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Pieter-Paul Derks

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About Pieter-Paul Derks

  • Birthday 11/25/1996

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    Deurne, the netherlands
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    bladesmithing, swords, history, blacksmithing,
    death and black metal, playing bass, doing metal vocals and reading fantasy books.

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  1. This all sounds like a great experience! all things around the making of steel are magic to me and super interesting. I am always totally mesmerized by molten gold, almost an otherworldly metal. Fun fact, in Dutch and french goldsmithing the contaminated precious metal is called ''lavure'', a term also used for dishwater containing bits of food
  2. Jep this sounds like decarb to me. I use a decent amount of 80crv2 and it really does develop a thicker decarb layer in my experience. I do a quick file test after hardening 90 degrees to the edge and really bite in, scraping a file against the flat of the blade will not tell you much. Side note, I've been using o1 for some integrals lately and that stuff gets crazy hard in comparison, it sounds like glass straight after the quench.
  3. Real nice work, I love these super elegant ''simple'' rapier hilts
  4. I use that same kind of electrolytic stencils as in the video above, I really like them. I use the cheapest laboratory power supply I could find because I didn't have a battery charger I also have seen people build their own devises and use laptop chargers. I figured a power supply was easiest, It even came with alligator clamps for my q-tip A q-tip soaked in salt water works fine, but I do want to get the proper electrolyte in the future. The main thing was experimenting with the duration of the etch, it depends on the size of your mark and the depth you want.
  5. I am not an expert on VFD, they are a bit of electronic magic in a box to me. As far as I understand a VFD is not that great at speeding up quickly, They need to be programmed to start up slowly or else there is a chance to fry the delicate electronics. The drive on my belt grinder takes a few seconds to get to max surface speed. So this would not be that great for a hammer where you want quick acceleration. I do think that it could work on a hammer to control the max speed for instance, and then engage it with a clutch. In my mind this is overcomplicating thing
  6. Nice shape, that is a lovely big piece of walnut.
  7. Personally I would forge that out to a stick tang and start on a new integral All methods of joining a tang would not be optimal. Drilling and tapping a hole would be the next best thing, you could even drill all the way through the handle and use a nut to pull the handle tight against the bolster.
  8. It might be a simple knife but I think it is a really nice one I always love birch bark handles, and that bronze is a great match for it
  9. I have been quite busy doing commission work, for some reason I am getting more requests than ever. My plan was to make some stock for knifeshows that are coming up and to work towards my ABS goals but I just can''t find the time. The latest project completed was a major challenge but also a real cool result. A pair of damascus wedding rings with silver liners and inlays. I had done a signet ring for the same client with the same inlayed damascus, so I thought making these rings would be fun. The thing I didn't account for is how tiny the inlays on these are, the lines are only
  10. I used to have a 40 pound mechanical powerhammer, It would hit about as hard as I can with a 5 pound hand hammer on a big anvil. The advantage is that the hammer doesn't get tired and is also immune to carpal tunnel. I really regret selling it with the damascus commissions I've been getting lately. I had the same problem of not owning the shop space, and that hammer did fine on a rubber foundation bolted to the floor. In my opinion a treadle hammer is useless for drawing out stock, it will make you just as tired as hand hammering.
  11. Now this is a very cool project, I once made a damascus cake server, but that was nowhere near as fancy as this one is going to be.
  12. Hello everyone, I have found an interesting hydraulic press, it is an old industrial unit and very different looking from the purpose built knifemaking machines. My question is, does this look usable for forging? anyone have experience with this style of machine? It is not cheap enough that I'll just buy it and find out, but a lot more affordable than a new unit. It is a 10 metric ton unit, with 4 inch cylinder and the seller claims that it will do 2.5 inches per second. I think that would put it comparable with the small coal iron presses or other smalle
  13. I agree, this might be my favorite thread on this forum, it really shows how much different paths there are in the craft of bladesmithing. I was just thinking about this thread the other day, strange to realise that I read parts of this a decade ago. It would be really nice if the interviews could continue someday
  14. Great looking blade! I am hoping for a tiger head pommel now
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