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MikeDT last won the day on April 10 2019

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  1. I've been absent from the sire the last few months and I missed this... glad I caught it - an awesome knife! I really like the scratting (learned a new word today!) I've spent most of my research on the European medieval era, but have always loved the 18th century, especially the American frontier. Alan, what are some good books on early/mid 18th century knives/blades?
  2. A beautiful set - I can't wait to see what you produce next!
  3. Very nice! I love the lines of the knife, from the acute tip to the swell at the end of the handle - it all flows beautifully.
  4. I really like it! Clean lines, nice file work on the bolster and a nagel that would actually protect the hand - well done.
  5. Very well done! Something about falchions speak to me.... they have such a strong presence.
  6. Beautiful work, definitely not a rank amateur attempt! For the leather wrap, I peen the pommel as it was traditionally done, but to make my life easier I shave the diameter of the wooden handle thinner than the pommel's base diameter so that when the leather is added it is flush with the pommel, make sense?
  7. Head, handle, sheath - they all turned out really well!
  8. For a first attempt, it is really nice, a heck of a lot better than my first (or 3rd ). It seems very proportionate. As for the cheeks being too thick, IMHO, it comes down to what is the main function of the ax, what type of timber you are going to use it on (hard or soft), and what is your personal preference. I think the cheeks are fine, I have an old felling ax with cheeks very similar in thickness. As for the ears, I have yet to make an ax or hatchet where I am happy with the ears, so I feel ya there. Overall, well done!
  9. I love that cleaver. The handle shape seems perfect for locking your hand in place while whacking away at whatever is on the chopping block.
  10. It turned out really, really nice! I love the grain of the WI and the overall shape is well done. All this talk and work with WI has made me want to work WI even more. Does anyone know a good source to buy it from? I have no place (that I know) to scrounge around for WI so buying it seems like the best shot and ebay seems iffy.
  11. Power hammers and power presses etc. speeds up production - you can make things faster, like knives, axes, and.....mistakes. When I finally got a nice 2x72 grinder, I made knives faster and screwed up several of them faster until I learned how to use it better (and I still make grinder mistakes) because I was used to doing everything by hand for years which actually helped me develop a better eye for detail. The first "fancy" piece of equipment I bought was a large 22 quart roster oven that I used for tempering because I felt it gave a more even temperature control to the oft used
  12. That doesn't look like a first sword - it really turned out great! How does it handle?
  13. The lines really flow beautifully, great work!
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