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Joshua States

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  1. I not sure if the carving is done, or I am done with the carving.....either way, here it is folks.
  2. Beveling, sanding, and smoothing is done. Tomorrow I'll add the grace lines.
  3. Crom, I have never prayed to you before....... This has been a wonderful build and I'm glad I got to watch the process along the way.
  4. What a long. strange trip it's been huh? This looks magnificent and the saya is to die for.
  5. Welcome back Peter. This year is aleady booked solid and I cannot add anothe trip. Otherwise I would be on that dagger class in a NY minute.
  6. Passion or profit doesn't matter. What matters is that you get as much good information as you can on the materials and processes you want to try. That link Dan M posted is a great place to start with Mokume Gane.
  7. Progress is slow and deliberate....... I think I'm developing a method and maybe even getting the hang of this. Just roughing it in at this point As you can see I started with the big knot around the Haunches Now I'm on to the fiddly-bits. It took a little while to understand how deep these cuts need to go.
  8. @Daniel Cauble posted on FB that he got some. I'm sure we will see something come from that.
  9. How long is a piece of string?
  10. Can you show us the bamboo handle material? There are some traditional single-edge blades from India that are really pointy like that with a wide variety of handle designs and materials. You could do something similar to a Kard or Pesh Kabz.
  11. I go back and forth between Cubitron, Firestorm, and Norton Blaze. I haven't noticed a significant longevity of any one of them over another, but tend to use the Firestorm for roughing (36 or 60) and the other two for 120/220 grits. It really depends on which supplier has the 220 grit ceramic belts in stock when I need to buy belts! Then again, I only use the ceramics on steel and AO on everything else. So I'm buying two kinds of belt in each grit of 60, 120, 220.
  12. Congratulations on a successful billet of Mokume. In some aspects, the patterning you choose will depend on what the end purpose is for this material. Traditional Mokume patterning starts at the point you are at now, when the initial billet has already been reduced by half. Also traditional practice is to only pattern one side of the billet and leave the other side alone. I'm not telling you to follow this practice, only that this is the traditional method. These methods were developed for fairly thin end products like jewelry, or the outside lining of a silver vessel. Thicker end products will only get a moderate patterning at this point. The reason behind this is because most Mokume patterning involves removing material and then forging the billet thinner, unless you are doing a twist. Think pool & eye, ladder, bird's eyes, etc. Twists are typically done on pieces with a square cross section and then have the corners ground off to get it closer to a round rod for twisting. Twisting a piece of 1/2" round or larger Mokume is a dicey proposition. The layers tend to split and the billet comes apart. I have had success twisting a billet that size, but it was a soft twist. Tighter twists are more apt to cooperate with twisting on smaller diameter rounds. So let's start with what do you want to make out of this billet? Is it going to wind up as some knife hardware, like a guard and a spacer? Is it going to end up being a pendant and some earrings? Do you want to make rings and line them with silver?
  13. Sounds to me like you are into the narrow langsax territory!
  14. This is going to be fantastic. I'm not the Seax expert guy. but in general, I like to twist bars that are more around 3/8" to 1/2 inch. You will lose some cross section when you square up the twisted bar, and then there's the forging loss and grinding loss to acount for. As far as the dimensions go, I would refer you to one of the more definitive experts on this style, time period, and details. Luckily for you, it's also a current thred on this forum. Nijmegen narrow seax - Show and Tell - Bladesmith's Forum Board (bladesmithsforum.com)
  15. What Alan said! Rock and roll man! This is epic already.
  16. I've been obsessing about this for a week now. It's been something I think about as I'm trying to go to sleep. Finally, the light bulb inside my tiny brain turned on. I marked this with a fine point Sharpie today.
  17. I peeled the forms off those burners, made a satanite flare for the sword forge burner, and cut a small propane bottle down for a crucible forge.
  18. I decided it was time to cast a new ribbon burner for the forge. While I was at it, I decided to make a couple of smaller ribbons for some other forges in the works.
  19. These are all glued up and ready to sharpen. Three leather working knives And three wood carving chisels I rather like these, so I will throw one set of three into the KITH. Whomever draws my project picks which set they want.
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