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  • Birthday 12/11/1980

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    Tromsø, Norway

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  1. Cool knife! I really like activity in the twisted jelly rolls In the original book by Bram Stoker Dracula is actually slain by Quincey Morris from Texas, one in van Helsing's team, who stabs him throught the heart with his bowie, so a vampiric bowie is quite fitting.
  2. Thanks, Peter and Karter. It didn't occur to me that it's a single edged sword, even though I have one of those in the works myself at the moment. I'll try to keep track of this find, I'm guessing it will end up at the Historical Museum in Bergen, they have some nice viking stuff there. I just love the way they've made a display out of it, it's really a momument to the mans craft and skill!
  3. Saw this in the Norwegian news today, thought it would be interesting to share. http://www.nrk.no/sognogfjordane/fann-vikingsverd-i-hagen-1.11921403 A blacksmith from the 800s was buried with his tools, an axe and a sword. I find it interesting that the sword has the guard and pommel mounted, but the edges and fuller are still left unground, perhaps it's a piece he never finished? Hope google does a good enough job of translating the article for you.
  4. The guy in this video does it in three steps. The welding sequence starts at 8:30.
  5. I did the "Ore to Knife" course with Owen Bush. That was a great way to start because you get to work with the material while having someone elses experience to guide you directly. Now I'm looking forward to running a few smelts on my own next year.
  6. Nice! Is it made from the blooms we made at the class? You can use that one to chop wood to make charcoal for your next smelt. Off course you will also have to make a pick axe from bloom that you can mine the ore. Now thats full circle
  7. For the Monday smelt we used the same amount of ore as charcoal for the charges, 2 kg of magnetite and 2 kg of charcoal. For the Wednesday smelt we used 1.5 kg of ore and 2 kg of charcoal, and the ore charges were half and half magnetite and hematite, this increased the carbon to iron ratio in the smelt as well. I had a go at forging material from both bloom and the difference in behavior under the hammer was quite mindbogling. The low carbon bloom behaved almost like mild steel after only minimal amounts of folding, trying to process the high carbon stuff was a major PITA!
  8. Here's a picture of me pouring some of my IPA into the smelter at Owen Bush's Ore to Knife class last week. It was a successful smelt and a most excellent week. http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=27053#entry255997
  9. Thanks again for a great week, Owen! I haven't had a chance to look through all my photos and videos yet, but as soon as I have I'll post something.
  10. Nice blade Now go put a handle on it and make a sheath
  11. The book is called "Brewing and beer traditions in Norway : the social anthropological background of the brewing industry" and since it's an academic text is only written in English. It's hard to get, but my local university library has it. Guess I'll have to fire up the scanner
  12. Thanks for the tip! I'm looking into it. So far it seems like that book is hard to get hold of, but it is available in English. I've never heard of the use of spruce, but juniper was commonly used for bittering and has anti-bacterial properties.
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