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Will Wilcox

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  1. I've actually been thinking about making some thick sewing needles for a while now. The eye for the thread would be the only real challenge. I was thinking about wrapping it around and welding it to itself. Otherwise you would need a mill and a tiny bit to slot it. Or a teeny tiny chisel to slit it .
  2. Seriously nice! It's like looking at a surviving example from a thousand years ago.
  3. The biggest thing that stands out to me is how extremely short the grinds are. Sabre grinds usually go up about half of the blades width, and full flat grinds go almost all the way to the spine of the blade. Your grinds are super short, only like 20 percent of the blades width. I recommend doing full flat grinds, they seem more difficult, but are actually easier to line up with each other on each side of the blade, and they make blades cut much better then short bevels, in my opinion.
  4. Nobody is twisting your arm to make sheaths. You dont HAVE to make sheaths, after all. But it's kind of like having a wrench without a tool box. Wheres it going to go when it's not in your hand? Food for thought.
  5. Luck! Cant wait to see what you come up with, it looks great already!
  6. When it comes to knives which I sell, I really only make two "types," hunting knives and kitchen knives. Both of these terms are loose, hunting knives could be skinners, gutting knives, filet knives, EDCs, etc. Kitchen knives could be chefs, paring knives, steak knives, etc. That being said, all of my hunting knives get leather sheaths. These knives are almost always carried into the field, so they need something to carry it in. Kitchen knives are not usually transported much, so I dont worry too much about sheaths unless they are specifically requested. Siyas are another interesting option for kitchen knives. But a sheath for a chefs knife can usually exclude the belt loop typically found on hunting sheaths, for reasons I dont think I need to explain . Simple leather working doesnt really require many specialized tools. The most expensive part of the process is the leather itself, at least the way I do it. Leather tooling CAN get outrageous if you so choose to go that route.
  7. What Niels said! It's just calling to be finished! That pattern is gorgeous. It looks like a fingerprint up near the tip.
  8. You wont need to light it multiple times for normalizing. Get it going, do three normalization cycles back to back, and quench. Same process as with coal or propane. I'm a hardcore charcoal advocate. If you have access to firewood, you can make your own charcoal, and if you have land to cut your own wood, it's basically free fuel, just requires your time. Check out the threads here on the forum for charcoal retorts if you are interested. Theres also the ancient process of using a charcoal mound, but I dont think many people use that process anymore.
  9. Interesting shapes. Are you looking for critique?
  10. Very nice, well matched pair. Excellent work, to you and your girlfriend.
  11. Here's a good demonstration. The shadow moving across the blade as it cools is recalescence. This is what you're looking for, that shadow indicates the phase change.
  12. Sounds like you saw decalescence and recalescence. They look like shadows moving across the steel.
  13. Very nice, Rob! That's coming together nicely. That's going to look really good when its finished .
  14. Hmmm... tactical cardigan? That's an idea I can get behind .
  15. Got this from my brother as a christmas gift. He knows me so well! Nordic style, actual polished steel and bronze, with a chainmail aventail (which needs a bit of repair due to shipping damage, no biggie.) Leather lined on the inside with hinged cheek pieces. Its comfortable too! Valhöll awaits!!! The beard seems to fit, but I'm not so sure that the cardigan does . I hope everybody had a nice christmas with their families. May the good times keep rolling, the food be warm, and the beer cold!
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  17. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all! I hope everybody is warm and full of good food today. And like Charles said, a quick recovery to everyone.
  18. If I had to guess, it looks like file or rasp teeth. Carefully forged so as to not ruin the effect. Nice work on that, @Faye. Even the blade shape has a certain serpent or dragon shape to it. Thematically as well as practically, it flows very well.
  19. I'm pretty much doing the same Surprisingly, I'm done with christmas gifts early this year, usually I'm still getting things squared away at 10 pm on christmas eve!
  20. Pretty cool video I stumbled across. I'm a CNC machinist myself, as well as a bladesmith, so I appreciate this from different perspectives.
  21. I'm kind of with Joshua on this. If you're going to buy a nice higher end custom knife, you should educate yourself a bit so you can ask the proper questions, and get exactly what you want. If you are fine with the stamped crap at walmart, then you dont need to educate yourself, but you do need help, because those knives SUCK . I dont think I've ever purchased anything above 150 dollars without doing a good amount of research on it.
  22. Beautiful! Turned out very nice, I'm sure she will love it! Happy holidays to everyone.
  23. Thank you, gentlemen! Alan, thanks for the advice. I will likely end up going that route, but I really was trying for a spherical pommel, it's just damn hard to sand a shape like that. Rob, thanks for the advice. I have to tell myself to slow down constantly. I have a tendency to move faster then I should, and regret it later. I'll turn my grinder down a bit and try for another pommel
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