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Simon W

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  1. 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 as a sleeve around a blade, particularity on some Middle Eastern blades like yatagans, kards & bichaq. There may be a specific term for these "bolsters", but I'm not aware it.
  2. Wow, that is some really impressive work for someone who says they’re new to bladesmithing!
  3. Bolatron is a Kydex alternate, I'm not aware of any others offhand but others may exist.
  4. That turquoise(?) inset in the pin is a really nice touch!
  5. This reminds me more of a Swiss halberd than an axe blade, it is certainly unique though!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I really like that patina!
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. Yeah, something is very strange there. Maybe anneal or normalize the blanks again & test again to rule out the steel as a factor?
  12. Wow, that is really nice! The shape & lines of the blade & antler are spot on!
  13. 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!
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