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  • Birthday 02/23/1974

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  1. Longclaw

    As more progress is made, I will.
  2. Longclaw

    There must be something said about some television programs being good for bladesmiths. I recently got a commission for a sword. I know some of you are familiar with Game of Thrones. I had a lady wanting a sword as a Christmas present for her husband (he's a big fan of GOT). Turns out his favorite character is Jon Snow. Immediately, I had to some research as I'm not into GOT (couldn't get into it). Anyways, she wants this sword to be an actual sword, not just a wall hanger but she also said it doesn't have to be an exact replica. I decided to try and stay as close to Longclaw as possible with a few minor changes. So, this build started out with a length of leaf spring stock. The spring was straightened and then forged to shape. After that, the fun of grinding started. I kept the blade kind of robust for the heat treating. After the successful heat treating, the fullers were ground in then the rest of the cleanup. I then started on the hilt which is mild steel. The handle will be leather wrapped wood, and the wolf's head pommel will be cast from pewter. In the pictures below shows the progress so far. The shiny picture is what is done as of today.
  3. cutlery set

    Those serrations were hand filed, every single one. Tedious, yes, but worth it.
  4. Elizabethan Rapier

    The heat treat process was the hardest, at least for me.
  5. Another Bowie

    I've been thinking of doing another Bowie for a while, but I wanted to do something a little different this time. I decided to do a through tang construction with a finger spacer. Here's the result; the blade was forged from some leaf spring, the guard, spacer, and pommel are brass, between the guard and spacer is redwood burl, between the spacer and pommel is spalted tamarind. The dark lines between the woods and brass is thin leather. The woods were worked to a decent sheen then coated with tung oil. The blade has a length of about 10 5/8".
  6. Elizabethan Rapier

    Seeing as how I can't remember if I started a thread on the second rapier project or not, here's the finished piece. The blade was forged from leaf spring, and that is where the similarities end. While mine had the basket made from forged out railroad spikes, the other rapier's basket was made from stainless steel hex bar (5/16"). This was a collaborative project as I shaped and fitted the pieces for the basket and a very good friend of mine did all of the welding and finishing including the stone work (the smaller stones are amber and I can't remember what the heart stone is). Sandwiched between the two copper spacers is spalted tamarind coated with tung oil. The pommel was a larger piece of stainless hex bar (1 1/4") with a stainless pommel nut. These are the only two rapiers that will ever come out of my shop, EVER.
  7. cutlery set

    Okay, I know it's been a while since I last posted anything or even have been on here. I've had some computer issues, but now it seems to be taken care of. Here is the finished set. The handles are full tang with walnut scales, brass liners and pins. I'm still working on the block design for these.
  8. cutlery set

    I know I've been quiet for a while. I have been working on a few projects which will be shown in the near future. One of those projects is being shown here before heat treating. All six blades are forged from leaf spring. The handle treatment will be walnut with brass pins and liners, nothing too fancy (that'll be the next project). Once I get these blades finished, I'll also be making a block to store these in.
  9. Belt Grinder

    Believe it or not, I've done some grinding on it, and the motor never even hiccuped. Even with an 80G belt, as soon as the steel touches the belt, the machine just eats it.
  10. Belt Grinder

    Over the course of a little over a year, I have gone through two bench-top 4 x 36 sanders. I finally had enough and decided an upgrade was in order, and rather quickly (our annual community yard sale is next weekend). So, I got together with a good friend of mine and we worked out some details and he started the build (he had the motor and most of the frame steel). When the machine got to my shop, I had some work to do to get it in running shape. I must say, this machine works better than either I or my friend could imagine. I'm going to try to list what was used: The drive motor is a 1750 RPM 110V furnace blower motor (1/4 HP) and the drive wheel is from a junked push-type snow blower, the two large rollers are old steel casters with rubber tires and grease fittings, the main frame rail is a piece of 6" wide 'C' channel welded to a 3/8" thick vertical plate with two pieces of 2 x 4 rectangular tubing as feet, The power cord is from an old burned up angle grinder, The pedestal and rocker arm for the tensioner is made from scrap pieces of steel with the spring from a junked futon bed. The only out-of-pocket expense was the set of skateboard wheels and bearing for the tensioner roller.
  11. Elizabethan Rapier

    Thank you Chris.
  12. Elizabethan Rapier

    Oh yeah, the education I received from this project was well worth the time. Mind you, all of the hammering was done with my three pound hammer.
  13. Elizabethan Rapier

    Thank you Alan, and thank you for your advice on this project, I greatly appreciate it.
  14. Elizabethan Rapier

    Thank you JJ.
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