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Brent Kistner

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About Brent Kistner

  • Birthday 09/15/1978

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    Menomonie, WI
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    All manners of outdoorsmanship (is that even a word?), bladesmithing, metalwork, carpentry, traditional archery, art, martial arts including JSA, learning, reading, a good glass of bourbon or scotch... too many hobbies, too little time. :)

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  1. This is all pretty fantastic info guys. Thanks again. It is good to see other, much better educated souls opinions lining up with what I was basically assuming. This forum and those that frequent it provide a fantastic wealth of knowledge, not to mention the near ridiculous amount of talent here as well. Thanks again. It looks like it is time to hit the books on all things steel/iron/otherwise for this guy.
  2. Thanks for the info, guys. And Skip, that link is good stuff.
  3. I love the simplistic look of this piece. Utilitarian beauty. It appears as though it would handle pretty fast as well. Wonderful work.
  4. "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" ~~~ Proverbs 27:17 This quote has always been a favorite of mine in reference to smithing and otherwise and yet I some how had not put a lot of thought into the actual involved with that quote. Embarrassingly, when pressed for an answer as to exactly when steel was available in the middle east, I only had a rough idea...seeing as how the book of Proverbs itself was supposedly pieced together around the 5th century, I would have figured that steel was flaoting around the area at that time, but then why is iron referenced instead? so I f
  5. i absolutely love the samurai cat armour. http://jeffdeboer.com/HowTo/MakeaSamuraiCat/tabid/78/Default.aspx
  6. So my trusty katanas' saya has split. I have owned this cheaper model Paul Chen Golden Oriole for years now and never had a problem. Yesterday I was nearly unable to get the blade from the thing. once i got it from the saya i noticed that the saya has split on both sides on the top corner, including the koiguchi. So, seeing as how this thing owes me nothing at this point, and I have a fair amount of time to work on it, I think I am going to try to spruce this little feller up. On to the question at hand. I have seen, over the years, quite a few katana antiques or otherwise that
  7. just in case this hasnt been posted here yet. http://www.steelforge.com/forgings/forging...CFQpuGgodkW4RCg it has a fair amount of info on some common and not so common alloys etc. cheers.
  8. this thing is really beautiful. graceful, clean lines. perfect.
  9. this is incredible. truly inspiring.
  10. the things you people make here are so amazing and inspiring. i have miles and miles to go. (im gonna skip the sleep )
  11. well guys i bought some white vinegar to try this etch thing (probably tuesday). i gotta tell you though, this polishing is addictive. i suppose it is because i am a perfectionist at heart but it really is fun to watch the alternating directions and grades of paper remove the marks of the previous grades of paper. the only real prblem i've had is that i sort of ate up the yokote on the first time through, but i figured out it was because i didnt use enough tape to make a stop so to speak for the sand paper. since i didnt need huge pieces of paper to touch up the kissaki alone i just mad
  12. hey guys i just bought this golden oriole katana from a friend who was selling it for almost nothing. the blade is in great shape aside from the kissaki. it looks as if the tip either has some wear to it from someone repeatedly stabbing cardboard or something similar, as it is covered in tiny little scratches. (these scratches also have a bit of a confusing directional pattern which adds to the mystery of how they where made but anyways) so without further delay here is a couple of not so great pictures of what im talking about. http://www.ofoto.com/PhotoView.jsp? &collid=17638603106&
  13. i fully agree. i am not in a position where i can find time or a place to forge at any consistant intervals, and this website and the people found here have completely eased the gap between when i get to forge and when i can't. it is invaluable as a source of information and a great place to find characters of likewise nature. thank you to all involved with this site, Brent Kistner (soon to be bladesmith)
  14. that was hilarious in so many ways... i love how he was just about to say something about the durability of that POS... and i love the way that his co worker sort of calmly dismisses the whole thing with a joke. i used to have a clip from HSN where a guy fell from a ladder while they where bragging it up as well. i hate to say it, but there is a little piece of my heart that likes to see stupid people get hurt. thanks for the laugh, Brent
  15. which books would you suggest to keep a guy reading and learning when i cant be next to a computer (to read through the tons of great info here) or be playing around with my makeshift forge. my eventual goal is to study and produce primarily japanese style blades, as well as good functional blades of all sorts. thanks ahead of time, Brent Kistner pacesetter_1@hotmail.com
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