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Jens M. Strassegger

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  1. -Thats some serious grinding right there. Very nicely done! What are the dimensions?
  2. Here is one of mine. This one is a little homage to the fiery beards. How? Well, the motif is bearded men, and the bronze is... similar to fire... right? Its a four bar construction, steel and some shipwreck iron strewn in between. Would love to do a bit more of these. But oh how much other shiny things in the universe there is to do! -Jens
  3. Lovely. I do like the overall shape. If I made that I would be very satisfied!
  4. Lovely design Jul. I think you are hitting the spot as it were with developing the "viking" knife design. These are really some excellent works of art. (If the sentences don´t make grammatical-sense I apologize. But I think the message gets across) Always exciting to see what you are making!
  5. Thanks Alan. This was one of those projects where I got a cut almost every time I handled the blade... So I had to wait with the woodworking until the bleeding stoped... Anoying, but sometimes thats just what has to happen it seems. Thanks I am very pleased myself. Its the shine on the edge isn´t it? Cheers! I am now contemplating making one for myself as well.
  6. Hello again! As a nice little end to the summer I got a hurried commission from a american who came to visit. He wanted a good skinning and all round knife but with a bit more "beef". And of course he wanted something nice looking. So this is what I made, in three days between some other work. The knife is springsteel, and some very dense wood. Sadly I don´t know what it is. Hope you like it. =) -Jens
  7. I´d recommend steen nielsen (smie.no) Where in Norway are you from? Car springs should work fine for wholesteel knifes... but then again that is recycled god forbid sloyd-detaljer.no sell some too. But then again with the pricing and the shipping...
  8. waaaa? I uhm... -wipes away dribble- what? Very lovely man! Both the form, the lines, the grindwork, the colour... I mean, this one categorizes as "OH YES!". I see patience in bucketloads and a lovely eye for form!
  9. Indeed. Maybe some very industrial laquer?
  10. Hello there! Now that I have your attention via the title! I haven´t been smithing, much less posting anything new lately. But here are some exceptions: Coilspring-steel blacksmith knives. Or "viking"knives for you, who aren´t too hard on the historical innacurate thingy. =) Hardened in oil, and tempered to a strong yellow colour. Which I left. It wont last, but they do look purdy with it. =) (and of course didn´t show too well on the picture. ) Hope you like the simple knives
  11. Salte sylte! Veeery lovely. This is some high quality craft right there! Really love the picture with the flames in the background of the (grinding?) of the face features. mmmm nice textures =p
  12. I have been following these discussions about full, hidden etc. tang knives on here and similar forums. Often it seems the ones that are american centered go for the fulltang. It does baffle me why hidden tangs are seen as special, often in the inferior way. For everything a knife is, its still just a knife. A short piece of sharp metal which you use the power of your arm to use. I guess its some kind of "cultural" standard based on production knives, movies, and probably collectors as well as craftsmen. While here in Norway we think of hidden tangs as more normal, They have been in use for a looong time, and work. And as Collin says; (paraphrasing) you can make it a weak construction. But so can fulltangs. Maybe its cultural (which is my bet) Maybe its structural. But then again why do you need a 20cm crowbar? There is probably a use for it. Maybe its taste and maybe its just one more thing that diversifies our lovely craft. I for one will probably stay with hidden tang because I like em. And thats probably what its all about. -Jens
  13. If you need an anvil an antique shop in sandnes has an 60kg anvil for 1800kr now. Fairly worn, but still very usable. =)
  14. Achso! Well thats great then =)
  15. Afaik. You can´t keep it. Often you have to pay a hefty amount for the excavation if its on your property.
  16. Velkommen! Good to see some fellow Norwegians here! Oh, and of course like everyone else here: Lucky bastard! Check finn.no, there are suprisingly many anvils for sale lately, most are well priced too! On recomendations on books, I would recommend Håvard Bergland´s books. They are pricy, but most libraries have them. You´ve started a lovely long road to follow. Which may lead to many a addictions, like scraphoarding, anvil collectiong and... well, generally collecting anything assosiated to the craft If you have some time, maybe taking a course at Hjerleid in Dovre is a tought. Its a bit far away, but they have summercourses etc. I´m actually going to study there myself after the summer. =) Oh, and ofcourse. Don´t just tell us that you want to smith, tell everyone! Based on experience people here in Norway are very curious in the craft, and a lot probably have some tools lying around, which they didn´t know are blacksmith-tools. Seems like i got a bit excited and wrote a lot of things down. There aren´t that many Norwegians around. PM me if you have questions about where to get things etc. I´ve had a fair bit of experience with making a decent forge with cheaper tools. (example is the forging hammers at Biltema are surprisingly good) And Welcome to the forum!
  17. As a frequent MRI traveler I have never had problems with this. Its more a movie thing. Piercings etc tough, could be a problem. I guess you have potentially tiny dustgrinding particles in your skin IF any, and not shrapnel. I would be more concerned with not taking the MRI.
  18. very nice. And good luck with the site!
  19. Not bad work =) . I would look closer on the colours of the letters at the menubar. They seem to be black on black when the mouse isn´t over them.
  20. Hello there, so I was chopping my way through the internet jungle and came over this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw4Rl0uG7ok Its a machinist who has taken on himself to make a lovely introduction of hardening, tempering and all the other things about heat treating steel. Its a very good walkthrough without all the superstition and small miss information often associated with this area. As far as I know. The intro is a bit cheesy (should fit right in to this forum ^^) but I highly recommend watching it an see what you think! It helped me understand the theory a lot clearer. Cheers! -Strassegger
  21. Very nice. Interesting thing with the butt. I am so going to try and fail this this summer!
  22. Think its a thru american publicing.. But yea, its a pricy one. So maybe check with a library. But then again some of it (hopefully) goes to a very deserving smith. (sorry for hijacking the thread a bit Owen)
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