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Abe Kenmore

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  1. Thanks everyone - the information's been a big help!
  2. Thanks! That would make sense, I was just wondering...
  3. Something I just realized — I have no idea how historical tridents were made. Would the spears be forge-welded on, or would it be made integrally? Did they have a socket? Did it vary from region to region (i.e. Rome to India)? Also, other than gladiator fights, how often were they used in combat, as opposed to their more mundane use for fishing?
  4. This is, quite possibly, my favorite piece I have seen on this forum. Just stunning!
  5. I like the overall design, but I might suggest, if you are doing more carving, use a short bladed knife (even a sharp pocket knife) for roughing out the handle, and you can use an Xacto knife for detail work. Chisels are nice, and I would advise getting those too, but in the meantime, you can do a lot with an Xacto.
  6. Man, I wish my school was that cool - all we have is an arc welder and a oxy-acetaline torch. That is absolutely beautiful work, I have been following from the beginning and I'm very impressed with how it turned out.
  7. Yeah - like I said, it could use a bit of work. The antler was what my friend gave me, so I tried to follow the lines of it, but it was definitely too big and curvy for the project. You're probably right that the guard should have been replaced. If I had my way, I would have ditched it (it's a hunting knife, not a bowie, so a guard seemed a little unnecessary) but my friend wanted to keep it, and it honestly never occurred to me to just replace it entirely. Given my skills and tools, though, I doubt I could have without wrecking the blade. It's the first time I've done a project like this, t
  8. This is a project I finished just before leaving for college last summer for a neighbor. It was a factory made blade, and the leather washer handle was literally rotting off. I cut off the handle and the pommel, (leaving the guard at the request of the owner) and then fit this handle on. From the guard, the materials are rosewood (I think), sheet copper, beech, sheet copper, and deer antler. The handle is a little too large for the blade, and given the size and shape of the antler, I'm not sure it's the most comfortable grip, but I'm pretty pleased with it overall.
  9. Probably cherry is a little harder - again, I haven't worked with holly, so I can only pass alonge just what I've read. Apperently, if improperly seasoned, it can split too, so a little bit of wood stabilizer might help, but it has been used successfully for knife and tool handles. Just a question, though - all the cherry I've seen, except for the outer sap-wood, has been a sort of light brown-red. It's really lovely, but I've never seen any large chunks I'd call "white". I'd be interested in seeing this pale cherry, if you happen to have a photo of it.
  10. As far as white wood, have you considered Holly? No clue how sturdy it is (I think it's a bit soft, like basswood, and it might have to be tougher not to split on something that size) but you can buy turning blanks of it, and it looks almost like ivory (it's that pale and has virtually no visible grain, at least in specimens I have seen). Bit pricy, but it might look really cool
  11. Is this possibly the species you are referring to? I did some research, and this is the closest I could find. I also saw a lot of pipes made from "strawberry wood" but I couldn't find what species that meant. Is Arbutus or Madrono wood used in pipes, too? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbutus
  12. Ok, so I know I'm just joinging the general throng of praise, but these are truly masterpieces, worthy of being displayed next to the greatest works of art and sculpture. The time and dedication displayed in these is simply mindblowing. Any Medival King would consider himself lucky to carry such an astounding blade.
  13. With - A HERRING!!! Oh, now I'm going to have to make a knife named the herring, just so I can do that... But beautiful - and truly impressive - knife, Stormcrow. I'd love to own one of your blades some day
  14. Nice to see a fellow piper on the forum! Your philosophy on metal is very similar to what I've been trying to convince my friends of for years - but they always just look at me funny and edge away... Oh, and sweet set up and tomahawk!
  15. Nice! I'm a sucker for those style handles, especially with Ebony scales, and the blade's got lovely lines. Do you have any other photo's of it?
  16. Wow. If only I had a project like that to come back with. The carved fuller really makes the knife one piece, unifying the handle, blade, and bolster
  17. All I can say is wow - I eagerly followed the wip on this one, and I can only aspire that one day, with enough time and patience, I could make something half as amazing
  18. All I can say is wow - I eagerly followed the wip on this one, and I can only aspire that one day, with enough time and patience, I could make something half as amazing
  19. Probably one of the most functional fighting knives ever designed, turned into a jaw-dropping piece of artwork. That damascus is incredible
  20. I really like it - simple and elegant, without being showy. It looks like it should be used, but also cherished
  21. Are you kidding? I would be honored to own any blade like that, weld flaws or not. It's stunning!
  22. Beautiful mix of the rustic and the elegant - looks like it would work really well, too
  23. I tend to take an all or nothing philosophy when it comes to forge finish on blades, but the little line that you left works really well. Overall, a beautiful knife
  24. Please show a close up of the blade when it's done - I want to see what knapped Damascus looks like. Regardless, that's gonna be a heck of a knife - stunning
  25. I really like the blade design and the overall texture and color. Just wondering, how does it feel in the hand, with a handle that's that square?
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