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Mike T Smith

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  1. I'm a beginner as well, but I have made a few RR spike knives as well as a couple hawks. You have the right idea. As you draw it out (that is the process you are doing to lengthen and flatten) You can work the blade width as well. You don't have to wait till it is all drawn out to address the width. Do it as you go with the flat side of the hammer. You can also draw the blade width with the same method. Work it on the hot side and it should not take too long. I look forward to seeing it! Mr. Longmire knows his stuff! If you have not seen his hawks, search for them
  2. Your knives always have such great adventures! They crack safes, survive fires... what next!?! You should write a series of children's books based on the adventures of your knives Great looking knife and yet another testimonial to your quality craftsmanship!
  3. That is so cool. I'd really love to see the casting as well as some of the failures!
  4. You may not believe this, but that is my favorite knife that I have seen of yours! Simple mastery.
  5. Take a look at the heads of the spikes. Some will have HC on them, this means High Carbon and that means they are more useful. It's not the BEST steel, but at least look for it on the heads.Ones marked MC for Medium Carbon, will not harden as well and therefor not hold an edge as well.
  6. Post on http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/forum.php about it. Let them know where you are at and you will get prompt actionable responses.
  7. What a great testimonial for your skill! And you get more sales out of it to boot! Great looking knives too
  8. Ahh Fancy Gap... It's why I live in VA and you are the only other person I've ever hear mention it! Amazing place. Fond childhood memories.
  9. Oh yeah..... That is so inspiring and beautiful! Now I have to do a KITH just to have a chance of seeing that in person! Stunning....
  10. A lighter hammer will help too. You got all the basics, keep at it!
  11. Awesome that you have it going! Once you close the ends up a bit, it will retain a lot more heat. I forge below 10 psi and try to keep most of the flames inside the forge with some orange wisps coming out. I AM a beginner myself, so take my advice with a grain of salt! Get hammerin! You might want to wear a different hat around the forge
  12. You should check out the Alloy avenue forums. THE best metal casting info and great people. www.alloyavenue.com/vb/forum.php
  13. That belt buckle is fantastic! Did you come up with that?
  14. It screams sword. What timeless proportions... Beautiful execution, throughout! right down to the scabbard rigging... that is really cool. Yeah, that inlay looks like it grew there!
  15. Wow... I just had one ricochet off my cheek while grinding the other day, went behind my glasses and in my eye, got something out and luckily, that was the end of my story... Eyes are pretty useful... I'll be striving for better eye protection after hearing your story. Thank you for sharing! Drink up!
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