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Ross Vosloo

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  1. I actually just etched the mark into the steel pommel nut. It's not so bad. Just arrived back from a business trip to Botswana, so happy to be home. I'll take Zim any day of the week
  2. A video of some testing I did of the blade 20190830_122241.mp4
  3. Hi all, Been a while since I have been able to post here. Here is my latest completed knife. It's also my first through tang construction. Steel is 5160, brass guard. African blackwood spacer and leadwood handle. The customer specifically asked for a big blocky handle. As always, thoughts and critique welcome.
  4. It's good stuff. My only issue is I havnt been able to find any thicker than 3mm, so forging it is a problem
  5. Slowly figuring out my own little method for getting these
  6. Very nice. The master of mustard. I love how it looks like the patina has height to it. Awesome
  7. Thanks very much. Ja, the blackwood I cut my self from some limbs that were harvested in a drought in 92. Love working with it because it's got such good figure. Danke. Ja, 1070. About the best we can get down our neck of the woods
  8. Thanks man! Really happy with how thin this one is. 0.2mm at the heel and 0.1 at the tip Thanks very much.
  9. Thanks! Thanks for the kind words 3 in total. 2 which covered the entire blade and then a 3rd which I faded out as it went up the knife. The idea was to get a bolder finish at the heel and along the spine and a more subtler finish toward the tip
  10. I hear you. On My tool roll chefs sets, the leather work takes almost as long as the knives!
  11. Nice looking knife! Always admire a Smith who can take a mistake and make it work out the better for the end piece. On the pocket sheath, I also carry my EDC in my left pocket, have done for over a year now. In my own experience you want something with out a clasp or clip. It stops you from being able to reach into your pocket and pull it out in one move with one hand. And a deeper, snug fitting sheath helps alot too. Just my own experience
  12. Hi all, here's another chef knife. This time with african blackwood and a mustard patina. As usual, thoughts and critique welcome
  13. I wondered if anyone would pick up on this there is method to my madness, or should I say madness to my reason. I usually pick up the second pin above the center line so as to give the allusion of an arch. It can be a bit hit and miss to each person. My wife says she cant see it. My dad and myself are both of the opinion it does give a curved feeling. I take it it detracts to your eye? Am curious as to what other people's opinions are
  14. Nice shaped knife. I echo @Alan Longmire words on the point on the bolster. It may just be my eye as well, but the bolster does seem a bit big for the overall size of the knife? But I'm nit picking. Its overall a very nice blade. Keep it up
  15. Hi all. So, when someone asks what you do, do you pull out one of your own knives? If you do, do you have to preface it with "well it was one of my very first knives" or something like that? That was my issue. My EDC was my second ever forged blade. It's a great performing knife, but it's not exactly a great looking knife to show potential customers. So I made this. Should fix the problem. Steel is 1070 with hamon. Wood is African blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon). Brass pins. To be honest, minimal amount of forging. Mostly constrained to straightening before heat tr
  16. Thanks bru. Ja, getting quite busy these days. How's your side going?
  17. Thanks ! Ja. All my full tangs I go for that 2 close together up front one at the back. Just something different I guess and looks good to my eye. It might be a bit out
  18. Hi all. Just finished this set of kitchen knives off. 9" chefs, 6" utility and a 6" k-tip. All out of 1070 with muwanga for the handles. The leather was a real mission. Each sheath has a double welt over 8mm thick. As always thoughts and critique welcome
  19. Hi all, just finished up this little 4" EDC for a customer. trying to up my sheath game, coming along slowly but still not where i want it... yet. steel is 5160, handle is copper and muwanga.
  20. Seems that way. Well lets hope simmering works. Got the bone peice simmering right now, will leave it for a couple of hours and see what we got. Based on this I put the bone straight into already simmering water. Will report back Haha, let's hope So here's a video showing the take down handle in its rough form. Let me know what you all think. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwEkgZnHMa2/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link 20190410_110908.mp4
  21. Hi all. So this is a big 10" Bowie I'm working on at the moment. I set it as a challenge for me, to see of I can make a really good quality piece, just for me. Before the pics, does any one know how to get the smell out of bone? I found a big hippo bone on lake Kariba, cleaned it up, but when I work it smells awful and that smell has stuck to the peice itself. Any one know what's the best plan?
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