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GEzell last won the day on September 30 2017

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  1. 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.
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    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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    Happy Easter everyone....
  9. 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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    nickel carbon stop

    I talked with someone who knows about these things, and this is what they said.... "I think because as an alloying element, nickel is substitutional, taking the place of one or more iron atoms in the cube. But, as a pure metal, the nickel stays arranged as a body centered cube regardless of temperature, rather than changing to face centered austenite as iron does, which is what allows the carbon to move through the cube. The interstitial spaces are more open in austenite, so the carbon can get through to saturate it. But because the pure nickel does not change to face centered, and remains body centered cubic, there is no room for the carbon to move through." Makes sense to me, but it's way above my pay grade. This is what he remembers of information given to him from Mr V...
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    nickel carbon stop

    The original paper is "Carbon Diffusion between the Layers in Modern Pattern-Welded Blades". I've found two possible sources for it: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1044580398000357 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/222074204_Carbon_Diffusion_Between_the_Layers_in_Modern_Pattern-Welded_Damascus_Blades Maybe that will be useful.
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    nickel carbon stop

    I first heard about it from Howard Clark. This has been discussed here before, a Google search of the site for 'carbon migration' should take you to the relevant posts (sorry, my bandwidth here is next to zero or I'd go looking myself).
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    Otzi style

    I seem to recall a very cool woven sheath that went with the knife... Any chance you will be making a similar sheath?