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Phillip Jones

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  1. Glad to hear it. You will be extremely happy that you did.
  2. Just some pics of previous classes and a layout of the school shop area.
  3. Thanks for the compliments! Here is a pic (photo by Terill Hoffman) of some of the mokume bracelets I make. I have been having a blast making mokume gane for several years now. Fun stuff.
  4. Patrick, I may be looking at this from only one perspective. The jewlers hard solder may be a lot different from that found at a welder's supply house, of which I am not familiar. Tried looking for the specs sent to me when i last ordered solder but evidently it was thrown away.
  5. Thanks! Glad to be back. These are my version of a kiridashi. I call them SPROUTS. They are 4 5/8 in length. A couple of these are 1095 and the other is cable. Chisel ground. Each has thin textured copper scales pinned on.
  6. Hello, My name is Phillip Jones. Haven't posted much on this forum in quite a few months so i thought it would be wise to re-introduce myself and show some pics of several pieces that i have recently made. First up are my FIVE ELEMENT TANTOS These are 1095 steel with copper underlays and mokume menuki. Two of these were clay treated while the other was quenched bare. The copper underlays were repousse (spelling?) punched with a rounded end nail set to mimic rayskin. I'll post some more on this thread over the next few days.
  7. Strictly speaking from my experience with the "hard" silver solder here but i find it extremely malleable. I've made a good amount of solder bonded mokume and it performs very well. You can stretch this stuff out 10 times (or more) it's original length without it breaking the joint. Been using it on habaki as well. I just find it a whole lot more solid of a joint than the other solders. Especially the Stay-brite or the crappy plumbers solder. Patrick, I have to read your posts several times just to keep up with your knowledge. Defintely learning a lot from you.
  8. I think you may have this backwards. Silver solder is an alloy. Any time you add one non-ferrous metal to another you lower the melting point of the metal. "Hard" solder has the most amount of silver in it and silver is one, if not "the", most malleable metals on the planet. Open up any jewelry book and it will say that hard soldr is the most malleable and strongest of the three solder grades. Great thread!
  9. Hello All, Just here to post the 2007 schedule for knifemaking classes offered at Montgomery Community College in North Carolina. These classes are IMHO the best deal in the country for the type of classes offered. Custom Folding Knives - Ed VanHoy May 3 - 6, 2007 Cost $315 Design and craft a custom liner-lock folding knife. The class will show the basic principles and methods of construction required to make a folding knife. It will cover design, machine work, drilling, tapping, grinding the blade and finishing. Each student will complete a knife using both machine shop and common hand tools. Grinding Knife Blades - Ed Halligan June 22 - 24, 2007 Cost $240 Learn fixed blade design using the basic principles and methods of knife construction, including how to hollow-grind and heat treat knife blades, how to make guards, and how to finish a handle. Introduction to Bladesmithing - James Batson August 3 - 5, 2007 Cost $240 Learn the basics of forging a knife blade by hammer and hand. Each student will prepare blades they have forged for heat treating by hand with files or by grinding. They will learn how to heat treat, finish, and sharpen these blades. All levels of skill accepted; adequate eye-hand coordination is necessary. Basic Knife Making - Tommy McNabb August 23-26, 2007 Cost $315 Learn knife making by designing and making a knife under the guidance of the instructor. Each student will grind, heat and finish a knife using the stock removal method. This class is for beginners to intermediates who want to perfect their knife making talents. Automatic Folding Knives - Ed VanHoy September 13 -16, 2007 Cost $315 Design and craft a spring loaded folding knife. The course will include the basic principles and methods of construction required to make a spring loaded automatic folder. Techniques will include drilling, tapping, grinding and finishing. Forged Tomahawks - Wayne Whitley October 5 -7, 2007 Cost $240 Forge and finish an early American tomahawk, including forging, grinding, heat-treating, and finishing the blade and handle. A hands-on course. Instructor will furnish all the supplies for the students to purchase. Here is a link to the school website.... http://www.montgomery.cc.nc.us/cenra.htm
  10. Here is a link for info on what I think is going to be one exciting weekend... http://www.ncknifeguild.org/dixie_show.htm
  11. Hey Guys, This years classes have just started. In fact, the folder making class is this weekend (4-7) and is full to maximum with students. For some this is thier first time ever attempting to make a knife and they are doing quite well. A few of the classes have filled up but there are several openings left for Steve Schwarzer's damascus making class. If the class doesn't reach a minimum enrollment it will be cancelled and I really don't want that to happen. It is an absolute bargain to have such a high caliber smith like Steve teach you hands on damascus making. Even for seasoned veterans there is still lots more to learn.
  12. Nice work. That habaki is looking nice. Those are fun to make.
  13. Mexican coppersmiths get the most vibrant red color on their work and I think they use a rokusho type mixture to patina them.
  14. I know what I would have said...."For me!! Aw, you shouldn't have. Thanks! Beautiful knife, Nick.
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