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Ben A.

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Thank u, for the inspiration! Great. With a handle, like u do, I know one small secret, may be it will be usefull for somebody.after handle is finished, I simply put it to microwave heater for 1-2min. Leather staying like a rock, beautifully forming, less softness.No any clue.

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Sir, I suggest you upload a good picture of yourself, because I see a flaming beard in your future. If not at the conclusion of this thread possibly soon

I've noticed the flaming beard thing going on with some of the folks here, being a newbie I like to wait on information because sooner or later all will be revealed. I have to admit this one has me curious......

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The flaming beard is a tongue-in-cheek honor awarded to the people on the forum who build (and usually post the WIP) of a historically accurate multi-bar twisted seax with accompanying sheath. One flaming beard will recommend it for someone, and a second with confirm. That person then submits a picture of themselves and someone will Photoshop a flaming beard (or flaming locks if it is a female). It becomes their profile picture.

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really any viking work not just seax's...

 

I stand corrected; thanks Matt.

 

 

I didn't realize it only applied to a seax, I thought it was the members way of recognizing a smith that with a particularly well done project shows that they moved on to the next level.

 

Nope, it has to be off Viking provenance.

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I've heard it also applies to Celtic and Finnish as well, or basically any ancient multi bar pattern welding that is particularly impressive. The rules tend to be more like guidelines...

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The thread 'is your beard still burning' in the 'fiery beards' sub forum is pretty much the perfect way to get a feeling for what it's all about. It's very tongue in cheek but I think it was a huge honor to be awarded one. It basically shows a good sense of humor, a love for ancient Iron Age pattern welding and history, and a certain level of skill with patterned steel and love for authentic proportions and methods. That's how I would put it!

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The thread 'is your beard still burning' in the 'fiery beards' sub forum is pretty much the perfect way to get a feeling for what it's all about. It's very tongue in cheek but I think it was a huge honor to be awarded one. It basically shows a good sense of humor, a love for ancient Iron Age pattern welding and history, and a certain level of skill with patterned steel and love for authentic proportions and methods. That's how I would put it!

 

I didn't mean tongue-in-cheek to sound crappy, if that is the way that it sounded :( It is an honor, just one that is a bit lighthearted at the same time. Sorry if I was unclear.

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Oh no no! That's not what I meant at all Wes! I was just speaking to the funny duality of it, the tongue in cheek is one of my favorite parts about it! You didn't come off as crappy! Thats the one issue with stuff online, it's super easy to come off dickish, sorry if it seemed like I was attacking you!

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I know this is reviving an old issue,

but I would really like it if you showed a closeup of the gravers that you used for the channels on the pommel and upper guard.

 

Thanks. This is an awesome build, and a thing of beauty.

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Dear, one day, If you try some blade of Chinese Swords, please remember that i would be happy to offer the sword fittings. Haha. Great done.

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Hi Ben! Beautiful job and thanks for sharing.

 

Since it has been a dream of mine for a loooong while I have a question: since you are welding the length in several heat, how did you cope for the building up of scale between the rods in the section next to the one you are welding at the moment?

 

Thank you again.

 

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Sometimes I weld longer billets several times. And I noticed, that borax dissolves the scale and when I'm gently hammering during first welding, the flux and dissolved scale are nicely squeezed out from between layers or bars. Obviously it didn't work with the first attempt, but by the time I "felt" the material and the operation.

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Thank you, very good to know!

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Kevin, the flat graver is one like this: https://www.riogrande.com/Product/GRS-High-Speed-Steel-Quick-Change-Flat-Graver-QC-39/118203

and the knife graver (for the undercuts) is one like this: https://www.riogrande.com/Product/GRS-High-Speed-Steel-Quick-Change-Knife-Graver-QC-K0/118810

 

Francesco, I just continuously flux too far toward my tong hand. I pre-heat the area I plan to weld (~9" long), add flux there, and the flux melts and sticks like normal. As I'm doing that, I also put flux in the un-welded portion toward my tong hand, so it can pre-heat as I'm welding the first portion. I think of it like this: as soon as the cold portion next to where I'm welding gets hot enough to melt the flux, it already has flux on it. If it's still too cold when I pull it out of the forge to set the weld portion, it didn't need the flux anyway, and it just falls off. Make sense?

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Perfectly, thanks! Very good job!

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