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R.W. Deavers

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  1. I have a good site to check out...anvilfire.com. There is wealth of knowledge, tips, tricks, and projects. Please checkout the WHOLE site. This site should help a great deal.
  2. Thank you Alan. I started the cleanup work today, but didn't get a chance to get pictures. I'll try and some pictures tomorrow.
  3. Thanks Stormcrow. Actually, the tip is a combination of both a design change and a happy accident. Normally, when I do drawings of a specific piece, its mostly for reference, so nothing is etched in stone, so to speak.
  4. By now, I know some of you have seen this picture. I added this picture as a starting point to the build. For this build, I started out with a 24" long piece of 1/4" thick leaf spring. I started with point of the blade and worked my way to the handle. I was thinking of doing a barb-style hook, but I opted not to. Once I got the general blade width determined, I worked my way to the offset. This is where it got a little tricky. Once I figured out how long I wanted the cutting edge to be, using a corner of the anvil, I started the offset. After a little over 6 hours in
  5. I just took a quick peek at the late Ostad Haj Hossein Farajian's page. Wow! And now, to keep everyone updated, I will be starting a new thread on the build.
  6. Sweet project! A very honorable one also.
  7. Jeroen, thanks for the drawing. It looks pretty close to mine, so that's a good thing. I think I will be starting on mine tomorrow. I've been trying to get all the details right on paper with the handle details having taking up most of the design time.
  8. Thanks Jeroen. Now that I have a general 'ball park' figure to go on, I can go see what steel I have.
  9. LOL It's okay Kevin, you didn't hijack it too bad. lol The stone I used was an old whetstone used for butchering way back in the day and it worked way better than I thought it would. I also use sand papers and scuff pads, then off to the polishing wheel, depending on what finish I'm looking for. Like I said earlier, this piece is a wicked beast! I chopped, hacked, and carved tree limbs and logs for 20-30 minutes and it made short work of it all. Too bad its for a client though, I'd really love to have this one but I think I will be making something a little better shortly.
  10. Jeroen, I am aiming for an overall length of about 61 cm (24"). You have some very nice work. Could you tell me what your blade thickness is?
  11. What turned me on to the khopesh was a show on the History Channel about ancient weapons a good while back. After seeing different videos and whatnot, these things look deadly and nasty and... I really want one, so I think I'm going to do it.
  12. Thanks! Yeah, I watched it last night, too. To answer your question about the khopesh ever being made out of iron...yes, the later ones were, at least from what I've read. The way I look at it, if you don't challenge yourself, how else are you really going to learn something? Plus, how would you ever better yourself if you don't challenge yourself?
  13. I was talking with a very good friend the other day. During the conversation, the topic of craftsmanship came up ( as it kind of often does). He asked me if I had heard of Jot Singh Khalsa. I must say, up until then, I have not. My friend proceeded to pull Jot's web page up on his phone. The work he does is simply beautiful. To this point, I haven't really cared too much for Middle Eastern and other foreign styles, but after seeing Jot's work, I was intrigued. Later on that evening, I got on his site and had some time to really take in what was presented to me. Seeing his work has insp
  14. A 551 pounder for $100? Sweet score! For that price, you 'stole' it. I trust the anvil has a nice ring to it...
  15. Thank you for taking care of it, Alan.
  16. This thing is pretty awesome! The only thing I am wondering (hoping) is if the corners are knocked down in the handle. Other than that, pretty sweet!
  17. Alrighty...here it is... sharpened, tested, and finished. I must say, this thing is mean! The balance is about where the notch is. With the blade being 1/4" thick and 9 1/4" long, it handles surprisingly well, even better than expected, honestly. Personally, I am very pleased with how this finished.
  18. You're welcome. I thought I'd post that video to show how the khukuri is made by workmen that has been making them for a while now.
  19. I am using an old whet stone and a good bit of water for my polishing. The grit is nice and fine and it works pretty well, it just takes some time.
  20. And yet more progress. Question, has anyone tried using a stone block to finish their blades? I'm not talking about sharpening, but as a sanding block? I have started this process on the blade bevels and so far, its working, tedious but working.
  21. Love how this sword is coming out so far! Also, congrats on the anvil. I too start most of my blade builds with an actual size drawing. It seems to help in work progression.
  22. I know it's been a few days, but here's more progress. The heat treating has been finished, and now the handle work has begun. I had to change the handle design, though. Originally, I wasn't planning on using any brass for the pommel. With the pin locations for the original handle, the walnut I am using wouldn't allow it without cracking and/or breaking. I think this new direction will work out better because the brass will also act as a counterweight.
  23. As for the edge geometry, that's all subject to criteria set by the end-user and what they plan on using it for. I would think if you want to keep the blade rather thin (about 1/8" or so), I would think a flat grind from blade edge to spine would be in order(having a blade cross section like a wedge). You'll still have the strength needed in the spine, but the blade edge could sharper and also reducing more weight. I think that with the "S" curve though, that kind of grind could get a little difficult.
  24. Thanks professor. The scraping tool I was talking about was made a while ago based on a design from a thread here on Bladesmiths under Groover/fuller tool in the Tools and Tooling section. My first attempt at making a khukuri didn't go very well either so I looked up on how the traditional ones are made. Gabriel, as far as it being 12 ounces, I think that target weight is too light. The gurkha khukuri is rather thick. I have come to think of these as a cross between a knife and a hatchet as per what the design dictates. The khukuri I am making has a spine thickness of about 1/4".
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