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Harry Marinakis

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  1. I want to make my own rivets from brass wire. It would simple to make flat-head rivets, but I want to make dome head rivets using 16 gauge wire. Anyone have any experience with this? Is it as simple as putting the wire into block with 1/16" sticking out, and hitting it with a dome-shaped die?
  2. Also..... WEAR A BELT!!!!!! The other day I was forging in cold weather, wearing a one-piece coverall, insulated shop coveralls over that, and then my leather apron. A piece of red-hot scale flew up over the top of my apron, bounced off my adam's apple, and went right down my coveralls. The worst burn was on my neck, but the hot scale burned my chest & stomach all the way down to where it stopped at my belt line. I couldn't get out of my clothes fast enough, I had so many layers. Thankfully I was wearing a belt, or that piece of hot scale would have gone ALL the way down my coveralls.
  3. Thanks George! I bought a large Red Deer antler, so hopefully I can cut off a fairly large scale. I plan to thin the scale to 1/4" before I try soaking-boiling-straightening.
  4. Thanks all, I'm gonna try boiling and flattening. I've done that before with cow horn. Works okay a long as you grind or cut the piece thinned out before you boil.
  5. I'm having a bit of trouble and would like some advice. I am trying to reproduce an old knife that obviously had antler scales on the handle. The problem is, I am having difficulty finding antler scales that are large enough for my project. The handle measures 1-3/4 inches at the widest point (where is widens to form the pommel), and 4-1/2 inches in length. Most antler scales are only 1 inch or less in width. I have consider using sections of moose antler, but it's so bland. I would really like to use a colorful and bumpy antler, like what is on that old knife, but I can't find anything large enough. Any ideas?
  6. Once I was fiddling with a blade right after hardening - I dropped it on a concrete floor and it snapped in half. I feel your pain!
  7. EEEK! No belt sanding! Take it slow and easy
  8. Diggin up an old thread... I am interested in doing some beadwork on a heavy, thick knife scabbard. Never tried it before. What's the thickest leather that can be used for beadwork?
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