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Stewart Light

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I don't post much I do here as generally I don't think it fits the feel of the forum. I think this one matches the vibe a bit more.




Mike Blue damascus blade (oh so sweet!), some Wrought Iron, Bronze, Nickle Silver and Bog Oak.


This has been a long time coming. It has multiple attempts at a bolster, lots of indecision about the spacer and a little indecision on the main section of the handle.



I hope it was worth the wait!





The blade was made by Mike Blue






The steels in the blade are 1095 and 15n20, 600 layers in a random pattern. One one side the detail is quite fine and on the other side, it looks just like wood grain. It is a thing of true beauty.









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Looks great! Thanks for sharing it.




"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt


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Great job Stewart...? how did you do you Guard?


I'm not sure which detail you want so hopefully it'll be in here somewhere... :D


A bit of wrought iron, grain running the same direction as the blade so it flows.
















Beat the face to see what effect it would give after etching...




Then filled the slot with wax so the etching didn't open the tang hole further...#




Hot vinegar didn't work to etch, neither did strong coffee. Ferric did. :D or so I thought!




I literally left it for a day in the ferric because I couldn't see a change in the wrought. I took it out and gave it a rub over to then put back in, the front face started coming off as a sheet. It would seem that when I beat the front, it must have compacted the layer, making it more resistant to the etchants. I figure that's finally come off as the ferric has worked it's way behind the compacted face.




I was lazy in removing the wax.






Jump on to grooving round (Erin Burke's idea! :) )




Then a round file...




Enough detail?

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I was thinking of making something inspired by a pukko, and almost went searching the net for images rather than opening your thread. I am very glad I opened this one. You made a nice little knife. Thank you for sharing so much of the process.


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“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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Well done.

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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I like it! A lot!


Please show more of your work.


Thank you Peter. :) I'm struggling to put this one in the post to the owner.


I don't think I have anything else to post of mine that really 'fits' here. At the moment it's mostly full tang knives, stock removed. I know there's nothing wrong with that but do me it's quite soulless work (but i enjoy it). I don't have much chance for forging at the moment and I think that's what I would like to share here.


I have thoughts slowly mulling over in my head for some work that really has parts of me in them, and those I will share. There are big bits of Bog Oak & Briar Burr sat waiting, there's more wrought iron - plenty of time yet though. ;)

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Whoa! now that is a beautiful piece. the grain flows so well from the blade to the guard to the handle and the textures all match. and the colors. and..and... and... i want it :P

seriously though, post some more of your work, feel aside. i for one wouldnt complain to see more of your handiwork around here :)

jared Z.


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From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.

-Sir Winston Churchill

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Enough detail?


What a knife!

Edited by pullrich

I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan....

- Benjamin Franklin

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