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  2. Pieter-Paul Derks

    Yggdrasil laufsblað - Leaf of Yggdrasil

    This is my favourite of yours so far, the material combinations in that handle are gorgeous, and the damascus is great too. I can't wait to see what you do with an airgraver, they are amazing tools and i dearly wish to be able to afford one myself one day.
  3. Pieter-Paul Derks

    Forge welded axe. WIP pictures

    That poll weld is too cool that is some fantastic looking wrought iron too, and i like how the welding method of the poll looks after etching.
  4. Pieter-Paul Derks

    Sword. Petersen type A

    That is a really nice fighting blade! I like the forging flaws, it fits on a plainer blade in this style. Miles ahead of most of the usual re-enactment swords, which are more crowbars than weapons
  5. Brett Hostler

    Yggdrasil laufsblað - Leaf of Yggdrasil

    Stunning knife, I love the sheath too.
  6. Brian Dougherty

    Yggdrasil laufsblað - Leaf of Yggdrasil

    Sweet!
  7. Troels Saabye

    Best fleamarket find so far

    Indeed thank you for your input. I think I finally tracked the makers mark , it appears to be Jytte Balsgaard Mostov a danish silver/goldsmith and I've send her a message just out of curiosity what it was sold for. As of now it sits as an ornament on my desk
  8. Charles du Preez

    Another Small one

    Loving that one Joshua. Like ripples colliding on water.
  9. Allan Horne

    Best fleamarket find so far

    Hi All, I’m quite flattered to have such an international reputation !! I answered Troels message to me before seeing this thread. I had thought it may be an opium pipe but other pipes I compared it to on the net suggested that bowls of silver were fairly common on pipes that were obviously intended for smoking tobacco. I know when I smoked a pipe even a wooden bowl could get uncomfortably too hot to hold and traditional opium pipes tend to have a longer stem to cool the smoke more. @ Troles. I see from your initial post you have already done the things I suggested about searching for information locally. I don’t think $80 is over the top even though I estimated it at $30 to $40. I presume you bought it just because you liked it, not with any intention of reselling it at a profit and there can be much joy in researching the origin of items like this. Cheers Allan (the other one !!)
  10. Alveprins

    Yggdrasil laufsblað - Leaf of Yggdrasil

    Haha, thank you Mr. Longmire! Actually... I've recently gotten myself that Lindsay Airgraver I've been wanting for the past few years. Been watching a whole lot of videos on YouTube on engraving, gold inlay and gem setting - so I expect to kick it up a notch or two over the next 12 months. Thanks! I don't "make" it - as in smelting it. But I do combined different steels and forge fold them. My next project involves 2-300 years old bog iron from tools which was used in the silver mines, combined with and old saw blade and 15n20 steel. It will be interesting.
  11. jake pogrebinsky

    Forge welded axe. WIP pictures

    Why such complicated "spider" overlay around the poll?To reinforce it? And do the 3 different alloys represent the traditional construction detail/pattern? (any particular one?)
  12. jake pogrebinsky

    Forge welded axe. WIP pictures

    Right on Kris!!!:) Beautiful steel,great going!:)
  13. Garry Keown

    Off to Texas

    These two just need sharpened and they will head of to their new home in Texas. A repeat customer wanted another Buffalo Skinner to match the first one I sent with the buffalo horn 3 pin bolster and exhibition grade walnut on a 1075 blade and a Pocket Ranger with Zebrawood on 1095
  14. MikeDT

    Whittling and Hunting Knife WIPs

    I agree - I have always preferred putting in spacers as well - handles just look right with them, in my opinion. Can't wait to see it finished.
  15. MikeDT

    Forge welded axe. WIP pictures

    That is a beauty! I have never seen a construction process like the way you did it, thanks for showing the process. The wrought looks amazing contrasting with the steel!
  16. Zeb Camper

    Yggdrasil laufsblað - Leaf of Yggdrasil

    Wow! There's a lot going on there! But it still looks whole. Really nice job!
  17. Conner Michaux

    O1 round stock?

    Okay I’ll try it, thanks!
  18. Yesterday
  19. I have about two weeks of time to put in some serious work on knives, this is some of what I've been up to. These knives are both based on knives in Bo Bergman's knife making book, one of them a project (the Mountaineer's Knife) and the other one is inspired by a drawing of one of his wood carving knives. Here are the blades plus a drawing of one of the finished knives. The puukko and small carving knife are both forged from an old leaf spring, and the third is 80crv2. The puukko will have its own stuff going on, so I will probably make it its own thread when I get to working on it. This is the plan for the carving knife. I decided to make it because I'm not really happy with the last one I made. It also had a scandi grind, but was a bit too acute which made it too high maintenance. Now I use it mostly for leather working. Because the pieces of the handle don't all have square edges, it is important to use a pattern for the handle shape and mark out where the tang will be so all of the drilling is in the right spot. Also, I used a lightly different method for cutting these handle blanks from the parent stock (curly birch planks from smaller trees, which are much cheaper than blocks) and should hopefully get a better looking pattern on the surface of the handle. Here the blade is polished/sharpened and everything is epoxied on. I'm trying out the method of gluing before peening. It usually takes longer than the working time of the epoxy to peen a tang anyways, so I figure this will save some pain and suffering, though I think the angled surface of the bolster will add some back. This is as far as I have this knife right now, I will probably peen the tang and start shaping the handle tomorrow. The guard for this knife goes out fairly far, so the antler was cut from the widest part, a few inches above the crown. Since the top surface curves down, I shaped that before fitting it to the handle. This guard was a real bear to fit. The hole isn't square since the blade has no plunge cut, and working a 1" thick piece of antler with needle files takes a while. I do think it is my best fit of an antler bolster though (especially compared to the carving knife). Here you can see how I made the hole for the tang in the birch before trimming it to final size. Since I had to drill the hole from both sides, it was much easier to do with a block I knew was square. It was easy enough to trim and true up afterwards. Here is the whole stack put together. Right before this step I sharpened and stropped the blade. Also, in this picture you can see how far from square the antler butt-cap is. This meant that the hole for the tang is not 90 degrees. I used a hand drill to start it and was careful to check that it was parallel to the matching face of the wooden block while fitting it. You'll also notice some pieces of black leather. I find adding leather helps to improve the look of the transitions in the handle, I find that even if you get very flat surfaces it doesn't look as nice as if there were a spacer. That's all for now, hope to have more done tomorrow. Thanks for looking!
  20. Aiden CC

    O1 round stock?

    I’ve found that if you put the blade between two planks after the quench and stand on it/clamp it you can prevent some of the warping you get with the asymmetric grind.
  21. Geoff Keyes

    Tsuba

    Does anyone have an opinion on this. I'm only in it $10, so you can't hurt my feelings. It appears to be brass or bronze. It's about 2.5" by 3/16th" Geoff
  22. Alan Longmire

    Forge welded axe. WIP pictures

    Interesting construction! And nice axe, as well. That wrought etched beautifully!
  23. Joshua States

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    I actually worked mixing sound for GC & the P-Funk Allstars once.
  24. Jeremy Blohm

    Starting a New Mosaic

    Awesome!!!
  25. SteveShimanek

    Fitness?

    I teach Aikido to young students, which gives me about as much exercise as my body can stand, considering I am rated 80% disabled by the VA. My condition is such that minimal exercise fatigues me right away, so I have to pace myself. Constant sweating due to the heat means I have to work to stay hydrated; I have a lot of land maintenance to do which keeps me busy as well. I try to put myself in low gear and plug away at it. My forging time has been pretty limited; mostly i am just trying to keep the machines running.
  26. Gary Mulkey

    Starting a New Mosaic

    I got the two patterns stacked & welded today. Once I get this ground clean & 4-wayed it will make what I call my "Lost Highway" pattern.
  27. Kris Lipinski

    Forge welded axe. WIP pictures

    And another traditionally forged object I've made recently is the axe. Materials: wrought iron, 1045 (top), 80CrV1 (cutting edge). In one place the wrought got snapped ("unfibred itself"), and I wleded it with MIG welder then ground and polished (after etching). Weight - 695g / 1,53lb
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