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Bruno

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  1. Dang, wish I saw that when I was starting out. It's perfect. I would pin that pic in the tools and beginners section Alan. Genius-level invention indeed.
  2. Those are sweet axe heads. Nice work! very slick looking .
  3. Bruno

    Baby Seax

    That is pretty. Like it.
  4. Here is my latest kitchen ware. Not really meat cleaver. More Vegetable cleavers. Thin. Made of leaf spring in a feeble attempt to dwindle my collection. Forged these by hand since I broke my Power Hammer again. The wood is some sort of bamboo driftwood I think was salvaged off the Jamaican coast. Had it sitting for a while. Brass pins. Scratches on the big one are from chopping at desert stuff you'll never find in a kitchen. It passed. Let me know what ya'll think...
  5. Folder is more practical for most i think as an edc.
  6. Can I has it? Really excellent work! The steel is beautiful , but that handle... Wow.
  7. I only found two references to a date. One made by you Joshua.... https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/38308-kith-2019/page/3/ And the other made by Conner on the top of the sign up page. https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/38384-kith-2019-sign-up/ I'm still in btw. But work and family has had me left with non existent time. I was gonna push for the end of the month, but I don't want rushed work leaving the shop. I wouldn't mind a 30 day extension... Probably straying away from the stilleto idea and go with a small lockback folder. Just to keep it state friendly. Err Friendlier...
  8. If that was something I could afford, I'd be first in line. It's a screaming deal Gary, and anyone who has the chance should take it.
  9. Forging is relaxing and grinding is peaceful after long days working for the Man... Like the old song says: At least you know you'll have better blades than the next guy...
  10. Ouch! Heal well and soon Joshua !
  11. Hey Gerhard, I don't think there is anything wrong with setting a high price for something you may not want to do. That'll keep those weird projects away most the time. I'm not sure that's a good business practice, but then again, it's your business, so do what you want. If you want to make money, then sure, take anything you can get. I don't like doing things that bore me either. I for one don't enjoy making 100 of the same knife. So I like to mix it up. But then again, it's really hard for me to compete with walmart as far as "Good Knives", or a sweet $200 "Damascus knife" someone saw online. So yes, I have a limited customer base around here, but I still enjoy making knives. As far as how to charge, hard to go wrong charging time + materials. Don't forget you are doing custom work. If you had a hundred icepicks made, then sure they will be cheaper. But don't undercut yourself. If you spent 1 week making a badass icepick or chisel, I believe the price should reflect that. So long as the customer understands that. If you just wanna sharpen a nail and wrap tape around it, that'll be quick, but not worth as much. There is an old saying, "A good salesman can sell ice to an eskimo". I'm more likely to sell them an icepick and tell them the truth. That's probably bad business Good Luck and don't give up...
  12. Gerhard, I think the idea of getting an ammo can is a good idea. I tend to do more of a horizontal quench, well it's more diagonal than anything. Not saying it will solve your problem, but it's a good start. At the very least, you might be able to see the warp happen in real time. It might lead to some clues. Is it possible that you don't have enough oil for these longer blades ? I do most of my quenches in one of the longer ammo cans, which holds a bit over 2.5 gallons of oil. How thick is the blade going in ? I would really try to do a quench or two when it is a bit darker in the sky. At the very least you will be able to see more of the colors just to make sure everything looks right. Also, I believe 5160 is one of those steels that can benefit from multiple quenches. Not a huge amount, but some people do it. I know that I've had blades come out warped/twisted before, so I would straighten them out in the forge and the quench sometimes 2 or 3 times, and it usually comes out straight eventually. Just another thing to try...
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