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  1. Is this what I hope it is....????

    Hi Kevin, Given that this was made over twenty years ago, I have little memory of what I was doing at the time. It is a three bar billet. There is no fuller because I hadn't figured out how to do that at that time. The dark line is not a delamination and I never figured out what it was, it only appeared when I etched. I also hadn't figured out how to get the pattern to flow to the point, ie notching a V at the point and rewelding. As I said I learned a lot on this piece. I had no style in mind when I made this blade. Keep in mind that there wasn't as much information out there then as there is now so I was solving problems on every piece. My website didn't go up until 1998 and this was prior to that. I did have Jimmy Fikes to brainstorm with and he was an incredible help for me. I do remember building a long charcoal forge for heat treating and making a quench tank out of an old oxygen cylinder to harden it. I was still tempering in the kitchen oven at the time and had trouble getting it in. This blade challenged me at every step, but making it opened up a whole host of possibilities. I believe it is marked on the tank because I hadn't started using the gold logo yet. I am glad it found a good home.
  2. Is this what I hope it is....????

    Sorry for letting this mystery go on for so long, I have been away from the forum for a while. The blade was definitely made by me. I learned a lot making it and though it didn't turn out the way I had wished, I kept it for a long while as a learning tool. Sorry to hear it is on Ebay, not sure what that means. So flaws and all it is mine. Don
  3. How do you develop an "artistic eye"?

    I can relate to this question. I was an English major in college and never really thought about visual art. When I started making knives, I quickly became aware that I was working in a form that was nonverbal and that I had no sense of what made a piece work or not. Fortunately, I soon began working with the artist Murad Sayen who had a wonderful eye. Watching him sketch and work gave me a sense of what I needed to learn. I focused first on line. Jimmy Fikes helped me by point out the perfect blade shapes in a bed of Spring flowers. Line and form are everywhere, texture, color, dimension, contrast was a world that I now started to see. I found that if I went out with my camera and just photographed whatever caught my eye, I could late look at those images to discover what attracted me. I poured over images of old blades, not so much thinking about the blades as absorbing the lines. Again, if I was attracted to a form, I would study it, draw it, try to make it. Design is a language and as you learn, the world morphs into a whole new dimension. You are training your eye as you learn the other skills. The creative part comes by working consciously. Learning to see what is there with an objective eye. Look for the flow of the piece, where does the flow stop or break, what is a pleasing transition between materials. Everyone who has ever made a blade deals with the same set of functional problems. Form follows function, but within those constraints there are infinite variations. Peter Johnsson has discover a mathematical and symbolic harmony that lies within the swords of the middle ages. Proportions are exact and express not only proper balance and function, but also express universal or spiritual harmonies. Sorry, I ramble.
  4. Shovel out the charcoal and put it in a closed container. It has a nasty habit of reigniting. The mini shop is very nice, thanks for sharing.
  5. Steinvik Inspired Reproduction

    Beautiful work, well done
  6. Antonina, a 13" keyhole integral hamon kukwie.

    That is nice work, beautiful piece!
  7. Inspiration

    Thank you Randal, it is an interesting path we follow.
  8. Just wanted to say hello :)

    Welcome Michael, you will fit in fine here. Nice work.
  9. Making a Celtic Knife with Trollsky

    Nicely done, what a skill set. Welcome aboard Trollsky!
  10. O1 tool steel

    Well done, I copied this thread
  11. Well done, thank you for sharing.
  12. mind/body healing

    Thank you for bringing this subject back up Jim. My main reason for beginning blacksmithing and bladesmithing was as a way to quiet my mind after returning from Viet Nam. I found that working with my hands gave me a whole new way to see the world. Line and form, texture, color, light, a whole new language presented itself. I began to meet others who were exploring like me. Having a community of good people who were learning and sharing helped me make my way through life. I am struggling for words this morning, but I do hope that others will jump in and explore this thread. We are learning and changing as we pursue our craft on a deep and profound level.
  13. Lots of questions on grinding/sanding a blade

    5W-20, I have to try that.
  14. Feather in shibuichi and shakudo

    Oh my, thread hijack. This brain conversation I have a personal interest in, but perhaps it should be reopened in The Way forum. The piece that Jim is working on is extraordinary and I wouldn't want to see attention diverted from the progress. Thanks
  15. December Trifecta of Kitchen Knives

    Wonderful work, thanks for sharing
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