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Abe Kenmore

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  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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, though, and first time working with antler, so I figure it can be a "live and learn" project. For the next one, I'll definitely take your advice!

  4. 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.



  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Okay, here is a bet (northern folks will get it ;)) you must hack down... some wild honey locust.

    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

  9. 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!

  10. It survived the quench !


    Of course the weld flaw did not disappear by magic ;)

    I dont have the guts to throw it to the scrap bucket. It is still acceptable for my personal collection.


    Now I have to think about the next steps, fittings and little carvings maybe B)

    Thanks for the kind word guys




    Are you kidding? I would be honored to own any blade like that, weld flaws or not. It's stunning!

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