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  1. A few months ago I started a project to try and make dishwasher resistant knives and it ended up being a really interesting way to explore the different handle options that are out there. One thing I ended up getting into was resin casting, which I had a bit of experience with, but no real proficiency. I ended up making three "models" of handle; a small one for paring/ultra-lightweight camp knives (think bird and trout), a large one for chef knives, and one with more finger protection for fillet/bonding knives (though that last one I still need to iron some kinks out of). You can see my proces
  2. Went for a bit more of a “beard” with the profile, weight after rough grinding is 1 lb. The plan is a grind with limited convexity, as was suggest by Jonathan. I have a piece of white oak picked out for the handle, which I hope to start on soon.
  3. Thanks! I got the head ready for finish grinding, it went on a pretty serious diet! The weight out of the forge was 2 lbs 7 Oz, after rough grinding, that was down to 1 lb 15 Oz! Keeping it a strict wedge required taking off a ton of weight. The welds aren’t perfect either, but so it goes. Probably related to fussing around a lot with the fold giving the freshly cleaned cheeks time to scale up. With this weight and edge, I’ll probably put relatively obtuse grind and a ~24” handle on it and use it for splitting, roots, and stuff near the ground. My poor hatchet will be gratefu
  4. After 16 years of banging on stuff by hand, I finally decided to get a (small) press and to break it in I've been doing a few axe projects that I've wanted to do but lacked the patience/muscle for. This is the first one I tried. I'm not super familiar with pattern terminology but this one is in the Maine/wedge/half-wedge family, which I believe are differentiated by varying amounts of "wedginess." I was shooting for a wider poll, but so it goes. I started with a piece of 1x2x5" 1018 to get the thickness for the poll and did a wrap. I don't know how they used to make these wit
  5. For the weight I think I’ll end up with around 1.25 lbs which seems pretty close to a few on the market, like the Lee Valley Alan linked to. The wrap went fairly well and I got the head through all the forging this afternoon: Some cleanup on the grinder is a must for this one but I forged it out pretty wide so hopefully I can get a more “Scandinavian” look out if it.
  6. Thank you all for the replies! There are a few changes to my initial plan I think it may make sense to make based on this feedback. I’m shooting for about 3” of edge probably fairly straight. I decided to double up the stock to get a bit more weight in the poll, it seems like the examples shared here have a reasonably built up one. I tested out a few on my hatchets made with my usual drift, and the handles is a bit wide to choke up for me, so I imagine holding onto it for someone with smaller hands would not be comfortable. I have a smaller drift I think should work. I’ll also shoot
  7. The website has a pretty good explanation of the site IIRC, my basic understanding is that it was a fairly heavily trafficked and narrow travel route due to the difficult terrain, where other activities like hunting were also conducted and was in use for a very long time. Is also happened to be an environment really good at preserving whatever falls on the ground with the ice to keep things from decomposing or getting buried.
  8. I am currently working on a project for someone who likes to do a bit of wood carving, spoons probably being her favorite thing to make. In the past I’ve lent her my general purpose hatchet to split, hew, and roughly shape blanks, often from green but sometimes from seasoned wood. It does ok, but being a pretty general purpose hatchet I figured I might try making a dedicated tool for her. The stock I’m going to use is found steel with a personal significance, which means I’m limited to a starting blank of either 1.25x0.375 or the slightly larger and thinner size it started out as, with an inla
  9. It is quite possible the steel was fairly low in carbon (especially if a wrought iron tang was welded on), though I might argue that the cold work implies a somewhat higher quality, at least with regards to refinement. You can bend a piece of many annealed modern blade steels into a loop like that without any issue, but low quality bloom iron/steel has it's ductility diminished (potentially greatly) by the shape, size, and concentration of slag inclusions/bad welds. There is actually an experiment recorded in one of Leonardo Da Vinchi's notebooks where he measured the tensile strength of iron
  10. “He was taken to the Bessemer furnace, where they made billets of steel—a domelike building, the size of a big theater. Jurgis stood where the balcony of the theater would have been, and opposite, by the stage, he saw three giant caldrons, big enough for all the devils of hell to brew their broth in, full of something white and blinding, bubbling and splashing, roaring as if volcanoes were blowing through it—one had to shout to be heard in the place. Liquid fire would leap from these caldrons and scatter like bombs below—and men were working there, seeming careless, so that Jurgis caught his b
  11. I still have a lot to think about with regards to this, but from what people have said and from my own experiences, I think I will be abandoning shear steel for the time being. I have been able to get some time on a press which has let me prep a lot of hearth steel and save the carbon content through a lot more work. I will likely conduct a number of melts in the near future and will definitely be throwing in some 1018. I also have some scrap "modern" steel (fairly old, but definitely steel) that I will also try with a melt, mostly because it has some significance due to its source.
  12. First, an update on my search for a catalog. I reached out to Lars Holger Pilø, a co-director of the project and got a very quick reply from him. Unfortunately, there is no catalog of images of these finds specifically, however as you can see from the knife I posted, finds from the ice have ended up in the museum's digital catalog eventually. He pointed me to Vegard Vike, who is credited for all of the photos I have looked at (and also is in the video I found) and has a lot of twitter posts about all sorts of archaeological finds, including many from this project, and was also kind enough to s
  13. One more update, I skipped to the end in the hope that maybe newer finds would be there (hard to work the advanced search in Norwegian) and believe found the original source of the images of a knife I have seen around a number of times which appears to have come from a melted ice find in 2011: https://www.unimus.no/portal/#/things/94e19ed2-beeb-4b49-aa76-0dee2c4cfcc8 The background and x-ray imaging looks very similar to the documentation of the other ice finds. In some ways, this database is even more useful than the ones in Sweden and Finland I have used in the
  14. I was looking back at this and turned found a video where an archaeological conservator talks briefly about a few of the knives: https://fb.watch/ctHXSw3GL9/ I tested it and I believe you should be able to watch the video without a facebook account. Is there a catalog/archive started of finds somewhere online? I have found some Scandinavian museums to have excellent photographic catalogs online, but I haven't looked around much for these other than the Secrets of the Ice website. The X-rays taken of various finds are very interesting as well (one taken of a
  15. This has definitely been my experience with home made steel. Off-eutectoid steels generally need higher temperatures to fully austenitize and with bloom steel etc it’s definitely hard to tell exactly where you are carbon wise. Without Mn etc. you also have lower hardenability and can expect shallower hardening for the same thermal history. Thinning the edge may help with this, but increases the risk of cracks in the quench, so definitely a trade off and it depends on how much risk is worth it to you (the same goes for higher austenitizing temperatures, more aggressive quench media, etc).
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