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Alan Longmire

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  1. That would have totally failed to occur to me too... Looks great, though!
  2. I look forward to the pictures, when you have the time. That's a brilliant solution to the iron splitting!
  3. Appearing in this months "Artistry in Knives" centerspread, Eric Estlund's Stara Pravda messer! They way these work is, you send your work out for pro photos, the pro photographer submits them to Knife magazine, you get published exposure.
  4. Oh, yay! Yep, you're in good company. And deservedly so.
  5. I have six of those, and several not on that list. Swords of the Viking Age, Ian Pierce Spirit of the Sword, Shackleford The Sword: Myth and Reality (forgot I had that one!) Swords and Hilt Weapons The Archaeology of Weapons, Oakeshotte Archaeology by Experiment (good for bronze age stuff) Knives and Swords: A Visual History (not particularly great) Catalog of the Museum of Historical Arms and Armor, 1982 The Metallography of ferrous edged tools and weapons, Tylecote and Gilmour That's just the sword shelf. General Blacksmithing takes up around feet of shelf space, bowie knives and pocketknives another two feet, jewelry and metalwork another couple feet, and so on. Probably around 90 square feet of book spines on shelves. This doesn't include novels, biographies, SF&F, cookbooks, History, or Archaeology. Just knives, swords, metalwork, smelting, metallurgy, flintlock stuff, furniture, pottery, and so on. Those are another 60 square feet of spines on shelves. I may have a problem...
  6. Fairly hot, actually. Holding a coal forge at full welding heat for half an hour, you really feel it! It was enough fun that I'm gonna keep doing it until I get a nifty iron bead like Lee does.
  7. Made some Iron Dumplings: This is an assay method invented by Lee Sauder in which you make a ball from furnace clay and fill it with powdered ore and charcoal. https://www.leesauder.com/smelting-research at the bottom of the page. The idea is you fire it to white hot and hold for 20 minutes, then let cool in the forge. If done right, you get a bead of iron in slag if your ore is good. If you don't keep it hot enough for long enough (two at a time was a bad idea, especially with shop guests about), and your clay cracks, you get a puddle of sintered iron. Nevertheless, it did prove the ore is good. This test works best in a side-blown charcoal burning forge.
  8. Ooh, not soon, sorry. I put it in our guild library with the rest of the Knife Magazine issues last week, and I may not have access for a while. It's one of the pro shots. The Artistry in Knives page is sort of a center spread, two pages with twelve photos, each with the maker's name and hometown, and sometimes the materials used. about a 1.5" wide by 3.5" tall photo. It's a large format magazine.
  9. Welp, that is indeed the knife! I sit corrected. As for where to find info, there's lots online. More pocketknives than fixed blades, though. I do have a book that gives the history of all the Sheffield makers, this one: https://www.amazon.com/Heritage-English-Schiffer-Hayden-Wright-2007-09-01/dp/B01FKSVFBE and note you can find it cheaper than that. William Rodgers started his company in 1835 and died in 1854, at which point the trademark was sold to another Sheffield firm. This was common practice. The "I cut my way" logo with the ulu seems to be an early 20th century addition, at least the ulu is. The company marketed these knives to colonists and would-be explorers throughout the empire, and the ulu mark may have been intended for Canada. They're still in business.
  10. The blade looks 1930s-1950s. I've never seen one with simple slab handles, most of them have a brass guard and pommel. They also used fancier rivets, not plain cutlers rivets. Makes me think that might be an amateur re-handle job.
  11. That looks suspiciously like a reinforced point...
  12. Very nice! You've developed skills!
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