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I took some time and made a handle fluting layout jig. One side of the wheel is laid out for 4 or 8 flutes, the other side for 6 flutes. Then I did a little experiment with wax carving a model and sand casting.

 

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After that was done, I did some bronze casting.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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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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Decided to have a play on the power hammer this morning so the remains of my fathers 1950's era wrecking bar was the starting point for somethin g with a bit of persian influence. Got it flattened and rough shaped the went through the normalising before marking on the desired shape and going to the grinder. still a bit thick at 3/16 full so will take it back to about 5/32 before contuing with build.

 

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My little sister wanted to get the big sis a knife block for Christmas, but couldn't find one in town. She enlisted my equipment operating skills (much to her chagrin) and we put one together ourselves from red oak and black walnut. In this project we discovered neither of us are particularly adept at woodworking. It is fully funtional, not very square or flat, and held together with copious amounts of glue and shear stubborn will power. It was a fun little break from knife orders, though both of us are glad we got it done today. 

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Got the persian ready for heat treat and have it in the tempering oven for a couple of 2 hour treatments, so will work on the copper bolster for the seax this afternoon. Had to replace the resin ivory one which cracked and was discarded.

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21 hours ago, Faye said:

It is fully funtional, not very square or flat, and held together with copious amounts of glue and shear stubborn will power.

It still looks pretty good.

 

12 minutes ago, Garry Keown said:

Got the persian ready for heat treat and have it in the tempering oven

That also looks pretty good.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Been a very pleasing afternoon with the new copper bolster fitted to the Seax blade.  There is a bit of a fiddle to get them fitted tight and then grinding the shape is time consuming as any who have ground copper will know with 3 to 5 seconds on the grinder and at east an equal time in the water bucket to cool the copper and ease the fingers. with the handle fitted it was time to polish the bolster to 2000 grit and then to get the curve back spalted buckeye bolsters ready for the san mai blade. Epoxy and into the clamps for the night.

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1 hour ago, dragoncutlery said:

150lb bradley compact....50lb little giant for reference

That will move some metal!

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The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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A bit of work on the Persian blade. The hamon didn't show as well as I wanted so polished it out and went with standard blade. Got the bolster and pommel on and pre shaped. do it this way as the brass takes a lot of heat and shapeing it after the complicated handle scales are on risks damaging the bond between all the spacers.

With that done it was on to the scales and I chose a piece of spalted buckeye and added spacers at each end so there will be the brass bolster with 4 spacers (blue, brass, blue and another brass) and the same at the pommel end. Makes for a trying time to get it all epoxied together.

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Tomorrow I am going to try to rid the shop of gremlins.  I've ruined every folder I've tried to make for the last month.  At least today's attempt went south in the first hour instead of at the last second. <_<

 

Gotta find those little buggers and feng their shui right the heck out the doors! 

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I hate to say it Alan, but better you than me!  I'm coming to the end of the blade work on a san-mai hunter/utility that so far has come out almost perfectly.  The last thing I need is one of your gremlins deciding to take a trip up to the frozen north. :D

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29 minutes ago, Charlie Jack said:

Made a stand for my post vise,

Nice. Every shop needs at least one of those.

2 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

rid the shop of gremlins

Got a sage bundle?

 

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Working on this antler tyne folder with double bolsters, taking me forever, checking and rechecking. Oh well!

Gary LT

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Finally got to the knife I glued up Christmas eve. Done with grinder work on to hand sanding today and probably some void filling since it is Spalted maple. 

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28 minutes ago, Gilbert McCann said:

probably some void filling since it is Spalted maple. 

That is one gorgeous piece of wood.

 

5 minutes ago, Jeff Amundson said:

I brought a laser into the smithy and noticed no time warp. It should help me create symmetry around a centerline and locate the pivot hole. 

Brilliant! You've just given me ideas when it comes to my next dagger build.

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I made a seax inspired thing. Handle's not done yet and I'm not claiming any particular authenticity, but I'm happy with the blade so far. 

 

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Have this one put together just need final sanding/polishing/touché mark. Dang, stout, heavy folder, suppose to be a pocket knife but it’ll pull your pants down!

GT

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Now that looks like a sturdy little pocket knife Gary.

 

On my side, I got two k tip chefs ready for pre HT grind. Probably going to try a hamon on at least one. My last hamon on 26c3 went all funky so I'll try to sort this out. I also have an idea for a cool 3 part sculpted bolster to go on these. 

 

Tips for the new makers: 

 

1. If you look at the tang transition, you'll see a bar of different color. That's because I thinned down the tang with a carbide file guide and a mill bastard file's edge, just a few mils, to make bolster fitting easier and cleaner. No gaps visible this way. The rest of the tang will be thinned down on the grinder.

 

2. I keep the tip square until the very end of the final grind. It's less likely you'll overheat the tip during HT and grinding. Then I slowly grind the tip back pointy, with lots of water. 

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