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MikeDT

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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. Beautiful work!
  3. A beautiful set - I can't wait to see what you produce next!
  4. 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.
  5. I really like it! Clean lines, nice file work on the bolster and a nagel that would actually protect the hand - well done.
  6. Very well done! Something about falchions speak to me.... they have such a strong presence.
  7. 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?
  8. Head, handle, sheath - they all turned out really well!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. That doesn't look like a first sword - it really turned out great! How does it handle?
  14. The lines really flow beautifully, great work!
  15. Looking really good so far - everything looks proportional..... can't wait to see it finished!
  16. Amazing work, the blade is phenomenal - what an awesome video of the full process. Thanks so much for putting it together and sharing it!
  17. 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.
  18. I love that yew handle - that wood really has great character. Both handles turned out really nice.
  19. Some day I hope to get to the level of your "ok-ish". I like the subtle heavier secondary cord wrap to give the grip better texture, nicely done.
  20. The scabbard is an absolute work of art... and the sword is a perfect compliment to it, amazing work, truly inspiring.
  21. .... and a beer to go along with the popcorn... looking forward to the next installment of this build
  22. What Gary and Alan said!
  23. I've been teaching history for 25 years and my first years were filled with the thought that I didn't know enough and "Am I doing this right?" After 25 years, I still ask myself and colleagues... "is this the best way to do X". In my opinion, to be a good teacher you need knowledge of the subject, passion for the subject, and a desire to share that with others. If you have all three, you are ready to teach. As for charging for your teaching, the cost should be commensurate with your knowledge of the subject and your skill in conveying that knowledge. John, from what you've said (and the work you've shared here) I say you are more than ready to teach whenever you decide to work it into your life.
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