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  1. I can't say no to free tools. When considering the purchase of a lathe last year, the seller offered to throw in what he called a 'surface grinder' to sweeten the deal . That machine ended up being a Fox Machine Co. horizontal mill from the turn of the century, and it's turned out to be a remarkably useful implement. Yes, I love to do things by hand as much as the next craftsman, but there's nearly equal satisfaction in using a 130 year old piece of machinery that rolled off the foundry floor when swords were still being carried as sidearms. Blade fullers were never
  2. Interesting issue. Could be a number of things ... what exactly is your quenching medium? 'Canola- water' ... ? As you mentioned, I don't think the blade decarburized enough in your gas forge to not be hardening at all. The brand " Save Edge" sounds like a newer ,cheap import tool... I would suggest that there is the possibility of some inconsistency in the steel itself. That would explain why the other blade hardened. There is also the consideration that you are working with an unknown alloy. It is very possible that your quench process is not ideal or even close to what is needed to
  3. Neat choice ! One does not see a walloon sword being chosen as a project very often. You did a very nice job capturing the overall feel of the sword, very stout appearance, though the hilt proportions seem a bit overly large. The wire wrap is especially clean, that takes a good deal of patience... Did you braze the perforated shells in place? I thought I could see traces of copper brazing in the photos.
  4. Incredible craftsmanship demonstrated in this WIP. The technical aspects of folders have always frustrated me, you definitely encourage me to give it a try. Great thread.
  5. Great advice from these guys. One thing I would like to expound on is the fit of the tang. It's really easy when you are burning the slot to burn TOO much material out and end up with a very loose fit. Naturally, you want a little bit of space if you're going to be using an epoxy. It sounds like you may just be using a pin, so in that case it is extra critical you do not have a loose fit. My method for getting a tight fit is rather simple. Instead of the tang having a flat end, I round it. Then, when I burn the slot, I make sure there is a gap left between the guard and the handle. Approx
  6. Really clean looking grinds. I am surprised no one commented on these. The sheep's foot profile is nicely executed, but my favorite is for sure the bottom design, looks like a fantastic chopper/ camp knife. Are you planning on doing an edge quench/hamon on the sheep's foot?
  7. That is a fantastic piece ! Absolutely in love with the organic tones and texture, and the general flow of the whole weapon. The idea of the falcon and his 'collar' neat bit of creativity. Would you be willing to share a bit about your methodology for getting that incredible,crisp hamon ? I have some W-2 from Aldo I've been experimenting with, but haven't been able to get anything so stunning.
  8. Great job, Tre! Makes one appreciate how much work goes into forging tools. A lot of bladesmiths have little understanding of the much broader craft of blacksmithing, its excellent that you are learning both.
  9. Incredible piece ! Definitely an addition to my list of favorite rapiers... a wonderful execution of the 'Pappenheimer' hilt form. I also love the dark and subtle low contrast blade. Over 4lbs is a hefty rapier. Seems it would easily adapt as a horseman's sword or a cut and thrust. How does it balance?
  10. I have never used EcoPoxy, nor read of anyone else using it on blades. Generally, this is another one of those topics everyone gets hung up on. Some people swear by Devcon, others by G Flex or JB weld... I definitely believe there are superior formulas, but I don't think there is "The One to Rule them All " so to speak. I've used Loctite's Industrial grade epoxy for several years with good results. The point is, don't get pulled in all directions trying to find the best epoxy and lose valuable time you could be spending making blades. Buy a reputable brand, and as long as your knives a
  11. Neat pieces , indeed. The table is actually my favorite as well ,very cleanly carved. The enamel work on the one pommel, as well as your tapered fullers are also nicely executed. For mostly doing Migration Era work, you certainly seem to enjoy single hand swords from the medieval period ,too ! That last blade , your 'personal' looks familiar. Do you have any ties to Last Days Tribe forge?
  12. Nice shape ... Is that a rivet through the head?
  13. Good perspectives, Jake. The photo you attached is especially helpful . I believe that Jake and Alan are both on the most probable track, that the grain structure of the break in a properly heat treated sword reflects light differently than one with improper heat treatment ( as Alan suggested, large, crystalline-looking sparkly white) .I especially like what Jake said about "white" in most languages referring more to brightness than to color. Excellent observation. I may have to accept the above theories as the most likely explanation, unless anyone has thoughts to the contrary?
  14. Thank you for the replies so far... Ruben, you bring up an excellent concern. I am not a scholar of language, however a very kind French gentleman on another forum posted the text in question in the original French translation , as follows: "La troisième remarque c’est de faire emousser ou casser la pointe,si dans l’endroit cassé elle est de couleur grise, le fer est bon, si elle est blanche c’est le contraire " His own response to the possibility of mistranslation was such : The third observation is to have the point blunted or broken [The use of the Frenc
  15. Many people on this forum craft swords. We make them for many reasons : for the sheet enjoyment of it, for the furthering of craftsmanship, for historical interest, and some of us for a source of income. Yet, there is one reason we will never be able to experience... making swords that are intended to do what the sword was originally made for : to defend life, and to take life. No, a customer purchasing a sword from you will never trust his very life to it. I have been researching this forgotten perspective lately. I teach historical fencing ,and will be giving a presentation at a local s
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