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Kevin (The Professor)

still working - pweld dao

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Hello Everyone,

Joshua was kind enough to message me and make sure I wasn't dead.  I was having a crisis in an economic sense a couple of years ago, and I was thinking of ways to make more money from the knifemaking portion of my professional life.

 

Well, I did and I didn't figure it out. Not knives, anyway. I have paired with Scott Rodell. He designs Chinese swords based upon original examples. Then, he draws me a one-to-one pic for his design. Then, I make it. It is awesome. I send it to him, and he gives me critical feedback (and if needed, I modify the thing).

Imagine if every Bladesmith could partner with a person who is both a historian and an expert with the use of the things we make. It has been wonderful for me.

Of course, I can only make about 3 swords per year. Each one is custom, each one is different. Each is made to the specs of the client (Scott works with them the way Holland and Holland would work with someone if they were making them an over-and-under). 

Here is the last one. The client named it Winter Moon. It has 400+ layers of 1075 and 15N20 with a W2 center plate in sanmei arrangement. The fittings are nickel silver except the blade collar (tunkou), it is sterling.

The wood is simple poplar with a poly stain. DON"T EVERY TRY TO PUT THIS ON POPLAR, get better wood. It took MONTHS to get the scabbard right.

 

Hope y'all like it!

 

Ian's goosequill dao with Scott.jpg

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I'm still picking my jaw up off of the floor...well done sir.

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Wow! Fantastic work Kevin! 

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Nice work Kevin,  also nice to see you around here again...............B)

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Very nice Kevin! (that is an understatement)

It's good to hear from you again (also an understatement)

 

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I was just wondering this morning. That is some excellent work. Very well done.

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thanks everyone. I am working on a couple of jian and a guan dao now. The last thing is a sort of halberd. I am actually stoked about it.

Today I have to get my tire hammer running. I have been doing all of this with Uncle Al's press (I am on the third motor). But I built a tire hammer at a workshop last summer and it has sat in my shop since then. Just anchored it down last month. Today is the day to fire it up (I got more power for the shop so I don't have to run a damn generator all the time).

kc

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Damn Kevin, that is a gorgeous sword.  It has been a while since you posted something, so this is certainly a treat.  I love that steel!

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I am so overjoyed to see this piece and hear this news. I only wish I could like the post twice.

Thanks so much for bringing this to our little piece of the net.

P.S. Poplar wood is Yggdrasil's way of saying "this stuff you paint"

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Joshua - you made me laugh, yes, poplar needs paint. It is a bitch to stain or lacquer.

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