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Noah M Legel

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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. Recently finished a simple EDC for myself, for once! 5160 blade with a ferric chloride forced patina, Wenge handle scales, and stainless pins. I don't normally grind out my hammer marks or completely get rid of forge scale, because it's my preferred aesthetic, but I figured I might as well play with it.
  2. Yeah, when you mentioned it happened because the oil was fast, that's kind of what I figured. I wonder how it would do with a full jacket, forge welded taco/hotdog bun style? On the plus side, the fact that the welds held up under that pressure is a good sign? I'm curious to play with it in cooler oil, now, just to see, but I also want to try doing some proper 1095/15N20 "Damascus," next. I'm the type to try and jump into the deep end and do things that are more difficult/complicated than I really should be attempting, so it was hard enough doing Sanmai when I really wanted to go straight to a
  3. I actually made this one back in October/November as a Yule gift for my girlfriend's Wiccan girlfriend, but realized I forgot to share it. We knew that she didn't have an athame (too expensive, she said, but she's the type to not feel like she NEEDS one, either), and figured it would be a nice gift. I'm not Wiccan, myself, but I tried to be considerate of her beliefs and intent, and my girlfriend provided me with input on that. The blade is recycled farrier's rasp (both the recycling and the connection to horses are good things for her particular beliefs), with a yew handle (apparently the bes
  4. Ah, right! Viscosity and whatnot--I completely forgot! Just quenching monosteel blades for a few years, now, I've just done what Tai Goo showed me and preheated the stuff. Makes sense, though. Thanks!
  5. Thanks! Honestly, doing it as a business kind of killed the fun in it for me, so now I just do it for friends and repeat customers :P. Good to know on the cracking--can I heat the oil more to prevent that, or do I just need a different quenchant?
  6. So, I have gotten to start playing with some methods that are outside my wheelhouse, lately, thanks to a new forge showing up under the Christmas tree. Initially, I just stuck a piece of O1 to a piece of mild, to see if I could, and it stuck really well, so I tried to make a little Sanmai sandwich of mild and 1095. That billet seemed to be pretty solid, so I figured I might as well make a test knife out of it, and see how it goes. I banged out a super simple drop-point blacksmith's knife and sanded it up to 330 grit before hitting it with some polishing paste and giving it a ferric chloride ba
  7. Thanks! And near Metrocenter, although I work closer to downtown, and we are looking at land out in AJ
  8. 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 inp
  9. 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
  10. 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, includin
  11. The puukko style one is definitely my favorite, but they all look nice, and the leatherwork is not too shabby, either! Nice job, Kevin!
  12. While I have no interest in making armor, myself, I am constantly inspired by those who do--great stuff!
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