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Noah M Legel

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Noah M Legel last won the day on October 27 2017

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About Noah M Legel

  • Birthday 04/22/1988

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    Phoenix, AZ
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    Martial arts, reading, writing, drawing, leatherwork, knifemaking, learning enough bushcraft skills to not die :P

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  1. Noah M Legel

    My First Bowie, The Bear Slayer

    Thanks! And near Metrocenter, although I work closer to downtown, and we are looking at land out in AJ
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    My First Bowie, The Bear Slayer

    I finished up my first bowie, today. I forwarded the blade out of reclaimed truck leaf spring, the guard is a solid chunk of brass, with two letter washer sandwiching a brass washer between the guard and the stag antler crown that makes up the grip. It ended up being very comfortable. There's actually bit of story behind this one. Back when I was 16, and started getting interested in bladesmithing end knife-making, in general, I had been discussing it with my best friend at his house. His dad had actually made some knives out of old files, when he was younger, and had been giving his input. We ended up talking about the kind of knife he would like to have hand-forged one day, and he said it would be a simple, large bowie with a brass guard and a stag handle. He is a big hunter, and has the dream of someday going bow hunting for bear, and he said that he would want a knife like this by his side for that. He figured that if the arrow didn't kill the bear, and the bear came after him, it was only fair to fight it, and if that's how he went out, he was fine with that
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    Sword class with Peter Johnson

    Beautiful and clean!
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    The Neal Farm Knife

    Thank you, all! I suppose I should have mentioned that those first pictures are when I rough-forged it and pre-curved the blade before beveling it. I actually fine-tuned the bolster area and got it to line up with the blade better :P. The integration from metal to wood was really a pain, without grinding or filing the bolster, but I feel like it came out relatively okay, especially considering I have never done a bolster of any type, before. It's definitely cool to be able to incorporate old things into new things, and it has a lot of meaning for me, and hopefully for him. My grandpa played a big role in my life, and helped foster my interest in a lot of things, including working with metal--he was a sheet metal fabricator, in addition to being a farmer, before he retired. I'll be making a sheath for it, and possibly some way of displaying it, and present it to him mid-November.
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    The Neal Farm Knife

    For a while, now, I've been working on a surprise project for my grandfather, and now his knife--the Neal Farm Knife--is finished! It's far from perfect, but what it lacks in perfection I would like to think it makes up for in character. The blade was forged from the drive shaft of a piece of equipment on my grandpa's farm (yes, I tested it, and it hardens very well), and the handle was made from a piece of Osage Orange (hedgeapple wood) that grew on the farm, and which he often used to make fence posts. You can see the leftover steel and wood in this photo, as well. I left the blade, including the hexagonal integral bolster, as forge-finished as possible, meaning that the steel you see here has barely touched a grinder--aside from cleaning up the shape of the spine and tip a bit, the steel was made this way by my hand, with hammers and sweat. The tang underwent plenty of grinding, admittedly, to get it to fit into the handle material :P. The handle is a hidden tang construction, epoxied and pinned in place. I followed the octagonal shape of the bolster, but curved and flared it to be more comfortable. I had a bit of a mishap with vinegar, trying to re-patina the spots on the steal I hit with the file, and it soaked up into the wood, discoloring half the handle. I couldn't sand it out, and I wasn't really digging the two-tone look, so I went all-in and did a distressed look with the wood, which still has a bit of the two-tone effect, but honestly goes well with the forge-finished steel, in my opinion. There was a crack in the piece of wood my family sent me, but I don't think my grandpa is going to put much hard use into the knife, so I mixed epoxy with sawdust from the wood and filled the crack with it, which seemed to work out pretty well. It isn't perfect, but I'm proud of it, and I hope my grandpa likes it! He has always meant a lot to me, and played a big role in my life as I grew up.
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    Nyoi / Ruyi Scepter

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    Type XV Arming sword

    Whew! That's a gorgeous blade!
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    working knives with sheaths

    The puukko style one is definitely my favorite, but they all look nice, and the leatherwork is not too shabby, either! Nice job, Kevin!
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    pattern welded spaulders

    While I have no interest in making armor, myself, I am constantly inspired by those who do--great stuff!
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    Two swords in progress

    That is some beautiful work! Thank you for sharing it!
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    Post-Apocalyptic Utility

    Thanks! The handle scales are nothing special--just your regular hardware store red oak. Here is a picture of what the wood looks like before my post-apocalyptic treatment
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    Post-Apocalyptic Utility

    A while back, a coworker of mine gave me some truck leaf springs, and I cut a piece to forge into a full-tang clip point EDC. Unfortunately, I overdid correcting a slight warp near the tip and snapped it off, so I rounded off the end and made it more of a utility knife. I feel like I did fairly well forging it close to shape, though, and didn't need much grinding on the blade. Of course, I also like forge finish and hammer marks--it's kind of my aesthetic :P. I also soaked it in vinegar overnight to give it a bit of a patina. The handle scales are red oak that I shaped, inspired by a Scandinavian design, then dyed/distressed in a similar manner to my leatherwork, gave two coats of tung oil, and sealed with a soft wax. Not the prettiest thing, but it works--it already bit me, and I haven't put the final touches on the edge yet.
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    More blacksmith blades

    Loving the twists and textures!
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    Wooden sword vs. Slingsword

    Lol, that's awesome, and Joerg is a fun guy. Thanks for sharing, James!
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    Kamu Tanto

    I've been watching you work on this on Instagram--it's a very cool project, and the end result is beautiful!