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  1. My first sword. Work in progress.

    Pic of the stuff I got done yesterday. Couldn't get in the forge today. Just mild steel and wasnt so fussed about the twists as not after a pattern. Welded together quite nicely 55cm in length. Hoping to weld on the blade edges tomorrow and start forging out the rough shape.
  2. My first sword. Work in progress.

    That's what I thought :/ oh well I'm making a practice sword out of the stuff I got here to get it down pat before doing it with the Damascus. Didn't order any extra to cover screwups.
  3. My first sword. Work in progress.

    By the pattern in this instance I'm talking about just the twisted core pattern in the center of the blade.
  4. My first sword. Work in progress.

    so I have the steel arriving tomorrow and I'm wondering if a can get an answer about the pattern weld twisted core. Do I grind all 4 sides flat or leave the bits on what will be the faces with the ridges??? Also do I have to use Damascus steel to bring out the pattern? Because I'm looking to save some if I can and iv got some 1040 already twisted where I was experimenting that I'd like to use for the core if I can. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  5. Another Shop Fire

    Bits of metal in the eye from angle grinder and yes I always wear safety shield so no idea why I'm so unlucky
  6. Badly designed charcoal forge

    That sounds like it could work. Currently making a Damascus bar but I'll try that tonight. Up to 81 layers so far. One more triple should do it.
  7. Badly designed charcoal forge

    I couldn't find an end cap to fit so solid weld to back of forge lol and yeah there isn't much but getting in through the holes. I'll have to think of a work around.
  8. OK I had a look at my charcoal forge just now after it had cooled off and I have noticed a serious design flaw. Namely no way to clean ash that drops in the air pipe. On the plus side the charcoal I use isn't leaving huge clinkers. Only a handful after a full days work. Any tips on a work around for the ash problem would be appreciated. So far it seems to mostly be filling the gaps between the hebel bricks and acting as extra refractory.
  9. Tengu Forge Zombie Cleaver aka "Apocalyptica"

    Love that hamon. Looks brutal as all hell. I know where I'm going for a blade when the zombies rise up.
  10. Bike chain Damascus testing

    quick bit of etching. Dunno if the pic shows but actually a nice pattern in the metal.
  11. Bike chain Damascus testing

    Waiting on steel to arrive for Damascus for my fathers sword. So decided to try my hand at a small piece of bike chain Damascus. New steel shape for me haha here are some pics coz I went very old school with rail track as anvil and charcoal forge. Its a lot sketchy even though was just a test experiment but nothing a bit of work won't fix haha.
  12. My first sword. Work in progress.

    So nearly finished hunting knife. Getting prepped for a major work that will hopefully be the finest blade I have ever made. Pulling out all the stops on this and going to take it slow and easy. First step was doing the design on paper. Took a bit of work and looks like it will come out as a nice sword. Going to make a wooden version to see how it looks put together. As for the Damascus pattern I'm hoping it will look good but time will tell. Going for a twisted core and plain Damascus on edges. And going to use Damascus for the guard and pommel with a wire wrapped hand grip.
  13. Smithy Location and begginer questions

    To be honest that anvil looks to be in fine shape. Looks better than the bit of rail track I used to use and I churned out some nice blades on it.
  14. Smithy Location and begginer questions

    I'd go the open faced shed just to shield neighbors from sound. Wrap some chains around base of anvil or magnets. That will leech out some of the ringing. I like the anvil. I'd recommend a look through YouTube at tong making tutorials for what you want. And iv never had to redress an anvil so can't help you there bud. But you should get it done properly not by an angle grinder.
  15. Working on a Merovingian Pattern Damascus

    I love this blade. So elegant. Amazing work.
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