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  1. Thanks man! About the twist stars.. I've forged the curve of the blade - so the steel is naturally bent in that direction. Often when making blades like these that are not multibar - it can be easier to just cut out the shape. But in this case I wanted to get two blades out of one bar - which I did by cutting it across in an angle and forging the curve - as in order not to waste material. so I will be making a knife with a blade similar to this one... the "sibling" I suppose we could say. Thank you Gary. Put short - twist. No wrap - sandwiched. Alveprins.
  2. I just finished a little blade for a guy who had a dream of making his own knife... So I cracked - and forged him this one. The one and only non-mounted blade I'll ever sell. Anyhow - thought it might be of interest to have a peek. Didn't do any fancy photo-shoot for this one, so it's a single mobile phone picture only... The blade is about 13cm long, and 3,something wide. 3,5mm thick. The pattern welded steel is made from an old sawmill blade and 15n20 for contrast. The edge is Øberg steel. Initial hardness after hardening and anealing for 3 hours was 63 HRC. Took me quite a few aditional hours to get it down to around 58... But here we are, all finished and polished up! Anyhow - time for summer vacation and motorcycle tour through the rest of Europe. fixing up my workshop with new benches, shelves, lighting and stuff - and then it's back to new and exciting projects after the summer!
  3. Thanks! #5000 paper, and then rubbed and polished it with furniture wax.
  4. Haha, thanks man! Yeah, the customer's budget didn't really allow for those two extra pattern welded bars I'd usually do. either way, I went way over budget with this one. He got it basically at half price. (I really need to learn when to STOP working on stuff...) Not by design I'm afraid. I etched this bastard for 45 minutes in a 50/50 ferric chloride / water solution - with the acid almost not biting at all on that steel, but eating away at the iron. So, after 45 minutes I gave up and called it quits... Customer was super happy though, so that's all that matters I suppose.
  5. Alright, so I've finally finished the latest knife... I've named it Járn Haukr - Iron Hawk - with it's handle shaped like that of the body of a bird - with a nice fat chest for good grip. The blade is in bog iron from old tools made by the workers in the Silver Mines of Kongsberg city in Norway. This makes out the body. The edge steel itself is folded and twisted saw-blade steel from an old wood mill and 15n20 for contrast. The edge steel hardened nicely, and ended up at 58 HRC. The handle is in a solid piece of stabilized maple, with brass and vulcanized fiber spacers with a nice piece of mirror polished copper for the bolster. This knife was made extra large and thick in order to accomodate the oversized hands of it's owners, so I took inspiration from some of the more American Bowie style sheaths I've seen on this forum - and made a massive sheath as well. The sheath is 5 layers of leather, died in a deep dark red with brown borders. The iron has some cracks in it - but this is the best I was able to do with the material at hand. If I had more - I suppose I could have kept refining 3-4 kg. down to something a bit more useful. I feel however - that from a historical perspective - it is quite fitting like this. It will be handed over to it's new owner this afternoon. As always, any critique and comments are more than welcome. Sincerely, Alveprins.
  6. Thanks man, Yeah, I've been burning my furnace hotter than ever before - and it did stick after that. I've just finished welding it onto the twisted steel and drawn it out. I did one round of normalizing, and letting the steel cool down now. Tomorrow I will shape the blade.
  7. Alright, seems the two middle plates did weld - and quite well. I pried off the two outside pieces, and bent the two middle ones onto themselves, fluxed - and brought the temperature up to something nearing ridiculousness... Basically burning the iron - I took it out and started forging. Seems it stuck pretty good. I then cut it in half, stacked it again - and drew it out into a square bar. The weld seems good for the most part. Letting it cool now , and I'll grind it nice, square and clean, and prepare to weld it to the actual steel which will make out the edge. :)
  8. Alright, thanks Mr. Longmire! Now, I've drawn the piece out - at welding temperature, cut it, cleaned each piece with an angle grinder, tac welded it - heated to welding temperature again, fluxed like a maniac, and tried to forge weld. This resulted in absolute failure. This is the piece. An old drill: At some point after drawing it out - I had to start squishing it from the side - lest it be just long and wide: The result: It would not weld. Not one bit. Note that the metal felt extremely soft... and I mean extremely. I was forging at very bright yellow color, using the powerhammer. I am at a loss what to do at this point. If I straighten these bastards out again, and add a piece of railroad steel inbetween the layers - do you guys think it'd make a difference? To add something with a bit of carbon into the mix? Sincerely, Alveprins.
  9. Thanks guys! So, a couple of questions: 1. What is a "reducing atmosphere"? 2. by cutting, do you mean cut into the grain lines, or simply just drawing it out, cutting and forge welding again? Sincerely, Alveprinsen.
  10. Hi guys, I'm currently working on a project involving using old tools from a silver mine. The age of these tools could be everything from 400 - 100 years old. I don't know which period these specific tools are from. Beneath you see a picture of the tools in their current condition: The piece of iron I've used - is from the long bar underneath the chisel. When forged out and ground down - it looks like this: I see it has lots and lots of cracks like this. Is this something that is normal for this kind of iron? Or should I try to draw it out and forge weld over and over again fluxing like a maniac trying to make it nice and crack-free? Any input on how to handle this kind of iron is extremely welcome. Sincerely, Alveprins.
  11. Thanks man! Yeah, I'm pretty excited about the graver myself... I think I will start with my maker's mark. I always wanted to have it in 24k gold... I suppose I'll have to do some test-runs with copper wire first though...
  12. Haha, thank you Mr. Longmire! Actually... I've recently gotten myself that Lindsay Airgraver I've been wanting for the past few years. Been watching a whole lot of videos on YouTube on engraving, gold inlay and gem setting - so I expect to kick it up a notch or two over the next 12 months. Thanks! I don't "make" it - as in smelting it. But I do combined different steels and forge fold them. My next project involves 2-300 years old bog iron from tools which was used in the silver mines, combined with and old saw blade and 15n20 steel. It will be interesting.
  13. I present to you - the latest Deer-Hunter - Yggdrasil laufsblað - Leaf of Yggdrasil! Blade in 3 bars folded and twisted steel. 100 layers of folded railroad steel for the body, and 60 layers of ferrier's rasps and 15n20. Handle in Chestnut with core of Holly, w. spacers in vulcanized fiber. Front part of handle is Mammoth Ivory, with spacers of vulcanized fiber and brass. The Holly is engraved with Elder Futhark runes in Old Norse. The poem is taken from Grímnismál verse. 33 - Codex Regius and pertains to four deer that eat from the leaves of Yggdrasil - the world tree. This knife will be used - shock - for hunting deer. As always, any feedback and criticism is heartily welcome! Sincerly, Alveprins.
  14. Thank you Mr. Longmire. Thank you very much! Yes, you are correct about the tang. The runes are engraved and filled with a mixture of ashes from the burnt remains of my enemies, and slow curing epoxy.
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