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Iron John Logan

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  • Birthday 03/14/1986

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    Knives, tools, black powder firearms, history and blacksmithing

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  1. James Simonds prefect question! Modern typologies of what makes such and such this instead of that - are inherently a modern invention. At the time, in the 1850s, any large side knife was called a Bowie in relation to the famed knife fighter of the Alamo. Later companies marketed a certain style of knife as a "Bowie" for its marketing value - and it is style with its clip point and other features that we classify as a "bowie knife" today. But we have never known exactly what type of knife (or multiple knives) James Bowie actually cared throughout his life.... So in historical reproduction work, I choose to use the terms that were used in the period of the original piece, rather then modern names for the same thing. Today this knife would most likely be called an Arkansas Toothpick, but that term has connotations that don't historically fit this piece either... Personally I would rather have this conversation and hopefully teach people history, rather then use modern typologies that dont quite fit
  2. Copy I made of an original 19th century Bowie by the Memphis Novelty Works. Hand forged and ground blade Fifteen inch long with both hollow and convex grinds, aged to match the original. Hand cast bronze sturrip-hilt and mahogany grip. Tinsmithed scabbard with leather lining and pinstriped japaning. www.irontreeforge.com
  3. hmmm... a couple layers of electrical tape might be the perfect amount of "cushion" that I need.. Thanks billyO!
  4. I think hard rubber wheels would make this a lot better. Anyone know of a easy to do hard castable rubber?
  5. prototyped my new in-line fuller grinder with interchangeable wheels. Some kind of plastic hub, bearings, and plywood wheel. with a ripped down 80 grit J-flex belt, cut pretty nice 5/16 grooves in this piece of scrap steel. Now to make a few more plywood wheels with different radii
  6. I ran out of junked antique barrels years ago, What I use is the material that most barrel makers make barrels from. DOM Pipe (drawn over mandrel) 1in OD, 1/2in ID in 4130 or similar alloy
  7. Many of the late period ones are very brightly decorated. By the 1860s and the invention of aniline dyes and pigments, color became cheap and readily available for the first time in history. Yes, hard to tell because of black and white early photography - but then, just as now, people like color and showy things if they can have them
  8. This a copy of an original 19th century Dagger style Spontoon tomahawk I finished recently. Forged from rifle barrel and 1084 steel with pierce work, whitesmithed, and an aged patina. Handle is black Walnut with fire checkering, incise carving, paint and brass tacks. Raw hide quirt with wool and glass beads. Handle is 23in, head it 14in
  9. Bat-wing is a typology assigned by modern collectors to a style of broad bladed tomahawks with piercings (the blade looks like a bat's wing) that were popular on the western Great Plains mid to late 19th century. So, it is a style rather then a construction method. As to making a pipe tomahawk from barrel: I start by fullering in the narrow stem area between the pipe and the eye, I then flatten the barrel in front of this stem careful not to weld the two sides together. I then slit the webbing between the two flat sides with a normal straight edged slitter and open it up with an eye drift. Closing the barrel first by flattening gives the iron the strength to stand up while I slit both the top and bottom webs, it also makes the sides of the eye parallel with the eye. I then, depending on style and time period I either forge weld the barrel in front of the eye together to form the bit adding HC edge, or cut the barrel an inch in front of the eye and split this to take a solid steel bit Haha! Well, this is a very special trick horse that plays roles as an Indian war horse. His owner has had an entire period correct kit custom made for him and needed a tomahawk
  10. A tomahawk I just finished for J.B the horse. Made in the Bat-wing style of the Western Great Plains. Hand forged rifle barrel head with diamond shaped eye, whitesmithed, pierce work, and copper dot inlays. Handle of Bodark, brass tacks and raw hide
  11. 18th century Cuttoe or small hunting sword with green grip as popular in the time period. Grip of green dyed curly maple, hand made solid brass hardware with gadrooning and liver of sulfur patina. Thrice folded carbon steel blade with heavy fuller on both sides. Blade 19.5 inches long Over all 24.5 www.irontreeforge.com
  12. Thanks Alan! I wish I had gotten pictures of how I forged the blade, but not being sure if it would work at the time I neglected to do so... Seeing I can only find 1/4 inch thick 1080 I first doubled and forge welded the first 1/3 of the blade so the riccosso was almost 1/2in thick. I forged the blank so that this first 1/3 had a quick distal taper from 1/2 down to about 3/16, then the rest of the blade from 3/16 to 1/8 at the tip. The thick portion I chiseled a V into the back leaving the rest of the shaping for grinding, the thin portion I bent lengthwise in a V swage. Then yes ground everything on a 2in contact wheel. If I could have started with thicker steel to begin with it would have been much easier, but this is the only way I believe I could accomplish the blade shape while keeping the tang centered. Anyone know where one can buy thicker blade steel? say 5/16, 3/8, 1/2 thick rather then only 1/4?
  13. WIP of how I forge welded the hilt. Starting material was 1/2 x 1 inch mild steel. Pierced for tang then sawn and filed to shape. Everything aligned and forge welded Then filed. Pommel forged from 1 inch NPT black pipe
  14. 1770s Smallsword I finished up recently. Forged and heat treated triangular blade with hand etching. Forge welded loop hilt and pineapple pommel hand filed with pure silver accents. Mahogany grip. 30.5 inch hollow triangular blade 37 overall Balance 1.25 from hilt 20.4 oz total weight
  15. Thanks Alan! I have asked that very question as to barred grips - there are is quite a number of the surviving originals that have the wire and bars removed (only wood grip core and ferrules remaining). I do not know if they came off with age, or if they were purposely removed?
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