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Jaron Martindale

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About Jaron Martindale

  • Birthday 12/19/1993

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    Junction City, OR
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    Bladesmithing, Blacksmithing, Viking Age Weapons, Japanese Weapons, History, stuff and things

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  1. towards the middle of the initial bit of this post shows some of the already very well described tools
  2. That thing is sleek! Turned out Great!
  3. I'm not sure if you're on Instagram or not but a folder maker, "Scorpion6knives", had this happen to him also, and after a few months of back and forth and paypal flat refusing to release funds or even review his case he was finally able to pressure them enough to review the case and they found he was not in violation and reinstated his account. I remember he made a post about the Ebay thing as well and that it was a large part of his defense. He might have some pointers for you if you reach out, I remember it was very public and he was excited to put a stop to it happening to individual m
  4. Wow! That's insanely Beautiful!
  5. Thank You! It's a hamon-ish/temper/hardening-line/...thing.. The only reason I hesitate to call it a hamon is that the steel is 1084, I didn't shoot for a specific design, and it has an interesting "angular" hardening line happening towards the base.... heres a better picture:
  6. Thank You guys very much!! I'm humbled by all of your encouragement!
  7. And We’re Done! whew…wasn’t sure if I was gonna make that, lol 1065/Wrought Head, Copper Pin, Hemp-Wrapped Plum Wood, and decorated Leather sheath with Brass danglies Here’s hoping she can meet muster with the rest if these amazing Entries!
  8. Dragging my feet on attaching the spear and polishing...handles are always my least favorite part and what trips me up the most. So I procrastinated by making the sheath! Mock up next to the sketch Still learning how to emboss, but I'll take it! Next is a new process to me: Dyeing Leather! I used RIT liquid dye and warm water. Initially I did like a 3 minute soak for each piece, but I wasn't very happy with the evenness or saturation, so I ended up just leaving it overnight. It seemed to do much better that way. Here we are Dyed and Stitched togethe
  9. *disclaimer: I know little to nothing about tool making, much less hydraulics, etc I've read many times that these large frames don't end up holding up over time, if at all. But as someone who's on a budget also, the temptation to try a homemade press is real! I found this thread extremely interesting though, and may allow you to use many of your already purchased parts
  10. Any chance there was resilient residue from tape or holding the knife down for hand-sanding?
  11. Slowly making progress on this guy. I'm actually excited to see it all etched, but I'm trying to be better about making sure the finish is proper before I etch and show people, lol! We're at a rough 400~600 grit finish, still working the socket area to get it consistent. Pictured with potential sheath doodle designs... Also did a dry fit on a short handle. I figured the small scale of the spear head warranted something 2ft or less. This is a piece of Plum wood from about 6 years ago, it has a cool grey color to it towards the butt end, and finishes a very warm
  12. I can absolutely vouch for NJSB also, shipment is always done in a very reasonable amount of time, and prices are reasonable as well Fun tip: if you ask for a small drawing, they'll draw it on your steel! They did a Totoro for me my first order and it looked great! I know it's secondary to pricing and shipping, but I think it shows a great sense of humor and commitment to customer satisfaction
  13. hhmmm.....while it's likely I didn't harden it all the way, my final answer will be shop gremlins!! The sneaky turds... I don't know the manganese content, it was a bar of 1065 I picked up from a Bladesmith who was retiring from the Damascus, OR area about 2 years ago. Unfortunately I don't remember his name... :/
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