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AJ Chalifoux

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    Swords, Knives, Polearms, Daggers, Western Martial Arts, Over-Engineering Stuff...

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  1. Do you mean something like this? https://www.mcmaster.com/4406T29/ If not, you can look up "air hose fittings" on McMaster, MSC, Grainger, etc.
  2. I've needed a good fire poker for years, and today I finally decided to hunker down and make one after I learned the in-laws would be over for dinner and a fire tonight. I didn't have round stock, so I used two pieces of 1-1/4"x7/16" rectangle scrap that I scarf welded together and forged round.
  3. Finally got a mosaic bar forged out (well, except the tang). I'll finish cleaning it up tomorrow and checking for cracks & weld flaws, but for now I ground one side and quickly etched a small section to see what I have. Currently 3/4" x 7/16" x 27", but it should be about 36" long when the tang is forged out. Barring any weld flaws, I'll be starting on the edge bars tomorrow or Saturday. The edges will be low-layer random pattern and this bar will be the core.
  4. Looking great! You're forging out the distal taper, right? I see what you mean by the areas of concern...unfortunately, I'm not versed enough in multibar blades to offer much help.
  5. Got a little more done on a big (hopefully soon-to-be) mosaic billet today. Forged out the second stack-up of crushed Ws and just started forging on the bias before I had to call it quits. I didn't like the look of a split in the end, so once it cooled off, I cut the last 1/4" off to make sure the weld took. Luckily, it's all good and solid! I also did a quick etch to see how it turned out, and so far, so good.
  6. They all look great, but that third one is dynamite to me. Good job!
  7. I forgot to comment on this when you first posted it. I'm normally not big into axes, but that just looks so clean and well-done! Great job.
  8. I believe you're thinking of Bauernwehr and Hauswehr Doug pretty much hit the nail on the head. Messers were sword-length "knives" with crossguards, usually (but not always) sporting a Nagel. That looks like a great start! I'm excited to see where it goes.
  9. That's really nice and clean!
  10. Honestly I just use 8" stove pipe with a cap at the bottom that I caulked the bejeezus out of when I was a teenager. A 48" section holds 5 gallons.
  11. Though not common, Messers very much like this certainly existed (even without Nagels or side rings). Great work! It looks and sounds like a beautiful hand-and-a-half sword.
  12. Picked up two truckloads of manure yesterday to fill our garden (finally). We built the frame last year; 16 x 16 raised bed, but by the time it was done it was too late to plant much and we didn't have the fill yet. We still need another 3.5-4 cubic yards, but that'll be next weekend. Today we plan on planting our four new fruit trees. Overall, not a bad way to spend our spare time.
  13. This is fantastic. Really nicely done!
  14. Yesterday I ground the profile on the more curved small Messer I'm working on, and immediately said nope, too much curve. So today I straightened it out some and also bent the tang downward a little more. It looks and feels much better now, though I'll need to touch up the profile again after forging.
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