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Simon W

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  1. Been working to set up my shop in the new garage this last year, but most recently I've been working to build a post vice base. I was lucky enough to be able to take an abandoned cast iron telephone pole base from the property I was previously living at and give it a new life. I hadn't yet gotten to putting in a steel bearing plate at the bottom of the vice leg in these photos, but that all done now. Still have the other half of the cast iron base for some other future project, hardcore side table maybe? Pretty excited to put it to use, it'll definitely be handy espec
  2. I'd imagine you could use the laser you have, taking photos at the same location before and after to count the difference in highlighted particles for some rough measurements.
  3. This looks like a modern interpretation of a habaki, the metal sleeve at the base of Japanese swords. Traditionally habaki are metal sleeves (brass, copper, silver, sometimes gold plated), slightly tapered that function to secure the sword in its wood scabbard (saya) by a close friction fit. They were sometimes textured on the flat surfaces, or pierced & profiled to add some additional aesthetic flair. The one above doesn't seem to be there as a scabbard fitting, but it does look pretty cool! You can also look up bolsters. It's not the same but sometimes bolsters are designed a
  4. Wow, that is some really impressive work for someone who says they’re new to bladesmithing!
  5. Bolatron is a Kydex alternate, I'm not aware of any others offhand but others may exist.
  6. That turquoise(?) inset in the pin is a really nice touch!
  7. This reminds me more of a Swiss halberd than an axe blade, it is certainly unique though!
  8. It sounds like the contact wheel bearing failed, but perhaps those with a Grizzly can give you better insight on possible issues & what sort of lifetime is reasonable for a contact wheel.
  9. You can practice hammering techniques on plasticine too, it gives you very quick feedback if you're doing the technique properly, and you don't have to worry about the heat of the material. After that move to steel.
  10. Super, the dimensions really help! My sense of scale was wonky on those first photos, it looked smaller than it really is. Looks good so far, but I'll let the more experienced guys around here chime in.
  11. What blade shape are you looking to do, hira-zukuri or shinogi-zukuri? My initial thought is that it is a bit odd that the tang is angled up from the center axis of the blade so much. What are the dimensions of the blade?
  12. Yeah, something is very strange there. Maybe anneal or normalize the blanks again & test again to rule out the steel as a factor?
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