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Wes Detrick

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  1. I like that spalted guy better than the first one. Nice work!
  2. 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.
  3. Nice work Alex. Joshua's projects are good learning exercises and it seems you took this one to heart.
  4. 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.
  5. Cheers to you! That is a fantastic sword. I love everything about it!
  6. Gorgeous work JPH. I love that cracked finish on the saya
  7. Nice work John, so very clean. That black ash is beautiful
  8. Its 90 deg from the handle. I have never used an offset one, and not sure how I would like it...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. You know how much I love your stuff Emiliano. This is no different. I love that steel. And your leather tooling is gorgeous.
  13. That sculpted handle is sweet. Nice work
  14. 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.
  15. Good lord dude, sharpening that thing on a stone is not going to be a good time. But you heat treat is solid as hell man! The fact that you are getting that hardness straight out of quench means your routine is pretty much ideal. Cheers!
  16. This is cleanly and attractively done Joël, I really really like it. Like Alan, I had to look up that steel as well. 1.3% carbon makes for a knife that gets hard as woodpecker lips. According to AKS, under ideal quench conditions, it would come out at 68 HRC. What did you temper it back to?
  17. That is some seriously gorgeous work Matt! I love all of the dark pantinas; that hits on all cylinders for me. That steel is fantastic!
  18. And that is what I typically do, with mixed results. I am in agreement; it is better than I could do as well.
  19. Nice tooling! I wonder what kind of dyes they used. There is almost no bleed at all.
  20. That is quite a beautiful knife! I love that steel
  21. That is looking quite nice John! Very clean finish and that handle is coming along quite nicely
  22. I would go with a 12" Double Cut Coarse Mill Bastard for most of the cutting. Once most of the cutting is done, swap out to a single cut medium and then maybe a fine to start smoothing out the rough cuts. Make sure you get a file card and clean the file OFTEN, otherwise you will gall the hell out of the knife, which is frustrating. *EDIT* - Buy nice files. Don't buy crappy ones from Home Depot. Something like PFerd or Simonds...
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