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  1. Well that makes me happy. Turns out I have to go out of town the next couple of weekends, and since I'm only really able to work on stuff on the weekends, I was worried I wasn't going to be able to finish. 

  2. 7 minutes ago, Joshua States said:


    Looks pretty good in the pic! What are the specs?

    Blade length is 7", 12" overall. 5160 steel, linen micarta scales with red liners, and stainless pins. I don't make many full-tang knives, but I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out. 

  3. I glued the scales on this yesterday and started shaping the handle today. Someone on another forum suggested to do most of the shaping before gluing them, which is the way I normally do hidden tang knives. I hadn't thought to do this on a full-tang. What process do you all use?


  4. On 4/20/2019 at 11:32 AM, Joshua States said:

    Buy a set of the dies with the removeable face plates. It makes changing from drawing to flat a lot easier. It's called the "two-part system" on the parts page

    I was looking at those, but I'm concerned that you lose an inch of length off the dies. They also seem pretty expensive at around $700 for both flat and drawing dies. 

  5. I want to get new dies for my 25# little giant that are more suitable to knife making. Currently I just have a set of drawings dies. I figured flat dies with radiused edges would be the most versatile, but then I saw these "knife makers" dies on the little giant website. Has anyone used them? I assume the beveled part is for forging bevels, but it seems like a pretty obtuse angle for that? Do you think these would be worthwhile, or should I stick with flat dies?


  6. My 16 year-old daughter forged her first blade today. She had to do a cultural immersion project for her Japanese class, so she made a kiridashi. We started off by making a hook so she could practice some hammer work, and then we got into forging the blade. We used 1" X 1/4" 1080. The blade is now in the tempering oven. I'm so proud of her. She did a great job for the first time ever swinging a hammer.


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  7. Does anyone know if Don's plans are available anywhere? It seems as if the impossible has actually happened, and something that was once on the internet is now completely gone. If his tutorial is well and truly gone, does anyone know of a good vertical forge tutorial?

  8. I'm in. Probably some kind of folder. 

    1. Conner Michaux

    2. Bruno

    3. Brian Dougherty

    4. Alex Middleton

    5. MichaelP

    6. Will Drake

    7. Zeb Camper 

    8. Joël Mercier

    9. Jeremy Blohm 

    10.  Geoff Keyes

    11. Jason Volkert

    12. Pieter-Paul Derks

    13. Michael Ward

    14. Robert Dowse

    15. Alan Longmire

    16. Chris Briggs

    17. Nikolai Briggs?

    18. Jeff Heinen

  9. 1 hour ago, Joshua States said:

    I have several of these. They work wonderfully for surfacing handle scales, guards, spacers, frames, etc.

    Make a Viking folder.

    Is that a thing? I mean, historically?

  10. This isn't really blade-related, but the torsion spring on my garage door broke, and I was wondering if anyone had ideas on what I could do with it beyond making flint strikers? I wouldn't use it for knives since it's probably full of microcracks, but it seems a waste to just throw it away.

  11. Since the poll is leaning toward a folder, does someone have any pointers to a tutorial on making them? Something suitable for someone who has never made a folder before? 

  12. Here's the first thing I've forged in 2019. It's also the first metal I've moved under my new power hammer. It's not the prettiest blade I've forged, and I'll need to practice to get the "feel" of this hammer, but it took about half the time it would normally take, and my arm and shoulder didn't get sore :) . I've only used air hammers like Anyangs previously, and this hammer definitely has a different feel to it. Also, it seems that the run-on issue I was having goes away after the hammer warms up. 


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