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nsantella

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  1. I think thats a cool design! I have not done one like that, but I would be nervous about loosing the blade unless there was a mechanical retention, maybe a brass push button built into the sheath? Perhaps the lanyard loop could be something in brass to match the butt cap? Or some organic looking ridge across both the handle and sheath incorporating the lanyard hole to go with the seed idea?
  2. Here was another odd ball project Iv partially finished up. I inherited a celtic leaf shaped blade roughed out from a leaf spring with a plasma cutter from a friend who was moving a while back. I forged it out to adjust the proportions and rough ground and heat treated it with a pretty minimal setup. It took a few kinks in hardening which mostly came out after clamping in the second temper. It just barely fit diagonally in my kitchen oven. I ground the convex fuller in with an angle grinder mostly after heat treating. The handle was carved in yew sap wood for the scales and heart wood for the
  3. Thanks for the positive response? Here is a not buried in the snow shot that gives a better idea of the proportions of the blade and handle. I had wanted to do some piercings in the fans but didnt come up with a design I liked...
  4. I also like that low layer look and overall shape of the blade! Take it with a grain of salt since I have small hands and a probably excessive tendency toward stumpy handles, but if it was me I would cut off the knob at the end of the handle. Not sure how it would affect the feel, but think it would improve the look of the handle/blade proportions. Sheath is nicely done too.
  5. Finished this up a little while ago and thought it was worth showing. It started with half a broken chain hook which wanted to be a knife, but since a test chunk wouldn't harden it became a rather large guard instead. The end result is funky late medieval falchion - bowie hybrid which overall I was pretty happy with. Handle is blackwood and the sheath is laminated lacewood veneer dyed black, I got that idea here. The fittings and sheath were pretty time consuming, I almost wish I had put them on a sword. Interestingly everything on the knife is second hand materials, even the blackwood was sa
  6. 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 on
  7. 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 s
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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?
  11. Thanks Gerhard. Il have to try that steel with oil again, haven't used it in a while.
  12. 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 curr
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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 inspi
  18. Very nice style on the individual panels and the overall look!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. So I have not had time to do much with the wrought iron I picked up a while ago pictured in the post below. Id like to move some of it out of the way. It varies from a little under 1" to 1.25". I can cut it to any length but obviously it would be way cheaper to ship in a flat rate box. Or pickup in southeast PA. Im asking $2.50 per pound. I also have a bunch of big lag bolts from the same source also wrought. Cant say much about how it works but I have flattened some pieces at a good hot red without delaminating. Anyone interested? www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=26328&hl=%2Bw
  22. An update for anyone who was interested but missed the sale. Many items are still available including small and large wood band saws, lots of hand tools, machinist and leg vices, leather, and the pictured anvil (has since been cleaned up). The anvil is a 300+ lb Hay-Budden in good condition for which he is asking $1000. PM me and I will send you the sellers contact information. Thanks.
  23. Posting this for a blacksmith/jeweler friend who is downsizing. Estate sale with tons of tools, tools for armoring, blacksmithing, jewelry tools and materials, glass and glass tools (mostly Bullseye), large quantity of leather, books (medieval, jewelry and art) and lots of other stuff. This may be more of a treasure hunt than an organized estate sale, but there is guaranteed to be interesting stuff. PM if you need any details. 9:00(no early shoppers please)-3:00 September 19, 2015 430 Bogert Ave. Ridgewood NJ
  24. Just a quick update. I now have pictures of the anvil and forge. He would preffer to sell them as a set but will sell them individualy for a fair offer. He is also looking to sell several post vices, a mannual drill press and a variety of other wood and metalworking tooling which have not been dug out yet. If anyone in northern NJ or south east PA may be interested let me know.
  25. Posting this for a friend. He is looking to sell a compleate smithing setup consisting of a nicely done scratch built propane forge, old unmarked 300+ lb anvil in good condition, steel stand that holds the anvil and forge and a few tongs and hammers. He is asking $1,600 for the set. Pickup only in north east NJ or, schedule permitting, the very south east corner of PA. If anyone is intrested let me know and I can get some pictures. Thanks.
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