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Simon W

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  1. Bolatron is a Kydex alternate, I'm not aware of any others offhand but others may exist.
  2. That turquoise(?) inset in the pin is a really nice touch!
  3. This reminds me more of a Swiss halberd than an axe blade, it is certainly unique though!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. I really like that patina!
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Yeah, something is very strange there. Maybe anneal or normalize the blanks again & test again to rule out the steel as a factor?
  10. Wow, that is really nice! The shape & lines of the blade & antler are spot on!
  11. Use Kijiji as a local price check, but in my part of Canada that looks like a reasonable price. The blower itself is around $200, and I've seen forges range from $200 to 400. You may want to consider the availability of coal & the time it takes to startup & shutdown a coal forge though. I'm really happy with my own, and there is certainly an aesthetic joy in using those old tools & the feedback you get from them. The short amounts of time I find to forge though, I've found my makeshift gas forge quicker to jump into a project, and certainly cleaner!
  12. That ring is awesome, how did you do that!?
  13. I would agree, AutoCAD is primarily a 2D program, very powerful for figuring out geometries to very exact precision but not that great at 3D. Revit is the go-to for 3D modeling (at least in architecture), but I know Autodesk also has Inventor as part of its suite of programs. I don't have any first hand experience with Inventor, but it seems to be a 3D program geared towards manufacturing & design of products; it may be worth a try. Unfortunately all of Autodesk's products are very expensive, and have various learning curves to operate them properly. There are options for light versions of Revit & Autocad, as well as student versions which are cheaper. You can download one month trial versions though, if you do want to give them a try. There are a lot of tutorials & FAQs out there to help you out if you are curious. Sketchup may be your best bet if you are looking for a quick & free 3D modelling program.
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