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About Stormcrow

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  • Birthday 06/10/1982

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    San Antonio, Texas
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    Blacksmithing, obviously.
  1. Whole lot of wraps ready for epoxy.
  2. Making progress. Got a mini-meat cleaver and a pair of o-tantos ready to epoxy the wraps.
  3. Got my mid-tech stuff powdercoated and took it to get my touchmark laser engraved this morning at JB Knife and Tool, who will be my neighbor in the San Antonio colony. Here's a Woodsman 'hawk getting frickin' laser beams shot at it. [/url]
  4. It's a 15 hour drive from here, which I split up over a couple of days. Theo - Come on by! Table 26R.
  5. Nothing is finished yet, but a lot in the works. I have two tables again this year, with the plan being one for forged work and one for stock removal. Small forged knives: Large forged knives: My eye-catcher is, of course, the post-nuclear barbarian sword, with a 21" blade and 33" overall length. And hopefully I'll have some stock-removal Little Roks, Benghazi Warfighters, and mini-parangs, as well as tomahawks.
  6. Thanks, guys! Gergely - I usually start with 1/4" stock, and the blade is often thickest at the blade/tang transition. So, about 1/4" to 3/16" on most of 'em. JLPServicesInc - I forge as close to shape as I can, grind off the worst, and hand file the bevels to final thickness. I wrap the handles and then brush on a liberal dose of marine epoxy.
  7. And a couple more bush swords in 80CrV2 steel, with integral socket handles, black paracord, and 16" blades. And black Kydex.
  8. I had a couple of finished up tantos go out to a good customer recently. He's been waiting for the shorter one for a while, and picked up the longer one, which I had forged as a demo of using my power hammer dies, when I posted as available on Instagram. The shorter one is forged from 80CrV2, with a 9 1/2" blade. The longer one is 5160, with a 12 1/2" blade. I did a bit of a variation on my usual wrap with these, matching a wrap I had done on a chopper for him last year. Over a foundation of neoprene is an underlay wrap of white bleached hemp cord, with tan paracord for the overlay. And, of course, tan Kydex. [/url] He sent me a video of him hacking up a large pumpkin with the longer tanto. Made short work of it. And this bush sword was one that I had forged a while back and had the customer disappear on me. It was kicking around the shop for a while until another customer bought it as his first custom blade. It's forged from 5160, with a blade length of around 15" - 16" and an integral socket handle. I had made a Kydex sheath for it, but the customer also got a leather sheath with baldric rig for it from fellow knifemaker Luke Swenson. Nice little detail on the leather, Luke!
  9. That came out beautifully!
  10. For those of y'all interested in the Dispos-A-Hammer in the video I posted, Tobin finished it up at his new shop, tested it, found it wanting, and cannibalized it into a block anvil and a post vise stand. I never got to see it running for reals, but apparently it was not hitting hard enough to be worthwhile. Tobin has a manufactured hammer on order that should be here this summer. The Dispos-A-Hammer was always intended to be a temporary solution.
  11. Frosty - Nothing too exciting. "Gunnhildita" is intended to be a smaller version of "Gunnhilda" built for Tobin's use. San Antonio is heavily Hispanic, and -ita is a Spanish feminine suffix for "little", which can also be an affectionate term. One of the nice things about the "Rusty"-style guided helve hammers is that the design can be easily scaled up and down between a 15 lb ram (the original Rusty) and about a 100 lb ram (Gunnhilda). Gunnhildita would be closer to the original Rusty size.
  12. Hah! The Dispos-A-Hammer is something we're building for Tobin as a stopgap solution to him not having a power hammer. We actually wanted to build a smaller guided helve hammer (dubbed "Gunnhildita"), but after spending a lot of time sorting out what material we had on hand and how to design it (I voted for slightly more complicated but more versatile, Tobin voted for simple and get it done), we struck on the plan of an unguided helve hammer as a temporary solution. The plan was to get the Dispos-A-Hammer going quickly, then later down the road use components such as the tire clutch and the pivot, to build Gunnhildita. And then for some reason we (by which I mean Tobin) decided to make the column supporting the tire clutch out of wood instead of steel tubing as we had already planned (and had material for). And it flexed way too much, as I was afraid it would. That was about the time we had a knifemaker gathering out at my shop, and then Tobin was ill for a long time with a respiratory infection and I was busy with Forged in Fire. So it hasn't gotten finished yet. But we'll shoot some video and pictures when it is ready to go. Tobin is going to have a table at the Blade Show for the first time this year, and still needs a power hammer, so maybe it won't be too much longer.
  13. Thank you! This is the last of my FiF stuff. It's dominated my week, but now I need to get back to working on Blade Show inventory. A washed-out look at the push knives I did for the first challenge. They can actually be seen better in the reflections. The katzbalger in its hideous glory: My second take on the guard. Didn't like how the first one fit, so abandoned it before I finished out the quillions. And my second take on the handle since I ground through the side into the channel for the tang on the last day. So many things had to be done several times on this that I named it "der doppleschwert". The pommel was forged from a piece of pipe with the end cap oxy/acetylene welded on. The TeroTuf of the handle fits down into the pommel and the flared tube rivet goes through pommel, TeroTuf, and tang. And finally, a YouTube video featuring myself and fellow FiF champion Tobin Nieto (season 2, episode 8, Cutlass) reflecting on the show, our experiences with it, and answering common questions and criticisms. It's as long as an episode of FiF, but I think it's both entertaining and informative.
  14. This is seriously the best part of the episode. I laugh to the point of tears every time. I had forgotten I did this until I saw it on international television. What got left out was after I took a bite of watermelon and said this, I followed up with, "...and sharpening oil."
  15. Frosty - It was Jesse Howard. He's ok. Several people have asked about him, so I asked what he'd like me to say, and it is a pre-existing heart condition that he didn't know he had until he started feeling dizzy on the show. It was triggered by the stress, including heat and lack of sleep. It's a good thing he stopped and sat down when he did! SLAG - I found some pics and will try to get them posted up tonight or tomorrow. On the question of time during the five days at home, you have 5 hours on the first day and 10 hours on the others.