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R.W. Deavers

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  1. And now, the finished product. Overall, I must humbly say that I'm pleased with how it came out. For its size, the handfeel is more comfortable than I thought it would be, which loosely translates to 'very user friendly'.
  2. The steel used in this little gem is coil spring from a train car, basically 5160 from what I have been told, and thank you, James.
  3. Over this past weekend, my aunt came to visit. Her boyfriend is really into history, hunting, basically anything outdoors. She told me that he has a collection of different knives and such and she took some pictures of the work to send to him. He called her back and asked if I ever made a patch knife because he wanted one. In all honesty, I had no clue what he was talking about, so I did some research. Boy, was I surprised! I decided to go ahead and make him one as a gift and to also try something a 'little' different. This is what I have so far. Hard to believe this was forged from about a 1" diameter coil spring from a train car. I still have a flat grind to do, then time for hardening and tempering. I cut some scrap walnut for the handle. I'm kind of aiming for a slightly historical piece seeing as how he's into history. From what I've seen and read, the knife was mainly used for cutting off the excess patch cloth that stuck out of the muzzle of the barrel. The knives were also kind of a utility piece as well. This is going to be the smallest I have ever attempted... so far, so good.
  4. Simply stunning, just absolutely beautiful. The tree on the sheath and handle I think are my favorite parts, along with that serious fuller groove and how it sets off the damascus pattern. Even the hilt and end cap on the sheath have a nice pattern, awesome attention to detail.
  5. Your work is outstanding, these are beautiful!
  6. A very sincere 'thank you' for posting this topic. My other attempts to create a decent fuller groove have failed, but now, I think I found the answer. Here's my take on the cutter. I'm thinking about drilling and tapping a hole for a set screw for the cutting bit. I had a railroad "paper clip" (a rail clip) with a diameter about 3/4". I squared it up to roughly 1/2" by 1/2". For the bit hole, I drilled a 3/16" hole then used a square drift to drift out to the desired size, 3/8".
  7. This one reminds me of a straight razor. It might seem a little rough to some, but that's the reason I like it. The twist gives the knife its own character. Great job!
  8. Thank you so much for this thread. I have been looking for an easier way to do fullers on both sides of a blade. I'm going to make a version of this tool today because I have a custom KA-BAR in mind and I think this tool idea will be perfect.
  9. I feel I have to chime in on this one, especially about fuel type. I personally run a coal forge simply because for me, it's cheaper. I live in SW PA and I get my coal for free other than having to go get it (gasoline cost). I have been wondering about gas forges and the expense, and to me, it seems to be a little more expensive, besides, I love the smell of burning coal, so I guess its more of a question of what's easily available and cost-efficient. And coal burns cleaner after it turns to coke, but it's just the process of getting to coke that's not so clean.
  10. According to what I found so far, my video is too big, so I hope I don't get in trouble but here's a link to the video on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWLZoHpn_sA
  11. Thanks, and believe it or not, the blade is heavy enough to 'slice' through some smaller logs, like logs about an inch and a half in diameter. I have a video of the axe on Youtube, just look for Axe in Action, but I'm not sure I can post it here.
  12. Hello all. First off, I'd like to thank admin for allowing me to become part of this wonderful forum. My name is Rob and I've been smithing for a little over five years. So far, I have seen some awesome work. I decided to show my latest piece to get some feedback. The inspiration for this axe came from Resident Evil. I've wanted to do an executioner's axe for quite some time, but I wanted something a little different, so I did some looking on the interweb. I am not a gamer so I never really knew about the tall executioner character in Resident Evil until I stumbled upon the axe in a few pictures. My axe has a hand forged leaf spring edge welded to half inch thick mild steel plate. The spikes are also from the same plate. The four straps were cut from quarter inch plate and the rivets are hand forged. The axe itself stands at about four feet, and weighs an estimated 40-50 pounds. Just to give a little size reference, I stand at 5'-9". Let me know what you all think.
  13. This is absolutely a good idea. This is about as good of a picture of my mark as I can find. I hot-stamp my mark into my knife blades as shown. The knife shown is a simple hunter type with a full tang. The blade is hand forged from 5160 coil spring from a train car.
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