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Luke Wojtanowicz

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About Luke Wojtanowicz

  • Birthday 06/14/1975

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    Minnesota
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    Knives, Axes, Swords, Disaster Preparation, Cartoons, Eastern Philosophy, Martial Arts, Gardening, and Cooking.
  1. Luke Wojtanowicz

    Three of a kind

    Haven't posted anything in a long time, most of my recent metalwork has not been in blades, but I am finally back and wanted to show these. Sold for a gift set to a father with two young boys, the full tang blades are 1085 plow steel, with cherry, black walnut and white oak handles. They are nicely balanced and fit beautifully in the hand, honest opinions welcome.
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    Thought fer the day, / add yours if you like

    "A man is the smith of his own destiny, he forges his own fate." 9th century Icelandic Proverb.
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    San Mai tanto from scrap WIP

    That turned out absolutely beautiful, and the lack of hamon doesn't detract from the beauty at all. What about the handle?
  4. Luke Wojtanowicz

    Bamboo handles?

    Just got Bamboo flooring in my house, and I ended up with a lot of scraps left over. Can I use this stuff for knife handles? and what do I use for sealing and finishing?
  5. Luke Wojtanowicz

    San Mai tanto from scrap WIP

    I have to say, looks pretty good so far. I love forging from scrap, giving new life to old steel and all that. Can't wait to see how it will turn out.
  6. Luke Wojtanowicz

    The Twins ...not identical but you know, close. Or something.

    Love them both. Don't apologize for the method you used to make them, nothing wrong with stock removal. What counts is the end result and yours are beautiful.
  7. Luke Wojtanowicz

    2 small knives with knotwork handles

    John Deer plow steel, out of the scrap bin where I work. It's probably about 1080 or 1090.
  8. Luke Wojtanowicz

    2 small knives with knotwork handles

    These are what I have been working on for the past few weeks. I still need to seal and waterproof the handles, and thanks to the forum for all the advice on how best to do that. plow steel with black walnut and copper pins for the handle. and brass pins in this one. comments welcome.
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    pattern welded fishing hooks

    Wow, Enchanted fish-hook indeed. There are pro fishermen out there who would pay the moon and the stars for one of those.
  10. Luke Wojtanowicz

    Double Twisted Core Sword - Finished

    I like it. What is the balance like?
  11. Luke Wojtanowicz

    Finishing a black walnut handle.

    Agreed. I use walnut whenever I can get it, though i limit my materials to whatever I can savange or find. So I mostly end up using red or white oak. The walnut I get mostly comes from disgarded furnature, and old commemerative plaques. Intetresting note: Red oak, when treated with the above mentioned hot beeswax/linseed mix, hardens into something like stone.
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    Finishing a black walnut handle.

    Thanks for all the information you guys, in the end I went with tru-oil. Fully satisfied with the results, though I got rather sick of the smell by the time I was done. When I asked my uncle for more info on Beeswax as a handle sealant, he said he set his unfinished knives under a woodburning franklin stove untill they were warm to the touch, but not quite hot. On top of the stove he would have a little tin with his wax/linseed oil mixed at about 30/70%, and already warm. Application would be done with a Q-tip or cotton swab, and then the knives would go back under the stove for an hour or so, to let the wax cook properly. After being allowed to cool to room temp, a light sanding and then, back under the stove for the second or third coat.
  13. Luke Wojtanowicz

    New steel for our kitchen

    Well, either that, or you have made a knife so sharp it severs the fabric of reality as you move it around. Looks like a lovely knife, and I hope it serves you well. Just don't take it near any nuclear accelerators.
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    Variations on a theme: Ulu

    A friend of mine asked for an ulu for x-mass. Nothing fancy or garish, just a simple, solid kitchen knife. So I made him one. Thing about ulu... (ulus? uli? whatever) They are kind of like potato chips. If you have to make one, you may as well go ahead and make a lot, cause they will keep on coming. Before I knew it, a couple more had sprung into being under my hands practically of their own accord. And one last knife which is part ulu and part 'whatever I could make out of the steel I had left over. You might well see a few more, before it works it's way out of my system.
  15. Luke Wojtanowicz

    A pair of hunting/skinning knives.

    I tried to post this before, but it didn't show up. Hope this attempt is better. A pair of hunting skinning knives, in my ergonomic design series. The handles conform perfectly to the shape of the hand. That means less muscle fatigue when using it for long periods, and a fine degree of control over the blade. As usual, my work is 100% recycled materials. The blades are 1085 plow steel, the furniture is black walnut from an old ottoman, and the pins, brass on the bottom, copper on top, are grounding wire and diesel engine parts respectively. Comments welcome.
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