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MikeDT

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MikeDT last won the day on April 10 2019

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  1. Very well done! Something about falchions speak to me.... they have such a strong presence.
  2. 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?
  3. Head, handle, sheath - they all turned out really well!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 toaster oven (and I didn't want to annoy my wife by using the kitchen oven). The first tools that I made were a spring fuller, simple round stock blade tongs, and a hole saw for hidden tang knives.... and made many knives with just this simple equipment. For years I did everything by hand (and still mostly do now). Alan makes a good point about Tai Goo.
  8. That doesn't look like a first sword - it really turned out great! How does it handle?
  9. The lines really flow beautifully, great work!
  10. Looking really good so far - everything looks proportional..... can't wait to see it finished!
  11. Amazing work, the blade is phenomenal - what an awesome video of the full process. Thanks so much for putting it together and sharing it!
  12. I second Joshua's suggestion - I was about to suggest that one myself before he beat me to the punch. I've made one like that out of mild and want ot make one out of wrought... whenever I get my hands on some decent wrought.
  13. I love that yew handle - that wood really has great character. Both handles turned out really nice.
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