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  2. Alan Longmire

    Stone cast bronze

    That is the very thread you need. Or just ask Jeroen or Ibor. They are the bronze age gurus.
  3. Alan Longmire

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    +1.
  4. Alan Longmire

    Forging tooling

    No HT needed.
  5. Today
  6. Gerald Boggs

    Forging tooling

    I wouldn't, the jackhammer bits should be fine as forged, but it wouldn't hurt if you think you'll be hammering hard. Drifts are never heat treated.
  7. Charles du Preez

    Stone cast bronze

    I’m sure someone with more knowledge will chime in soon but ITM you may want to look at this thread to get an idea.
  8. Jeremy Blohm

    Forging tooling

    I would heat treat the bicks and Mandrel but the drifts I would leave as forged. (I know I'm not the best source of info it's just what I would do!).
  9. Faye

    Stone cast bronze

    My grandfather was gifted this Stone cast bronze sword by some of his students, but as it doesn't have a handle he asked me to give it one. My grandparents are very historical minded, my grandmother is a historian, so I really would like to put a historically accurate handle on this sword. That said I'm not sure what kind of sword this is, other than something from the Greek/Roman era. Any insights are very appreciated, on style, material, ect... What really has me stumped is that the front two pin holes are on a thick domed surface and I'm not sure what to do with that because I'm a little hesitant to take it to the grinder. Demensions are... 21 1/2" overall length. 3 1/2" from the top of the front two pin holes to the back of the handle. 1" wide at the widest part of the handle. Again, any and all help is appreciated. Happy Easter, and thanks for looking.
  10. Joshua States

    Burning in a tang?

    Matthew Parkinson showed me a neat trick about this when I took a class from him on kitchen knives. Put the blade in the vice and push the handle wood onto it. Then loosen the vice and holding the wood in your hand, tap the back of the block lightly. It takes several times, but it works and won't split the block.
  11. Joshua States

    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    This is the best advice anyone can give you.
  12. Joshua States

    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    Probably seems that way because you have never tried it. I've never tried it either and it looks pretty complex to me.
  13. Cody Killgore

    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    How many knives have you forged? Practice, practice, practice. But don't just go out there with no plan. Make a design ahead of time and really try to produce it. Work on what you're struggling with over and over. When I was getting down forging points without making fish mouths, I forged a point, cut it off, forged another, cut it off, etc (each time attacking it slightly differently) until I found what worked for me and was very comfortable doing it. Focus on improving each time at some aspect. Study... watch videos. Watch closely how people do things. Quitting and moving on to something harder to forge will not make you better at forging knives; neither will buying/building a tool. Only practice will.
  14. Joshua States

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    I think you went up another level.
  15. Neil Young

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    beautiful!
  16. Adam Weller

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Engraved the re-sheath. I like it much better. and just for kicks, a glamour shot of the triplets (not identical) I guess I better get out the leather box.
  17. jake cleland

    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    A knife is literally the simplest thing to forge that isn't a nail - it's a point and two tapers. An axe is infinitely more complex. And if you think that heat treating is 'Easy Easy Easy', the chances are that you haven't really understood it...
  18. Conner Michaux

    Burning in a tang?

    That looks simple enough, I’ll try it. Thanks.
  19. MikeDT

    Burning in a tang?

    I made this one years ago and I still use it from time to time. I used a larger jig saw blade with aggressive teeth. I ground down the tip to fit into a pilot hole and go from there - it cuts quick and keeps the tang hole narrow. Blade is a little over 3". I made this in about 15 minutes....faster that making a broach.
  20. MikeDT

    Chef's knife - Bronze and ironwood

    Looks like it will balance nicely. What wood is the handle? It goes well with the brass.
  21. AndrewB

    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    I does have a fairly flat surface. Its the one I bought from Ebay the 66 pound ebay anvil lol. The face is pretty smooth its just when I forge out the blades they are never straight for me I do use a wooden mallet to straighten out the blade after I forge the bevels out but even then it still seems to be crooked LOL. I dunno why but it just seems that axes would be a heck of a lot easier than knives. Especially since you can make them either with one hole piece of steel or use a piece and wrap it around and forge weld it to a working cutting head. That just seems a heck of a lot easier to me for some reason. (hope you guys got my potato reference LOL)
  22. Joshua States

    Knocking Off For the Day--Time for a Little Cooking

    Bill Cosby once said "An American can eat anything, if you give him 2 slices of bread with it"
  23. Joshua States

    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    @AndrewB Does your anvil have a pretty flat and smooth face? If it doesn't, getting a straight blade is going to be tough. If it does, or you have a reasonable facsimile, then get yourself a wooden mallet, or a heavy plastic faced mallet. You could also make yourself, or buy, a flatter or planishing hammer. Straightening a blade (or anything else for that matter) can be easily accomplished by heating it to orange, laying it on a flat surface and hammering the thing straight with a soft hammer. It helps if the soft hammer has a wide flat face. My guess is if you cannot get a knife blade straight, you ain't getting an axe straight either.
  24. Joshua States

    Forging tooling

    I have been rereading a few of the pinned topics on axes ever since I saw Jim Austin's Viking axe demo at the ABANA conference in Salt Lake back in 2016. I bought his video there and have been watching it over and over again. I finally decided to make some of the tooling he uses. I made these from old jackhammer bits. Other than some wire wheel cleanup of scale, these are all as-forged From the left, there is a round vertical mandrel and two bicks. One round and the other flat. The flat one is trapezoidal in cross section. These are Hardy-hole tools. Then there is a round drift, which will probably get cut into three smaller pieces, and two other drifts. One of these is a squat D shape and the other is a more modern shape for a hatchet size. The round mandrel The two bicks. I have done some smoothing with a slack belt and padded disc at 60 grit. The only question I have now, is do I heat treat them?
  25. Zeb Camper

    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    Axes require more skill to forge I would say. It is fun though! Either one will require lots of practice. My advice is to do whatever makes you happy.
  26. Yesterday
  27. Okay I've been having a bit of complications with getting the knife thing down. So I'm at a point where I'm a complete potato and just fully suck at it. Quenching hardening and tempering is no problem. Easy Easy Easy. But I can never get the shape I want of the blade or for it to even come out straight. So at this point I'm wondering if I should just say the heck with making knives and go right into making axes? Is that going to be a better way to start working with the hard ball on this one? It seems that axes are a heck of a lot easier than knives to make. For me its just a pain trying to get a straight blade lol. Ugh giving up on knives for a while Id like to try axes. Is this a good move or is it tougher?
  28. JASON VOLKERT

    Meteorite Damascus

    Holy crap Gary!!! I cant wait to see this blade!!!
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