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GEzell

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  1. Yeah, I'd have to forge down some very thick leafsprings of dubious quality, or forgeweld some scrap together to make a piece large enough. I much prefer the idea of 'use scrap if you want but it's not necessary'.

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    I've been wanting to make some of these since I was in highschool, in fact the first blade I made was a sword. I ran into a slight problem though, and that was how to heat-treat it... More years than I care to admit later, I now have a solution in the form of a heat-treat furnace big enough to handle a sword, I just need to put it all together.

     

    Anyway, both blades are around 30" long not including the tangs. One is a commission, the single-edged viking, forged from 80crv2... I decided to grind the bevels after the blade is heat-treated. The other is patternwelded, a four bar composite with two twists and 1080 edges, made just to see if I could pull it off...:)

    There's still a lot of grinding to do, but I'm excited!

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  3. Excellent work, I've always considered multiblade folders and patternwelded swords the pinnacles of bladesmithery.

     

    Concerning the spring not being stiff enough, this is more a factor of spring geometry than temper. Geometry determines stiffness, heat-treat determines how long it remains stiff.

  4. I like kitchen knives because they usually get a daily workout, as opposed to a hunter that only gets used a few times a year. But then again, hawks are cool....:). Perhaps a poll is in order.

     

    I'm looking forward to this.

  5. I completely ignore the oxide colors, they can be very misleading. Doug is right, spend the money (most are under $10) and get a good oven thermometer...Alan's suggestion of adding thermal mass is a good one.

     

    Tempering is such a crucial step, yet so simple... There's no excuse not to do it right.

  6. I've been looking at these, trying to decide which I like best, but it is impossible. The coolness factor is just too high...:). I love your style, craftsmanship, and use of unique materials.

    Keep doing what you're doing, it works!

  7. I love the shape of the blade, just the right amount of asymmetry... I suspect that carving required large amounts of time and skill.

     

    One day you might make a knife I don't like, but today is not that day...:)

  8. Thanks guys, I just wanted to be sure. Mine is finished, currently wrapped in plastic wrap and wet leather... Hoping to have the sheath finished in the next few days, so I reckon I have nothing to worry about.

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