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Josh A Weston

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About Josh A Weston

  • Birthday 06/19/1981

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  1. Josh A Weston

    Help!!! Upsetting with Press

    Oh yeah, I remember seeing the post(s) you made of that order. That was a lot of work. Turned out beautifully too. My machinist uncle made a new jig based loosely and more simply off the idea I posed earlier. He is on his way down from PA to help me try it out. Fingers crossed over the next couple days.
  2. Josh A Weston

    Help!!! Upsetting with Press

    This has crossed my mind and it may just be the best solution. It would be fairly easy welds to get consistently and sure would save me from a lot of upsetting work.
  3. Josh A Weston

    Help!!! Upsetting with Press

    It's not so much that you upset it to draw it back out to the same dimensions... it's more that upsetting it allows a more fluid transition to make a supported beard type with more graceful lines. When forged back to 7" it is quite thin in the upper cross section so that I can pull that full body down.
  4. Josh A Weston

    Help!!! Upsetting with Press

    Here is a sketch I made that I sort of animated by moving stuff around. Thoughts? pressconcept2_small.mov
  5. Josh A Weston

    Help!!! Upsetting with Press

    What is Ray's method? I have tried just spreading a spike without upsetting and while you can get a wedge tomahawk it's not a very wide spread and certainly not bearded. I do not like the bent tip and drawn either... that's more personal preference though.
  6. Josh A Weston

    Help!!! Upsetting with Press

    This is a great thought! I think I may have to try this. Yeah, the press really sucks the heat out of the head.
  7. Josh A Weston

    Help!!! Upsetting with Press

    That's an interesting idea. I haven't quite tried that yet.
  8. Josh A Weston

    Help!!! Upsetting with Press

    I have an opportunity to mass sell my railspike tomahawks with a distributor. For me to make the wholesale price worth it I will have to apply some press and jig forging. I have all but one press jig solved. I need a way to quickly upset a 6" spike from 6" down to 4"... I would settle for 4.5". I've made about 5 failed jigs now. Years ago (6-8) I saw a video of a guy that was doing this but I can't find the video and I can't remember any details very clearly. Does anyone have any ideas?! I have a week and a half to solve this problem to get the work. I need some help, please! You can see one of my failed ideas here: https://www.instagram.com/joshaweston/ This is my current by hand process: and the main format I follow: https://rashystreakers.tumblr.com/post/107518033964/how-to-forge-a-railroad-spike-axe-by-thepxsmith Thanks, Josh
  9. Josh A Weston

    Irish Skean

    Beautiful piece! What's the final weight on that?
  10. Josh A Weston

    WIP, Heavy duty camp Knife

    Excellent thread! Very nice work.
  11. Josh A Weston

    CeltIberian War Knife for Knife or Death

    Small world! I spent almost a whole day in that museum. I want to go back and measure all of these. Here is a shot of the info card but it was not very helpful for measurements. Thanks for posting what you have. That will help to get some proportions right for the next one.
  12. Josh A Weston

    CeltIberian War Knife for Knife or Death

    You know what, I didn't actually measure it. I was going for as close to a full flat as possible. I will have to measure the thickness of the cutting edge, which I left a little thick and convex. But the blade is 2" wide at the base with a flat grind from spine to the edge bevel. It's a pretty sweet design, I am looking forward to making more of them. Oh, and the sheath is just leather. I molded it with a sharpie end and a polished antler tine. Takes a bit of time but with the aid of some clamps, water and a heat gun it can happen.
  13. Josh A Weston

    CeltIberian War Knife for Knife or Death

    At least one of the seax guys said seax inspired, but it drives me so nutso when they say "Viking Seax" and it's clearly Anglo Saxon and even then it's more of a bowie... oh well
  14. Josh A Weston

    CeltIberian War Knife for Knife or Death

    That was going to be my initial blade choice but for various reasons that didn't work out. Mainly I didn't know what the targets would be and I was worried about the tip breaking cause, you know, a real broken back is more than just the 45 degree angle cut on the end we see all over the place. Had I gone with one I would have gone Sittingbourne profile... maybe not multi-bar though... well, maybe. Wrought iron spines are so good for absorbing impact. Yes! I will be bringing it to blade with me! I will be there Friday and Saturday. Hit me up on my instagram when you are there @joshaweston
  15. Josh A Weston

    CeltIberian War Knife for Knife or Death

    It was a good experience. I used the opportunity to test out a historically inspired design and that was awesome. Of course, I had to make some modern additions for safety reasons but I tried to stay somewhat true to form. The show needs to be taken with a grain of salt or a few beers. I will continue to watch as we do ge to see different blade shapes, geometry etc in serious action on some tough targets. So worth a watch for sure.
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