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About J.C.MacLEOD

  • Birthday 08/22/1974

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    Hoyt, New Brunswick, Canada
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    My interests are playing Celtic/Traditional Folk Music (Fiddle, Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Tin Whistle and Bodhran). I am a graphic artist by education but have served the last 17 years in the military and of course....I love to forge blades.
  1. Justin, to be honest the handle was not difficult to do. I started by measuring and cutting five pieces of alternating walnut (3 pieces) and Birch (2 pieces) with the walnut making up the outer sides. I traced and cut out the shape of the tang just slightly smaller then the trace so that once everything was glued and set I could still burn in the tang to provide a nice tight fit. I was originally going to use all wood for the handle but then was looking at a huge pile of leather scraps left over from sheath making and decided to attempt to make use of them in my handle. Once the bottom 2/3rds of the handle was shaped to my liking, I removed it and started stacking the leather pieces each with a generous layer of 2-part epoxy between them. I then clamped everything together to let the epoxy inside both the wood and leather set for a few hours. Once it was all dry, I first shaped the leather portion with a 50 grit belt on my belt sander followed by 80 and 120 grit belts. I then sanded the handle by hand up to 220 grit and applied generous coats of linseed oil. I have posted some pics that were taken with my cell phone during the process for you to have a look. John
  2. Hey everyone, this is my second post since joining the forum a while back. I wanted to share with you one of the largest blades I've made to date and my first multi-material handled knife. Like all my knives, I forged the blade as close to finish as my skill allows from a salvaged leaf spring. I was very fortunate to find a company locally that makes leaf springs and they were kind enough to offer me several of their cut-offs free of charge. So unlike most salvaged leaf springs, these are brand new chunks of steel with no wear or stress fractures in them. Very nice! I left a hammered finish on the flats of the blade and sanded the bevels up to 800 grit for a nice satin finish. The guard was forged of mild steel and I achieved a dimpled/stipple effect by using a small ball-peen hammer. After the hardening quench and tempering, I used 5 alternating layers of walnut and birch for the bottom 2/3 of the handle and 13 pieces of stacked leather for the top 1/3. This knife is 10.5" from tip to guard and add an extra 6" for the handle. I received a lot of excellent feedback from the first post I made and sincerely appreciate the time that many of the forums members took to offer advice on how to improve future products. I look forward to any critique or criticism you may have on this knife as well because the way I see it, I cant get better without it. Cheers! John
  3. Thanks to everyone who offered their opinions and advice. Dave, thank you for taking the time to post that illustration showing proper fitting for the guard. I will check my fire and adjust accordingly!
  4. Thank you very much for the kind compliments and helpful critiques. In reference to the guard....these things are the bane of my existence right now! I don't have, nor can afford a belt grinder just yet, so all of my profiling and cleaning is done by draw filing and sandpaper. As for the leather work, I could not justify spending over $100 on a set of stamps at my local craft store so I made my own. They are a little rough and at times I find they cut into the leather a bit. However, I don't want to be the excuses guy, I want to be the identify the problems and come up with solutions guy! I will strive to improve on the items you guys highlighted. Thank you again!
  5. Hi everyone, first of all I want to thank you for the opportunity to join your forum and I look forward to leeching as much information from you as I can! I've been forging blades for almost three years now with the exception of a 9 month break in between for another deployment to Afghanistan. Most of what I know, I've learned from books, extensive research on the net and of course...you-tube. I just wanted to post a few pictures of a blade I finished up the past weekend and solicit any advice or comments, positive or negative from the members. To be honest, I was extremely nervous to post anything after viewing the amazing work that some members here have created but I figured who better to receive critique or criticism from. This blade is called Sealgair which is the Scottish gaelic word for "Hunter" and was forged from a piece of salvaged leaf spring. The handle is walnut stained with linseed oil and the guard/bolster is mild steel. I'm nowhere near as proficient at carving my handles as I'd like to be but with more time and effort, I hope I'll improve. Thanks in advance for any feedback you may offer.
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