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Buck Hedges last won the day on October 25 2016

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    McCammon, Idaho
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    Bladesmithing, Shorin Ryu Karate, horseback riding, paintball, atlatls and archery.

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  1. Well that's certainly good to know! I will definitely do some more research before I get something made that I might need to depend on (although if I'm depending on a Klingon bat'leth and samurai armor, we're probably all pretty much screwed anyway ).
  2. I started this last year, and finally got around to finishing it. It was nice to finally make a knife for myself. This knife began when a friend of mine got a karambit, and asked if I could make him a wooden one to train with. Let me say now, plywood is NOT my normal choice for any kind of bokken. I prefer hardwood like walnut, oak, or rock maple, but with the ring in the end, I couldn't see a way to get around the grain crossing the ring and risking it breaking at some point, and I don't make weak tools. So, plywood with maple scales. But when I was done, it turned out so comfo
  3. Let's see if I can answer everyone's questions... He's supplying the steel, otherwise I'd have gone with something like 1070 or 0-1 Tool steel. I've used that before and really liked it. It's about 4 feet from tip to tip, and 18 inches from pointy spike in the front to the back of the center grip, so it will be cut from a sizeable chunk of steel. If I remember right, a piece of tool steel this big and 1/8" thick was around $200.00 US, out of my price range at the time, and at the moment I'm between jobs, so it's a moot point. I'm not sure what the alloy specs are on the AR my friend
  4. Is the A36 more hardenable than the A516-70? This doesn't need to be super-flexible like a longsword, since the blades are fairly short, but I would like to be able to put a decent edge on them. If the AR will eat my belts up on top of that, it's out.
  5. I have a friend who works in an industrial welding shop, and is willing to cut out a Klingon bat'leth (that big curvy thing Klingons use to chop up Federation Red Shirts in Star Trek). Normally, I'd want to tackle this myself, because it would be mine. BUT he can do it for free, and since it would be a 4-foot chunk of steel and currently out of my price range, I'm going to take him up on it. Once he cuts it out, I will do all the edge shaping, hardening, heat treating, and finish work. The kicker is this: The choices I have for steel are 516 Grade 70, A36, or AR plate. I'm going to dis
  6. Good ideas all, and I thank you for the advice. Unfortunately, I only know of one power hammer (not for sale--I asked), and I'm swageless. My current plan is to draw out a piece of leaf spring to the right width and the thickness of the tenon, and then submit myself to the endless horrors of stock removal. Unfortunately, my oldest reliable striker is 11, the other two are 8 and 6. Not quite enough oomph to swing a double jack, and not quite enough control to hold hot steel while I swing, yet. Although if I could come across the right chunk of stock, I could make v-shaped top tool and a v-
  7. DISCLAIMER: This post is not an attempt to be preachy, convert anyone, or promote any religion over another. I'm looking at this from a historical standpoint. Shad Brooks, a YouTuber and fellow Latter-Day Saint I regularly watch, recently produced a video on the Vered Jericho sword, which dates to around 600 BC. Now, to Latter-Day Saints (Mormons, y'all), that's fairly significant because that's when the Book of Mormon (a book of scripture used by Latter-Day Saints) begins. In the Book of Mormon, there is a sword known as the "Sword of Laban." Unfortunately, descriptions of this swo
  8. That was totally not what I expected from the title.
  9. Old files make good steel. I'd hit up a thrift store or pawn shop. Leaf springs from old truck are also good. Make friends with an autobody shop or salvage yard. (My father-in-law works in a salvage yard. He surprised me with a complete set of leaf springs one day. I won't need steel for years!) Another thing is good wood for handles. I found a hardwood floor installer in a nearby town, explained what I was looking for, and asked if I could look in their dumpster. Two employees climbed in, and loaded me down with scraps of maple and oak. I also found out Lowe's sells samples of bamboo and
  10. In Norway (imagine that!) Sadly, the article didn't go into the depth I'd like, and the photos weren't that great, at least on my phone. But it's an interesting story I thought I'd share. https://m.thevintagenews.com/2016/07/04/a-1200-year-old-viking-sword-found-in-norway-could-still-be-still-used-today-2/
  11. I followed somone's idea in another post, and found out their tale was true: You can by hardwood flooring samples from Lowe's for .25 cents apiece. The selection isn't large: light bamboo, dark bamboo, or eucalyptus. I'm working on a knife right now that will have a dark bamboo handle. I've never used bamboo in this manner before. I've always used whole shafts for spear shafts, arrows, atlatl darts, and escrima batons. Cutting and shaping bamboo into scales is new to me. Does anyone have any hints or tips on working with it? Which direction should the grain run? From point to pommel, o
  12. Back in my college days, I had a side business making "wargames terrain," miniature terrain for tabletop wargames. One of the things I used was sand scrounged from the piles left behind on the streets every spring. After a few...odiferous results...I learned to dry it first, and sift it, to get rid of as much not-sand as I could. All it really took was some spread out newspaper, a thin layer of sand, and leaving it sit for awhile. I also learned just to take the loose sand from the top of the pile, because it was mostly sand, drier, and Sylvester and Tom hadn't visited it to deposit Tweety and
  13. I have bricks. I have a pan. Sand I can get (Which will give my family a reason to go to the beach this summer!). I'll try it. I actually did learn that with my last batch of blades. I had left the peanut oil I quenched them in on, to prevent rust. Beautiful metallic blue color. Next time I'm shopping I'm going to raid the dollar store for a thermometer. My wife may actually have one stashed somewhere, too.
  14. Well, the oven does have the temperature indicator at the top, and it's digital, so I assume (with all associated irony and sarcasm) that it's right. On the other hand...I assume it's right. May have to hit the 'ol supermarket tomorrow.
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