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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. Highlights from 2020 were definitely an Ironwood Puuko and a commissioned Karambit I did in the later months. The Puukko, being my first hidden tang and multi-piece handle construction, was a wringer of learning, but so so rewarding to see it all come together. I also loved getting the opportunity to work on something that felt a little more "tactical" which was the Karambit a local LEO commissioned. First time working with 80CrV2, but definitely won't be the last! Also, sharpening these guys is a bugger, lol! (sorry for the horrid pictures)
  2. Promise I'm still working on this Recently was able to profile the blade. It got a slight bit smaller than the drawing I did due to some forging errors on my end, but I don't think its going to be catastrophic to the balance or aesthetic. Blade Profiled and ready to start grinding in the bevels Couch Corgo for size reference The Next piece of the puzzle before grinding the bevels was layout, something I am notoriously bad at doing ,lol Normally I end up just winging this st
  3. Taking this one slow and steady. Spent an hour lengthening and straightening the tang. Its getting so dark lately with sunset at 4:30 and being in the mountains, 5pm is nearly pitch black already! Really cutting into my forging time here nature... It is just proud of the drawing in most dimensions at this point, so next I'm going to grind the bevels cause I'm too chicken to forge them!
  4. I think it should be noted: the video clip in the tagged area shows the maker hardening a small square plate of steel (in the shape of a plane blade). That temperature is on the low side of forging temp( if even in the range of moving metal, depending on your alloy), and the video does not show how long it took to get to that temp. While it may be possible to get to a forging temp, it may not be time efficient or economical in the long run. I think I would suggest either: A) Listen to Alan (and the others who posted suggestions above), research and buy yourself some new hardware for a
  5. Welcome to the madness! and Nice Start! Listen to these guys, they know what they're doing! The only thing I might throw in the mix is to start drawing and DO NOT ERASE ANYTHING. This may help in the template saving department too. But once you start drawing out designs, even if you have no intention to make them all, they start showing you lines and curves you do and don't like, and you'll start getting an eye for how to get the profiles to a place you like. Don't worry about "I can't draw", just sketch whats in your brain cause that's whats gonna come out in your forge.
  6. Brian - its Always nice to have company when learning new stuff Alan - Thank you for weighing in, I really appreciate it!! I'll be carving out time soon to watch those Arctic Fire Videos, I've had them saved on the tubes for a while now, just haven't been intentional on watching them I'll be sure to readjust the guard, thank you for catching that! And I'll be perfectly honest: these pommels and their shapes and designs scare the bejeezers out of me My goal was a scent stopper type pommel, but to be honest I'll be happy if I got a pommel shaped object made, lol
  7. So I went ahead and started; I was able to get a rough forging done last week, but not quite enough time to get the tang forged out and everything all straightened. Forged slightly oversize so I had plenty of room to correct errors via the grinder
  8. I copy and pasted the URL's into a different tab and HOLY WOW!!
  9. Ok, disclaimer: I know little to nothing about European longswords. I really really love how they LOOK though, and have always wanted to try to make and wield one! When my wife asked for a sword I showed her the Oakeshott type XVIIIb and she was elated, so we settled on that. my question is: Does this drawing’s proportions look anything like they should..? I watched Peter Johnsson’s video’s on youtube a bunch and tried to apply the geometrical design process to this, and I’ve been staring at pictures of Type XVIIIb’s, but I think I’m going blind to my own mistakes at this point...
  10. Thanks Alan! I did not know about the handle width proportion so I’ll be sure to stick to that on the next one!
  11. I know we have A LOT of Sax builds on here, so at first I was hesitant to add mine to the pile. I decided there's really not a better group of people to show this to, so here goes I Started With the Intent to go for a Type K Sax from Anne Nørgård Jørgensen's Book, "Waffen und Gräber" since it seemed the most attainable in size and proportions. I thought option #3 had a nice look to it. Traditional Specs OAL (blade+tang): 9.25-12" (23.5-30.5 cm) Blade Length: 7-9.25" (18-23.5cm) Blade Width: 0.82-1.25" (2.2-3.2) I am still learning to forge-weld so I plan
  12. These posts give me hope for the future, lol very very first knife shaped object from rebar. It was a going away present to a friend (don't worry, we're still friends, even after this gift, lol) And my most recent blade, and first attempt at a multibar construction
  13. Fun Stuff!! I got to cast Bronze signet rings for a friend's wedding party and I ruined more wax and bronze than I care to admit, lol! I still like to play around with copper though, its nice to consolidate the scraps into those big bars
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