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Robert D. last won the day on August 24 2016

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  • Birthday 01/02/1981

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  1. This one would qualify as my best. The buyer of this one, ordered 5 more exactly like it for family members because they liked it so much. Worked fast and hard, got em all done on Christmas Eve so the buyer could give them as gifts to their family. I didnt have time to snap a pic of the 5.
  2. Johnathan, One of the main goals of the KITH is to push your limits, try new things and learn. Everyone started out as a beginner and only by doing will you get better.
  3. Still needs to be sharpened, but I can do that tomorrow morning while I work my IRL day job from home.
  4. 1. Brian Dougherty 2. Gary LT 3. Aiden Carley-Clopton 4. Faye Lankister 5. Robert Dowse. Had to deviate from my original plans significantly, But I love the color of this Cherry wood. So I was able to stick to part of the theme I had in mind.
  5. Here is where is my blade stands, printing up and carving in the cherry blossom motifs today along with charring and sanding the handle and saya and then sealing it. This has been a LOT of new work for me, but I very much enjoyed it.
  6. So here is where I am on it, As I mentioned before due to some issues and time, I had to change around my design for the finished product. Tomorrow I am going to cut out some brass sheet for a spacer under the habaki and get that sanded out so I can solder it Monday. Once that is done I should be able to get the saya fully carved out and everything shaped up. Then ill draw in the cherry blooms and carve it into the saya and handle, torch it and lightly sand the charring off and then seal her up. I love having this mill, its such a dream to use. And BillyO, even if I am
  7. at the moment I totally lack any form of Anvil, its sitting in storage at the moment and I would need to enlist the help of someone with a truck to get it, and we dont really have room for it in the garage I am working in. So its looking more and more like I will have to go with thicker stock and do the bend and solder method, no biggie, just need to find the right size copper now.
  8. Aiden: I was going to mill in a narrow slot, and then heat it and wedge the tang in so it was a tight fit from the get go, then do shaping and thinning down to where it should be. As for your suggestion on carving, that is almost exactly what I was thinking of doing, I kind of like the idea of carving a cherry blossom bunch onto both the handle and saya, then burning the wood with a torch and then lightly sanding it so that the cherry wood color comes back out, but leaves the carving lines charred. Then perhaps a glossy clear lacquer. Brian: Thanks, the beer is because myself, my sister
  9. Ok, so here is where I stand on this.... So now some questions. I have some .250 thick copper on hand currently that I was thinking of doing the Habaki out of, however it is not thick enough as the blade at the spine is just a hair under .250 thick. Which presents a problem, the design has already been modified slightly from the original ( I was actually working off the picture from this post because the original drawing was destroyed in what I can only assume was a violent rage, breakups suck ) so I find myself in a position where I have to make a choice. I have some t
  10. a leather wrapped handle is something that slightly terrifies me, but you guys are giving me a reason to want to give it a go in the very near future. Wouldnt mind making my own Hobbit sword for my oldest tiny human, he keeps begging me for a blade and now that he is 12 I really am running out of excuses to make him something. Cant wait to see this done Rob, its quite the inspiring piece. As for the smoker, nothing beats smoked foods, The oven in my house gets used more for tempering then it does for cooking because of the smoker out back.
  11. started on this addiction about 4-5 years ago.. My first completed knife was this one. Made it as a going away gift for my friends dad who packed up and went the expat route in Costa Rica. Still has it, still uses it to slice limes for his mixed drinks. And then I have this one, which is done other then a sheath and a sharpening. But its the best hamon I think I have ever done, and it feels just wonderful in the hand. Have my KITH tanto in the works right now ( sitting wired and clayed up in the garage right now. I am kind of hoping to surpass this one with tha
  12. "Yes dear" was fighting words to my most recent ex. The only thing that pissed her off faster then that was me saying " you need to calm down " Wont lie, I slept on the couch for a week when I used both in the same sentence. probably should be grateful I am still alive.
  13. Dude.... this is turning out to be better and better every time you drop a status update on it.
  14. Ive started serious work on this finally, the deadline being November really helped me out because this year has been a bit of a pain when it comes to work. but I am working on things. Will be heat treating this one tomorrow, need to clay it up still ( W2 steel ) so that hopefully I get a good hamon out of this one . I totally screwed up the tang area, and the bevel does NOT match the blade, but I was able to save it somewhat and ensure that the blade end of things at least is semi correct.
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