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  1. Yeah, work that stuff hot. If you try and cold forge it after quenching- which anneals normal bronze- the vibration will shake your teeth loose. It polishes up very well.
  2. Don't look for accuracy in weapons, armour or tactics. Aside from that, not bad. Btw, the Vikings had a word for people who consistently went into battle with no helmet. It was not berserker, in fact, it was "idiot".
  3. I wouldn't go too round on the grips. I like to have them just rounded off for comfort, I like to be able to index where the edge is without looking.
  4. I'm with Alex. Ditch the wood.
  5. I personally examined one of Wolfgang's daggers for over 10 minutes trying to find a flaw. Discouraging!
  6. Did you grind down to clean metal first?
  7. You're not going to hurt anything by warming up the tang/ricasso junction a bit. That area shouldn't even be hardened imho, historically the tang was mostly soft iron welded onto the blade base.
  8. 6150 is great for large knives and swords.
  9. Did you think about forge-welding the tang repair? It's not actually that hard.
  10. I'm with Alan on this- I think something is wonky with the temp. control.
  11. I think very, very few of these bowies were ever used outside of camp tasks in combat. Soldiers- on each side- were essentially roughly trained civilians, farmers, factory workers and tradesmen. Whilst they might have had the usual experiences with the odd fistfight, close combat was not part of their daily lives and military training emphasized stuff like drill, movements in formation, and the basics of musketry. From what I've read most soldiers disliked the prospect of close-in fighting, and using a knife effectively in close combat demands a particular training and mindset that, quite frankly, these men did not have except for a very few often with questionable backgrounds.
  12. I've seen a lot of pics of originals. Most apparently were either used as props by photo studios taking pictures of new soldiers, or were given up on the march after they realized how uncomfortable they were hanging off the belt on a long walk.
  13. Also, drill a couple of holes in the tang and make sure that epoxy fills them. That makes essentially "rivets" which grab the tang much more securely.
  14. PPE

    A friend of mine has been goldsmithing for around 40 years. His hands look like an Egyptian mummy's in general colour and texture. So don't worry about it.
  15. I think the fellows carrying broadswords in Prestonpans and Killiekrankie might have had an elaborate hilt or two.