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Sean H

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  1. Actually Chris gave me the most advice about the attempt at Urnes style art. The leuku was mostly do to Brandon
  2. It has been quite some time since i posted, but my friends and colleagues have been pushing me to put out better work.So here we go, The first a pair of utility knives in 1075, started out with 3/16" stock, put a simple curves on them and a nice bevel with the file. The first of the 2 is actually a gift for a close friend and business partner, with cocobolo scales, and a leather sheath. Tstar leather has been indispensable in making the sheathe a success always there to answer questions and offer advice. It is 4-6oz vege tan lan leather, a medium brown dye, and antique finish. Josh Fikentsher heat treated these for me with his new kiln heat treat rig and they turned out great . The second is the same knife with the bevel on the opposite side for me, i have been learning to join and something to cut lines will help out immensely. The wood is lacewood, found something interesting out when sanding this, the red brillow pads will strip the softer inner pith of lacewood leaving a really nice dimple texture on the lacewood. The final and knife i have worked the hardest on is a big leuku i made for myself as a camp and work knife, they are apparently based on older Sami from Scandinavia, short thick bevels, little to no distal taper, and a swell towards the tip creates a heavy chopping blade. 1075 blade with a redheart wood handle and copper fittings, same 4-6 oz leather and same dyes. I spent days on the dragon drawing trying to get the curves and proportions right, in the end still not too happy with it. the carving and drawing skilsets still have a long ways to go... I wanna take a moment to thank my local circle of smiths and friends, your input advice and help has been instrumental. Chris Price, Josh Fickentsher, Brandon Sines, and Brett Smith at Tstar you all are amazing.
  3. Monticello has a particularly fearsome looking one on the walls if you havent seen it before.
  4. Keep us posted! Haven't processed any bog iron personally so follow anyone else's advice.
  5. I really like your fuller scraping jig, would you mind sharing details?
  6. Ive wanted to see someone try pattern welded Armour for a while. Good job, have you made the arming points for the spaulders as well?
  7. First off mind listing your resources for these design concepts? Second if you wanna do historical worm set a limit for yourself about what constitutes historical. for some that means appropriate materials, design and techniques, others it's just design, and other just simply site influences. Now others on this site will hopefully correct me, but so far as I know bazelards were double edged and featured a promenent swelling both forward and behind the hand. Forming an I shape this doesn't seem to feature that at all. In fact this comes closer to a balloon dagger or rondelle in my mind. I'd suggest checking the Wallace collection, and some the German museums for examples to work off of.
  8. Well my next projects are messers, one kreigsmesser, and one close to the marxbruders messers you see running around.
  9. Kevin given how much i pestered about this i don't mind at all, actually the recurve is an artefact of the quench, Sam quenched this in parks 50 for me spine first, and the recurve just formed. Initially i had a little bit of sori, so I am guessing a vertical quench might have been better. I didn't base it on any particular artefact but other images on this forum hint at a slight recurve, not sure if that is a result of constant sharpening or forming that way. As for the slab handles, i don't care for the full wrap around style associated with this, so i wanted to settle on something in between. I took the blade up to 500 or so several times. and hey being asked questions helps me learn as much as asking questions
  10. It is just under 2lbs, but due to the lack of taper its one hell of a chopper, but from what i researched some of these had taper others did not. Thanks JJ
  11. This has been more than a little while in the making, i think about 2 years now? I got the bug when Raymond Luebke posted his heptseax here three years ago, from there it was a hop skip and a jump in research and i found the vimose bog seaxes and fell in love with them. I did some research, asked a lot of questions and settled on a blade with little to no distal taper, about 1.5" wide, by a little under 24" long, 1075 steel for the material, with a 100+ year old cut walnut for the slabs. Its been a long road, with a lot of learning, but i would not trade it for anything. Thanks to Chris Price for putting up with me, Sam Salvati for helping me heat treat it, and the rest of you who have been pestered with incessant questions.
  12. Can't wait to be there guys, anybody gonna have some antique swords and such up for handling/show/discussion?
  13. Can't wait to see this one myself, and evening smelt sounds like a lot of fun.
  14. Beautifully done knives and leather work i wish my stuff looked half as good. The big question though is who makes that compass and where did you get it?
  15. Anyone else noticed the orientation of the hilt to blade, changes from the zoom photo to the standard photo?
  16. Beautiful work as always Jim! JJ has been a wonderful teacher to me so far, he is always willing to answer questions, and believe me i have got a million of them. Speaking of books any news on that fourth one?
  17. Mix ball bearing and cable damascus next?
  18. Can't wait to head out there Friday afternoon, this will be my first hammer in, having missed last years and received a great deal of ribbing for it, i won't miss this one! Aside from watching various people work i do have a small tanto i would like to get ground and heat treated, and i have a small bucket full of knives and other knife scrap that i'd love to turn into a bloom of some sort if anyone is interested. Otherwise looking forward to a great weekend!
  19. I can't wait to see this finished, and given a good coat of paint. Something beautiful about these ancient pieces of machinery.
  20. I might have build myself a long sword style charcoal forge to see if that plays any role in hamon development.
  21. This isn't knife making 101, or even 201, this is bloomery steel, where people spend quite a bit of time getting the hearth and or furnace running just right. Much less getting blooms to come out the way they want them, even then there is some magic and luck to it. We ran an aristotle the other night and for some odd reason it didn't consume as much steel as normal, and what came out was largely slag, and this furnace is over a year old and run by someone who knows what they are doing. I can't blame him for not wanting to share, i imagine that the finished product will not only be unique because of Mr.Jones time and effort, but unique also because of the blend that went into the bloom. In any case i wish Mr. Jones good luck and will watch for the finished sword.
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