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Adam Betts

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  1. Awesome hammer! You make some really cool stuff, Ibor.
  2. Wicked cool, Alan! I love that curly ash-- I didn't know ash could do that! I frequently prefer it to hickory for handles on lighter-weight tools; hickory can sometimes feel handle-heavy on a tomahawk with a long shaft. Your work is inspirational, as always. I have got to get back to forging axes and hawks--they're my first and truest love in bladed tools.
  3. Axes are incredibly satisfying to make and use. That one came out great, Rob!
  4. Lukas, that came out beautifully! I love that box elder handle-- the movement in the grain makes the whole knife look like it's ready to jump into action on its own. Very nice work! I did the same thing, since I don't have a lathe either-- the grip on mine is somewhere between a rectangle and an oval. I got really good at symmetrical carving making CO2-powered wooden racecars in shop class. A 36 grit aluminum oxide belt on the grinder just makes it go faster.
  5. Florian, did you make your embossing tools with a radius to match the inside of the fuller? That came out really well!
  6. ...is that a Yeats reference? Like an actually astute reference to "The Second Coming" implying that nobody knows what this knife is going to look like when it's done? Also, awesome that the bed frame worked out! Who knew? Besides Alan, I mean.
  7. I saw the title of this post and seriously had no idea what to expect. I love the concept and the execution. I am developing a great respect for your creative application of materials and processes in your blades, Theo. Well done, as usual.
  8. The whole thing is great, but I particularly like the retention strap leaf on the sheath. It's a really creative touch and looks really good with the handle material.
  9. I was out of it for six months or so, and I've got the same difficulty; my treasured five-pounder has been doing a lot of sitting around as I've been working my way back up from 3 lbs. It's amazing how much fine control of the heavier hammers I seem to have lost not forging regularly.
  10. I thought the same thing! Thanks for sharing! I love maple for handles and in my opinion it only looks good natural or the super-rich amber-gold-brown color of old rifles; now I can give that second one a try.
  11. Ditto what Kevin said. The grain of the ironwood complements the pattern of the san mai perfectly. That is a really striking set of knives.
  12. Beautiful! The random trail dog also gave me a chuckle.
  13. Hey, that came out really well! What did you use for stain on the maple?
  14. Excellent point, Mr. States. Form follows function. Brian, you might try to changing the profile where the blade meets the handle to make the gut hook/fat back thing flow better. Alternatively, run with it and have somebody field-test it. If it works well enough, its looks become "unique" instead of "kinda weird." It seems like experienced hunters, like craftsman and artists, get rather idiosyncratic about their tools. Kind of like smiths do with hammers.
  15. Nice! The piece has great flow and good proportion. Looks like a useful, rugged little knife.
  16. Excellent work! I like the pictures with the hair; took me a sec to figure out what I was looking at. So what ARE the actual dimensions of the knives?
  17. Ditto what Salem said. Also, that pommel medallion is awesome. Great idea.
  18. Thanks! Seeing your brass work was part of what convinced me I needed to up my fittings game. I read your Satanite recommendation in another thread and wrote it down in my shop notes, actually! When I have the funds together to make a new forge sometime in the not-too-distant future, I would really like to integrate a thermocouple. A pyrometer would be awesome, too. One of those had been on the "tools to acquire" list in my notebook for a while now. Somehow I haven't gotten around to it yet. I'll have to keep my eyes open for a piece of angle steel or large pipe to use as a baffle (assuming that's what you'd use). That sounds like a great idea. Thanks!
  19. I'm no industry expert, but I have never seen or heard of steel pipe with a high enough carbon content to make a decent knife blade--hardness is not really a desireable characteristic in pipes. The A1068 code is an industry standard having something to do with galvanization, so it also might be galvanized, which will produce highly toxic fumes at forging heat (until it burns off, anyway). The only thing I've ever seen a bladesmith use any kind of pipe for is spear sockets. As for tooling, you are only limited by your skill and patience with the tools you have available. Most guys on the forum don't have power hammers. I'd wager that a majority of us use a DIY forge, too. TL;DR, Mystery pipe is bad. Don't forge mystery pipe.
  20. If you have more of that same bed frame, you could try heat treating a section of it to see if it's hardenable--I wouldn't bank on it though.
  21. I have found that I get through the steel in fewer heats with a chisel than with a punch, and with less deformation around the eye. My punch might be crappy, though.
  22. Aesthetically, I think you could pull off either that swell in the spine or the gut hook, but I don't think the two play nicely together. If the back had that one uninterrupted curve to the point, you'd have sort of a mini-bolo look going on, which could be cool. I'll also echo Mr. Runals in saying that nobody I know uses a gut hook when dressing game.
  23. Thanks, Wes! I hate to admit it, but I have only the roughest idea of what temp the blade was at for the quench--it could be described as "that color which I have found gives me good results as viewed in the typical lighting of my forge environment." I can tell you with near-certainty that I quenched in 110-degree soybean oil, and that I used furnace cement for "clay." I did put it on nearly a quarter-inch thick, which it seems upon further research may have been overkill for such a small blade. I also would not be surprised to find that I'm quenching a bit on the too-hot side, since it can be a bit challenging to get an even heat on thin steel in my boxy little forge.
  24. Also I just noticed that the top picture here shows some really messy editing. I can't actually see it on my computer monitor, but on my phone it looks terrible. I guess that's what happens when you edit photos on a ten-year-old LCD screen. I'm going to just replace it with an unedited version because it looks better. That's a bit embarassing.
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