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Tiaan Burger

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  1. You're welcome! There is nothing new under the sun, old ideas just get recycled.
  2. My apologies for the late reply, my computer went on strike a couple of days ago. Got it fixed yesterday and just now remebered that I should check back on the forums... Thank you all for the feedback, I really appreciate it. I am already working on a couple more of these, including a smaller version for backpocket carry. Yes, I get where you are coming from. There are some designs that cover the notch when the knife is closed. Look at at "canoe"pattern folders and some of the older Sheffield made wharncliffe whittlers.
  3. I wanted to make a very traditional folder, something as traditional as quaffing mead, boar hunting, getting into a long boat and raiding the coastlines of Europe. So I designed and made a pocket seax. This is the second one, the first had the thicker, more rounded handle of a fixed blade seax, so I decided to trim the handle down while retaining a bit of a rise towards the end. This one is 4" long from bolster to the end of the lanyard loop. I am thinking of doing a smaller, 3 1/2" version as well. SAE1070 blade and spring, Brass bolsters and liners, p
  4. Gerhard, I learned one very important thing a couple of months ago. I watched an interview of Tony Bose on YouTube, and the guy asked him how long he takes to make a single blade folding knife. Tony said he takes three days average. Now he is considered to be the best slipjoint maker alive. I always thought a single blade can be made in a day, two days max. After watching that video I slowed everything down and my quality jumped to a new level. To make a good knife means taking the time to do everything right, right from the first step. So my advice: don't rush it.
  5. Thank you all. The five-blade shown above won Best Art Folder at the Brooklyn knife show. And a three-blade stockman I made won Best Working Folder.
  6. Thank you all! As Brian said, optivizors are a game changer. After getting used to the narrow depth of field, I quickly realized that my work is much better than it ever was since everything gets a close up inspection. A leftover from my bladesmithing days is that I developed a love for traditional designs and materials, I use 1070 almost exclusively, and recently discovered that folding knives with iron fittings was quite common in the 19th century, so that will be another path to explore. I also want to get back into the forge, as I found that most of the damascus I can buy is no
  7. It has been a while since I last posted any work here, probably because I haven't done much knifemaking for the past couple of years. However, work suddenly dried up in August, and a prayer revealed the answer: "Make knives!" What sort of knives? The market is stuffed with makers. Again I got an instant answer: "Burger, wake up! Make multiblade folders!" Well so I got back into making knives and it was a struggle at first. One of the prime reasons I stopped was that I just couldn't see up close any more, and my reading glasses, no matter how frequently I changed them, just couldn't keep u
  8. Rabbit folder sold, rose still available.
  9. I have these two higonokami friction folders available on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/tiaanburgermetalart Should you wish to purchase but do not want to go through Etsy, send me a private message. The copper handled one with the rose is priced at US$300, add $30 for shipping via courier. The iron handled one with the bunny is priced at $450, add $30 for shipping via courier. Yes, airmail is cheaper, but it takes up to six weeks, during which time I am worried sick. With the courier I can track the package from point to point, and it takes five to seven days.
  10. Thank you! Yes,it is done by hand, using a punch with a cupped tip. On this one I used the smallest cup tip punch I have made to date. Here is a link to a short clip by Ford Hallam: Nanako Below is a cropped part of one of my photos. Not as good as I want it to be, maybe another little higonokami or two to get there.
  11. Another higonokami I finished this week, but probably not in time for Valentines day unless I get a local buyer. Copper handle with a hand carved raised inlay and nanako texture. Each nanako dot is 0.4mm in diameter. Handle was patinated using rokusho the sealed with three layers of baked-on urushi. I'm one of the 5% who is not allergic to urushi. The blade was forged out of a piece of Bohler's K510, a W1 equivalent. Edge quenched for a hard edge. Thank you for looking, questions and comments welcome.
  12. Brian, thank you. Simplicity is one of what I call "The Deeper Rules" of making things.
  13. I have sold the dragon stiletto and the san-mai kitchen knife. The stiletto with the vines and the ginkgo knife is still available at reduced prices.
  14. Thank you. Yes, it is a raised silver inlay. First cut to shape, inlaid into the handle, then carved.
  15. I made the handle about a year ago, but as I did not have a decent forging setup at the time I delayed on making the blade. Having moved into a new home since then I managed to set up a smithy suitable for small work. The first items I forged were a couple of blades for higonokami folders as they are some of my favourite knives to make and embellish with carvings and inlays. Blade length: 3 3/16" (80mm). Blade width: 17/32" (13.5mm) Blade material: W1 tool steel, differentially hardened and tempered, hand rubbed finish Handle length: 3 3/4" (94mm) Handle materials: Wrought i
  16. Thank you all for the kind words. I finally got to writing the blog post about this making of this knife. It can be read HERE and if you like it please do subscribe!
  17. Finished photos, listed on Etsy for US$820, more details on the Show and Tell thread HERE Visit my Etsy shop HERE
  18. This knife is finished, the last bit of work was to do the last couple of leaves, then I had to get rid of all the chisel marks using a deft touch with a very sharp scraper. Final finish was applied using abrasive powder and a toothbrush, followed by patina, then the highlights were brought up by brushing with finely crushed charcoal.
  19. You will see in my post on Show and Tell that I have started working on this little craft knife again. At first I deactivated the listing on Etsy, but this morning I decided to reactivate it. I'll post a new photo every day, and update the price according to my jobcard. For more info go to my Etsy listing
  20. Some more progress on this little knife: All the inlays are in, and I have gone over the background with a "nanako"punch. I also started sculpting the first leaf By last night I have rough sculpted four of the leaves, hoping to have the sculpting done today. More pics to follow, thanks for looking
  21. Hi Clifford I posted a series of pics here: https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/36501-home-made-ball-vise/ I hope this helps.
  22. In response to a query by Clifford Brewer on my post in Show and tell I have dug up the photos of the ball vise I made. The first photos show its first incarnation, dissassembled. All the parts except the bolts were sourced at a scrap yard. Tool used was an angle grinder, pillar drill, appropriate taps for threading and a gas torch for melting the lead for the ball. The first attempt was heavy enough for use with push gravers where one hand holds the ball vise jaws and the other the graver, but for carving with hammer and chisel it was much too light. I replaced the ball with
  23. It's been a while since I posted a show and tell. I started a blog, and need photos to go along with the stories, so you guys are now unwitting victims of my relentless pursuit of infamy. I finished this little craft knife about a week ago. I then listed it on Etsy and posted it here on the For Sale forum. This morning, on my way to mailing a parcel that is going all the way to California I stopped at a garden where there is a ginkgo tree growing a couple of yards inside the fence. We had a bit of a storm last night, so I managed to pick a number of fallen leaves off the ground outside th
  24. Yes, been a while since I last made anything worth posting here. Most of my time was taken up by carving, but I am now slowly getting back into the knife scene. I actually managed to make an almost normal knife! (also listed on Etsy, https://www.etsy.com/shop/tiaanburgermetalart , I'll post more pics in the Show and Tell forum a bit later)
  25. I have two stilettos which I have made in the past couple of months. the first has a vine climbing up a staircase ending in a flower with silver dot inlays. The second is a gargoyle perched on top of a staircase. both hand carved. The material is mild steel, as it does not need to hold an edge. The third knife is a san-mai kitchen knife, a layer of 1070 and a layer of mild steel, with two-tone handle and storage scabbard. All three are listed on my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/tiaanburgermetalart Thank you for looking.
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