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Elvis Stepcic

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  1. thx man! yup grapevine branches, had to cut some old ones almost completely, will be good for the grill
  2. hello guys! it's been a while hope you are all doing fine! so this is my last work, had the chance to fondle few seax repros at a recent knife show, so i decided to try and make myself one. While forging i decided to go for a type I/II norse style, not really accurate but i like the outcome. i recycled some leaf springs (i know it's frowned upon but hey all good for experience) total length around 54 cm blade is 38 cm thickness around 5-6 mm the handle is made out of brass, gabon ebony and walnut might try to carve it some of these days need to do some res
  3. looks clean and nice! easy to navigate too
  4. hehehe finaly found a job, so now i can buy a HT oven!!! :D

  5. enough lurking around the forums Hello i'am Elvis, a Croatian guy living in Italy, born in 93 so quite young. Started this as a hobby but this is like crack, once you start you can't just bail out and drop it been 2 years of actually doing blades, first started as many with only files and sand paper, now i finally have a knifemacking belt grinder, drill press, forge/anvil/hammers and even more files aiming to acquire a HT oven till the end of this year, and if i can also a hydraulic press or power hammer. this forum is an awsome place, a lot of informations and friendly p
  6. Thank you! personally i newer skinned an animal, so i had no clue too shorten the area behind the ricasso, but i can see how that could help during the dressing of the animal. i will keep in mind this aspect and purpose for the future skinners i will make. thank you again
  7. Hello guys! been a long time hope you all doing fine. soo i finally finished my skinner, first time doing this type of blade, i learned few things while beveling and doing other stuff... so few specs: overall length: 10" cutting edge length: 5" 1070 steel guard in stainless steel brass spacer, walnut burl, ebony, colored spacers, and handle in pao rosa finished with oils and then polished with carnauba wax sheath is made out of leather, this is my first prototype of the attachment system. you can easily detach it, and it adapts when sitting and so on as usual feel fr
  8. hello fellow makers so here i have two blades, a skinner in 1070 6" blade flat grind was fun forging the skinner, almost 80% done in forge and something maybe resembling a santoku? this one is in 5160 6" from the machi?/ricasso quite thick there almost 6 mm but tapered to 1 mm down at the point both blade are ground flat and now to the point of my post i don't hunt so i have no clue what kind of handle would be best for a skinner, should i follow the flow and just make it or try to use a particular shape suited for the task of the knife? for the santoku thingy i would really a
  9. thanks again for the tip. will post pics of the sheaths one they are done
  10. thats nice, really like the patterns of that blade
  11. hello so i had some time to do the file work well it's messy as all my works but gives a different depth to the knife as a whole (at least thats my impression) well thank you for suggesting this modification i think i will carry it on on the future knives i will make i also re read all the suggestion and yeah the pin is really out of place on both, i shall put it a bit closer to the guard in the future don't mind the dirty blade, it was worse before cleaning btw this is my 4 th blade i make using a belt grinder, so still learning a lot of stuff on the way "The foolish and t
  12. looks really nice much better than the usual rr spike knives
  13. then i will try have nothing to loose might post a pic after the "fix" thanks again
  14. as said in the first topic i welcome every critique and suggestions thank you for tacking your time and spending the time to write down this weekend i tested the "bowie" and i have to modify a bit the handle, the bulge vs the guard is a bit too "fat" so it needs some diet xD for the rest seems ok good edge retention after using it on seasoned hardwoods the fighter needs further modifying, as now is to "slippery" will try to add some checkering or something similar :| now thank you again for the critiques """get the top of the handle to be at the same level as the spine of
  15. will overbuild it with a 1.5" plate and reinforce it underneath. thanks for the input
  16. Hello, been re-reading this post from quite some time. So i have the compressor and the air jack now i have a basic idea of what i plan to do but before buying the steel for the construction i would just ask few questions I saw different designs and was thinking of using a 1 " thick or 1" 1/2" plate for the base, so basically around 30 mm, would be that enough to withstand 20 tons of pressure? in case i tough of adding some reinforcements under it lengthwise so it doesn't bend not in a hurry so answer with ease
  17. thats a lot of work! and a hell of a nice blade keep us updated
  18. thx guys! i think to get what you mean, will try to do so with the next one
  19. Hello, fellow makers, been a long time hope you all had a nice winter So this two blades are the first ones of this year, forged out of old spring leafs of a zastava 101 eheheh first time using this steel and i heat treated it like it was 5160 and well it went quite well (heheh followed the ht suggested by some of you in older topics, praise the search button) holds the edge nicely now they need only further testing out in the wild the Bowie specs: 5160 spring steel 5-6 mm overall length 32 cm or 13 " ? blade length 18 cm or 7" ? guard in mild steel and x-cut bocote a really
  20. Thanks Alan, i will try the trick with the vise. It would be nice to notice this things during forging xD but for now I'm satisfied with the result.
  21. Thank you Josh! in these days i'll try to fix the tang. If you intend pics from the event, i have to ask other guys that took photos, and then post them.
  22. Hi guys, I'm new here as you can see my name is Elvis, i usually lurk around this nice forum. i hope I'm writing in the right section. If not excuse me. So yesterday in italy was held the national knifemakers meeting for the 5th time, 2 forges 3 anvils a beltgrinder and a press at my disposal but for a guy like me that just started bladesmithing i stick to the anvil. So i forged for the first time without major help from more experienced guys This is the result of the day spend at the forge The steel is a plain 1070 5 mm thick and long 30 cm / 11.8 in i tried to make a
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