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Collin Miller

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  1. Thanks Do it man! Swords are a blast, the first few are pretty rough but it gets smoother after that. Thanks man! Gotta keep the beard burning nice and bright, wouldn't want it to fizzle out and yeah, all that time spent with Peter definitely altered my course for the better. Thanks! This piece was definitely an exercise in trying to perfect basic techniques. This philosophy reminds me of how in martial arts (say boxing, for example) there are guys who don't use fancy high level techniques, but they win fights because maybe they have an absolutely flawless jab. The fundamentals
  2. I apologize again for my relative absence, I try to remember to post here but since I know so many of you outside the forum now, I tend to forget I'm sure many of you have already read this and seen the pictures, but for my friends here who aren't on Facebook or Instagram, here you go I've taken the time to focus on improving my knowledge and skills this past month of September, trying to achieve some things I've never been able to do before. This started by spending an entire week in New Hampshire at Zack Jonas's shop as a student of the one and only Peter Johnsson. That wee
  3. 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 gues
  4. 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. 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. 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. 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 fa
  8. 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. Thanks! My customer talked about having a scabbard made, so I guess we will see
  10. 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. 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,
  12. Beautiful! Also thanks for going into so much detail, I'm sure I'll be coming back to this thread again and again.
  13. Great job, dude! Looks like you even got the plunge cut sanded out nicely. I always hate that part
  14. DUDE! I'm pretty sure magical daggers don't exist, but if they did, this would definitely be one
  15. 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
  16. I'll take it! Haha, thanks to @Wes Detrick, I now know that I'm Dave Mustaine's young doppelganger. Thanks again Alan!
  17. Thanks guys Thanks! I'll let you do it. Out of all the things that don't exist, my photoshop skills don't exist the most Hope this one will work. Thanks again!
  18. Thanks so much guys! The fiery beard, even though it's kinda tongue in cheek, has been a goal of mine for years, so it feels great to be a part of the group So how's this work? Should I post a pic of my ugly face on here to it get all fired up?
  19. Aaaand here it is! I actually finished this in the middle of the night on Saturday, but at any rate, here you go I'm going to use the caption/statement I wrote for my Instagram page, since I think it best expresses my thinking process, so if it sounds like I'm preaching to a slightly less educated congregation here, that's why. The Angle Saxon style geometric carvings are representative of my progress as a bladesmith and as a person. At the base of the blade, the design starts off as simple, and a small bit of detail is added in each square. By the end, all of the small changes add up to
  20. I saw this on Facebook back when you first posted it, but the WIP thread is even better! I'm insanely jealous of your skills guys, this is some Powning style god tier crafting. If Loki shows up at your shop telling you that you've been challenged to a forging contest, I wouldn't be surprised. The gods will appreciate the gifts, but just remember, Loki always lies
  21. Ahh gotcha! Thanks. Some more work and better pics of the sheath! Using some of @GEzells and @Emiliano Carrillo's sheaths for inspiration... Now I've just got to make the copper hardware
  22. That's pretty interesting! Thanks for doing that math for me. Could you explain the significant digits a bit? Not sure I'm quite up to speed on that one Really making me work for that flame, huh? Been working on the sheath all day, actually. I like my sheaths to have a "well tailored" kind of look that fits tightly to the seax, so I spent a lot of time wrestling with it in the clamps and pulling everything tight, making my hands tired and sore. After a couple hours of that, I started decorating it while it was still soft, going for some Anglo Saxon looking geometric design
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