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Collin Miller

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About Collin Miller

  • Birthday 08/30/2000

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    Bladesmithing, Norse mythology, knives, woodcarving, bow making, blacksmithing, Finnish mythology, Scandinavian history, whittling, good books, leather working, guns, ancient history, Celtic knotwork, drawing, archery, animals, hunting, shooting, making jewelry, swords of all kinds.

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  1. Collin Miller

    XVIII Arming Sword

    Thanks so much guys!
  2. Collin Miller

    XVIII Arming Sword

    Thanks guys!
  3. Collin Miller

    XVIII Arming Sword

    Thanks man! The thing is, I thought I did forge the pommel from wrought iron. I usually test everything I get, but I got a 30lb bar from an experienced blacksmith I have known for years, he said it was wrought and I went to town with it. Nothing was showing up in the etch though, and after a break test, it became obvious that what I was given was just really old steel. I did my best to make the texture and tone work with guard since I didn't have time to make another pommel before Blade with all the other stuff I'd got to finish, and I'm really happy with how the finish came out so I guess you live and you learn... It's been said that the mark of a good artist isn't how you rarely screw up, but how well you can improvise when you do screw up
  4. Collin Miller

    XVIII Arming Sword

    80crv2 is pretty much better in every way from 5160. Similar in use, but it's like the difference between 1095 and W2. 80crv2 is great for swords and big choppy things
  5. Collin Miller

    XVIII Arming Sword

    Thanks! I'm actually going to be phasing out all of my 80crv2 in favor Crucible L6 for monosteel swords. Harder to work with, but it has performance advantages, and I'm all about performance advantages.
  6. Collin Miller

    XVIII Arming Sword

    My momma stopped dressing me recently, but I do agree, I hard to look at Blade steel is 80crv2, heat treated by myself and tempered in a hot oil bath to approximately 56-58HRC. Thank you!
  7. Collin Miller

    XVIII Arming Sword

    Hi guys! I've had my nose held firmly against the grindstone in the weeks leading up to Blade show, I thought you all would like to see thjs Oakeshotte type XVIII I've been working on over the past week or two. This is the first sword I've made as a part Longship Armoury The blade is 31" long, and 2" wide at the guard. I designed it to be a light weight arming sword with a considerable amount of cutting power, so the blade has a 35% distal taper from the base of the blade, which is 3.7mm (0.145") tapering down to 0.100“ at the tip. This blade presence gives it a very powerful, but very fast feel in the hand. Weight of the entire piece is 1.99lbs. It's much more stiff than you'd think, most of the blades I make that are less than about 3/16" at the base I have to toss, because they end up too floppy. But not so with this one. Speaking of the handling, the hilt node is pretty much between the guard and the grip, right on that little copper piece where it should be. Forward pivot point is on the blade node, or center of percussion. The point isn't really reinforced, but the geometry changes to a very sharp and sturdy "awl" shape. Great for ripping cuts with the point or thrusting. Crossguard was forged from old wrought iron, etched deeply to give it the dark woodgrainy pattern. The pommel I forged from antique steel, and gave it a unique "cosmic dark" finish. The pommel is a modified version of a fishtail pommel, more comfortable than a wheel pommel in my opinion. The grip was crafted from African blackwood, with copper accents to add a little color and bling to the hilt while keeping the aesthetic of the dark neutral tones in this piece. Hope you guys like it! If you've got any critique, questions, insults, or comments, let me know!
  8. Collin Miller

    Gladius

    Absolutely! It's an awesome piece of equipment, the quality and consistency of my heat treat has gone through the roof since switching to the barrel and professional quenchants, as opposed to the forge and canola oil.
  9. Collin Miller

    Gladius

    Thanks! My customer talked about having a scabbard made, so I guess we will see
  10. Collin Miller

    Gladius

    Thanks so much guys! I know! I need to hang out here more often, like I used to. So busy making swords that it's hard to find time to talk about them. Breaking my collarbone wasn't bladesmithing related I had a pretty bad skateboard wreck and got scratched up a bit, but after three weeks the doctor told me I could work again. Bit of a time crunch finishing up commissions and getting ready for BLADE at this point, but I'll figure it out
  11. Collin Miller

    Gladius

    Hey guys! Just shipped this Gladius off to its new owner this afternoon. Been working on it on and off for a few months. The first blade I made was a bit too thin and I had so start over. About halfway through the finish grinding on the second blade, I broke my collarbone and had to take a few weeks off. It was hard staying out of the shop, but after that three weeks, the doctor said I could work again, so I eased back into it, and finished up the blade and hilt over the past couple of weeks. This is my first Gladius, first leaf blade. 21" blade, a little over 2" wide at the base, 1.3lbs overall. Thickness is about 0.210" at the base, hollow distal taper so that it's very fast, but very powerful and stiff. Hilt node is right behind the guard, a dog the blade node is right in the "sweet spot", where the leaf flares out again. 80crv2 blade, antique American walnut for the guard and pommel, 16ga hammered copper guard and peen plate, maple grip (freehand grinding all 32 of those facets on my non variable sleek grinder was a buttcheek clenching few hours). Hope you all like it! Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer.
  12. Collin Miller

    Single Edged Viking Sword

    Beautiful! Also thanks for going into so much detail, I'm sure I'll be coming back to this thread again and again.
  13. Collin Miller

    Longsword and Bowie

    Great job, dude! Looks like you even got the plunge cut sanded out nicely. I always hate that part
  14. Collin Miller

    NewVeau Dagger

    DUDE! I'm pretty sure magical daggers don't exist, but if they did, this would definitely be one
  15. Collin Miller

    The Golden Seax (WIP)

    I love that song! Rock to me is kind of like pizza. Even if it's a bad pizza, you still like it. 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000's, classic rock, punk rock, metal, grunge, folk, shock rock, emo, industrial, I love all of it . Never thought about the song in that context though The lyrics are already so relatable to me. If I had a dime for everyone who asks me "are you just antisocial?"... ...I've taken to simply responding, "It takes a certain kind of person to enjoy spending their entire day in a dirty shop by themself for less than $10 an hour." haha
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