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Worth Baker

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  1. Not sure if there was other information you were wanting
  2. 18" blade, 25" overall. I don't have a scale but I would guess it is at about a pound or slightly less.
  3. This was just an experiment to see how large of a blade I could get out of an old file. Ended up with something like a half-sized Oakeshott XVIIIa
  4. Just thought I'd add an update with pictures of the knives mounted in their new home and the first meal they prepared.
  5. Oh Wow, thanks, I just thought the project was stopped for some reason. That is incredible!
  6. Is this project dead? I still think about it every now and then. Was something I was really looking forward to seeing.
  7. Thanks very much, this is definitely a hobby that I don't intend to drop. I look forward to a day when I am past or at least far enough through paying off all the student loans that I will be able to reinvest in knife making and buy the equipment that could let me do much more interesting things.
  8. Couldn't use silver because of the oxidation, but maybe platinum and gold? Hahah Unfortunately very few schools teach wax casting anymore, it seems to be assumed that that work will get outsourced to dental labs. Luckily my dad payed his way through dental school casting jewelry and taught me wax casting as well.
  9. Thanks everyone! Heading to University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
  10. I am about to finish up a master's degree in physiology, after which I will be moving to start dental school. Because of this I won't have space for a workshop and likely won't have the time for knife making, so I decided to work hard to finish these up before the move. A kitchen set for my parents. All triple-quenched high-carbon damascus, mokume bolsters, and snakewood handles. Hope you enjoy.
  11. Realized none of the images really showed the nock reinforcement which was a fun first for me as well
  12. Thanks! I picked up the feathers and shafts from 3 rivers archery, it was my first time using them, but I am pleased so far. All the shafts came very straight and certainly seem to have pretty uniform bend strength to me. Only had issue with one of them so far that kept snapping at the bottom of the socket, twice while fitting the head and once after firing. It was the only arrow that has given me any trouble at all so I am pretty sure I just had some bad luck with a brittle shaft. Feathers where nice, came pre-split and are all left or right wing depending on what you choose.
  13. Not exactly blades, but they have edges and points so I thought they might still be of interest. I needed to make a new set of arrows for myself (I am making 24 but these are the first 8) that I didn't mind shooting and that I knew would hold up. I had made arrows before, but never forged my own points and never forged a socket before so this has been valuable practice. The heads are hardened and burned in. The shafts are barrel tapered port orford cedar spined for a 50lb bow, stained and sealed. The nocks were reinforced with ebony wedges. Turkey feather fletching with artificial sinew spiral wrap. Overall I am pretty happy with the first batch, though I definitely learned that I need to make the sockets a bit wider than it seems I should while forging.
  14. This was done for a restaurant here in Louisville called Mirin, an amazing ramen house where everything is made from scratch. It is high carbon damascus with a flat grind and differential hardening. The hamon is pretty high up but the transition can be seen as the etch fades closer to the forge mark and on the last picture in the same area. The blade has a solid distal taper and is the lightest knife I have made by size. The handle is bloodwood with a mosaic pin and a nickel/copper mokume gane bolster. The grain on the mokume is very tight and can barely be seen in person along the side, but it can be seen on the flat in the first picture. Feedback welcome.
  15. Stag handled dagger by Paul Weyersberg in Germany, late 1800's. This was mostly a clean up job, polishing up the silver, scrubbing out the stag and brass guard, removing rust from the blade without ruining the value, etc... The only thing that took some work was the silver bolster. It was just a bit of thin silver sheet wrapped around. It appeared to have broken off before and been filled in with wood putty and stuck back on. I decided to carve a wooden bolster to replace the disintegrating putty and re-glue the silver. Nothing special done on my part, just thought some might appreciate seeing an older piece.
  16. Well thanks, and yeah I am very proud to have learned from him. He was the one to make my touchmark, so I still feel like he is helping me with all of mine.
  17. Thanks very much! I was trained in the Woodbury school by a smith in Kentucky by the name of Hershel House. His tend to have a recurve which I always loved, but I like a thinner blade so mine ended up as an exaggeration of that.
  18. Thanks, much appreciated!
  19. Just a few blades for a professor that was the head of my department. Some of the hardest classes I have ever taken, but I learned more from him than any other teacher I have had. I took up an interest in my hobby and wanted to buy some simple knives for his sons. I decided to make the knives free of charge as well as throw in a damascus letter opener with a cocobolo handle as thanks for everything he taught me. Nothing particularly fancy here.
  20. They were definitely the sweetest horses I have ever been around
  21. Yes, he actually has two. A mother and son that were rescued. He is a little obsessed with them. When I first met him he carried around a water bottle with a lid carved into a Fjord Horse's head.
  22. Made it back from this friend's wedding. Proud to report that the knife was worn by him not only the entire day, but I did not see it leave his side once for the entire four days except in the name of safe dancing. He loved it so much that it was used to trim his nails just an hour before the wedding despite perfectly good nail clippers sitting six inches from his hand. It was also a great chance to work together again, this time making over 90 forged leaves as wedding favors. It was a wonderful reminder of why I love my propane forge. The trip also gave me the chance to see some of the incredibly impressive glasswork at Corning.
  23. Thanks very much everyone, had it shipped to him the other day. A bit late for Christmas, but I am looking forward to hearing what he thinks.
  24. Finally got around to making the sheath for this one and had some better photos taken before I sent it off. His only request for the sheath was that it have a Norwegian fjord horse on it.
  25. I am glad to see this blade will still have life at some point. Though I am very sorry to hear that a large portion of Jake's influence will be lost. I am a huge fan of his work and following that work has greatly shaped my techniques and style. While certainly don't claim to be as skilled as either of you, I will say my strong points are carvings and castings (I learned jewelry casting before I applied it to bladesmithing) and I do all my work with the same lost wax casting technique as Jake. If it were up to me I think I could make the original sketches happen, though I would probably agree with your idea of abandoning the full-tang. Possibly a tapered tang with a rivet behind a separately carved skull insert on the pommel. I imagined the skulls caved from bone on the pommel and as a handle section and maybe a large carved antler for the portion of the crossguard that is riveted to the blade and the other portions being cast of an aged bronze. I would love to do anything I can to help so don't hesitate to ask. I think about this piece fairly often and love the steel you have made for it.
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