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James R.Fuller

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James R.Fuller last won the day on November 13 2017

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About James R.Fuller

  • Birthday 10/22/1994

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    San Antonio, Texas
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    Bladesmithing, Education, And learning about long forgotten cultures and traditions.

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  1. My wife is a MASSIVE Tolkien fan (I mean... who isn't?), so for Christmas I made her a wooden replica of Sting (as seen in the Peter Jackson films, of course). I decided to make it out of all wood for a number of reasons, as I was pressed for time, I knew it would spend it's life on a shelf, and I had a really cool idea for making it glow that I didn't think would work well with steel. The entire piece is made of Poplar wood, as I had a bunch of it handy. It is scaled 1:1 with the sword from the films, too. Keen eyed observers may notice that a few characters are missing from the inscriptions, but they are mostly there. I carved all of the glowing sections out and then filled them in with a mixture of epoxy resin and blue glow powder. I have a few areas that I wish were better, but I made the whole piece in less than a day, as I was in a rush (For the record, I was in a rush because we suddenly had a lot of holiday traveling to do, not because I remembered I needed to get her something the day before Christmas....). Let me know what you think!
  2. That is AWESOME! Just bought 3 of them, myself!
  3. Adam, My fuller was all done via stock removal. I primarily did it using a file like a scraper. It was a very long and tedious task. When I moved on to polishing, I simply found a 4" section of PVC pipe that closely matched the radius of the fuller and used it as a sanding block. It was because I did almost all of this with handtools and a crappy belt sander (plus my general lack of free time) that it has taken me over a year to get this far.
  4. Alan, thanks for the tip about the pommel size. I am a little worried about weight, but, as you said, I can just make it hollow. Unfortunately, I do not have a very accurate way to measure the weight, at the moment. But using the old weigh-yourself-then-weigh-yourself-again-while-holding-the-item trick, I have determined it is just under 2lbs. And since my calipers broke about 7 months ago, I cannot give an exact thickness at the tang. It should be 1/4", though. I did my best to put a stronger, linear distal taper in the first third of the blade followed by a slower, more convexed taper out to the point. Which, as far as I can tell is what it is supposed to be. I have been struggling through a lot of this because I have never held anything even approximating a proper sword. The blade feels a tad slow to swing without the counterweights, but it doesn't feel too difficult to handle. So, I think I've done something right.
  5. Alrighty, fellow smiths! I have been working on this project for a little over a year now, and I finally feel like it is safe to post about it. I don't have a lot to show, at the moment, but I plan on keeping track of my progress throughout the creation of the various hilt components. The blade is made of 1084, and the blade is sitting just shy of 36" with an additional 10" of tang. These first few pictures are from before heat treat and polishing. A picture of my ugly self holding the blade for scale (pre heat treat). Here are two pictures of the blade after I finished the bevel grinding (post heat treat) And here is the only picture I currently have of the blade after I finished all of the polishing. I did not want a mirror finish, so I sanded to 800 Grit and then smoothed out the lines with a 5,000 grit automotive buffing pad. I found that this gave me a very smooth finish, but it does not reflect like a mirror. Unfortunately, I am a terrible photographer and I am having difficulty getting a picture of the full thing without the fuller blending out. Hopefully I will get some better shots soon (I'm very proud of how crisp I managed to keep the fuller). And that is where I am at. This is my third attempt at making a sword, and this is the farthest I have made it, yet. The previous two attempts failed first at bad grinding and second at heat treating. For that reason, I decided to wait to post anything about this sword until after I had successfully passed heat treating and grinding. Now that I am "in the clear" (yea, right), I plan on working to complete the piece by the end of the year. I have time off over thanksgiving and Christmas break, as I work for a University, so I should be able to accomplish it (hopefully). The last picture I have here is the concept art for what I plan to do with the guard, grip, and pommel. I have a ton of wrought iron, so the guard and pommel will be made of it. I plan on doing a leather wrap around a poplar wood grip. Despite all the research that I have tried to do, I still feel incredibly ignorant of how accurate my design is, or how it will affect the actual use of the sword. So, I request that anyone that does have a good understanding, point out any errors in my design that you see! Thanks for taking a look and for any constructive criticism that is offered!
  6. Absolutely gorgeous. If I had your skills, Gary, I would be getting pro photos a lot more often!
  7. I find myself second guessing every aspect of this Longsword now that I am entering the back half of it's creation. Is it light enough? Is the taper correct? Since I have never held a proper sword before, I amĀ  guessing everything based on the research I have done. *sigh*

  8. I am on the verge of my first sword, which is the ultimate goal for me. I began blade smithing in the hopes of creating swords for myself, so if I can finish this one (this is my third attempt), I will feel quite accomplished.
  9. Motion isn't so important. I have seen a bunch of different people achieve the same results using all sorts of different types of knife strokes. What is important is keeping a consistent angle and a consistent amount of work on both sides of the average blade. You should use whatever motion is going to help you stay the most consistent.
  10. I would be able to finish mine up by the end of August, so an extension would be awesome!
  11. Unfortunately, I will need to drop out for this year's KITH. Too many projects going on...:(
  12. Man, you stole my pun! XD My wife is really tired of me saying "KITHchen knife" at this point. I guess great minds think alike. It's looking good so far!
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