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  1. The steel is a piece of Don Hanson's W2. Yes, it was planned. You can see the making of that knife in two places on the web. This forum, mixed in with a bunch of other knives, some of which wound up in this JS set. The ABS Forum, as a solo project build. I think that is because of the shallow hardening attribute. If you do a fair amount of post-HT grinding, you will invariably grind through the 3mm of hardened martensite into the less hardened austenite (?) and the hamon will appear. Sometimes you can see the hamon form after the quench because of the bevel. There is s
  2. Excellent. Simply elegant in every way possible. Someone really needs to put a post in this thread, if you haven't already
  3. I did a lot here that made it more challenging and a lot more difficult to pass. Not only did I put a dagger in there, it is a through tang and the pommel is held on with a peened pin through the tang. The Bowie has a frame handle with file work, and every knife has a spacer package behind the guard. All of that is extra work that is not required. If I were to give someone advice on doing a JS set, it would be KISS. All that being said, one of the MS on the panel, who I did not know and had never met, came and found me at my table to compliment me on my knives. Hancock pushed me
  4. I got the photo proof back yesterday from Whetstone studio of my full set. Some of these you have likely seen already. These are the five that were in the judging room
  5. Cool beans. Quench the O-1 at 1475. If you can find some medium speed oil, that's even better.
  6. Check this thread For a temporary anvil on the cheap, you can get a 16 or 20 pound sledge hammer at the hardware store or home improvement big-box for under $100. Less at garage sales or second-hand shops. Take the head off the handle and bury one face in that anvil stand. If you are going to be doing your blades with files, check this thread for what files to start getting. I have a ton of files, but only three or four I use for blade bevels. A decent angle grinder will come in extremely handy, Even a cheap one from Harbor Freight is better than none. You
  7. Everything you do with any steel is good learning. I may be biased about O-1, but I think you will love it for blades. It just finishes so purdy. That's your home-made HT oven?
  8. We lost power for several hours yesterday during the storm that dumped 6 inches of rain on us. So, I recoated the inside of the welding forge. This will take a few days to cure.
  9. I worked the slot/hole with a bunch of different drifts. Eventually, I started using some of my axe drifts to enlarge the slot and neck down the sides with the drift in the slot to make a pear shape. Then I spread the sides and edge out using a cross peen Flattened and refined the shape bit. After some minor shaping and clean up on the grinder
  10. Although I am not officially in the KITH this year, I have been doing several 1 cubic inch knives lately as kind of side projects. The idea for this one came from Mace Vitale through Matthew Parkinson. Mace made a rather large ring out of 1ci and it got me thinking.... I took a piece of 1" drill rod (W1 steel) and flattened it out in the press Once I got it down to about 1/4" thick, I punched a hole in the center and slotted it toward one side. I opened it up with some chisels and started to spread the hole out.
  11. Doing the spring thing is easy if you make the U-bend and then weld the fullers to it. that way you can get them lined up no matter what
  12. What will you be using the fuller for? I have several fullering tools for the hardy hole and none of them use a spring. That is the basic process, but then again, how are you using the fullering tool? I made a spring type of fullering tool once and I just took a 3/16" by 2" strap and curved it into a U-shape. Then I welded two pieces of 3/4" rod to the ends so there was about 1/8" gap between the rods. All mild steel, no hardening, no tempering. That worked OK for a while and then I built one with a hinge rather than a spring. It looks like this. Sitting
  13. Introducing......the mammalian protuberance pommel.
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