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  1. If I may give some additional pointers. Don't rush your dye job when using multiple colors. The colors can bleed and they will bleed together and it will make you nice hard tooled edges muddy looking. After letting your dye set, burnish it with a soft cloth. Dyes can leave a residue on the top of the leather. I use an old cotton sock. Get an antiquing gel or fluid if you want to make patterns stand out. You lay down the gel, and wipe the excess up and then lay a lighter dye on top. It makes all of the recesses darker. Small modeling paint brushes are awesome for dying small parts. I use them quote often when doing custom leather work. If Joshua is ok with others posting pictures in his thread, and if you all are interested, I can post a some carving and dying I have done to show other examples.
  2. Nice work Alex. Joshua's projects are good learning exercises and it seems you took this one to heart.
  3. I quite like this. I have done "distressed" knives before, and its hard to do it without it looking completely artificial. You have done a good job.
  4. Cheers to you! That is a fantastic sword. I love everything about it!
  5. Gorgeous work JPH. I love that cracked finish on the saya
  6. Nice work John, so very clean. That black ash is beautiful
  7. Its 90 deg from the handle. I have never used an offset one, and not sure how I would like it...
  8. That is a beautiful hammer Rob. I love dogheads for forging bevels; they are quite lovely to use for that. I have a doghead I love by Jackpine Forge.
  9. And just to jump on the dog pile, what everyone else is saying about free handing is the best advice of all. Free handing will force you to develop a "feel" for it in ways that jigs never will. You will also have a nice pile of failed pieces of sh*t on your bench as well to show how far you've come.
  10. This. And it's not just edge thickness, but bevel height as well. If you are making one to use with your 2x72. Experiment on mild steel of the same stock thickness and height. Measure how far your have advanced your set screws and write those down so the next time you have stock of the same dimensions, you have a good chart to go by.
  11. You know how much I love your stuff Emiliano. This is no different. I love that steel. And your leather tooling is gorgeous.
  12. That sculpted handle is sweet. Nice work
  13. HA! That was my equation and my white board. I am really happy that it is getting some traction. Those are great looking knives those Adam. You have a distinct style and it is attractive. Good forging as well. Close to shape is great. For Brut de Forge field knives like that I start with 1/8" thick stock. It keeps the knife from being too thick and forges quickly.
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