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I'm thinking that as a resource for current makers and for collectors that a pinned catalog of known makers marks (with pics) would be useful. Anyone else.

 

Geoff

"The worst day smithing is better than the best day working for someone else."

 

I said that.

 

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

- - -G. K. Chesterton

 

So, just for the record: the fact that it does work still should not be taken as definitive proof that you are not crazy.

 

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Hi all, please see my new makers mark. 

Here is the one I use on reconstructions, replicas and historically inspired stuff:

Heres mine, Long time doberman pinscher owner, best breed ever... and now my shop mascot--  

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Sounds like a good idea to me too....

If ya can't be good don't git caught  !!                                        People who say stuff can't be done need to

                                                                                                        git the hell outta the way of people who do stuff   !!!

Show me a man who is called an expert by his peers         

And I will show you a good man to listen to ......

Show me a man who calls himself an expert

and I will show you an egotistical asshole...............!!

 

                             

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I like the idea. Mine is a stick-figure raven. I almost always do mine in wood, or in soft metals, rarely in the steel on the blade. This picture is pretty bad, but you get the idea.

 

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I have a stamp, just "CARNECCHIA" in block letters but I haven't been able to get a clean strike on it yet. It always comes out uneven/unreadable and I wind up grinding it out. I tried making a jig/holder but it didn't help much. I know they make a press/holder for this purpose but it is fairly expensive. Does any one have any suggestions? -Justin

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Two things that I've used with some success. One is a cheap arbor press. Build a holder for your stamp that fits the end of the post. Then you can position it where you want and smack the post with a hammer. So long as you hold onto everything, you can get multiple hits if you need them.

 

The second is a small jack press in a frame.

 

The problem I have with both of them is this. If you hot stamp, then you have a big depressed area with the stamp in it, and I don't like the look. If you cold stamp (after finishing, say) then you risk bending the blade and marking up both sides, which then have to be fixed.

 

Geoff

"The worst day smithing is better than the best day working for someone else."

 

I said that.

 

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

- - -G. K. Chesterton

 

So, just for the record: the fact that it does work still should not be taken as definitive proof that you are not crazy.

 

Grant Sarver

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Not a bad idea at all. When I have time it can be its own stand-alone subforum. I see the main "show us your mark" thread and another for mystery marks in need of identification.

 

Thanks, Geoff!

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Here's mine...I designed it to be a monogram, representing my initials (OM). A whole bunch of people, including my wife, have told me it looks like a bat, though... :lol:/>

 

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My hand-forged knives and tools at Etsy.com: http://www.etsy.com/shop/oldschooltools

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My stamp is really simple. If I remember correctly its a germanic rune for "P". I just think its a cool symbol.

 

And I can electroetch it also.

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Still looking for mine . . .

 

I had an idea for one a while ago, but it didn't feel quite right.

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"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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Here's mine. Eventually I'd like to get a logo to go with EagleEyeForge, and have a stamp made, but for now I'm sticking with a 3 line S chiseled in by hand, it's worked good everytime so long as I remember the difference in S and Z :o (Yeah, I've done it).

 

 

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I've been thinking about a maker's mark for a few years now. Oriental theme, scroll, or just my initials, geometric shapes. I just can't make up my mind. My goal this year is to come up with a mark and hopefully in the next month. Jesse

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Heres mine, it would be placed on the handle or tang of the item to be marked, and where convinient my name and year of creation would be placed on the ricasso or tang/handle. I was always intrested in having a more ystic theme for my forge.

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"the spirit of the lion that rests in the forge of the shadow forest smithy"

 

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This is the makers Mark I came up with this summer. It is my initials, and pays tribute to my heritage. I "borrowed" the Ukrainian national symbol, since my great grandfather was a Cossack from Zaporizia, Ukraine (as far as we've been able to trace). There is a lot of history behind the symbol, and it brought a lot of perspective to my family's history, while researching it.

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