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Hi all. Rather than starting a new thread everytime, I'm just going to add to this one. 

 

Here's what I managed to get out the door this week.

Matching set of kitchen work horses, french style 9" chefs and a 6" utility, 1070 clay quenched with muwanga handles. 

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The next one is a 9" carving knife. 1070 with mopane handle.

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As always, thoughts and critique welcome 

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Great work ! love the sculpting on the handles, wish I had the patience to try that!

 

I think the handle on the utility looks slightly better, where it is washed down towards the choil slightly :)

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On 11/24/2019 at 8:06 PM, John N said:

Great work ! love the sculpting on the handles, wish I had the patience to try that!

 

I think the handle on the utility looks slightly better, where it is washed down towards the choil slightly :)

Thanks very much. Lots of marking up before touching a belt sander, but once that starts it goes pretty quick. 

 

 

Been a couple of leather days. I have 6 sheaths to make, but here's the first 3...

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Another one done and out the door. I'm going to miss this one.

Steel is 9 layers of 1070 and 75ni8 laddered. Brass guard, subhilt and pommel. Lathe turned pommel nut. Wood is leadwood (combretum imberbe).

 

There were of course, a couple of issues. The steel itself welded up great. But I think i tried to forge to close to final thickness and during the quench I had 2 delams happen on the one side of the blade. Thankfully they dont affect the edge, and after some fairly vigorous testing it's all still together and solid. 

 

The handle was a bit of a bummer. There was a knot in the handle that looked fantastic. But leadwood is, although very hard and tough, prone to tearing out. I leant in just a bit too hard and the belt tore out the knot. It gave me the opportunity to try a resin fill. It came out ok, but I regret the red. It should have been black. I was planning on redoing the handle, but a repeat customer of mine saw it and loved it. 

 

As always, thoughts and critique welcome 

 

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