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Matthew Parkinson

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  1. This is my take on the Zorro sword from the last movie, not the kind of sword project I normally take on but it was a fun and challenging build. Specs are 32" blade 1.5 at base 39" overall right around 2lb balance is 3.5 from the guard blade is L6 fittings are polished 1018 handle is wood core cord and leather the studs are stainless steel as are the ferrals . The scabbard is poplar with felt lining leather and stainless steel fittings. thanks MP
  2. Just a heads up I won best sword in show at Bladeshow 2018 with this sword
  3. Ok I lied .. I got a few more things finished/cleaned up .. for blade .. now I am done really.. I think Paring knife in Damascus and mahogany Little mushroom hunting set super thing damascus blade in antler with antler handled brush 6" chef in forged Nitro-v with mahogany and a nickel silver pin the Saya is by Tom McLean I think it is walnut with a ebony pin
  4. luckily I keep some finished work on hand to stock my etsy shop, I only had a couple of weeks to get some knives done for the table, I had a bunch of projects in part way finished and these are what i got done, might finish one or two more small ones today. I finished 2 damascus slip joints both walk and talk nicely the burl has heavier action. a few of these small forged stainless pocket sheath knives. forged in either AEB-l or Nitro-V A small Bowie in mosaic damascus nickel silver bronze and maple with silver inlay. a 6" hunter with antler nickel silver, and a domed
  5. it is done with file, just cut in at 45 deg almost to the other side. the spine gets a zigzag pattern and the sides the Vs. I went back with a center punch and did the dot in each triangle. MP
  6. I got the image back from coop , take a look!
  7. Slight differences in the handles, mostly in materials and shape. Some of these have handles that aare more like rondells. The blades are basically the same from what I can tell although the Skeans tend to be bigger this one has a 12" blade but the low end seems to be around 11". I didn't do all that much research on this so don't take every thing I am saying as gospel. MP
  8. Just finished this commission an Irish Skean, the blade is 1075 with a hamon, the fittings are blued textured mild steel and the handle is moose antler. This thing feels like a sword in the hand. going to get pro pics soon as well. MP
  9. I etched it I have been moving away from stamping, I have messed up far to many blades stamping them.. MP
  10. This dagger is a commission to match sword I made a number of years ago for the same client. This piece uses the same L6 for the blade and the same construction and finish as the sword. This was a lot easier to hand sand however. Hollow ground blade 11" length the fittings are mild steel patinaed slightly and polished back. The scabbard is felt lined poplar with leather wrap and steel chap and locket. The third photo is before I patinaed the fitting and died the leather. But it is the only one I had of is in the scabbard. Sharp by coop pics are inbound .. MP
  11. A recent commission, the blade is a tiled end grain w's pattern with a 340 layer twist edge, the guard and spaced are also 340 layer Damascus and the pommel is a single tile of the mosaic pattern. there are 7 carnelians set in the hilt and scabbard the handle is cord and leather wrapped and the scabbard felt lined popular with a leather wrap and steel fittings it is set for a left hand carry, as this was ordered as a companion to the falchion I made a few years ago. Like the falchion this is a full take down, and includes a damascus wrench with a damascus skull bead to take it apart.
  12. like that wouldn't cause trouble seriously though this is a really good idea, Like Ric said we are all standing on the shoulders of giants, it is sad that smiths like Don fogg , Darrel Meier, that are no longer active and are fading from memory. There are so many makers that shaped all we do today, that no one seems to remember, some retired, some gone, I find it sad that so few are remembered. MP
  13. I have been slightly remiss in writing for my blog , but this one feels important, so http://mpmetal.tumblr.com/post/169907316545/the-calling-and-the-path read on MP
  14. I got the pro pic of this sword back form Coop have a look!
  15. These were both for my table at NYCKS, the blades are two differnet patternes of mosaic damascus, we got a new shop mate here at Dragons breath forge, Mereko Maumasi he is a bit of a wizard with mosaic and some of his ideas have infected me. The spidy pattern came about after showing him the parent bar and he had an idea and drew out the pattern..looked so cool I went with it. the shooting star pattern was one i came up with, putting together some things I have been playing with along with some of Marekos methods. Totally looking forward to exploring these ideas further. the spidy patter
  16. I made these for my table at NYCKS, but had Coop get photos before the show , good thing because the bird and trout went early on the first day. the hunter i 1084 with bronze and stablized maple, it is a full take down with the little tool in the photo. the bird and trout is 8670/1094 random damascus with nickel silver fittings and silver inlay in the tiger maple handle.
  17. the blade is 1084 and the hilt work is 1045. MP
  18. Born of knowledge shared and wisdom earned .. paid for with exhaustion and blood. Complete but not yet finished I return home, sword in hand.
  19. I just finished my second session of this class at tannery pond forge in NH , we focused on longswords this time and it I was another incredible experience, figured the group might enjoy my daily progress photos. MP
  20. we are planing on live streaming the battle royal. I will make sure and post info on that before hand .
  21. Our annual sword-focused "hammer-in" is back again! This year we are focusing on 15th century Europe. the dates are Oct 28-29th -Matthew Berry will be doing a lost wax casting demo...-Brian Dimmock will be demoing how to make armor...-Christian Tobler will be back with a repeat of his awesome presentation on longsword techniques...-Jamie Lundell will be forging and assembling a rondel dagger through the course of the weekend-Peter Swarz-Burt will be forging and assembling a war hammer during the course of the weekend-Matthew Parkinson will be demoing and explaining the heat treatin
  22. I failed to even get one photo.. so you are up on me Matt. MP
  23. all four are forged from the same parent bar of twisted W's and the burl was matched as close as possible, set is 6" utility 8" carving 8" chef and a carving/serving fork MP
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