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Sam Salvati

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Forged this guy at the monthly meet for the Blacksmiths Guild of Central Maryland, along with a arrowhead door handle and a foldy leaf which went in the iron in the hat.Had a good time and gorgeous shop in Westminster MD (stop by). Joined up to get access to the BGCM library which is pretty good. Just a bit of coil spring they had laying around. Not gonna put any scales or nothing on this one, it's comfy as is. I did a bit of grinding to clean things up but will leave it black.

 

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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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Sam, since the days you made your entry to this community you have definitely been making progress ...

 

Today all I can say is your forging skills start to become unreal.

Thats a beautiful piece of art imo -

and I would put some fine slim and undersize ivory slabs on it !

 

Incredible what you learned in the past four years.

Edited by Mat Maresch

www.mareschmesser.de

 

Knifemaker, Germany

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That looks nice, Sam. The handle looks like it would be uncomfortable in real cold weather but, other than that, it looks like a real user.

 

Doug

HELP...I'm a twenty year old trapped in the body of an old man!!!

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Thanks guys!

 

Mat, I can maybe source some piano keys...

 

I am about 30 minutes into this knife.

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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Yes :D I can do a blacksmith heat treat and be done in another 15 minutes or I can go slow and fully harden and temper for a couple hours.

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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that's a really elegant looking knife, Sam. the only thing i might change would be to forge the transition from bolster to edge into a smoother curve, which might allow you to form a little integral finger guard, depending on the thickness...

Jake Cleland - Skye Knives

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"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

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Albert Einstein

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Thanks Jake. I always find it hard to get that chin to pull out any differently without elongating the bolster, which with integrals always looks wrong to me.

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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Matt, I thought about that.....it would be a PITA

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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All hammer work, minus a little grinder to smooth the profile a hair, and grind in the secondary bevel.

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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Thanks! about 10-15 maybe?

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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"Matt, I thought about that.....it would be a PITA"

 

Sam have I ever told you that my best friend and I have a competition as to who can talk the other into the most ridiculous project and it usually starts with "you know what would be really cool" :D

 

You know if you got the scales to follow the arch of the flat you've created......

 

Matt

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when I'm preparing a work I always do a heats number prediction. here, considering a piece 1 inch dia and 3 inch long I think that a 1 1/2 min heat is the maximum. I've got a shorter heat even with monosteel and usually go to austenitic forging only in the final. We can talk about hammer size and frequency but it can began boring.

MORENO damasco

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Great shape :-)

 

I really like what I see and the way you are going.

 

edit:

for that starting width of the blade, have you tried working with the peen of your hammer at the corner of your anvil? You can put radiating blows from the mid portion gradually twisting back out towards the grip part. Like petals on a quarter of a daisy.

... Is that possible to understand?

And then flatten it with glancing blows in the direction you want to pull the material.

The peen must not be too sharp or you´ll dig deep scores into the mid portion that may be difficult to flatten out.

 

Alternately, you could place the grip of the knife in a forging vice when the blade is only preliminarily flattened. Put an insert in the jaw of the vice so you get a nice round transition between grip and edge.

With the peen of your hammer you can then strike blows that push the edge back down towards the top of the vice jaw.

You will then have some extra material right at that difficult corner when you start to draw out the width of the knife.

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