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Oberu

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  1. Still tinkering with this one. Really messed myself up last night. Thank God for superglue! IMG_0770.MOV
  2. Fairly well done! Always liked that one too. Check out the one Tod Cutler, and I believe, Owen Bush made. (Correct me if I’m mistaken). Tod Cutler has a short YouTube video covering their reproduction.
  3. I’ve been kicking this one around for a few months. I’ve always loved the old Mexican Bowie knives and I’m a native Texan.. a cowboy in a world that no longer has a use for me. This is my take on a bowie I’d have worn if I had time on my side. 1084, nickel, and figured walnut. I actually clayed it but the hamon was a bit nuts. My pictures aren’t excellent. She’s a big girl. A smidge over 10” blade. The nature of the finish makes it nearly impossible to photograph..
  4. I ended up threading the tang and gluing it up. After the epoxy dried I cut everything back and shaped it. Looks kinda like… yep
  5. Looks nice, I totally understand the pain of all the cross section chasing. Well done.
  6. That’s nice! I really like the handle.
  7. I ended up doing cold hammering and annealing often. It worked well enough but sure took a while.
  8. Welcome to the madness! As for critique.. I’d suggest using a backer scrap to drill the handle scales so that you avoid tearing when the drill exits. A neat trick is to start the hole being drilled with the drill in reverse and establish the dimple. Have fun and keep making!
  9. You made a cool thing and be proud! You’ve just chosen an audience that’s pretty particular on historical stuff. I posted a seax I’d made on a seax forum and they were on me like piranhas because I had a metallic spacer in the handle. My point is to learn from responses. These are good folk and mean well. I’m always asking advice from this group and they always steer me straight or are interested in what comes of an experiment. You’re in good company so don’t let pride get in the way of learning and advancing!
  10. Thanks again fellows. Seems I hit a wall from time to time and it’s nice to consult other makers. I’ve shaped the handle and got the tang perpendicular. Now to make a plate and a threaded nut.
  11. Thanks for all the advice fellows! Through some hammering and filing I’ve got what I was after. Now to finish everything else..
  12. Yessir, I’ve still not attacked the butt end yet. I’ve been thinking on it for a few days and wanted to have a plan before I painted myself into a corner. Everything is still very rough and I’m just getting things fitted. Thank you for your advice!
  13. This was drilled undersized and burned in to fit. I’ve cleaned the bore. My question is do you think I should bore a hole, tap the tang, and make a nut.. or make a plate and peen the tang? The tang has been drawn back as soft as it’s going to get.
  14. Fantastic! Everything about this makes me happy inside!
  15. Yessir, I’ve run into issues google fu’n some things recently and I know there are some pipe swinging bad arses in here. A few words is usually enough to set me right. I figure that’s what there’s a forum for honesty . Thank you all for taking the time to give me your insight. I truly do appreciate it!
  16. I’ve been tinkering with some nickel silver lately and having a dang hard time of it. I’ve got a bar of 3/8” x 1” and I’ve been trying to forge it down in some cases and shape it generally in others. I’m noticing it seems to have a tiny window where you can manipulate it before it either cracks or crumbles. It’s incredibly stout to hammer and I’ve tried to be easy with it. I’ve tried several different heats and I’m having less than stellar luck. Do any of you have any pointers? Thank you in advance!
  17. Hello fellows and happy Friday! I’d be more specific about the knife type if I had a clue as to what to call it. Finished it up and added it to my site. Sold on the second day! Nothing feels quite as nice as selling a knife. So 1084, local maple, bronze pins, and veg tanned leather. Thanks for looking and as always, constructive criticism is always appreciated.
  18. Thank you! It was a fun project between stuff I was trying to get done to sell. I got carried away and *poof* there was a knife. One of these days I’ll make some more pattern welded stuff but it’s so rough on my little forge I don’t dare until I either rebuild it or make another better suited.
  19. So my aim was to knock out a simple(ish) seax and sheath that looked aged and legitimate to try and sell. I’ll be honest and say I made the sheath twice. After a few too many beers and a late night in the shop I decided that applying heat to the copper bits so I’d get a better blackened effect from liver of sulfur was a keen idea. If your sheath is assent please don’t. It shrank, cracked, and literally split over the blade. It was within two seconds. Anyway.. rant concluded So 1095, mahogany, and a smidge of water buffalo horn. Some veg tan and copper and here it is. Let me have it please. I’m aware that most didn’t have any kind of bolster for the most part. What are your opinions? Give me both barrels! IMG_9823.MOV
  20. Well.. got all the fat off the handle and put a little oil on it. The blade still needs some work. It’s kinda neat but I won’t be doing it again anytime soon. IMG_9712.MOV
  21. Thank you Sir. It was for one of my best friendship , a labor of love.. no money was exchanged. I’ve had some positive progression lately. It still stings when you see something you were really proud of and wish you knew them what you know now. I suppose that the nature of things.
  22. @Gary LT well sort of. Honestly this was one of the most time consuming parts. It’s three pieces of wrought forge welded and then drilled and filed. I’ve spent a few years trying to get the look I wanted out of wrought. I think I’m close now but this knife was several years ago. The blade at the central ridge was just a smidge over 1/4” at the root/bolster and tapered through the length to quite thin.. maybe 0.03125”. I guess I could ask the fella to pop some calipers.
  23. Yessir, I use a plastic pail with a sheet of stainless lining inside. There’s a piece of perforated vinyl rolled inside the pail so you can’t accidentally cross poles. I originally built it to anodize titanium and niobium for my wife’s jewelry making.
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