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dan pfanenstiel

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'Cause carving bo-hi sucks. Wondered the whole time why I even started. Of course, once you start a groove, there's no going back.

 

Anyhoo, here's one I'm on now. Can't remember when I forged it, or out of what, but it's probably 1095/mild steel (80/20%) and now that it's getting a polish, it's showing some potential. I felt that such a broad blade could benefit from the groove.

 

Nagasa is just over 10", width at machi's is 1 5/16" (so a little wide).

 

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You go bo-hiiiiiii.... I'm sorry, I couldn't resist. Looks great to me. While I've never even thought about attempting something like this I imagine it's like the early stages of hand rubbing when you are wondering why you don't use a buffer and why do you care and can't the roof just fall in on you. :D

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Thanks guys.

 

Kenon, I started out with my still unused grooving tool I had made along the lines of B. Finnigan's post (in the tools section). Mine evidently needs some adjustment, as I couldn't get it to cut without chattering and making a really ugly groove. I tinkered with it some, but gave up. Probably needs to be used on modern steel in it's softest state too. I also like a wider, deeper groove so moved on to the small wheel attachment on my grinder. I made a small round work rest that positions the blade up to the small wheel and got something acceptable. Lots of clean up with flex shaft and paper though, and it's still not right.

 

Will, you betcha on the patience thing. If I can't arrive at a way to do something with reasonable time and effort, I look for another way or it doesnt' get done anymore.

 

Dan

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Thanks again, all.

 

Ya Chuck, that's the look I was going for. A real PITA to photograph. My best attempt at some sort of hada (grain/layers) in the steel. Probably a reasonable end product in my suburban two car garage/shop. I'm still getting a little trouble with the last welds, evident in the weld lines close the the edge (or what would be the center of the billet, and the last weld). They're all solid, exept for one tiny bad one to keep me irritated.

 

Dan

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I'll do a shira saya first, then I'm thinking of an aikuchi mount, which I havn't tried yet. I hope to accentuate the width and everything with a long, narrow, oval cross section in the tsuka and fittings. We'll see.

 

Dan

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glad to see a blade by you on here!! Looks great! What a way to finish off the year and also start off the new year

 

Scott

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i can sympathize in how long it would have taken to cut that into the blade ..

but i think you are right ... it really gives it something else :)

 

and the grain in the blade just tips the scales even further.

 

very kewl.

^_^

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....and after a weekend of getting covered in wood dust, we have a shira saya. This one came out pretty decent, for me. Things seem to fit right and no major "ickies". The people here that know me know I wouldn't normally do things like this very fast, but you guys inspire me.

 

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Just poplar wood, in an oval style for the shira saya. Next week the koshirea? Could be.

 

Thanks much to you too Nick and Dee and all.

 

Dan

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Nice work.

Ben Potter Bladesmith

 

 

It's not that I would trade my lot

Or any other man's,

Nor that I will be ashamed

Of my work torn hands-

 

For I have chosen the path I tread

Knowing it would be steep,

And I will take the joys thereof

And the consequences reap.

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Thanks again all, glad I can still widen a few eyes once in a while :rolleyes:

 

Chuck, I've always liked the shira saya look too, but someone who owned the blade should never use it as a weapon in such a mounting. My goal is to offer these higher end blades in both the storage mount and a full mount as a package. The customer would recieve a wooden box with the package of both mounts and blade inside, and be able to display it however he/she wanted. It's a tall order and usually is accomplished by several craftsmen.

 

Hey Dennis, good to see you here. This blade is sort of a culmination of why I took a couple of years off. For those who don't know, I decided to take a two year sabatical from shows or entertaining any custom orders to further my skills a bit. I work a full time job so it wasn't a big stretch, just meant I sorta went underground for a while. While I don't anticipate ever knowing enough about it, I wanted to give myself a push in some areas of blade making without outside influence. Not nearly as dramatic as it sounds, just a vacation and play out in the shop when I felt like it (which wasn't as much as I would have thought).

 

Anyhoo, I'm back at it with a different attitude and new goals. Hopefully I'll get started on a new web site and actually get some pieces finished and up for sale in the near future. I'd also like to do a couple of shows, those are fun.

 

Dan

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Dan, that looks fantastic what a great overall piece. Even in the shira it looks cool!

Let not the swords of good and free men be reforged into plowshares, but may they rest in a place of honor; ready, well oiled and God willing unused. For if the price of peace becomes licking the boots of tyrants, then "To Arms!" I say, and may the fortunes of war smile upon patriots

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funny Dan, how making a blade and the time to complete it from heat to full mounting, can take a lot out of a fella. ESPECIALLY when you work a full time job. Just the hands on experience and learning for (like me) the amateurs takes a lot of time and can often feel like it is a lot of work and how much you gain from it in the end. It often makes me feel like I need to take a break (especially when the wife tells you, you are neglecting chores and such.. )

 

But when you finish one and you admire your own work, then others admire it and ask "Did you really make that?" it subsides some of that doubt.

 

Glad to see you being inspired Dan, Your work is great and it in return inspires us back. Keep it up.

Scott Hale - www.halestormforge.com

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funny Dan, how making a blade and the time to complete it from heat to full mounting, can take a lot out of a fella. ESPECIALLY when you work a full time job. Just the hands on experience and learning for (like me) the amateurs takes a lot of time and can often feel like it is a lot of work and how much you gain from it in the end. It often makes me feel like I need to take a break (especially when the wife tells you, you are neglecting chores and such.. )

 

But when you finish one and you admire your own work, then others admire it and ask "Did you really make that?" it subsides some of that doubt.

 

Glad to see you being inspired Dan, Your work is great and it in return inspires us back. Keep it up.

 

Incredibly well said Scott =).

 

Cris

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