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On 9/11/2021 at 10:43 PM, Faye said:

Wall decor made from a horse shoe. His name is Maverick.

Nice looking rabbit........just kidding. That's a nice bit of forging. I never did any of those animal or wizard heads, but Liz has. Typically at the ABANA conferences there is a forging competition where several of those works show up.

 

17 hours ago, Alex Middleton said:

I think she's hooked now.  Probably time for her to get a real hunting knife.  Especially since I told her that I'm not field dressing her next one for her!

Way to go Uncle Alex.  Now bring her into the shop and have her make her own knife too!

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A few weeks ago a kid (I say kid, college senior doing an honors thesis, probably 21 or so ) came to my local guild meeting to ask if anyone could help him with a sword. His honors thesis involves han

Forging a copper rose pommel for a misericorde I'm working on. Also going to try and make a couple of tiny ones for the ends of the quillions...    

Finished another folder.  Little bitty bugger, 2.5" / 63mm closed, 4.5" / 112mm open.  O-1, brass liners, nickel silver bolsters and pins, ebony scales.  Still needs an edge and some cleanup, but it's

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11 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Nice looking rabbit........just kidding.

 I first read this without looking at who you quoted, and thought you were comparing Alex's niece's deer to your mule deer :lol:

 

Way to go uncle @Alex Middleton

I've taught youth shooting for a number of years.  Please tell your niece that the girls always shoot better than the boys.  I'm not a hunter, but have always suspected they would also be better at hunting than the boys for the same reasons.  Patience, maturity, and mental discipline.

 

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6 hours ago, Brian Dougherty said:

Patience, maturity, and mental discipline.

Nah. They are better than the boys because they look less threatening and smell better. :o:lol:

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She's got to get over her nerves before I'll say she can shoot straight.  This deer was less than 10 yards and she still managed to hit it in the spine.  She was supposed to be aiming for the lungs.  I told her it was a good miss lol.  Better than last year though.  She had a clean miss on a deer that was standing in the exact same spot!

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On 9/15/2021 at 11:52 AM, Alex Middleton said:

She's got to get over her nerves before I'll say she can shoot straight.  This deer was less than 10 yards and she still managed to hit it in the spine.  She was supposed to be aiming for the lungs.  I told her it was a good miss lol.  Better than last year though.  She had a clean miss on a deer that was standing in the exact same spot!

So some practice is on the cards to get her eye in

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Definitely needs more practice to make her trigger control second nature. We've been shooting off and on all summer, and when she's concentrating she'll hold a 2" group at 40 yards with her little bead sited .410.  Put a deer in front of her and she jerks the trigger like its her first time ever shooting.  Watching them grow up and mature right in front of your eyes is one of the things that makes the youth hunt so much fun. 

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7 hours ago, Bill F. said:

Dull bar on the buffer.

Holy shit, these guys weren't kidding about the buffer.

 

Everything survive?  

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Finished making a handle for a hammer I reforged recently. 
 

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7 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

Everything survive?  

All is well!  Glad it was a test with a bar only.  

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I had to change my flex day this week and I could do a little forge work. Two kitchen knives 7.5" and 8" long, and a blade that started out a few years ago as a sidesword and then got forgotten for a while. I picked it up today and decided to redo it a little.....56,3 CM edge length by 3,5 cm wide.

 

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2 hours ago, Jaron Martindale said:

Glued Up and Finished the newest knife!

Looks cool. What's going on withe the blade? 

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Been busy and it’s been a bit hotter than I like outside, but I have finished a few things I’ll post in a bit. 
 

Today, though,  is a really good day. I finally have upgraded my Harbor Freight anvil-shaped object for a lovely new Atlas Knife “Grahm”


I have to adjust my stand for the taller Grahm, and I need to put something on to make it quiet - it rings like a church bell!  I have some rubber to try, and if that fails then I’ll go get some caulk

 

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2 hours ago, Joël Mercier said:

plain and clean

 

Less is usually more when it comes to decoration.  I'd leave it plain.

 

49 minutes ago, Ted Stocksdale said:

I finally have upgraded my Harbor Freight anvil-shaped object for a lovely new Atlas Knife “Grahm”

 

You will be absolutely amazed at the difference a steel anvil makes versus a cast iron ASO.  Good for you!  Clamp it down hard and the ring will be minimized, especially if you use the rubber mat.  If you use silicone caulk it will not ring at all, but then you won't be able to turn it over to use the swedge part around the foot. It's fairly permanent.

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21 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

 

Less is usually more when it comes to decoration.  I'd leave it plain.

Yeah, there's already a lot I believe...

I'll rework the horn a little bit as I think the size is not quite right yet, and finish the wood nice and slick. 

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5 hours ago, Ted Stocksdale said:

Atlas Knife “Grahm”

I'll have to ask you what you think of it in a few weeks.  I'm anvil hunting.  I like the surface area on top quite a bit, and the price is pretty competitive. 

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5 hours ago, Joël Mercier said:

Yeah, there's already a lot I believe...

I'll rework the horn a little bit as I think the size is not quite right yet, and finish the wood nice and slick. 

If I might add a suggeston that would be workable with the tools you have.

My eye is telling me the horn needs another border element between it and the wood handle.

This may be as simple as a few grooves cut around the front end of the wood to mimick the ferrule/bolster/guard thingy. I think that would add some visual balance.

At the very least, I would suggest chamfering the front edge of the wood so it rolls into the horn.

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2 hours ago, Joshua States said:

I would suggest chamfering the front edge of the wood so it rolls into the horn.

The piece of wood isn't at it's final size yet. But, yes, chamfering will make the transition smoother and more natural. Isn't it what they call the "museum fit"?

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On 9/17/2021 at 8:26 PM, Joshua States said:

Looks cool. What's going on withe the blade? 

Thank You! :)

It's a hamon-ish/temper/hardening-line/...thing..
The only reason I hesitate to call it a hamon is that the steel is 1084, I didn't shoot for a specific design, and it has an interesting "angular" hardening line happening towards the base....

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