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  1. I know a maker who would take blocks of wood and first draw a vacuum on them, then soak them in linseed oil under pressure... Very similar to typical stabilizing methods, but substituting linseed oil for acrilic resins. I cannot say how effective it was, and I seem to recall he only used it on certain woods (I think it was primarily walnut and maple). This was many years ago, and I do not remember all the details, nor do I know if he is still using this method. I do not believe heating was involved.


    I use linseed oil on all my handles, but on softer, more porous woods (mostly native hardwoods like maple, oak,and walnut, but also masur birch) I will, after the handle has been epoxied, soak in linseed oil thinned with turpentine overnight. Basically add linseed oil until it stops soaking it up, then finish as usual. After the oil has had a few days/weeks to oxidize I give it a final finish with paste wax.


    It is necessary to do the soak after the handle has been epoxied, as the oil will interfere with epoxy if you try to do it afterwards.


    Everyone has their own methods, there are a lot of different ways to go about it, and some methods that work great on one type of wood may not work so well on another. Read and experiment, and find what works for you.

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  2. Thanks guys!

    I guess technically this would qualify as a kurzsax, though the fittings are based on those of a schmalsaxe...


    One of the nice things about this pattern is there is virtually no waste, just forge it as close to shape as possible. With a ladder pattern I loose at least a quarter of the billet to get the pattern. It will test the integrity of your welds though... It is interesting to see 15n20 and 203e in the same billet also, I was a bit surprised at how different they appear.... Time to get more 203e I reckon.

  3. I'm intrigued; happen to have any examples?

    I've been looking for examples online and haven't found any, I suspect they're out there but I haven't homed in on the proper search terms.... I keep finding photos of caterpillars instead. My exposure to them was from a book on weapons of the American revolution. I'll keep looking.

  4. Magnificent... The cross-section of the handle, the shape of the blade, the wonderful materials... I acquired a small piece of stellar sea cow bone many moons ago, it is such a unique material, I would love to acquire an entire skeleton (or at least an entire ribcage), I would use nothing else for handles.

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