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JenniferP last won the day on January 25

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    All forging aspects. Primarily involved with the colonial period to present forgings. tools, hardware, knives, swords, Nin-gu, Hammers.

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  1. It is for sure. 4 3/4lbs.. I was shooting for 5lbs. Final cleaning today.. I wanted to see the grain structure of the mild steel.. Kind of neat. Thanks Alan.
  2. So back in 11/2018 I had a demonstration to do and I decided it was a Felling axe that my sights fell on. It was the last demo of the year and all ready had snow on the ground. My buddy Scott came around to help with sledge.. We got the mandrel done and 1/4 the way to a finished axe before he had to boogie. Fast forwards to 5 days ago and my desire to to finish the Axe.. I am about 96% happy with it.. I am not a fan of any hammer marks nor scale left on the work if it was designed in my mind. About 8hrs, all hand work.
  3. Yes, I do. shoot over a pm on what your interested in..
  4. You guys might find these 3 photos interesting. This is how it ended up after welding and then I pulled the top down.. This is how I was able to keep the wrought iron together.. I'm not sure why, but I am attracted to the post weld shape.. I love the shape it has now for this hatchax.. But I think I see another carving hatchet in the mix.
  5. Thanks Jake. The compaction was in the other direction (hardway) so on the flat it would just unravel.. The Grain flow did come out pretty good.. I love it when there is a deep groove or inset so the grain changes to match.. The top and bottom look beautiful. I don't have any with the handle in it but I do have some before the handle was put in just before hardening. The outside looking crack at the back does not go all the way through so comfortable it should hold up just fine. Thanks Alan. I think it might have been laid up from small round bar.. it was really cool how that back loose strip sheared on both sides of the pole before it was wrapped.. YOu can see the bar on the snapped side of the raw bar and where it ended up after the flanks were forged. As for refinement.. Your right.. Time was a factor and I didn't want to waste any more of the wrought than needed.. this Wrought was donated to me from a buddy at the NEB meets for a hammer build.. I still have enough for the hammer.. As for the wagon tire.. Is it raveling on the flat or the hard way? Or is it cracking in the fold? I did start to edit the video but it takes 6hrs - 8hrs to forge these, so not sure a video "How to" is appropriate.. I did have to push the cutting edge back in line some.. You can see in the pre hardening clean up photo the eye was a little bit over.. So, just after forging and clean up before hardening.. And after heat treatment.
  6. So, I was approached 2 different times with the question about having a video on "Ax or hatchet" forging.. I don't currently have a hatchet or Ax video out. It takes 6 hr to make either.. Kind of funny since one is bigger then the other. Anyhow, I needed a new hatchax as my old one was in need of a redress so decided to film it and see what I could come up with for a "Free" youtube video. here are the photos.. Oh, the reason I call it a Hatchax is because it is a very light head on a small boys ax handle.. they cut amazingly well and serve both well for light and medium heavy work.. a 3+" oak limb is normal with one swing.. Some super course/loose wrought iron.. Pretty cool in the photos because you can see how the grain of the wrought iron was sheared and moved and also where the grain is compressed and stretched. This wrought iron was so loose that in order for it to stay together at all. I had to completely change how I would normally proceed and welded the eye first, then split the cutting edge back open to insert the steel.. the stuff was so back that there was no way it would stay together for a decent preform.. I had to shape it after the steel was welded in so the steel would hold it from shredding apart. Enough chit chat..
  7. that looks pretty good.. I forged a beefy one out of an old rejected sword sunobi last season.. Still sitting there waiting to be finished.. What did you end up with for overall dimensions?
  8. Hi Larry, sorry for the slow reply.. that is actually a reject blade because the spacing is off. I won't sell blades that don't meet my quality standards.. Sorry. Now it just lives in the demo trailer for that "awesome question".. Do you make swords??? Well do yah..
  9. Clint, Thanks, I was surprised when a pulled stuff out of it's hiding places. That particular Hawk was forged for the Youtube Hawk video.. Shows the steps to finished. I'ts a stock off the shelf handle. Brian, sure is.. makes me really wonder when I had time to forge them all and get them that far along or finished (all by hand don't ya know). If I wasn't so lazy I might actually finish the last 3 from the video series. Lots of hand work.. I have a Kukri lined up in cue for a video.. I'm going to make a whopper with a forged fuller groove with termination.. I love big knives and the cool factor is off the charts but it's hard to carry them in public. LOL.. Kind of you to say on the teaching.. Thanks
  10. I was retired from smithing up till about 3 years and change ago.. I primarily forge now when I make a video for YT or get a question asked by a newb or during demo season or teaching which happens at event and such.. I was asked to gather up some of my work of which there was none from before that 3 years mark and change. So, all I have is new work other than the wakizashi which is a reject as the measurements are off. It was interesting to me that I have actually forged a good amount of bladed skulduggery and this does not include the blades that have been sold. Nor any of the other items forged (hammers, thumblatches, hardies, forkes, spoons, etc, etc)..
  11. I have mixed feelings about this video.. The first video was on preforms.. Great video.. the second video was a sorta Run and gun making a Dagger.. Kind of tough to do a run and gun on a symmetrical knife blade and show what run and gun is.. but again a decent video. And then this video while it shows true "Run and gun".. With such a small blade its really hard to hide any of the metal.. I do all the work by hand and I love to forge blades, and love to file them. they take a ton of time to do well. it takes me about 1-1.5 hrs to file the blade so it is ready for heat treatment.. All the cutting edges are brought down to about 0.030-0.035 in prep for heat treat.. Yes the decarb on the out skin of the knife is left in place and only the cutting edge is then sharpened. I do it all by hand.. LOL.. The reason I am saying this is because. This run and gun video would have been much better applied to a larger Kukri or combat fighter or Barong or the like.. On these you can literally forge to shape without the use of a preform because there are places to hide the metal.. You can leave a swell here or there and it can just be looked at as part of the design.. On a smallish blade like this one, all the metal has to be in place or it just looks bad.. The reason why I did not make a larger blade is the finishing factor.. I am sorta tired out of blade1, 2 and then my regular work. This knife will have a guard and a lanyard hole in the pinky drop.
  12. Nice work Matt. It is beautiful. it must be fun to swing.. Are you keeping it as a show sword or a user blade? any idea what the cutting edge hardened out to Hrc?
  13. Rob I think the work is amazing. Just went and looked at the photos again.. Brilliant. I'm not fond of round handles from an indexing standpoint.. I'm not critiquing your work.. Which is beautiful .. I just know from not only making knives for a long time but in martial arts as well.. Indexing and knowing blade position is important When you can't see the blade.. Again, I think it's stunning work.. Can you feel the weight of the edge easy enough for indexing?
  14. Rob Thanks for the info.. That is a fantastic looking blade, handle and sheath.. Do you like the round handle? Or should I ask.. Is it round? It looks round in the photos.. If it is round, do you find it hard to index properly? I'm not up on viking trends so don't know the style well in it's full splendor. I fully understand about time and counting the cases.. I'm just always curious.. it's part of the long term smith thing.. I'm always curious about time, materials and any special tools..
  15. That's great. Finding that balance of blade thickness to desired cutting performance is one of those neat things. It's always a comprise between strength, slip plain and geometry. I really like it.
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