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David Stifle

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  1. You're welcome, Bernie. Bernie posted his relative's knife in another forum, where it received nice, but limited input. I suggested he post here, as I thought this group would be appreciative of such cool work. I'd love to see the shop where this neat package was created, and meet the man who did so with such primitive equipment.
  2. Wow! That's really imaginative, and cool! Love it!
  3. Nowadays. if you go into a store they have those with nice soft comfy rubber handles with interchangeable blades, all properly stamped with "Made in China." I sure like your work better, lol.
  4. There's a full length fuller right below the spine, giving an I-beam construction. The bevel is an apple seed grind, and no more than 5/8's wide. The blade at the base is 1.25"'s wide. I'd post pictures, but they always come out too big and I have a dickens of a time getting them sized correctly. Think I re-sized it correctly, and I hope the picture, while horrible, will give a better idea of the blade.
  5. Thanks Alan, I think you are right, after all, 6mm is only slightly less than a quarter of an inch, about .023 inches. I'm going to proceed to get my Ht done and test it.
  6. Doug, Rob Criswell has been making katana's for years from A2 steel. They are very tough blades with extremely sharp edges. Of course, as I understand it, his earlier work had 5/16's spines at the hilt and the swords came in at 3 pounds or more, later he went thinner and lighter. This is all what I read on the internet, but as I'm sure you know, people aren't allowed to lie on the internet. (smile)
  7. Hi All! I just finished forging my first full length sword, 28" blade of A2. I was totally focused on making a useable, good handling sword, and well...when I finished forging/grinding the spine at the hilt was only 6mm, halfway down the blade it is still 6mm, and then of course it tapers accordingly. It's a curved scimitar style blade, about 1.25" wide at the base, or hilt. It feels like a substantial piece of steel, but I'm afraid I went too thin. Am I within the norms of sword making, or did I get carried away?
  8. Close, it's spalted tamarind. I love this wood, it just has such a nice honey glow to it.
  9. I wondered if the bullet was a full metal jacket or a hollow point. I also wondered how "they" set up the pistol to fire so exactly, to actually impact a sword edge. Some fine measuring there. Anyway, sorry you couldn't keep that blade, Matt, it would be famous as the first katana shown on the show.
  10. http://bladesmithsforum.com/uploads/monthly_07_2015/post-31599-0-36570500-1435714428.jpg One more. Thanks a lot, Jay.
  11. Thanks, I'll play around with the pictures. While I have heat treated blades that long, I am not really set up to get the temp control needed to consistently do hamons, that one was sent to a Ht house. Likewise, I don't quench in water, so the sori you see was hammered into shape. Now, lets see if this works, http://bladesmithsforum.com/uploads/monthly_07_2015/post-31599-0-32921700-1435714397.jpg
  12. I don't know how you reduced that picture, Andrew, but thank you. I am also glad you like the hilt/handle treatment. It has a very nice hamon too, but I couldn't capture it.
  13. Thank you, Bob. I'm just sorry the other pictures are so large.
  14. Hi Fellas, I have not posted any of my work here in a very long time, so I hope you like it. I am having problems getting the pictures to the correct size, I hope these are okay.
  15. Great Sword! I'd love to hear more about how you did that great wrap!
  16. Totally escapes me. I guess I don't have the imagination you guys do.
  17. Hi Kenon, sorry to hear events got between you and making that sword, it would have been great, I bet. Yes, I know I have to take precautions when grinding titanium, the dust can be combustible, the sparks burn bright and hot like magnesium, and can burn through clothing easily. I will be wearing a mask, dark googles, and a heavy leather apron. I don't know if you had a chance to look at the video, but if the sword I make cuts like that one I will be very happy. The fact it is a warg rider would just be icing in the cake.
  18. http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/1263200-The-Undergrowth-Organizer-titanium-blade/page4 I will start a separate thread as I progress, but in the meantime, take a look at the video on page three to see what Sam's titanium sword does. Couple this with the fact that it will never rust and I think it's really something.
  19. I am collaborating with Sam Taylor (Mecha on the forum) who has spent a considerable amount of time and effort learning the mysteries of Titanium. He is making a billet for me, I will turn it into a sword (hopefully the warg rider scimitar) and sent it back to him for heat treatment. His swords have been extensively tested, and they are nothing short of jaw dropping. Even though grinding titanium is a PITA, I am really looking forward to this project. I am leaving today for a week in the country, no computer hookup, so I won't see any responses until I get back. But, yes, I will be happy to do
  20. Hi Kenon, fellas Sorry to bring up such an old thread, but since I am going to attempt this sword myself, I was curious as to how it turned out.
  21. Wow! That's outstanding! What an impressive piece of work.
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