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Sam Ecroyd

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  1. That leatherwork is mind blowing, absolutely beautiful
  2. Mr. Higson and I forged ourselves a couple of dogsheads a few years back. Absolutely love mine, I'm intrigued by Alan's hefty short handled version though, might have to make one of those.
  3. Rob this is absolutely awesome and a fantastic demonstration of artistry and skill. I can feel the itch for another seax beginning.
  4. Aye, still down in NZ. Having a great time but it's a bit frustrating not having a workshop - I've got loads of antler and keep finding odds and ends of steel and wrought but have no forge or gear to make anything! I'll be back in time for Owen"s forge in though so hopefully see you then?
  5. For a piece of go with the flow forging that looks reasonably Beagnothesque to me. Really liking the look of this John, can't wait to see the finished article.
  6. Having been the sledge monkey on a couple of projects like this I feel your pain Rob, it's looking really tidy though and will be well worth it in the end. Look forward to seeing how it progresses!
  7. This is an awesome story and a beautiful knife. I love the simplicity of the blade but with such amazing steel and a lovely sheath. As always your skill and speed of work blows my mind my friend!
  8. Greetings fellow bladesmiths! Apologies for the absence for the last few months but it's been a little hectic getting ready to head across the globe so there hasn't been much chance for forge time. The pictures don't do this seax justice, it's an absolute beauty and feels perfect in the hand, in fact I'd go so far as to say it feels like it was made for me! Gerhard, I will admit that was my first response when I was presented with it, but James was adamant that he wants it using and abusing as a proper field trial - I'm still terrified every time I use it but so far it's stood up to basic camp chores, so once I get out there I'll put it through it's paces. This is the sheath James made for it, I'm making a few more modifications to make it a bit more robust and to stop the blade from slipping free inadvertently. Personally I really like the accidental colour and am going to try and recreate it in future. Thanks once again to James for the most beautiful knife I've ever owned, I'll try and do you proud with it!
  9. So glad to finally see these finished! Great work James, they've come out really well and I can't wait to get my hands on mine.
  10. Cheers Alan, Aye, I'd tacked it together with stick weld and fluxed it with borax. I'm pretty sure parts of it have already welded but judgong from the colour differences on cooling there are at least half a dozen pieces that aren't welded in yet. Is it worth pulling these apart and grinding them clean or just crack on?
  11. Dearest bladesmithing bretheren, I have a quick question and would greatly appreciate any wisdom you could offer - I prepared a billet of 15N20 and 1095 this afternoon and put it in the forge to soak. Just before it got up to welding temperature the gas bottle ran out. My question is this; Will the billet be ok to re-heat and weld at a later date or will scale build up between the layers mean it's better to abandon it and start a fresh billet? Cheers Sam
  12. That is beautiful my friend, congratulations on another stunning piece.
  13. Looks like a tidy little blade, nice work Charles.
  14. Awesome work buddy! Did you treat the antler in any way before you used it?
  15. Thanks for doing this Gary, looking forward to the next instalment.
  16. Definitely one of the more nerve-wracking projects we've attempted but the results so far have made it worth while.
  17. Cheers Charles, I might well come and grab some Blackthorn next time I'm over your way, but I couldn't find anything hefty enough this time round. The oaks are some I'm growing from Lake District acorns, most for replanting but I'm hopefully hopefully going to Bonsai a few.
  18. Thank you gentlemen, much appreciated.
  19. Thanks Alan. According to the guys at highgradesteel UK from whom we purchased it: "EN42J C: 0.75/0.90 % Si: 0.35 Max % Mn: 0.60/0.90 % P: max. 0.05 % S: max. 0.05 %" I think I might need to rename the thread, "Descent into Chaos" is way better!
  20. This has been a very slow project and, as per usual, has relied heavily on my good friend Mr. James Higson. I've learned an awful lot during the making of this piece and am by no means happy with the result, however I am very glad it's finally finished. The blade is made of 4 bars of twisted 15N20 and EN42J, handle is olive and the stand is olive and neodymium magnets.
  21. Finally got around to updating this thread, got the head cleaned up and etched. I ended up using oak for the handle with a leather wrap. All thoughts and criticisms gratefully accepted.
  22. That's all kinds of awesome, I can't decide which is my favourite bit!
  23. That scabbard is awe-inspiring! Congratulations on a fantastic piece!
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