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  1. GEzell

    Origin of the "Modern" Puukko?

    Other than the thickness of the blade and minor cosmetic details, puukkos have remained unchanged for at least 2000 years. The blade became thinner as metallurgy improved, though the edge angle remained the same, thus the modern 'scandi' grind. This example is about 1000 years old, from Norway.
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    It's been awhile...

    The forward and rear laynard holes were my idea after doing some reading and a little testing. A rear laynard can allow the blade to strike the arm or body if it gets out of control, so I wanted to have more options. Thanks Alan, those bolsters complicated things but I think they were worth the extra trouble.
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    It's been awhile...

    Thanks guys, it has a good home, I need to ask the new owner if he's using it. I think if I were to go with strict bladesports specs I would need to shorten the transition between handle and blade considerably, I like a nice 's' curve there for comfort and safety but it does take up a lot of space... The customer wasn't concerned about it so I wasn't really either.
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    It's been awhile...

    I wanted to show off a chopper I made recently. It's not quite to bladesports specs but it's close, the cutting edge is 10.25" and w1 tool steel that formed a neat auto-hamon. The pattern-welded bars are my standard 1084 and 203e mix, and the bolsters are from the same billet. The handle is stabilized walnut. It has a reversed distal taper and handles like an ax....
  5. Very nice fusion between the styles, unmistakably Saxon, unmistakably Scottish. How does the nugold tarnish? I've been considering using some.
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    Keeping etched blades "black"

    My method is almost identical to what Dave just described except after neutralizing I Flitz the heck out of it. If the etch was sufficiently deep it makes for a beautiful, long lasting finish... It can be difficult to photograph though.
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    Historic Wolf's Tooth Pattern

    Magnificent. I love the character of the steel, the subtly of it. About a year ago a friend sent me a patternwelded Indonesian spear to clean up, the amount of contrast and the character of the steel looks very similar.
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    Short broken back seax

    I like it, the shape is dead on for a small seax. If you're going for historical accuracy you need to work on your sheaths, though I'm sure it's functional. If you're interested there are a lot of images here:
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    Historic Wolf's Tooth Pattern

    Very cool! I made a wolfstooth last fall and had success cutting shallow notches in the bar to serve as guides, then using a hot-cut hardy to cut them to the final depth... Very similar to what you guys did, but backwards. I too have tried using a rack gear with very dramatic failure, though I think it still has potential... Looking forward to seeing the final results.
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    feather damascus?

    So sad to hear this, Larry was an exceptional bladesmith and artist, and a good man. I had the pleasure of an hour long conversation with him in 2001, along with seeing a few examples of his work... I had wondered what had become of him.
  11. GEzell

    Antler for handle scales

    Harry, if you go that route, be sure to check out this thread... https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/34912-antler-straightening/
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    Easter!

    Happy Easter everyone....
  13. Is the steel you're cutting a fuller in annealed? There is a possibility that you've work hardened it with the work you've done. Honestly though, Imy first guess as to why it's stopped working would be that it's gotten dull, you could try using it on a piece of mild steel to test your resharpening. The scrapers I've made have an edge angle just shy of 90°, and care must be taken when resharpening not to round the edge... The angle of attack that they cut best at is also a bit tricky due to the design I came up with. I hope that was helpful and that you can get it to cutting properly again. If all else fails you can make a new cutter....
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    Antler for handle scales

    Another possibility is pistol grips, pieces cut for this purpose can be quite wide, but also expensive...
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    Antler for handle scales

    I would also suggest elk, they get quite large and tend to have good texture, but not the best color... But that can be fixed.
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