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This "shaped" guard and pommel seemed like such a good idea when I was designing the blade. NOW I realize how finicky the fit up is! I like how its turning out though. 10" 240 layers of 1084 and 15n20 with a burl handle and steel guard and pommel. I will probably hot blue the fittings for final fit up. and waiting on this mosaic pin to mount into the handle ( this one is already sold )

 


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Bob Bryenton

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Today I resumed work on a tanto blade I started over two years ago, just a few weeks before my life was going to change more than I knew.

 

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I mean, the blade has issues for sure, but getting to this point feels pretty good. First, because I originally really struggled with copper contaminated tamahagane (original thread), so I'm glad I've managed to get *something* out of it, but also because it took a lot of effort to rebuild my shop in the last two years in order to get back to this point.

 

I posted a few photos of the process of coverting an old farmhouse barn into a moden shop in the Photography forum if anyone's interested. Cheers!

 

 

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Getting Closer, but I hate making pommel nuts.  No lathe or mill so I try by hand, on to try number 3 for this blade. The cobra is coming along 10" 240 layer 1084 and 15n20. Love how the handle is shaping up. Once I hot blue the guard and pommel this will look menacing! Cant wait for the Cobra pins to arrive! I have decided I hate making pommel nuts. Dreaming of a milling machine/lathe...comp.png

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13 hours ago, Eric Estlund said:

Clean peen makes it hard tontell, eh?

 

It does indeed!  Excellent use of the disappearing rivet trick. B)

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The blades are made of carbon steel for the damascus and the added cutting edge, with 4 sections of artisanal steel from the 14th century, coming from a listed monument which underwent 2 sieges in 1330 by the Count of Armagniac and other men of ranks. Then in 1350 By the Prince of Tanstamare.

 

The handles are made of 5000 year old oak and brass and a bone ring

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German- style chef...

 

Heat and quench..

 

Straighten warp..well..not so much..ouch.  

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Not knife related, but it is what I did in the shop yesterday (I think that qualifies...:unsure:)
Another artist and I are doing a collaboration for a "Fruiting Bodies" exhibit next week mushroom themed, so I thought we needed a snail.  I'm rather pleased with how it all turned out, better than expected, close to as planned, and went smoothly, almost like I had done these before. 
Starting stock was a bar of 1" square:

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If only every day of smithing was like this....

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RIP Bear....be free!

 

as always

peace and love

billyO

 

 

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On 4/27/2024 at 8:28 AM, billyO said:

so I thought we needed a snail.  I'm rather pleased with how it all turned out

That is a really nice bit of forge work Billy.

“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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This is the state of my shop as of yesterday. 

 

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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.  

 

Josh

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Thank all!  Now if I can only get some time back into making blades.

 

 

RIP Bear....be free!

 

as always

peace and love

billyO

 

 

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