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Alex Dorris

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  1. Good start, man. Are you copying that SS knife you had in the picture pretty closely or is it just a basic comparison? And, although I'm a beginner myself, for what it's worth, I would ditto what my fellow commentor said, slap it in a vise and give it a twist. And, I would proceed with caution, (and stop me if this is painfully obvious) but I've personally found that while you have it in the vise, you almost have to bend a little past where you want it to end up, and then it will end up where you had originally intended, due to a slight tendency for the steel to "spring back" into its pr
  2. hey all, Let me know if this has already been done, cause I'd love to see it if so. I'm a beginner bladesmith, and there seems to be a massive number of knife types, I.e. Fighter, camper, Bowie, kitchen, tactical, etc. I was wondering if one of the more knowledgeable members here would be willing to take the time to make a list of as many different types as possible, hopefully with a picture of each. I know there's already a vocabulary post in he beginners section, but this would be specifically pertaining to blade styles. Thanks everyone!
  3. Hey all, I feel like this must have been covered somewhere, but I couldn't seem to find it. I'm designing a medium/large fighter/Bowie, and I was wondering how you guys decide where to put your pins on a full tang knife- do you just make sure they're centered and an equal distance from each other? This particular knife is gonna have three 1/4" pins
  4. Hey, just a thought- I'm sure you've considered this, but if not, try kickstarter. You'd be amazed the stupid shit that people raise incredible amounts of money for in a weeks time. One guy made a campaign to raise money for the ingredients to make potato salad, he wanted like 15$ initially, he ended up with 60k if I remember correctly. $60,000. So, a skilled artisan such as yourself could doubtless raise all the funds you need. Good luck! Alex
  5. Hey, just a thought- I'm sure you've considered this, but if not, try kickstarter. You'd be amazed the stupid shit that people raise incredible amounts of money for in a weeks time. One guy made a campaign to raise money for the ingredients to make potato salad, he wanted like 15$ initially, he ended up with 60k if I remember correctly. $60,000. So, a skilled artisan such as yourself could doubtless raise all the funds you need.
  6. man, that was so fast. I posted this on my lunch break, and already have 3 lengthy, insightful responses before I'm even off work. I actually prefer hand tools when feasible. I figure if I can plan ahead a bit, I could do all my power tooling at once, in batches when I do have access to electricity. As to the bit about people mosty wanting cheaper, smaller items when they're shopping at renn. Fairs and festivals, it's funny you should say that, because I've been working on some ideas that would work around that fact- Focus on small and/or simple knives such as neck knives, railroad
  7. hey all, this is my first post. I'm just geting into bladesmithing, and I've been sorta daydreaming and slowly forming a plan in my head. I figured I'd post it here, see if you guys know of anyone else who's already done this, and maybe let you poke some holes In my plan so I could see the flaws and refine it. So, I was thinking, what if one was to build a mobile workshop that could be packed into a small trailer, get an rv to pull it with, and tour around to different festivals, reenactments, gun shows, flea markets, farmers markets, etc etc. in addition, you could do business onlin
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