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    martial arts and Historical fencing
  1. i made the first one as a gift to my stepdad and melted silver from his mums old jewellery as the bolster which i engraved Then i made this one and sold it within minutes of putting it up on facebook to a friend Then Came this bugger, i was really happy to get my first commission to make a folder i hadnt tried to engrave stainless before and found out the hard way that 300 series stainless is an absolute b"£$ard to engrave and solder too it took me 2 days of messing around to finally get the right flux after trying different recommendations then when engraving it was so damn difficult i nearly gave up persevered in the end and got something passable, luckily he loves antiques so the engraving fits with the style and quality hes used to (at least thats my excuse for its slightly on the crude side look
  2. got my first fixed knife commission to make these and i really enjoyed the process, wanst too keen on the green dyed box elder burl at first but it looked ok in the end
  3. forgive my ignorance but how do they know it was an axe rather than a leatherworkers knife?
  4. basic skinner hidden tang chunky blade 3 1/4" 7 1/2" overall en42/15n20 the first Carbon damascus I've made since i was a lad of 17/18 (40 now) engraved bronze with ivory corian and curly mahogany I've no idea what its value is would £200 be reasonable? Video.MOV
  5. I reckon I can make an oven and a trough, sounds much more doable I will probably do a batch of 2or 3 at the same time which will most likely keep me going for a while
  6. I've just read a bit more on salt. I think I might be ok with a low temp one if I can get over my fear of wiring and electrical diy stuff and make one, might ask you for a few pointers when you're down Mr Hobson :-)
  7. Maybe I will go with tin or possibly bismuth, unless anyone can direct me to a salt pot with greater than 45 inch depth that doesn't cost more than a small country even then I know nothing about salt pot safety except the people say it can go off like a volcano, whereas molten metal I know quite well
  8. I've been looking at molten lead or tin or a combination, as that's what wilkinson sword were doing and it's less expensive and dangerous than salt pots
  9. Thanks! Is this combo of Damascus bainite doable? Or will the welds fail on repeated flexing?
  10. Hi does anyone know where I can find a ttt for 15n20 I vaguely remember someone mentioning a book with all this kind of stuff in? Im wanting to experiment with forming bainite for Historical martial arts fencing swords as they need a good amount of flex without breakage and there seems to be bugger all information out there
  11. I tried using a spring but it seemed to develop a kind of bounce to it which was very irritating so I used a car boot gas lift from eBay
  12. Made from simple plate steel bolted together
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