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  1. It's a "Coupe Marc" a type of Hay Knife used to cut the "marc" or residue left in a press after the juice has been extracted from the hay during the process of making haylage/silage. They look like axes but are anything but... Best regards Thom
  2. Hi all, Came across this this morning and just thought I'd share: http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2013/2000-year-old-iron-furnaces-found-poland Best regards Thom
  3. Hi all, There's not been much progress with this I'm afraid. Work and family distractions have meant its still on the bench. However I decided I'd invest in some hardness testing files and when they arrived I gave it a quick go and this blade seems to be coming in around the 55 to 60 side of things..... is that about right or should I be aiming for a little higher? You buy something thinking it'll take some of the guesswork out for you.....and in the end it just makes you ask more questions......Ahhhh life! Regards Thom
  4. Thanks Dave, good to know the forum's financially secure. I'll get to work documenting my ambitious projects.....although my ambitions at present only go so far as to creating vaguely knife shaped objects You do accept crayon drawn schematics I trust? Thanks again for all that you administrators do and to the whole community for making this a toyshop of information, inspiration and acceptance. Regards Thom
  5. Having a bit of a karmic moment and feel the urge to donate something to the upkeep of the site. I tried the old donations link Mr Fogg posted back in 2008 but since the changeover has made that redundant, I wondered if there was a new one we could use? Don't expect me to be bank rolling the next Artic Fire or anything, just wanted to say thanks to everyone here... You keep me sane fellas....or enable the madness....either works for me. Regards Thom
  6. You definitely have a discerning lady there, I salute you! As to the sheer volume of scrap and the prices......You're gonna need a bigger boat. If only I were on the same continent...
  7. Congratulations fellas! Hard earned and well deserved.
  8. There's another one, "Les Haches" by Daniel Boucard, published by Jean Cyrille Godefroy. In French and I don't think there's an english text version available, but just pure axe heaven. Regards Thom
  9. Thanks Jake, just hope it's of help/enjoyment/interest to all. Some links to Norwegian variations; http://digitaltmuseu...ount=750&pos=10 http://www.miljolare.no/data/ut/album/?al_id=2085 Regards Thom
  10. Don't worry, the Hex nut is only temporary.....
  11. You've probably come across this already, but again it's a link that'll take you to some cool photos of French regional patterns. http://www.en.charpentiers.culture.fr/tools/regionaldiversity/diversityofbroadaxes# And another great site; http://www.forum-outils-anciens.com/f83-Les-Haches-Doloires.htm Maybe a bit too recent in the main, but I hope it's of some help. Regards Thom
  12. Thanks Sam. I work with Yew quite a bit and either as a result, or just good old tough callused hands, it doesn't give me any skin irritation. I've got the blade ground and near to it's final edge, but it now has a completely different feel to it, (To my eyes at least, I'll get a photo up when I find my camera) and I'm rethinking the whole handle situation..... Currently thinking Yew with some Copper and Fallow Antler that I have. Gotta find my camera..... Regards Thom
  13. Thanks Vaughn and Kevin, it's still on the bench (work does tends to get in the way of fun doesn't it?) hopefully I can get back to it soon. Sam.....I don't know what to suggest, ........if it were me, this'd be the point when I poke the hamster powering the PC to get back on his wheel.....technology is not really my friend. Regards Thom
  14. Really sorry to see this Scott. My condolences. Thom
  15. There's something extremely comforting and wholesome about the sound of the Fuigo operating. Fantastic setup and great to watch. Bhalor should get an Oscar! Best regards Thom
  16. Hehe! This is ludicrous, and really makes me smile. I agree with Miles, you're a braver man than I. Great piece. The little voice in my head is screaming, "Show a video of some destruction!" Regards Thom
  17. I've checked my dictionary......and I'd have to argue with your use of the word Plain. Plain gorgeous I'd accept. Superb as always Sir! Best regards Thom
  18. Nice mate. I'd be happy to carry that. Regards Thom
  19. Looks like it'd be a great camp tool. Nice. Regards Thom
  20. Nice one George, I like that idea! Much obliged, and thanks too Ron. Hmm, I have some Yew that might work.....or Walnut.... Time for another head scratch. Best regards Thom
  21. Ahoy folks, Only at the rough fitting and head scratching stage at the moment, but here's number three from me. Again, forged from an old cold chisel with the bevels badly forged in. But forged in nonetheless. It will be fitted with a brass bolster and tang block on Ash but I need suggestions; The tang block should be reduced in size I'm thinking, but do you guys reckon the bolster should be thicker? I have a small thicker brass plate shown in the picture that I could use instead of the current one. I'm excited about this blade as "touch wood" it's my best heat treatment to date, ( I use the term Best loosely ) and as such I'm damned well going to try and give it a decent finish. Any and all suggestions welcomed, if that includes "Scrap it and start again" So be it! Best regards Thom
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