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Pieter-Paul Derks

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  1. Those are some nice pictures of what looks to be a very good time. I really miss these kinds of events, I hope that I will get to go to a few next year. I always get a real kick of inspiration after seeing what others are doing
  2. Whoah, this one is real inspirational, I love the green theme, too many knives are brown and black
  3. It does look like one of the belgian stones, I have a small double sided one, but on mine the blue stone is more of a grayish blue than purple. The coticule are fairly soft, but not really friable if that makes sense. They are also very high grit and leave a fine polish and really sharp edge. If it is an belgian you are lucky becuase they are quite expensive in those sizes
  4. That turned out a very cool package! I like the sheath and the short haft
  5. This is very nice, gladii are really underapreciated swords and it is nice to see them so well done with clearly a lot of research done to make it accurate.
  6. Ah good to know, I really like the long handles on continental saxes, so i'm glad those are still historically right. The main thing that struck me about this find is that the handle looks so much like it came straight from the workshop of guys like petr florianek for instance.
  7. That is a really nice kitchen knife, I personally like these slim smaller knives more than full size chef's knives, even if used for crimes against poor sprouts
  8. What a great find! It is amazing to me how the wood managed to survive so well. It is nice to see that modern seax makers were on the right track with making fancy carved handles.
  9. What do you want to know? I like to think about the intricacies of the most basic tool ;) I have a nice collection of various hammers and I've made a few myself of different type, so I think I have some understanding of them. The main thing to note is that there is not one ''best'' forging hammer, and personal preference is important. I use multiple hammers for different parts of the blade. I actually don't believe that a forward weighted hammer hits harder than a symmetrical hammer of the same weight and handle length, the energy stays the same. The main advantage is ergonomic, the wrist is held in a more natural position, it is also important that japanese anvils are at a very different height than western anvils. On a high anvil, or when forging from sitting, a asymmetrical hammer with a curved handle is essential and shared among most cultures. (for instance sheffield cutlers hammers.) On an anvil set at knuckle height a normal straight hammer works fine. I do use a cutlers hammer myself, mainly for bending the tip and starting the bevels, the curve helps me to not overextend my wrist. For most other blade forging I use a german pattern with a big flat face because It leaves no dents in the surface. That hammer you started looks nice already, are you going for a straight or slanted handle?
  10. Super nice work, I could really mistake it for an antique. The copper fittings look great and the wrap is an amazing color. I guess you've also been watching Ford Hallam's inlay class? That ginko leaf looks a bit familiar I have too much other projects to do first, but seeing work like this makes me want to get sucked into japanese metalwork.
  11. What a cool build, I love this style of knife. I like the traditional process, it really looks like a lot of fun.
  12. It is a lovely set, and a real nice photo!
  13. Very cool forging, I am still amazed at how much freedom you get when forging, the metal can be anything you want. Is this going to be an ''ulu'' type kitchen knife?
  14. I use something very similar, although mine doesn´t have the baffles, onw swords the temperature isnt perfectly even, but for (big) knives it works flawless. I was also amazed how well this works for such a simple setup, I almost never use my electric kiln anymore, the drum furnace is just way faster to heat and gives no decarb issues.
  15. That looks like a very useful knife, and the sheath is super nice.
  16. I did some forging that I am quite happy with, my new gas forge really is a time saver. on the left a sheet metal template, the right is straight from the forge, almost a shame to grind it. This knife will be subjected to ABS journeyman testing, I finally got some time to spend on that next to commissions and daily life.
  17. Very elegant shapes, those are some impressive blacksmithing. I love the re-use of old epee blades, not too obvious but recognizable for the initiated.
  18. Those are some real nice knives, the buffalo horn is great, and the tiny bevels well worth the effort.
  19. That is really cool! almost looks like some ancient asian antique
  20. Very cool! I love scissors. These remind me of 18th century tools somehow, the combination of forged and filework maybe..
  21. This is really cool! Im looking forward to the rest of the sword
  22. Very cool! bauernwehr are just such a cool style of knife and the re-inforced tip is something you just don't see enough these days.
  23. With the summer weather coming up my usual beanie is getting a little too hot and uncomfortable, but I still want something to keep my hair out of my face while forging. I was looking at some Japanese crafts on youtube again, and I noticed a lot of craftsmen are wearing these white bandana-ish headgear, often with kanji on them. I think these look very comfortable and not unimportantly really stylish I cant find a shop online for them, probably I am looking with the wrong terms, but I have no idea how these are called. Does anyone here know their name, or even a shop for these?
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