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Ed Steinkirchner

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  1. As I've always understood it, an asymmetric wrapped eye is where the starting bar is bent with just enough material to make the eye and weld to the body. Whereas a symmetric eye is bent in the middle more or less and welded like we'd normally do for something like a tomahawk. I remember a while back someone here doing quite a few axes of the assymetrical welded type, as well as welded langettes and all those tricky welds I'd have to go digging for the posts
  2. Thanks everyone, it's a very "dainty" knife for sure and the style reflects that. Probably because the persona it was made for is a lady I do like patina myself especially more of a dark brown on copper alloys, occasionally black or green as well depending on situation. To answer George's questions: The sheath is all leather with a seam on the back and the fittings are bronze because that's what I had in the right thickness, and the loops are copper because I had no brass or bronze stock for them and they won't be seen with the belt applied. The guard finials and pommel are freehand turned on the metal lathe and the guard itself is made from flat bar filed to shape before the finials were threaded on. The filed profile of the ricasso (I assume that's where you mean) was added because it needed some kind of simple detail there as it looked a bit too plain with it straight, so I just sketched on it with sharpie till something looked right! Here's some pictures of the back of the sheath to show the stitching and construction details
  3. Now I feel like a neanderthal! I had mine cast from a pattern I made years ago and cleaned everything up by chipping off flash with chisels (cast iron chisels really nicely) and finishing with coarse files then finer files and a die grinder for the bowl depressions
  4. I'm thinking his original may have been a schrade actually! Also I think many of my tools must be transparent because I can never seem to find them after I set them on the bench!
  5. I thought the same thing but I did the inlay way before I did the sheath! A small lack of forethought on my part there
  6. Thisknife was made as a replacement for my dad's hunting knife. He got the original decades ago and over the years it wore and chipped and was reground multiple times, the final straw was a huge chip broken out from the middle. This knife follows the blade profile of the original (although I adjusted the lines a little to make it a bit more attractive than the original) but the handle of the original wasn't great in my opinion so I changed that as well. It has the flavor of the original but with some updates. It started as a 1/2x1 piece of carbon steel, I drew out the blade to rough shape then the handle before going back to the blade for final shaping. There's a distal taper on the blade as well as the tang for balance. The scales are walnut with tubular copper rivets and are inlayed with my dad's (and my own technically) initials E.S. in fine silver wire as well as a decorative scroll above and below. Alot of "firsts" for me on this one, first time doing a full tang integral bolster, first time with this blade shape, and first time doing the wire inlay on an actual project. I'm pretty happy with the result !
  7. Thought I Might as well kick in on this thread, lot of nice stuff thus far! Blade is simple hc steel (1085 I believe), guard and pommel are brass, handle ebony, sheath is leather with bronze and copper fittings
  8. Something I recently finished, monosteel 1085, brass guard and pommel, carved ebony grip, leather sheath with bronze fittings The guard started as 1/4 x 1 flat bar that I turned the ends down on and threaded 1/4-20 then made the finials like acorn nuts. The guard was finished by filing to profile. The pommel was 1" brass freehand turned on the lathe and also threaded 1/4-20 to screw on to the tang. The sheath fittings were made from thick sheet bronze, shaped, and brazed together before finishing and polishing. The blade started as 9/16 round rod which was forged to shape then the bevels ground and file work added to the ricasso before heat treat and polishing.
  9. aaaah i hadn't thought of the "pogo stick" type of spring assembly, that would get rid of the need for an additional guide for the yoke last group of pics, here before the guard was added, showing the details better. also ishould mention the 1 inch socket to the left of the bottom die to facilitate holding swages and such
  10. i considered alternative things to the crank that would eliminate the side to side movement but after alot of figuring i couldnt settle on a way that was strong,buildable with my equipment, and didnt exceed my headspace and footprint limitations. i figured that the problem witha scotch yoke is in that the yoke needs its own linear guide because the spring decouples it from the ram guide, and that would add too much height. outside of the height limitations i cant see any reason it wouldnt work
  11. it has very good snap to the blows, i would say comparative to a 25# LG, maybe a touch stiffer but i thing things will soften up slightly with use. the full throw is about double the crank throw. So i would say the full throw is an additional 2-3 inches up and down beyond the 4 inch crank throw, for a total whip travel of the ram of about 8-10 inches frosty: i have a short video clip actually but i dont know how to post it here.
  12. started this project around the end of august i believe, and managed to get it done about a week ago. instead of the normal tube in a tube construction of typical tire hammer tup/guides, i went with a 45 degree dovetail guide and ram, just to keep things as compact as possible to fit in my narrow and relatively low shop. i also deviated from normal tire hammer territory in the rotating assembly and crank sections. Instead of the trailor spindle i used pillow blocks and a 1.5 inch diameter shaft, in which was mounted a hub to carry the spare tire. The crank assembly is entirely separate from the wheel and hub, keyed to the shaft and removable allowing for replacement/rotation of the tire and rim in the future. Another noticeable difference, and the last major one, is the leaf spring dupont linkage (though i dont know is that still counts as a dupont) which i made by splitting a brand new small trailor spring and mounting each half in the orientation shown. a big consideration when building the hammer was the ability to disassemble it into pieces that could be moved with a dolly into the shop, so each part (except the anvil) is under 200 pounds. so here's the specs: tup weight is about 35 pounds, anvil is near 400, power is from a 1.5 HP single phase motor with a 1.5 inch pulley, the whole unit probably weighs about 1000 pounds, aand stands just over 7 feet tall. i will take more detailed pics tomorrow and dig up some progress pics as well. but i can honestly say that im extremely happy with its performance thus far!
  13. i do the nick, quench, break thing myself but i add a step. After nicking it nearly through, i bend it about to 90 degrees then quench just the nicked portion so that the rest of the bar doesnt even touch the water just to minimize any chance at all of cooling.
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