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  1. On 8/29/2020 at 9:08 AM, Richard van Dijk said:

    Nice work, it is amazing how much work this carving is it not.

    Thanks! It really is, had no idea what I was getting myself into with the carving, really glad I did it though, have had a lot of fun with woodcarving since then

  2. On 8/19/2020 at 4:18 PM, Doug Lester said:

    That is some incredible eye candy.


    Good to see JD posting again.  If you get some praise from him it means something.



    Thank you. That was an older comment from JD, but it meant a lot to hear that from him when I was still relatively new to the craft

  3. On 8/18/2020 at 12:33 AM, Doug Lester said:

    If that's not the fanciest one that you've done I'd love to see the fancy ones.  Outstanding work.



    Thanks very much! and compared to this one I did a few years back, nothing has really been fancy.


  4. As the title says, first knife I have really been able to make for myself. Before I just took too many requests for friends and family and never had the time to make myself one. Recently finished a full kitchen set for my parents and had some extra damascus and a spare piece of mokume, so I decided to make myself a cooking knife as I do a lot of it but I have never had a good kitchen knife to work with. It's not the fanciest one I've done, but the octagonal handle is very comfortable in my hand and the blade is very thin towards the edge making it cut better than any kitchen knife I've gotten to use before, so I am really happy I made the time to make it. Blade is 1095/15n20 damascus run through 4 hardening cycles. Handle is amboyna burl.


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  5. 2 hours ago, Worth Baker said:

    18" blade, 25" overall. I don't have a scale but I would guess it is at about a pound or slightly less.

    Not sure if there was other information you were wanting


  6. 4 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

    That's pretty. What are the specs?

    18" blade, 25" overall. I don't have a scale but I would guess it is at about a pound or slightly less.

  7. 18 hours ago, Dave Stephens said:

    It was made. It was for Arctic Fire 2016. 


    Here are some shots from Jake's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Jake.Powning/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157087684075161


    There's a thread somewhere on the forum with the AF 2016 videos in which both Owen and Jake present how they built the giant. 


    (Bonus points to anyone who can identify the arm in the upper photo).



    Oh Wow, thanks, I just thought the project was stopped for some reason. That is incredible!

  8. 20 hours ago, John Myshkoff said:

    Dental school will occupy much of your time, but at the very least follow the forums and draw your ideas.  I retired from a career in hospital special needs dentistry eight years ago and my hobbies gave me "mini vacations" from my stressful work and surgeries.  Your work shows me you have good hands and will bring your eye hand skill to your work in school and career.  Stay in touch with the craftsmen here we all wish you the best.

    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.

  9. On 4/18/2020 at 12:18 PM, Alan Longmire said:

    I bet some gold/silver mokume would make a nifty crown, and all the dentists I know got really good at wax casting in school...

    Nice set!

    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.

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  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.






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  11. 4 minutes ago, MikeDT said:

    Sweeeeeet!  I've made just a couple over the years and always wanted to make a uniform set.  There is something innately appealing about shooting with all of your equipment made with your own two hands.  Love the fletching as well.  I am curious as to where you buy your cedar and feathers.  Thanks for sharing.

    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.

  12. 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. 





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  13. 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.







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  14. 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.



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  15. 7 hours ago, MikeDT said:

    I built a flintlock years ago with help from some of his instructional material.  I have always liked his.work, no wonder liked that last blade.  You are very lucky to have trained under him!

    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.

  16. 15 minutes ago, MikeDT said:

    The bottom knife in the second picture has a  very elegant flow, I like it a lot. 

    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. 


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