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Matthew Parkinson

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    sword making , black smithing, knife making, Sci fi books , motorcycles.

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  1. How did I miss this thread! Wonderful set, Peter. MP
  2. I was asked if i would donate a knife to knife rights at the NYCKS , so I did and here it is. http://us.kniferights.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=179&Itemid=1 the blade is a 9 square serpent with laddered twisted w's for edge and spine, the handle and stand is stablized spalted maple. the Ws bar is from the same bar as the ABS JS knife of the year I made last Nov. MP
  3. another shot of this guy I forgot to post earlier. MP
  4. bullet proof and a razor sharp , I didn't get a chance to do much cutting but from what i did I can say "it will CUT" MP
  5. This was an order based on my winning sword from FIF a few changes the customer asked I change the color and the cross section I also did a bit cooler tsuba. The blade is 29" and the sword is 42 overall the steel L6 the tsuba is wrought with silver and bronze inlay the from fittings are bronze with carnelians set in silver as is the saya and tsuka is wrapped in cow skin
  6. Peter you make this all look so effortless , it is quite inspiring , thank you. MP
  7. i would vote for decarb as well. grind it a bit and re check.
  8. admirals 1075 has higher Manganese than the 1075 aldo has, not sure why you would get less than with 1084, that should have more.
  9. cool i have only done fine silver inlay on pattern because i didn't want to damage the enchant, killed a few batches that way already. when i started inlaying with the silver i had mixed results most went well in the etch but some lines fell out or rusted bellow, i think at the time i was not inlaying deep enough for the line width.
  10. this is looking great Matt! what did you do to keep the inlay metal for corrupting your ferric? and did you have any issue with the inlay undercutting in the etch?
  11. could be a case hardened hammer, and you are below the case. not sure what you did to it before hardening.. it could also be Decarb on the surface, grind in 0.010-0.020 and check the hardness again.
  12. There is a great deal more constraint in the design process, in a lot of way this makes things easier, the parameters are set and I just need to fill in the blanks. the geometry its self is nice and something I need to learn more about, using proportion and nothing but a compass and straight edge to design is fun. This method is not one that works with everything, (peter is very clear on that as well ) it really only applies to (please correct me if i am wrong Peter) 13th-16th swords and even then from a fairly narrow geographic area. MP
  13. I spent last week at tannery pond forge in NH for Peter Johnsons sword class this is the result. A type XV sword designed based on Peters theory of geometric proportions. the blade is 1075 the fittings are 1045 the blade is 29" MP
  14. I forge them in off center, and just guess at how far. works most of the time. Jeroen's method looks like a good idea and i will try that next one I forge. you can also skil the notches in the forging and just forge a taper that is them notched on the grinder or with a file. MP