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Adam Betts

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  1. Robert, this is amazing. I had to go through the patternwelding pictures twice because I got overwhelmed and lost track of what was going on. How did you cut the decorative grooves at the base of the blade there?
  2. I see it! Looks like a perfectly functional kitchen knife-- nice work!
  3. I've never made a shield, but have always wanted to experiment with them (in terms of both manufacture and sparring). I'll be watching this process for sure. Same question! How's that going?
  4. Really beautiful work. The profile symmetry of the piece really highlights the temper line in the blade, and that holly handle is quite stunning.
  5. Simple and classy, and well put-together. Nice work! Once I have a workshop again I really want to give cable damascus a try.
  6. They were leftovers from the first guitar I built. Well spotted.
  7. Ha! Great post, Jon, and a very entertaining read. I really like that handle, too. Reminds me of one of my early handles made in a very similar style from maple and ebony, and I can't imagine that ipe would've been any easier to work with in the gluing department. Well done.
  8. Nice! I tried forging a spoon gouge once and had terrible time getting it sharp. I've been meaning to try a crooked knife since then. Might do that this week, actually. Was there any part of the process that was trickier than you expected, or is it mostly just forging a little knife and then bending it?
  9. Wicked cool. I love the fuller and false edge. That's a fierce-looking blade for sure.
  10. The scandi grind is a fine idea! In addition to being practical, I think it will also compliment the austere look of a friction folder quite well. I was just making sure I was looking at your sketch right.
  11. I used to spend a great deal of my spare time working in a university supply room drawing concepts for folding knives-- I have a whole binder of them somewhere. It's a kind of zen activity, I think. I feel like the top two would be most useful in the format of a small friction folder; I particularly like the middle drop-point blade. Are you envisioning a Scandi-type grind on that?
  12. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to live in an area where hickory grows naturally-- hickory is basically a miracle of nature. I have used both ash and oak for hafts, because I knew there was historical evidence for their use; I had not heard of cherry being used until now-- I'm going to have to give it a try!
  13. Super nice work, Wes. The mixture of rough and smooth in this knife is really eye-catching. Really awesome aesthetic use of texture and incredibly clean implementation.
  14. Sweet! Nice work on the laminated blade, it has a lot of character. The handle is gorgeous, too.
  15. Beautiful! The curves of the blade and handle really compliment eachother. Can I ask how you cut the slot for the blade in the antler? I used a table saw for my last folder, but I feel like that wouldn't work as well with antler.
  16. That is some some really excellent work. The carnelian in the pommel is a great detail.
  17. Jon, is that the kiridashi you posted about in the design and critique area? It came out great! I like the copper pins in the oak handle-- looks rustic but classy.
  18. Thanks, Alan! If you happen to think of it, please do let us know. I should make one with a springbok horn handle and call it a springbok springback!
  19. Materials, time, and effort are probably similar to a full hidden-tang fixed blade of the same size. Cutting the slot in the handle for the blade might be a tad faster than drilling for a tang, but otherwise you're doing most of the same operations you'd do for a fixed blade. WIP is still forthcoming, I promise.
  20. You can also get the guillotine type tools on eBay. I have heard that they can be used for fullering. I have one, and I use it regularly for setting the step downs on tangs and such, but I have not been able to forge fullers with it without making a terrible mess of them.
  21. I know it's been said several times already, but that hamon is seriously awesome.
  22. Matt, that thing is amazing. Is the faux-garnet technique historically accurate? I mean, obviously not using epoxy, but-- I think you get what I'm asking. Seriously, though, that seax looks like it came from some kind of legendary treasure hoard or king's ransom. Awesome work.
  23. Wicked cool, Aiden! I just made my first folder and got a little stuck on the nail nick-- fortunately the whole piece was kind of rustic-looking, so my not-so-tidy dremel work didn't look too out of place. I really like the results you achieved with that craytex wheel; I think I need one for the next folder I make. You're totally right that WIPs on slipjoints are pretty rare. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing the rest!
  24. Also, I will totally post the WIP when I have time this weekend.
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