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Everything posted by tsterling

  1. Really attractive, Ray. Thanks for showing!
  2. There are screw connectors that are used to make two piece take-down walking sticks. Might not be exactly prototypical and would weaken the shaft a bit, but would make for a lot easier transportation, assuming you're not really planning to use this in its' originally intended use... Here's a link for US supplier: http://www.leevalley.com/US/hardware/page.aspx?p=41005&cat=3,41306,41332 Don't know a UK one, but someone who can forge stuff as well as you should be able to make something similar but better...
  3. Very pretty, in a nasty sort of way, if you take my meaning! I like it a lot. How did you form the mortice in the handle for the tang, presumably held on with the single rivet/pin?
  4. Another cool one, Serge. This one looks very steampunkish. My daughter likes it a lot, too!
  5. Really excellent looking relic, Serge! You've really mastered this style, and very attractive they are. Good on you!
  6. Both nice knives, but I especially like your fantasy one, Geoff. Really pretty. Get well soon!
  7. So I created a monster? What fun! "It's alive!". I sorry, Jake! ;-)
  8. Jake, do you have a small diameter sanding drum for Foredom/Dremel? Use that to sharpen in between the ridges (bevel from both sides, or a single bevel, alternating sides for each subsequent edge) - makes kind of a serrated edge. But then it's a dagger, meant more for sticking than cutting. Also, although it's too late for this since heat treat, I use a small carbide burr to make micro-bevels along the edge before heat treat, several in each flake scar edge, like the image below. Makes a nasty sawtooth - I'd hate to get a ragged cut from one of those. Looking very good, I'm interested to see how you'll handle it!
  9. Another pretty one, Serge! I don't know how frontier it is, but I like it a lot, especially the copper wrap, the little inlays in the handle, and the unusual blade shape. Almost looks Japanese, so maybe it would be carried by a samurai/mountain man, driven out by his ronin companions for his unseemly western ways, forced to live a lonely life trapping beaver...
  10. That's pretty! Lovely work, Jake. Thanks for showing!
  11. That's a pretty one, Jake! Nice job - I really like the bronze. That was a great idea!
  12. Really pretty. Serge. You need to accumulate a large group of these with the different handle colors and take a really big picture along the lines of Alan's tomahawk bouquet. Then send it to me for wallpapering my computer...
  13. Thanks for taking the time to pass on the kind words, guys! I appreciate the feedback.
  14. Here's another of my contemporary takes on an ancient weapon, the misericordia. This one I forged, filed, engraved and carved from 1045 steel. The little guard area is untouched steel from the 1/2 inch bar I used, everything else has been altered in some form. The stand is walnut, antler, steel and copper (the rack at the top). Thanks for Looking!
  15. Another wierd but wonderful one, Serge! I think in years to come, guys will be making knives and posting them saying: "I did this one Serge-style." And we can all look at those youngsters and wisely say: "I knew Serge way back then!"
  16. Thanks for the kind words, boys! Glad you like it.
  17. A tiny carved and engraved 1080 carbon steel dagger, with copper scales. Then a bunch of mutated carpenter ants decided to move in - must be escapees from the Hanford nuke site on the Columbia river, 200 miles SE of where I live. Move over, African bees - there's a new sheriff in town... Thanks for looking!
  18. Hi Patrick, I'm really enjoying watching the tsuba development, over your shoulder so to speak. Thanks for sharing!
  19. Wow, Serge, you've been BUSY! I'm really enjoying watching your style develop. Have fun at Blade - wish I could be there to see al these in person!
  20. Thanks for the feedback, guys! Patrick, the scales are 416 stainless steel, and carve/engrave pretty nicely. Anybody know where I can find some 1/8 inch thick 416? I can find lots of 1/16, but not 1/8. Richard, the Spyderco Byrd series knives are pretty nice for their price ( a little more than $20), and they save me an enormous amount of time making a "canvas" for my carving and engraving. I get to kill two byrds with one stone, so to speak (sorry for the bad pun!) - practice on an actual knife shaped object (very different from a simple rectangular practice plate), and something my wife can sell at her gallery in a tourist town for a reasonable price. It turns out that it takes about ten times the effort to make a design that will work on a knife shaped object than a rectangular piece of steel, so the design time is pretty eye-watering, and the Spydercos are repeatable if I want. If I add actually creating the knife to the design effort, the price far exceeds the tourist market instantly. After spending three or more days creating an art knife canvas, the stress of making the first cut is intense, so a little inexpensive Spyderco is quite a relief for a little carving - mostly for enjoyment.
  21. Here are a couple of small Spyderco pocket knives I've been playing with for the practice - sorry for the terrible pictures - stainless steel is a royal pain to try and capture. The last picture somewhat reflects my mood lately... Thanks for looking!
  22. Wow, beautiful suite, Patrick. I wonder if Ford is hearing little footsteps creeping up behind him! Thanks for taking the effort to show us this outstanding process.
  23. Yes! Outstanding work, Jake. Thanks for showing it to us.
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