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Pieter-Paul Derks

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  1. That was a great listen. I am a complete novice to poetry, but I find myself liking it more and more lately. Your voice is very pleasant, and I really aprecciate that you talk about the poem and the beauty it holds inside itself, instead of making it about the author, religion or politics. In the literature lessons that I´ve had I´ve always been dissapointed that they were so analytical, and so little about meaning and beauty.
  2. Yeah, unfortunately the thinner the belt the worse the belt bump gets. The absolute best belts for finishing are the trizact DC ``gator`` belts, these have no belt bump at all and leave beautiful finish. unfortunately they are expensive and hard to get, even when living in europe.
  3. When quenching long blades I clamp them between two heavy pieces of square tubing, this seems to press out any small warps. on a 6mm thick blade I seem to have enough time to fumble with the clamps, I haven´t broken a blade yet with this method.
  4. I use VSM ceramics for grinding and I think they are just as good as the 3m belts. I haven´t used the flexible belts so I can´t really say anything meaningful, but I suspect they will be fine
  5. That is some really impressive handle shaping. That carved guard is amazing, I wish I had antler as solid like that.(and as much patience as you when sanding all those tight curves)
  6. Great stuff, I need to experiment with techniques like this some more, not so much because I hate the filing and more because I Like those "inlet'' shoulders in the guard itself.
  7. This is my favourite of yours so far, the material combinations in that handle are gorgeous, and the damascus is great too. I can't wait to see what you do with an airgraver, they are amazing tools and i dearly wish to be able to afford one myself one day.
  8. That poll weld is too cool that is some fantastic looking wrought iron too, and i like how the welding method of the poll looks after etching.
  9. That is a really nice fighting blade! I like the forging flaws, it fits on a plainer blade in this style. Miles ahead of most of the usual re-enactment swords, which are more crowbars than weapons
  10. Thanks guys, making hammers is a lot of fun! She is marked 209 kg, which translates to around 460 pounds, It is a really great anvil, with nice rebound and really flat faces after a hundred years. The maker is Soeding&Halbach from germany which was renowned for its cast steel anvils.
  11. I made myself a hammer I´ve wanted for a long time: an english style dog head hammer. Forged from 60mm square c45 steel (1045 basically) with a curly walnut handle, just because I wanted to be fancy. weight is 1500 grammes so about three pounds. This thing was a lot harder to forge than a normal hammer, the wedge shape keeps trying to shoot away under the hammer. Good thing I also have a grinder It feels nice to forge with so far, I have to see how I like it when I start forging a new knife.
  12. I have a feeling that the wooden handle is tge original and the bronze a later(victorian?) Addition. It is not so much the rivets as the knotwork that looks "wrong" and modern to me. Of course I could be totally wrong, I'm far from an expert on these matters.
  13. Copper is actually really nice to forge, you can work it both hot and cold and it is a lot softer than steel. When working copper cold it hardens with hammering and will eventually crack, to anneal it you heat it up to a dull red and quench in water, this will make it really soft, the oposite of steel. One important thing to remember is that copper conducts heat super fast, so you cant hold one end while forging like you would with steel, well fitting tongs are a must. When grinding it the same heat conductivity is a problem again and you will burn your fingers easily, files work better. for forming bowls you will need a domed hammer and a stump with a dent in it, for the rest the same tools for iron work great on copper.
  14. I really love this one. The damascus is one of my favourite I have ever seen, very free flowing and random. Are the wide bright layers thicker stock?
  15. An amazing blade and an equally amazing handle, I love how soft the lines are, it looks more nature made than man made sonehow
  16. Those are fantastic knives! I love the bolsters, I like how the hexagonal handle has clean lines but still looks soft and comfortable
  17. Great work Kris! Im always a big fan of your sabers. The chandelier is amazing too
  18. beautiful spear and beautiful workshop.
  19. Those seem like reasonable prices, I myself would maybe go a little higher depending on how complicated the knives will be. I always try to remember than pricing too low can be as bad as pricing too high, many people who buy custom knives like higher prices, because it makes them seem exclusive, just like an expensive car or coffee maker. Ofcourse you also don't want to scare off customers with too high prices. I struggle with this dilemma myself, one of the hardest things about knifemaking in my opinion.
  20. Not really in my shop ´´today´´ as it is a school day but last weekend is close enough for this thread I think. I fired up my drum forge to heat treat my first sword and all went without problems, unlike the last time I tried to quench a sword. (let's just say that I made a nice impression of the shards of Narsil haha.) My friend suggested that the contraption made of barrels, an old barbecue, clamps and a weedburner looks like a rocket, while my mom likes calling it a pipe bomb. Luckily my forge works a lot better than it looks, I am really impressed with how simple and effective it is, I could evenly heat a two feet blade without any issue and i have no doubt that it will do longer blades as well. At the moment I am doing a lot of hand sanding and working on handle parts, the blade came out dead straight and I am very impressed with the 80crv2 steel so far, even with a 250celcius spring temper it passes a brass rod test just fine.
  21. I like how the lacquer has some different reddish color in some spots. I look forward to seeing the katana
  22. Great stuff as always! this is a very ´´sleek´´ knife.
  23. Nice knife, I like the slim shape. What is the handle and sheath made of? The times I used farriers rasp they through hardened all the way in canola oil, I think water will harden the whole thing as well, I'm not totally convinced the steel usd for these rasps is 1095, but I do know that it makes a fine blade.
  24. That is a very nice machine for that price! looks very solid, and the coin test is always a nice trick. With both my phone and my pair of prescription glasses dying on me recently I can't really buy anything expensive soon, but daydreaming never hurts. I do not know what the mods think of asking for pricing in these forums, I personally like seeing clear prices, but I will ask pricing in PM in the future if the mods like that more.
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