherry handle, I wish I had taken some process shots as I looked around for some here and didnt see any.
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