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Ross Vosloo

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Ross Vosloo last won the day on October 27 2019

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About Ross Vosloo

  • Birthday 01/29/1992

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    Harare, Zimbabwe
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    Land Cruiser 40 series owner
    Birder, Hunting, Fishing, etc

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  1. Haha, no idea bru. Thanks very much. So here's where I am right now. Pretty much have the blade forged out to profile. It's at pretty much the perfect length, with the tip on the floor the end of the tang gets up to my belly button. As for width, I have 30mm at the start of the blade tapering right down to 12mm. I think that's going to do it nicely. Now I have to put this blade on a diet. It's at 1.2kg now, and my final finished sword weight is 1kg. So I'm thinking I need to get the blade alone down to around 600grams. Any one have any Thoughts or experiences on weight of the blade when finished ground?
  2. Ja, been a busy couple of months. But I finally finished all my back orders and now have some time to work on my own projects, so full steam ahead
  3. Been a while since I have had a chance to work on the rapier. My last plan to forge weld cable Damascus to the already forged out 1070 blade is not going to work, for a couple of reasons. One, I dont have enough cable. And two, well, I dont trust my abilities to pull off that forge weld yet. So that 1070 blade will get turned into a small sword. It's perfectly dimensioned for that already. Onto the rapier. Yes, I'm still making a rapier. A mild steel san mai rapier I'm a sucker for punishment. What you see here is my billet all welded up. 2 layers of 1070 side by side and then a layer of mild steel either side. I welded up everything to try and prevent any oxygen from getting in because I knew that I could not heat the entire thing at once to forge welding temps... forge is too small. Here is the entire billet after setting the welds. Felt good and solid, you can really feel when it starts to firm up under the hammer And success!! I just etched the end of the billet, but I ground out all the welds along its entire length, both sides and all the welds look good. So I have since started drawing out the blade I'm about 30% done and will pick it up again tomorrow
  4. got a pretty nice hamon on these tow. although i did pick up some artifact on the bigger one, maybe the clay popped off a little there or something
  5. beat them out into billets, combine and forge from there?
  6. Thanks man. Was pretty simple too. I still haven't got my power hammer running so that knife was 100% hand hammered
  7. Fishing is still good in places ideally the further away from any people, the better. Although I do have a solar setup and a generator, I dont have DSTV, so the only ever news I see is, well, pretty much nothing. Easier to see life optimistically with out it
  8. Im Zimbabwean, born and bred. i take pride in the fact that every wood i use, is locally sourced. but the list includes african blackwood. im fortunate to have a large stockpile that was harvested 20 years ago during a very bad drought. its been sitting since then. the reality however, is that trees in general are being whole sale taken out here. and for what? FUEL. yup, the woods you would pay quite high prices for in your part of the world, are being burnt as fuel here. why? well, i dont want to get into politics and i wont. but suffice it to say, mismanagement has meant that 99% of the country has to deal with 18hr electricity cuts every single day. and when it is there, it is so expensive that most people cannot afford to use it. gas (LPG) has to be imported, and so is expensive, and usually theres a queue a couple for hundred bottles long. petrol and diesel are in such short supply that its standard procedure to queue for up to 9 hours to get maybe 50L. and all this means that, if your not a person of means, you turn to the only other means to cook your food... wood fires. and where does the wood come from? you guessed it. and no thought is given to what kind of wood it is. if it burns, it will do. so no, im not concerned about using small pieces for handles. at least they will last a lifetime and be appreciated. not burned to simply cook a meal.
  9. ive had limited success (2 attempts, 2 successes) with low layer ladder patterns. just to give you some other ideas first is 2x 5 layer billets, 1070 and old band saw blades that i then forge welded together with a layer of band saw blade between to give a total of 11 layers, then laddered and forged out to a knife. i did have a few delams, but this was my first ever attempt at Damascus in my gas forge and it was always going to be my personal knife, so i pushed on. the next one is 9 layers in one billet, 1070 and 75ni8 then laddered, then forged to knife.
  10. Another one done and out the door. I'm going to miss this one. Steel is 9 layers of 1070 and 75ni8 laddered. Brass guard, subhilt and pommel. Lathe turned pommel nut. Wood is leadwood (combretum imberbe). There were of course, a couple of issues. The steel itself welded up great. But I think i tried to forge to close to final thickness and during the quench I had 2 delams happen on the one side of the blade. Thankfully they dont affect the edge, and after some fairly vigorous testing it's all still together and solid. The handle was a bit of a bummer. There was a knot in the handle that looked fantastic. But leadwood is, although very hard and tough, prone to tearing out. I leant in just a bit too hard and the belt tore out the knot. It gave me the opportunity to try a resin fill. It came out ok, but I regret the red. It should have been black. I was planning on redoing the handle, but a repeat customer of mine saw it and loved it. As always, thoughts and critique welcome
  11. thats genius i tell you.... GENIUS!!! i have been looking for options for hidden tang bolsters for thin chefs knives for a while now and i think i just found it
  12. bowies like this are why I started making knives in the first place
  13. Haha, thanks for the shout out! I forged mine out of 5160! Wish I had access to some 304 for bolsters and guards! Look forward to seeing what you come up with
  14. So here's a first for me, a forged craving fork. Took me a while to get my head around it but pretty happy with it in the end
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