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I was not 100% pleased with the balance on the current sword, so am making a tweaked pommel v.2. This is just roughed in to check the ballpark mass.

 

It pays to be attached to the outcome and not the bits along the way.

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I have a checklist of things to get done before I move and only a few days left to finish it, so things have been going retry busy. 
 

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I got the ten scandi blades ground and polished. Tomorrow I’ll put a handle on one of them just to make sure my post treatment of the AEB-L tangs to make them pein-able actually works. 
 

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I also got this batch of blades heat treated and finish ground. Four makiri blades, four broken back seax blades to practice wire inlay and a broadsax I forged in August made from hearth steel and wrought iron, and a MagnaCut chef knife which will be a wedding gift. 

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Getting closer...

 

This was around noon, now the blades and springs are polished to 600 grit and sealed in stainless foil for HT tomorrow.

 

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For scale, those brass pins and the larger holes are 3/32" / 0.093" / 2.4mm.

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Keep everyone posted as these get finished.

I, for one, like these patterns. Good stuff Alan!

It’s cold to be working in my shop!

Gary LT
 

"I Never Met A Knife I Didn't Like", (Will Rogers)

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On 12/29/2023 at 6:49 PM, Gary LT said:

Keep everyone posted as these get finished.

I, for one, like these patterns. Good stuff Alan!

It’s cold to be working in my shop!

Gary LT
 

 

It's not cold in mine, I have a Warm Morning #400A coal stove and a two-burner Mr. Heater tank top propane space heater...

 

Finished the horn handled folder.  Here's the liners with scales glued and pinned, rough flattened prior to drilling the center spring pin hole. The blonde horn is getting old and dry, it's pretty prone to tearout, so I used a lot of superglue to stabilize it during shaping.

 

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And here it is assembled and polished, atop the riveting anvil that sits atop the main anvil when I do the peening of the pins. Having it up higher makes it easier to deliver the thousands of tiny taps.

 

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And a closeup.

 

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You can see some tearout in the horn despite the superglue, but that's just the nature of the material.  And I'm getting better at making the pivot pin disappear, it's invisible on the other side.  Still needs a little more buffing on the horn, and the blade needs a new polish to remove those scratches from sharpening, but it cuts like a razor.  AEB-L blade and spring, 18% nickel silver everything else.  

 

Did I mention these are the best dovetailed bolsters I've done?  

 

Still not perfect, but I'm happy with them.

 

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Looks great, Alan!

 

I spent the last two days of 2023 chasing my tail.  I stripped a scabbard back to the core and redid it the linen details and leather. On the first day of 2024 I sewed it up and finished the pre- chape work on it.

 

With help, of course.

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Working on a wedding sword that will be used in a druidic wedding.  My understanding is that the groom carrys a sword to the ceremony and then dips the tip of the sword into a horn of mead that the bride brings.  rough grind is in progress.rough grind.jpeg

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Eventhough I still have long term projects needing to be finished, I do need to start something new once in a while. It's not an entirely new project though, since I made the models for this sword years ago. It will be a bronze hilted urnfield sword. Last week I did two blade castings, one reasonable with work, the second less perfect, but may be salvagable too. I wanted to do more castings to get more and better blades, and start casting hilts too. But it's been pouring down with rain constantly, and I can only cast outside. With the holidays nearly over, that may have to wait for quite a while. Getting castings of high enough quality is challenging again, since I've done so little of it in the last years and I don't quite have the time and attention to do it with enough focus. But any experience is experience, and any progress is progress. Casting the hilt will be an interesting one, since it will be cast over the blade, with a clay core around the tang to create the internal cavity. The hilt will then be separated (hopefully), and riveted on after both the blade and hilt are finished. At least that's the intention eventually :)

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20 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

I cannot emphasize enough how happy that makes me to see!  Those hollow-hilted Urnfield blades are just too cool. B)

Yep, which is why they are on my bucket list, preferably at least two different versions, with disc hilt and cup shaped hilt.

 

Today I had another go. But I figured out that it wasn't because of me that it was going difficult, but because the quality of the charcoal of the brand I use has gone down dramatically. The charcoal in the new bags now burns very poorly, difficult to get burning, and just doesn't get hot enough. It took nearly 3 hours to get all of the metal in the crucible to melt down, and it still remained in a slushy state with bits of copper wire still not molten, so I gave up. With good charcoal, it should melt in about 45 minutes easily. This happened to me with my previous favorite brand, and it then took me months to figure out it what I was doing wrong before I figured out that it was the charcoal.

 

It sucks though, as I have very little opportunities to cast, and this is a whole afternoon wasted with no result. With good charcoal I would have had two more sword blades. And I need to spend another chunk of money from my savings to order more charcoal. I need to start selling things again in order to sustain my hobbies, as I don't make enough to finance them from my dayjob. But I don't have much time to make things either.

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If it was cheap and easy, everyone would do it.

Still, I'm very glad to see you back at it!

 

“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.”

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Had a great time in my shop today. Friends came over for a session forging titanium hammers. The goal is to complete 4 hammers, we got about half way this afternoon. Titanium is a challenging material to work with, we're learning as we go. https://youtu.be/J96uIcAZP9I

 

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2 hours ago, Matt Walker said:

Had a great time in my shop today. Friends came over for a session forging titanium hammers. The goal is to complete 4 hammers, we got about half way this afternoon. Titanium is a challenging material to work with, we're learning as we go.

 

What kind of hammers?  Titanium seems a bit light for forging hammers.

RIP Bear....be free!

 

as always

peace and love

billyO

 

 

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1 hour ago, billyO said:

What kind of hammers?  Titanium seems a bit light for forging hammers.

I can't explain the physics. There is some kind of energy transfer that happens that I'll just accept as magic.

 

The fellow, Brendon( https://www.yallhallaforge.com) in the black jacket has one. I got a chance to use his titanium hammer at our hammer in last fall and was instantly convinced I need one. It seemed like I could move more metal with less effort. Tons of claw hammers are out there for sale but no blacksmith hammers, so our only option was to make them. 

 

What we have learned so far is: Yes it weighs 56% of the same volume of steel and I would reckon it is about that much harder to forge. The material we have is grade 5, don't know how that affects forgeability. It did seem to work fairly easy under the press but seems to be resistant to hammering. My 80# air hammer acted like it was hitting a spring. We had a good time!

 

 

 

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I've only forged Ti once (about 6 years ago) and noticed the same thing, but thought it was just because of the narrow forging temps.  But I was also using 1/8" plate and not bar stock.

12 hours ago, Matt Walker said:

It seemed like I could move more metal with less effort

Perhaps this is just another example of the 1/2mv^2 theory for forging?  What size was the stock you used the Ti hammer on last fall?

RIP Bear....be free!

 

as always

peace and love

billyO

 

 

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I think you're right. I didn't use Brenden's hammer at the hammer-in, but I did heft it.  Matt and I both tend to prefer hammers in the 800 - 900 gram range, which is about what the Ti hammer weighs. Visually, though, it looks like a 2 kg steel hammer.  I gather it has better rebound than a steel hammer, so maybe it's a combination of illusion and physics?  Worth having for the sheer coolness factor, regardless!

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2 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

Wow, I wish I'd known about that!  Glad y'all had fun, though. 

We will be having another day.

 

1 hour ago, billyO said:

Perhaps this is just another example of the 1/2mv^2 theory for forging?  What size was the stock you used the Ti hammer on last fall?

When we get together again I'll weigh his original hammer. 

This stuff is so tough we had to get it cut by water jet.

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Hello friends, it's been a while since I made anything knife related, since may 2023 I believe. So I decided to start the year with a "little" something I had never done. A 12" blade meat slicer. It's the first blade I do that showed a visible sori. I wanted to try a water quench but chickened out at the last moment, so it's a negative sori. Now, of course, the hamon bug bite makes me quite impatient so see what's hidden in there...

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