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I got the photo proof back yesterday from Whetstone studio of my full set. Some of these you have likely seen already. 

These are the five that were in the judging room

 

My JS set 2nd proof V2.jpg

 

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Well done Joshua, congrats and best wishes moving on to master.

Gary LT

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1 hour ago, Gilbert McCann said:

Congratulations Josh . Nice job making it more challenging with a Dagger. 

I did a lot here that made it more challenging and a lot more difficult to pass. Not only did I put a dagger in there, it is a through tang and the pommel is held on with a peened pin through the tang. The Bowie has a frame handle with file work, and every knife has a spacer package behind the guard. All of that is extra work that is not required.

If I were to give someone advice on doing a JS set, it would be KISS.

All that being said, one of the MS on the panel, who I did not know and had never met, came and found me at my table to compliment me on my knives.

Hancock pushed me to put the dagger in my set and Ray Rybar told me it was a keeper.

 

42 minutes ago, Gary LT said:

Well done Joshua, congrats and best wishes moving on to master.

Gary LT

We will see. I have no immediate plans to work on that. If I ever do go for MS, I will be putting something in the set that is atypical. Maybe an ornate Seax or a Dirk. Something different than the standard Euro-American typology.

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Congratulations Josh. That is a very nice set and the photo shows them up nicely.

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Well done.

 

Congratulations.

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Very nice.  Congrats.

 

The dagger shows a hamon.  What is the steel and is the hamon planned?  

I use a lot of W series and have never h/t'ed one without a hamon forming.

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4 hours ago, Gary Mulkey said:

What is the steel and is the hamon planned? 

The steel is a piece of Don Hanson's W2. Yes, it was planned. You can see the making of that knife in two places on the web.

This forum, mixed in with a bunch of other knives, some of which wound up in this JS set.

The ABS Forum, as a solo project build.

 

4 hours ago, Gary Mulkey said:

I use a lot of W series and have never h/t'ed one without a hamon forming.

I think that is because of the shallow hardening attribute. If you do a fair amount of post-HT grinding, you will invariably grind through the 3mm of hardened martensite into the less hardened austenite (?) and the hamon will appear. Sometimes you can see the hamon form after the quench because of the bevel. There is some strange business in the phases along that slope.

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Congratulations Joshua so very well deserved. You can see just how much work has gone into this and what a commitment in time is required to pass the ABS tests.

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Congratulations Josh. Very well deserved mate.

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Sweet!! Glad I checked in today and got to see these. Really nice work!

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Josh, I think that the word that you were searching for was pearlite not austenite.  Austenite is the state that the steel in in when heated to above critical like you do before quenching.

 

Doug

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18 hours ago, Niaro To said:

If you have some close-up photos, especially of the bowie, please post!

I hope nobody minds the flagrant self-promotion, but you can view any of these on my Etsy store. The Bowie is this posting.

 

5 hours ago, Doug Lester said:

the word that you were searching for was pearlite not austenite

Thanks Doug. I will readily admit that I cannot keep all those pesky phases straight in my head. All I care about is that it's #madefromdunrite. :D

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