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Robert Burns

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  1. Thanks for posting this Austin an excellent wip!
  2. Thanks for the comments everyone, I spent several minutes looking for my post today and then I saw that it was pinned, wow what an awesome feeling thanks guys. For today's progress I only have a few photos for you unfortunately. But since today is my wife's birthday I have to hurry home and make dinner So here is the knife profiled and sketched on to show the rough layout of where everything will go, I'm not sure if the initial sketches so it very well bu this knife is going to have a lot of facets. I started by using a round file and fixing the radius of the harpoon point
  3. Thanks for the tip Kevin, I'm glad that my line of thinking is in line with your experience. Now on to today's progress! Yesterday I ended with a single large bar at around 300 layers, this bar I then cut into four separate pieces to bring the end layer count up to 1,200ish layers. Then I got the forge going and up to welding temp: Welded under the power hammer: And then back in the forge! Now that the bar is welded nicely I can start to bring it down to the final bar stock size of 1 3/4" x 1/4" x 20" And then I did a partial annealing cycle of
  4. Thanks for following along everyone and for all of the comments, here is today's progress. Well the hitachi #2 arrived today! Very excited (Friday): And was promptly placed into the billet and prepped for welding. This is one of the largest billets I have worked under my 50 lb little giant, it probably took about an hour to really start to break it down. Just as a reminder this billet is 2 inches wide x 3 1/2 inches long x 4 1/2 inches thick of hitachi #2, 1095, and 1045. 13 layers starting out. Warming up: Welded and drawing out: After about 3 hours it
  5. Well I have had this project kicking around in my head for a while and finally have some time to get around to it. I have been entranced by Japanese blades (as many of us are) for some time, specifically in hamon and hada development. It was last year when I saw some of J.D. Smith's work that I became really inspired to try my hand at it; BUT in an American style. Can anyone say harpoon point bowie? This will be a pretty detailed WIP thread that will be done in live time, so any questions or pointers are always welcome. I started working on this project about two weeks ago and in a somewh
  6. Thanks for the comments guys James you are spot on about the 15n20 makes for a fun contrast doesn't it? Kevin, yes the spacer is one solid piece of bronze. Wes, I know what you mean and I really struggled on that decision. I was either going to go with a thicker damascus guard or the two piece guard as you see. When looking at the thicker guard it felt "clunky" to me, but it could have gone either way.
  7. Hello all, it has been a while since I last posted but I have been keeping busy. Here is a little project I have been working on for the past couple of weeks as time permits between commissioned orders, but it's kind of funky so I thought I would share. This little skinner started off its life as the remnant of a billet for several damascus rings I had to make. This blade gave me a number of challenges aesthetically as I don't normally make blades this small with such a narrow ricasso, so getting it to be comfortable in the hand and look right was a bit tough. I'd love to hear what you guys th
  8. I had a customer who really loves all things frontier so when he asked for a general outdoors/ hunting knife this was the first image that sprang to my mind. This knife was a joy to make and went together well. Please feel free to comment or critique. The double hamon was a pleasant surprise and I think the caribou antler compliments the black wood nicely. Again thanks for looking. Steel: 1095 Pins: mosaic and stainless steel Blade length: 6 inches
  9. Thanks guys, I had to do a little double take when I saw the email was from James Dean in Hollywood definitely not these James Dean but still pretty neat.
  10. That really helps out the lines a lot in making the guard look less chunky great job!
  11. Okay so this is not my typical post, but this was just too funny for me not to share. A few months ago I was approached by a production company to make a pack axe as a prop for a photo shoot. I then later found out that it was to be used in an ad for Tillamook cheese. Maybe it's just me but I find it funny that a high performance axe is just being used to "cut the cheese"
  12. I agree with all of thee above you are making very solid knives with good fit and finish and you are obviously developing a good eye for lines. With all of the being said since you asked for critique I took the liberty of over laying a rough design over your bowie knife. Just as a disclaimer I very much like your knives and think they would be great users as they are but here are some stylistic change that I would recommend. Like I said before everything seems very solid and well fit the only recommendation I could make would be on your proportions. The ricasso on this knife seems a bit "fat"
  13. Yeah Jerrod I didn't want to half ass it and end up having a lame tutorial Thank Wade
  14. Thanks guys . Luke it is honestly as simple as cutting a grove, then an undercut, and then "tapping" the gold into the groove in other words it is what it seems to be.
  15. Thanks for the kind comments everyone I do strive to improve with each project but there is always so much more to learn. Here is a close up of the puukko blade before assembly. Jerrod I'm sorry I have been suckish with the ring WIP I start to take pictures of the process and then I just forget to document steps. But I promise I will do one soon! In regards to how I fit the liners (bronze, silver, etc.) I over size the inside diameter of the ring by approximately 1.5 sizes and then make a wooden or wax mold of the inside of the ring in an over sized version of the liner. I then c
  16. After a hub bub of visitors and just before my teaching schedule starts for the summer I had time to get a few custom projects in. I was commissioned to make several wedding rings recently, two for my mother's upcoming wedding which I was very honored to make. I also finally tried using my first piece of fossilized walrus ivory from Mark Knapp, which was amazing to work with and is now one of my favorite handle materials. But enough of that and onto the photos. As always questions, comments, or criticism is always welcome and thank you for looking. Robert First up just a simple firepla
  17. I have three pieces left from a recent sale and wanted to offer them for sale here. First "I'll Take It" gets it. These knives have all the same specs aside from the damascus version which is only different on the steel type. Specs: Blade: 4 1/2 inches Spine Thickness: 3/16 Handle Length: 4 1/2 inches Over all length: 9 inches Blade Width: slightly over 1 1/4 inches Handle: Dyed curly maple with stainless steel pins and lanyard hole Steel: 1095 high carbon steel and the damascus is 1095 and 15n20 at 225 layers The two blades are sand blasted and acid washed for a rugged finish
  18. I have three pieces left from a recent sale and wanted to offer them for sale here. First "I'll Take It" gets it. These knives have all the same specs aside from the damascus version which is only different on the steel type. Specs: Blade: 4 1/2 inches Spine Thickness: 3/16 Handle Length: 4 1/2 inches Over all length: 9 inches Blade Width: slightly over 1 1/4 inches Handle: Dyed curly maple with stainless steel pins and lanyard hole Steel: 1095 high carbon steel and the damascus is 1095 and 15n20 at 225 layers The two blades are sand blasted and acid washed for a rugged finish
  19. Thanks for the info guys, I'm trying to touch base with a few museums to see about looking at different artifacts. Thanks for the tip Jul I will definitely try to remember that!
  20. Are there any smiths on here that are from Iceland or know others in Iceland? My wife and I will be going on our honeymoon In May for a couple of weeks and would love to meet up with people. Thanks! Robert
  21. Nice one Nate! I always love you little seaxs!
  22. John, that is FANBLOODY-TASTIC! I love the beginning of the video where I can just see you wheels spinning, and the music was a great choice.
  23. James, what is your concentration of your etchant and how long did you soak it for?
  24. Welcome Valclav and thank you for sharing your work! I see that your work is pretty clean and seems to be well constructed with good lines and flow. Keep up the good work! I'll be keeping my eye out for your future posts.
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