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Gabriel James

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  1. So i just got these finished up and shipped off. All varieties of stabilized maple. All are fully sculpted except one. G10 pins black and jade, Copper and Stainless. 52100 62+
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    2 Slinky Fighters

    80crv2 Python Canvas Micarta / copper pins Black G10, Green/blk/green liner g10/ Jade g10 pins So i had a major septic/main line clog/ bladeshow / wellpump died series of 3 weeks... After the blade hurricane to clean up and all that finally got finished up today (FEMA shoulda have given me a disaster relief check)! So back to making knives! Woot! These are really lean, so they would flex and bend on impact, I guess counter to most peoples school of thought. But i love light and fast. To counteract the thinness of the blades the tip has a slight armor piercing aspect to it, in that i left the tip quite a bit thicker at the edge than the rest of the blade. My blade photography still needs help but... hopefully it gets the idea across Whatcha think, not really my normal knife but it was a lot of fun. Ive forced myself to learn how to do swedges. Now they are kinda fun!
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    2 Slinky Fighters

    thats a valid point Joshua. These have been heavily windowed. My surface grinder was paid for in september but still hasnt been delivered yet this is what i intended to taper the tangs with....
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    2 Slinky Fighters

    Thanks guys! I was wondering if anyone would like the python, the black one is my personal favorite of course Ive become a big fan of this style of handle sculpting.
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    Bronze question

    im cheap so ive been using my friends remelted bronze, and naval bronze from the scrap yard
  6. So this is a Collab between myself and Steve Grosvenor... a buddy of mine from South Dakota. HE was on FIF episode with the charay. anyway the steel is steves a mix of 52100, cruforgeV 80crv2 and 15n20. All them carbides and Vanadium were hell to grind and polish... but this should make for a work horse of a knife. Anyway he forged to my design specifications (with his input obviously) and shipped to me hardened for me to do all the finish work. Double dyed birch burl ( i ruined a 100$ block of jewel grade koa on the first attempt) phenolic black spacers with stainless. THis one didnt make it back from blade or i would have gotten more pictures! 2.375" tall Just shy of 10" long blade length
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    Collab: Integral French XXL Chef knife

    thanks guys! i love making chef knives, since they are very utilitarian in nature.. I was a bit saddened when i found out the person who bought this knife is a collector and plans to just put it in a glass case. That stallion needs to roam thru fields of veggies!!!! aHhh!! lol Oh well!
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    Collab: Integral French XXL Chef knife

    LOL. i see what you did there.. Well most chef knives come in at 2" tall or under... mostly under from what i see.. This one was forged out to 2 5/8s originally and then trimmed back to 2 3/8 after some shape revisions and waste. But thats a cool idea maybe ill start a new trend LoL This was also my first fully finished integral, and not having a file guide that would fit was a major draw back. This one was free handed on the platen, very carefully for a few hours to finally get to fit snug. steve runs a forced air ribbon burner on NG if im not mistaken... but the steel was immaculate. a few guys from the forums got to hold it i think Thanks for the likes!
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    2 new knives

    Z FiNit mebe =\
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    First knife out of my new shop

    yes apparently lol
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    First knife out of my new shop

    i need to build a grinder room, i just swept up grinder dust that halfway filled up a 60 gallon trash can =\
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    Been Swamped Im still kicking

    Hey guys im still floating around, i talk to some of you on Social media but anyways heres a few pieces ive done lately.. Mostly swamped with boring production stuff. Hopefully after blade i can do some more fun builds the first knife is a collaboration between myself and FIF champ steve grovesnor from South dakota. He visited the shop for a few days that was a fun build. THe Oops ss san mai nakiri made puppies cry :(
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    Been Swamped Im still kicking

    thanks. Ive been trying to grow my business with social media, IG and FB and making posts everyday is tiring. I hate doing it but I want to grow so i feel like marketing is something i have to work just as hard at.... but it is mega draining
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    Been Swamped Im still kicking

    Yea i think about you guys often but Im too busy cranking out knives. I wake up and start making knaffs and next thing i know its midnight. Rinse and repeat.
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    Been Swamped Im still kicking

    thanks guys, Im fresh off of a 2 week ABS intro to bladesmithing course i took at haywood.. only took me 3+ years to go.. but it was well worth the trip. Picked up a lot of tips. Like how to grind a swedge LOL Among a lot of other things! Ive noticed my quality of work has went way up since then I cant wait to see what comes next After i get out of all these orders anyway =\ Ill be at blade, no clue how many knives ill have on the table tho :O Looking forward to seeing you all!
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    Neighborhood Nerd Competes on FiF

    It's My privilege and honor to announce that I was blessed with the opportunity to compete on Forged in Fire. For those of you who do not know, I will be in this Tuesday's Episode on the History channel at 9pm EST. Regardless of the outcome I made 3 lifelong friends and had the time of my life with these Smiths roaming around NYC. Tune in and Cheer for your local Nerd on national TV The experience was nothing but awesome all the way around. Th:D
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    Chef knife 3 ways

    Thanks Mr Mercier!
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    Chef knife 3 ways

    ive been busy buried under a mountain of bladework ! hoping to get caught up for all my Christmas orders! ironwood, koa, maroon/blk micarta
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    100# Cushioned Helve hammer

    i would so buy this if i; A: had money, B: knew any freaking thing about rebuilding this to make it operational, C: had a place to put it LOL
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    Mountain of free steel

    so there i was minding my own business when my dad calls me to tell me he had a friend who wanted to give me alll the saw mill blades i wanted. Here comes the potentially upsetting news. WHile i was there he called his distributor specialist and found out that these blades were made from 4150 and 6150, most blades were made out of the latter of the two. 1-1.5" widths and a nearly unlimited supply can anyone see a functional purpose for these besides the scrap yard? My heart tells me they will not forge well and play nice. Thoughts? anyone with experience with these at all?
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    FLat bar tongs for sale.

    Hey scott ill sell you one of my pair i bought from JJ at 5x the price if you like teehee! they are handy!
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    Mountain of free steel

    i decided I dont want to mess with it right now, ive been selling it for .75-1$ per foot depending on how they want it cut to hobby guys that dont want to just buy known good steel. Oh wells
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    1080a

    I thought 1080A was 80crv2 ?! It was listed as such on alpha for the longest, but is identical in composition to 80crv2... at least thats what a trusted fella told me
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    Neighborhood Nerd Competes on FiF

    Thanks! i got another screen grab, not sure if these screen shots are any better than my pics. I got a snap of Dave mokume bolsters too
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    Last one for ICCE

    i like this one alot, looks like it should be in a gentleman's gamblers kit for sure!
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