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  1. Hello My name is Michał Plezia, also known by nickname as Elchon. This is my first post on this forum, but I've been browsing it for some time now. I am stunned with the high level of works presented here. Many of the pieces are truly works of arts. I've finally decided to show you a few pieces that I've made. Let's start with the two daggers I've finished recently. The first one is inspired by 15th century ballock daggers. (At last something for myself ) Nz3 tool steel, circa 55-57 HRC. Satin finish. I've made a short movie showing the quality of the heat treat (narration in Polish). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osy3otT0Kio Total lenght 32,3 cm Blade lenght 19,5 cm Blade width 2,2 cm Blade thickness at the base 3,5 mm Guard and cap is made of brass. The handle is italian walnut. The second dagger is based on the 14th century italian baselard. Nz3 tool steel, 55-57 HRC. Reinforced tip. Satin finish. Total lenght 36,7 cm. Handle lenght 13,6 cm. Blade width 2,9 cm. Brass pins, plum tree wood.
  2. Last night I got home from work at about 5:30 and went straight to the forge. After about 4.5 hours of forging, I then annealed the blade in sand over night. This morning I got up good and early and began grinding. I've only got the rough grinding done, but I thought I'd post a pics as I go. As always, your criticism is welcome, And I appreciate your time! -=James Fuller=-
  3. Hello all from North Carolina! This is my first entry to Bladesmiths Forum. I am a beginner and am working diligently to create my forge so i can start learning the Art of blacksmithing. Im 29, and have a LONG road ahead of me to learn this ancient art, but i thought you guys might want to see what kind of stuff i like to do.. Its rough..i know..please dont be too harsh..haha The metal used is Plain steel bar stock from Home Depot, the guard and pommel are from a old furniture bit a neighbor was cutting up, and the wrap is "magic tape" over crude oak slabs and copper pins. The beads are hand ground deer antler with a antler tip on one over leather. Me and the wife call this "Pheonix"..you know the story.. I work on my front porch with a small drill vise and occasionally i get to use the neighbors workshop until i can put my forge together.. I have a anvil made of a old bit of railroad and ill be upgrading as funds permit to allow better projects..any help is appreciated..lol
  4. Hi All, Was busy this week and made these 2 daggers. I would like to sell them as a set. One as a belt knife the other for behind your back. I have been working with a new Paragon oven this week, so my controls of the hardening and tempering are more fine-tuned than previously. These are rock solid at a Rockwell 61. I tried to put a hardened drill bit into another piece of metal that I treated the same way and got nowhere. Ditto for the file test. So they ams what they ams. (Just dated myself and $5 dollars off if you know who I am talking about.) The Specifics: The larger one. Steel: Aldo’s 3/16ths 1095 hollow grind (concave) on a 5-inch wheel a very sharp Hardness: 61 Length: 8.5 inches Length: Tip to scale 4 7/8 inches Blade width: 1 inch at the widest Distance across the Guard: 2 inches Handle Material: Zebrawood Handle Length: 3 5/8 inches Handle Width: 7/8 inches Handle Height: 7/8 inches narrower at the blade a little thicker near the end Balance point is just behind the Guard. Price for the set including shipping is $225; add another $25 for 2 sheaths Price for just the larger one $135 including shipping add another $15 for the sheath The Specifics: The smaller one. Steel: Aldo’s 3/16ths 1095 hollow grind (concave) on a 5-inch wheel and very sharp. Hardness: 61 Length: 6 5/8 inches Length: Tip to scale 3.5 inches Blade width: 7/8 inch at the widest Distance across the Guard: 1 5/16 inches Handle Material: Zebrawood Handle Length: 3 1/8 inches Handle Width: 3/4 inches Handle Height: 1/2 inch narrower at the blade a little thicker near the end Balance point is at the first brass pin back from the blade. Price for the set including shipping is $225; add another $25 for 2 sheaths Price for just the smaller one $115 including shipping add another $15 for the sheath thanks for looking, Ken
  5. Hi All, Tried something different this week, a Kriss, pushing my own envelope again, Hope you like this one as much as I do. I really don’t know how many more of these I am going to make. It was a bitch to make this. This one comes without a sheath it needs leather and I only work in Kydex. If I molded Kydex to fit this you would never be able to pull it out. Here are the specifics: Steel: Aldo’s 3/16ths 1095 (actually it’s a little thicker) Rockwell hardness: 58-59 Overall length: 6 inches Height: At the handle about 2 inches the wave at the widest is about 1.5 inches Length of blade: From the tip to the scales 5 inches Scales: Black Walnut fastened with two 1/8 inch brass pins Finish: Mirror Price: $85.00 shipped to the lower 48 and worth every penny. Like I said it’s a bitch to make this. I don’t believe I have ever seen another one like it. Comments as always are welcome. Thanks for looking, Ken
  6. Okay, I have been watching and reading and learning from this forum for a few years now. It was probably about four years ago when I got a renewed urge to make blades (i dabbled in high school). So I hit the internet to see what it would take. Somewhere I read to take it slow. I started with wooden swords. I made them for about a year and a half (in my spare time). Then I moved on to making armor and I made a few shield bosses, an articulating elbow and a pauldron. Then Christmas (2011) my wife got me a little forge and I graduated myself to blade smithing. First thing I did was hammer down on a railroad spike to get the feel for it. Then I made a small sword (http://rashystreakers.tumblr.com/tagged/first+sword) from a piece of rusted steel I found. Then I got the serious bug and got really ambitious and made something to kill zombies with (cause they're everywhere these days) (http://rashystreakers.tumblr.com/tagged/zombieslayer). That one I forged way to thin though so I couldn't risk the heat-treat and I just have it on display in my office. I had some left over weld steel from the zombie slayer project so I formed it into a dagger. My goal was to make this one thicker, with better polish and more accurate fittings. I had been using the weld steel from Lowe's (as it's cheap and easy to get ahold of) to practice with. This was to be my last project from weld steel. I used a few of the tutorial here to make this dagger, the salt water etch, handle fitting and hand sanding with sandpaper glued to a metal bar and blackening steel with oil. I also took a chance on having it heat-treated. I realize I am nowhere close to doing that myself and am glad I took it to a professional. I am happier with how it turned out (http://rashystreakers.tumblr.com/tagged/dagger) but I still have some issues. My fittings still wiggle a bit. I just can't seem to get a fully sold piece. Peening over the butt-cap seems miserable I must be missing something. Making the butt-cap is miserable... it's such a tiny piece and it wiggles. I would love any feedback/help and really appreciate all of the great smiths who post so much on this forum. Without this forum I'd probably still be fumbling around flattening out nails and wishing they were knives!
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