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  1. Hey Isaiah: great looking forge buddy! I know exactly how much it cost you to make it and that wasn't much. I do admire how neat you keep it. That brick floor must have been an pain in the back to lay. I have enjoyed watching you use it and see what you bring out of it. I am looking forward to more and more excellent projects from you.
  2. Here's a handy little cutter my son and I cooperated on as a gift for my Nephew who is a U.S. Marine. (of whom I'm very proud!) MJD forged the blade from an old Nicholson file and had what appears to be a pretty successful heat treat. I say this only because it may be the sharpest knife I've personally ever seen(with the possible exception of a '70s era Case 9 dot carbon folder that was lost years ago :-( ) I made the sheath out of an old couch. Used copper sheet inside to make the form and to give something to rivet the clip to. Fun little project. My nephew noted after examining it that it would be a fair boot knife. I hope it serves him has as well as he has served us all. The old file texture makes this knife surprisingly easy to hold, not at all unpleasant and very grippy. I have to brag a bit: MJD managed to upset the thing somehow and gave the cross-section more beef than the original file had while preserving the texture of the old surface. That little finger groove makes an aggressive grip quick to find. I was able to craft the sheath with a very positive "detent" position with that finger groove sliding past the rivet. The whole package sits pretty nice together. Anyway, let us know what you think.
  3. Dear old Dad finally hooked the boy up with as many episodes of Firefly as he could scrounge from Hulu.com. Shiny
  4. I am so "not worthy" to comment on this knife or any other as a maker but I'm going to comment as a long time collector and avid user of many different types of blade: STUNNING! After seeing the other examples of the offset fuller, I realized that you retain the fighting profile while enhancing the depth of one edge resulting in a deeper bevel and therefor potentially sharper blade(on the deeper side). I can tell the balance is not affected, just by looking. After all, the bowie is one of the best fighting knives in history and has a significantly more asymmetrical blade but the point is intentionally placed on the centerline through the handle. The detail here is fantastic. I keep getting surprised by the level of expertise AND creativity I see here. Thank you all for sharing.
  5. If I could get you and Isaiah to quit turning every drill bit, file, lawnmower blade, spring and/or piece of re-bar in North GA into shivs, spikes, hawks, machetes and or axes, I might get to spend a little time in the forge I built making some damascus!
  6. Gladius, Wakazashi, REALLY long bowie with the extra length worked into the clip so that the last half of the blade is double-edged and the tip has a wickedly pointy radius.
  7. SAD

    My new EDC

    Mr. Smith, Your advice is excellent. I hope he hears it from you and the others on this forum. Matthew and his cousin Isaiah look at me like I'm from Mars when I speak from my years of experience as a CNC machinist and a knife collector. I have learned volumes from this forum and I want to thank you and all who participate. This is the most encouraging and knowledgeable bunch of folks I have had the pleasure of corresponding with anywhere on the web. I built the forge and those two get to spend all the time in it. Can't even get them to put the matches back in the cabinet!
  8. Wow guys, Thanks! You've provided me with enough information to forge a whole set for the cabin kitchen. I'm not surprised at how thorough and interesting the information is, but I am surprised at how fast it showed up. If you find yourself in North GA the first weekend of Autumn this year, swing by Red Top Mtn. State Park and come and tell us(MJDForge, ISaiah Lake) what we're doing wrong! I may even get to fire up the mini-furnace and try and get a bloom going.
  9. Thanks, Alan. It would be us poor folk, living in a dogtrot cabin on a farmstead. I might possibly be able to dig up an Old Hickory set somewhere but saw blades I've a-plenty!
  10. Hello all, I am going to make some knives for a reenactment park to use in the kitchen. The setting is 1860(pre civil war) in GA. You may have heard of Red Top Mtn, named so because of the iron ore in the area. One of the first bloomery furnaces in GA is part of the attraction of the park, Cooper's Furnace. Anyway, I want to see some examples of kitchen cutlery from that time period so that the cooks can look more authentic and we can eat better while we're working. Any help would be MUCH appreciated as we have an event coming up in a few weeks. THANKS
  11. Dave, You must be a very humble person. I see the overall piece after the fact,(mirror polish, balanced lines, detailed integral bolster, carved copper accent, close tolerances at all joints, HAMON!) so the impression is of one who knows what he is doing even if this project represented a leap forward for the maker. Seriously, thanks for the encouragement and patient words. I've only been at this for a couple of years now and don't even get to forge at all some months. Gentlemen such as yourself and the names on the list you mentioned(yes, all truly superb craftsmen) take time to guide, encourage, and teach. This forum is a blessing beyond description. My son(MJDforge, 13, of whom I am proud) just acquired a copy of the $50 knife shop. Mr. Goddard is indeed a great teacher. If this is a "learning knife" then I can't wait to see what you consider mastery !
  12. I am so "not worthy" to even comment on this blade. The WOW factor is high. I just barely understand enough to know what goes into a knife like this. This knowledge is humbling. I hope one day to approach skills like this. Right now I merely hope for a blade that cuts without bending or breaking and a handle that won't rattle or chafe. This knife represents mastery of multiple disciplines. I can imagine a knife like this being prized in any age.
  13. LOL, no worries. It was a good Idea. Since it's just for yard work, "pretty" just didn't come into the formula.
  14. SAD

    Curly handle

    Yeah, I had a good time making it. It's one I do at re-enactments so folks can see a project from start to finish. Plus it encompasses a good number of basic techniques, good for demos.
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