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AJ Chalifoux

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  1. As long as the transition doesn't line up with the gap between guard and tang, there won't be any shear forces on the cross-sectional change. I.e. there will only be shear at the sections where the guard ends and the tang begins. I love being able to mix my engineering and bladesmithing backgrounds
  2. Thanks guys. Kevin: there's quite a bit of distal taper, but there's also a lot of blade presence so it ends up feeling both very fast and very powerful. When I gave it to its new owner, his response was "oh yeah, I could take a limb off with this..." He then proceeded to hack into a piece of firewood at their reenactment camp. Doug: there's a hole going through the guard and tang through which the pin of the nagel goes. Unfortunately since I don't have a lathe I found getting a tight fit was nearly impossible. So I got it as close as I could and hoped that when I peened the other side the expansion would be enough to cement it in place, which it was. A.J.
  3. MAN it's been a while since I've been here because of school and work. In any case I thought you guys might like my latest project: another German großes Messer, which has inadvertently become my favorite style of sword to make. This one was designed with cutting power in mind, and the construction of the hilt was kept as rugged and tight-fitting as possible; both the guard and pommel had to be beaten on with a sledge hammer. The heat treatment of the blade was tested by cutting down saplings after which the blade required neither straightening nor resharpening, and the edge was frequently buried in logs while the sword was being made just for the fun of it. The design was closely modeled after numerous historical examples, including its tang which tapers toward the blade and its Nagel to protect the wielder's hand. The end result is a broad, rigid blade that is also relatively thin and very light and fast. Specs: Weight: 1lb 15.2oz (885g) Weight with Sheath: 2lb 14.0oz (1304g) Overall Length: 29 7/8" (759mm) Blade Length: 24" (610mm) Grip Length: 3 7/16" (87.3mm) Blade Width at Guard: 1 5/8" (41.75mm) Blade Width at Widest Point: 1.91" (48.6mm) Blade Thickness at Guard: 0.182" (4.63mm) Blade Thickness at Tip: 0.076" (1.94mm) Point of Balance: 4 1/4" (108mm) from guard Center of Percussion: 15 1/4" (387.35mm) from guard Forward Pivot Point: 13" (330mm) from guard Aft Pivot Point: 9" (229mm) from guard Blade Material: 5160 Guard & Pommel Material: Mild Steel Grip Material: Padauk Pics: A.J.
  4. Really cool. I love the pattern on that blade...
  5. Had to think for a while on which one I liked more. I'm going to go with the first, purely because the "random" pattern in the blade looks like leaves to me, and combined with the burl makes for an extremely harmonious whole. Regardless, stellar work on both! Whenever I see you've posted something new I always bring out my bib... I swear when I get back to the states I'm printing out pictures of every knife you've shown us and pinning them up as as a reminder of what's possible. Might just give me a kick in the rear!
  6. I've done the propane torch thing and also found that it works okay. You really do have to watch the colors, but I've gotten some pretty good flexibility from it. Also the book is right; removing from temper and quenching to cool it down shouldn't hurt any. The steel has to undergo a shift in crystalline structure in order for it to be hardenable, which is what you're doing at the critical temperature ranges.
  7. Now that's a cool idea. And excellent execution! Well done.
  8. Good luck, and safe trip!
  9. Sounds like it's gonna be a monster spear. Looking forward to it!
  10. Incredible. Absolutely incredible. I'm at a complete loss for words...
  11. These are really cool. I like 'em.
  12. AWESOME pattern, lines, and overall craftsmanship. Really liking this... Also your maker's mark is one of the coolest I've seen. Bravo!
  13. Congrats Scott!
  14. I love it. Great work!
  15. INCREDIBLE work, Jeff. I'm in awe...