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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,

     

    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

  3. 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 :D

     

    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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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, :blink: ........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

  7. Use both pieces. Thicker one, darker wood spacer, thinner one, and then the handle. This one is very nice. I like it!

     

    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

  8. 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.

     

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    I'm excited about this blade as "touch wood" it's my best heat treatment to date, ( I use the term Best loosely :D) 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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