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Luke Wojtanowicz

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  1. 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.
  2. "A man is the smith of his own destiny, he forges his own fate." 9th century Icelandic Proverb.
  3. That turned out absolutely beautiful, and the lack of hamon doesn't detract from the beauty at all. What about the handle?
  4. 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. 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. 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. John Deer plow steel, out of the scrap bin where I work. It's probably about 1080 or 1090.
  8. 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.
  9. Wow, Enchanted fish-hook indeed. There are pro fishermen out there who would pay the moon and the stars for one of those.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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 sys
  14. 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.
  15. Hello everyone, I haven't posted in ages, but my hands have not been idle, and now that I got my camera working again..., (Sigh, hammer and tongs I can use, computers i am not so good at.) Anyway, a couple of Hunting and Skinning knives in my series of ergonomic blades. These have black walnut handles, with copper pins on top, and brass pins on the bottom. And as per usual, they are 100% recycled materials. The copper is grounding wire, the brass is scrap from a diesel engine, the blade is 1085 plow steel, and the black walnut handle is salvaged from an old ottoman. Both have alre
  16. Just put the final sanding on two small skinning knives with black walnut handles, one with brass pins and one with copper, and I am wondering how to seal the handles. My uncle, who works at a blacksmith shop, recommended a combination of linseed oil and melted beeswax. I am worried this might change the color, as it did when I used this combo on red oak. Anyone have any suggestions?
  17. Find a style you like, and keep refining it until it is perfect. Looks to me like you are close to perfection.
  18. It's a cool looking blade, excellent for a beginner. Though i have never understood the insistence on the machete as an anti-zombie weapon. Too close range for my taste. I prefer an axe.
  19. I bow before a true master of the art. It puts my finest work to shame.
  20. If the blade on the bottom curved downward a bit more, I might call it a Gurkha. As it is, I think it's just a big bowie knife. Nice work all round.
  21. I am soooooo making one of those.
  22. Simple yet beautiful. Outstanding work.
  23. Those are assassins daggers!!! Designed to make a exit wound that will not close and will bleed profusely, if you pull it out twisting against the spiral. Nasty little buggers they are, but wicked cool.
  24. I like the top one particularly, Very utilitarian. I might just have to make a few of those for the farm. Cheers for a brilliant idea dude. And thanks for the inspiration.
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