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Ross Vosloo

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  1. 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
  2. bowies like this are why I started making knives in the first place
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Thanks very much. Lots of marking up before touching a belt sander, but once that starts it goes pretty quick. Been a couple of leather days. I have 6 sheaths to make, but here's the first 3...
  6. Hi all. Rather than starting a new thread everytime, I'm just going to add to this one. Here's what I managed to get out the door this week. Matching set of kitchen work horses, french style 9" chefs and a 6" utility, 1070 clay quenched with muwanga handles. The next one is a 9" carving knife. 1070 with mopane handle. As always, thoughts and critique welcome
  7. Haha, thanks very much guys! Actually, she was very much ok with me getting it, even supportive. She knows the direction I'm trying to go in and knows how much a hammer means to me. If she wasnt happy, I wouldn't have dared to take this pic!! I dont know. If i had to guess i would say around the 40 kg to maybe 50kg mark. The anvil itself is insane. Its solid, must be close on 800kgs by itself
  8. Hi all. No new blades, but something that will help make them. I picked it up for the unbelievable price of us$350!! First pic is where I saw it first, next pic is it in the shop, and my Mrs reaction. Plans are to throw a new concrete slab for it, build a protective cage around all the moving stuff (I'm clumsy) and then convert from the electric motor it has to either a petrol or diesel power pack. 16hour daily power cuts are no joke.
  9. Very very nice. Also just made this same milestone recently. It feels so awesome, right?! As another option for low layer billets, what I did was 2 5 layer billets, then forged them together with a single layer between them to make 11 total layers. Then I laddered that. Came out pretty nice
  10. So here is the plan. Currently, mu rapier blade is a little on the week side. Too thin and not enough thickness. Plus, seeing as we are going all out on this, I wanted to up the anti. the diagram shows my plan. I'm going to forge out 2 billets of cable Damascus and then forge weld them to my blade, effectively creating a San mai. This will give me both the steel for the width and the steel for the thickness, plus the degree of challenge I'm stupidly looking for, and of course, if it all comes out ok, it should look pretty awesome too. A
  11. Right, update time. Today marked a big day for me in the forge welding area again, this time cable Damascus. So what does this have to do with rapiers? Hold your horses, ok getting to that. First though, some details about this blade as I forged it out as practice for what I'm going to do with the rapier. I started out by forge welding 3 peices of 25mm cable about 8" long into billets. I then took all three billets and forged them into one billet and squared that up. This was the main part of my experiment done. I now k
  12. Thank you very much. Thanks for the awesome info and awesome rapier. I hope mine comes out half as good as yours. Thanks guys! Never had people following along before!
  13. That's awesome. The details are superb
  14. Hi all, So, I'm about 2 and half years down the rabbit hole with a fair amount of knives made. So it's about time to embark in my first sword. Not being the type to walk before running, I thought about what sword I would really like to make, not about what sword I could actually make. Walking is over rated anyways. So here's the plan. I'm bang on six feet tall, and according to research, a rapier wants to come up to your belly button. On me, that's 110cm overall length. I'm starting with 12mm round 1070 steel. After the first round of forging I have a preform that'
  15. Danke bru! Thanks very much. Ja, I'm lucky to have access to blackwood grown locally, and most of the peices I get are from smaller trees. Seems that the smaller the tree, the better the figure. Or at least in my own experience. Thanks, it's an impala head. Mhara is shona for impala, so Mhara knives basically means impala knives
  16. Thank you kindly Ja, I got lucky. I have a stockpile of about 10 logs that have sat during for over 20 years. It takes a lot of effort to break them down to useable peices for handles, but the figure in all of them is out standing Thanks man!
  17. thanks man! i could just make another one and you could like that thank you sir thanks man. ive found ever since i have been doing a complete correct heat treat for 5160, it finishes up much nicer. its known as a great beginner steel, just get it non magnectic and quench, but the full recipe calls for 20min at 840degC!
  18. Hi all. So this is a knife my uncle commissioned from me for my cousins graduation. Steel is 5160, brass hardware, African blackwood handle. All on a through tang (but not take down) construction. And yes, the thickest "blocky" handle was intentional. My uncle "likes them chunky", his words not mine all in all, it's very comfortable in hand, indexs fantastically and my uncle is thrilled with it. Thoughts and critique, as always, are welcome.
  19. Yup.. my only real option is going to be to build one though. Another rabbit hole!!! Thanks
  20. Thanks very much for the kind words. I must admit I love the wood too. Some amazing activity in it And boy I'm already free falling! Scored some cable today so stay tuned
  21. Hi all. So this one has been a long time coming. A major milestone for me, and although it's not perfect, it's more than I thought it would ever turn out to be. Started with 2 separate 5 layer billets, 3 layers of 1070 and 2 layers of bandsaw blade (the big lumber mill type). I then combined those 2 billets with another layer of bandsaw in between, for a total of 11 layers. I then ladder patterned the billet after drawing it out and forged my blade. I didnt notice the couple of delams at the back edge until after grinding in the bevels, but at that point, I was just so happy t
  22. Thanks! Leadwood, combretum imberbe, is a bush willow. It's a very heavy, dense wood. Thanks very much for the kind words
  23. He is indeed. I have to admit though, this knife is very comfortable to hand. Balance is just behind the front guard too. My uncle saw this one and immediately ordered one just like it. In fact, I just about had to use it to fend him off from taking this one!!
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