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Ethan Kempf

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  1. Just stunning. I've been a big fan of your swords for a while Matt. I'm curious about the handle. Is it some sort of cordage wrapped in water tightened leather? or how did you achieve the effect? looks both comfortable and elegant. One of the things I appreciate about your handles is that they tend to be very functional looking. Very user friendly, as well as aesthetically pleasing. Thanks for sharing!
  2. I think the most applied term to this item from outside observers was "Wicked" which I think is fairly appropriate. I'm imagining what a vast army of orcs directed by an evil overlord on acid would be behaving like. "but sir, why are we burning our pants while wearing shoes as gloves?!" "DO NOT QUESTION ME MORTAL! IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO DEFEAT THE INVISIBLE PURPLE LIZARDS!"
  3. Gratzi Billy. Shelton, formerly Chehalis. Is the clinic still going? haha yes! Thanks Alan. Also, thank you for your tomahawk tutorials and general historical bladesmithing info you've provided here over the years. Tomahawks are one of my favorite things to forge.
  4. Thanks on both fronts Bruno. One day I strive to make a knife that causes people who look at it to wonder whether or not the punch bowl may have been spiked. This place is filled with wonderful folks with great info. I can't tell you how many times I've been researching some obscure ridiculous thing, then Lo and behold the answer I was looking for had been posted here like, 6 years ago or some such. Absolute treasure trove in this place.
  5. Hey folks! This is my introduction post. I've been reading the forum for a couple of years now, and the amount of helpful, obscure and esoteric information I've dug up from past years is just astonishing. It's been such a help, so thank you everyone who contributes here. A little bit about me: 29, forged my first blade a little over three years ago. I quit my job 2 years ago to pursue this skill/addiction full time, and have not looked back since. I live and work on a little acreage surrounded by tall trees in the country at the base of the Washington state peninsula. I tend to be a bit
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