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  1. I managed to pull it off. I used an acetylene torch to gently heat the tang. From there it was all hammering!
  2. Any advice on peening tangs? This is some high vanadium spring steel and even though I thought I'd kept the tang soft it's harder than woodpecker lips. I've got a little acetylene torch I could use to heat it up.. thinking I'd wrap the handle in wet rags and try while it's hot. I've got the handle glued up using some G-flex. Any advise is greatly appreciated!
  3. Thanks fellows. After speaking with a good friend I've decided to do a rawhide liner over the blade and then do the sheath around it. I'm going to use 10oz skirting for the sheath. It's a longer piece and quite pointy so wish me luck!
  4. I realize there aren't many surviving sheaths to speak of but is there any evidence of wooden cored sheaths wrapped in leather? I'm working on a commission and I'd like the sheath to be rigid. I've made several sheaths for seax but this one is longer than anything I've done before. Wet molded leather stiffens up quite a bit but I still worry about mishandling and stabbing straight through the sheath. I appreciate your looking at my questions.
  5. Haha! I use one just like this to get rough beveling started before progressing to finer files.
  6. Welded closed and refitted a basket hilt. Sure beats the cavernous Mae it used to be!
  7. So bought an old vise off of a forum group fellow and whilst cleaning it up I see this on the crank yolk.. has anyone ever seen one of these?
  8. I’ve personally chased wrought iron etching for a few years. I’ve found that adding a few cap fulls of peroxide to muriatic acid really brings out the grain of the wrought without affecting the carbon steel. I wish you luck! I’m
  9. Yep, need me one of these.. thanks for sharing!
  10. Thank you! I’m going to try these products out!
  11. Thank you fellows. I’ve been going at it with a stone and a dowel wrapped in paper. It’s slow going but I’ll get there eventually. It isn’t hardened yet and it’s from a section of coil spring I replaced on my Mustang.
  12. So I’ve ground in a pair on the one side. I’m sanding and filing as best I can and hoping there’s a better way! They are meant to dive in together towards the break at the front and I’ll inlay some bronze wire around them. Any advice on how to clean things up efficiently? Thanks and happy Independence Day!
  13. Well that’s done.. for now.. IMG_1068.MOV
  14. So to some you gurus.. what would be an ideal point of balance? It’s fat now before heat treatment and 1 lb 8 oz. This will help me figure out how to make my furniture to compensate. Thanks!
  15. One of two laid in.. here’s to being cross eyed! IMG_1013.MOV
  16. Covid sucks.. just getting back in the shop after being sick as a dog for 7days. So I’ve got the handle shaped enough for the next steps. Constructive criticism is always welcomed! IMG_1009.MOV
  17. I’m ignorant on this term. All I know is I saw something that inspired this weird project many years ago… funny how things morph with time
  18. Well I got everything flat and profiled using some feedback. Got fullers started and wow I really need to invest in a belt grinder..
  19. Ok, I think I’m getting somewhere. It’s odd but I dig it. Sharpie lines are profile changes, fuller location, and the center line of the handle to the tip.. and a few errant hammer marks I haven’t quite vanquished. Too odd you think?
  20. Thank you, it is a rather interesting piece of walnut.
  21. Well took advantage of a day off and draw filed things fairly flat and drew my tang out. Whew cardio..
  22. I do believe I can work with that! IMG_0953.MOV
  23. @Mr. States. I apologize for neglecting my descriptions. So the tang will be through and epoxy/peened over a block. The handle will be 9” long and I’ve found a rather attractive piece of walnut that I’ll most likely use instead of the bone and oak I sketched up. Im planning to make a ferrule like cap for the front and back of the handle, probably silver. Thank you for the advice on the “seax files” of which I’ve been a member for a while now and I’ve also picked their brains a bit. I’ve been sketching ideas for a motif and I’ll post more after I pull the trigger on an idea.
  24. So I'm diving head long into creative liberty here but this one is for me.. first knife I've made for myself in over 15 years. This was "THE" knife that got me into making. So, 1075 and 22+" blade at this point. I ran out of propane so I haven't shouldered and drawn the tang out. I'm still working out the front portion and I'd like some input if you would. The blade is triagular in section and thickest at the break, tapering to both front and back. I've been recommended off of the handle construction I've shown here *bleakly*. Thank you for looking!
  25. It’s actually where I’d clayed the spine in hopes of keeping the brass pins.. which failed epically
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