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Thom Noblitt y Gonzalez

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    Central NM
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    Historical Recreation, Pattern Welding, Knife making, Armour Making, Jewelry Work, Chase and Repose, Enameling, Learning new things, maintaining a high project count and learning how to complete projects rather then start new ones.

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  1. fight is decided at one moment (less then 3 seconds) at the range of the spear. The sword blocks the thrust steps in and has the advantage, killing the spear man, or the spear man kills the sword man. If ether is wounded and or lacks mobility then the fight is over already. The sword (unless used with shield) is at best a single line deep formation weapon and even then it loses out to spear which can fight in multiple ranks and if combined with cover (even a shield man without weapon) becomes a lot more dangerous. A spear much like a crossbow can be given to a present with little or no tr
  2. First kife looks great, the proportion, the color, angle and everything looks very appealing and the wood grain with pattern welding draws the eye in and makes it engaging. The next image is not as good, the blank space under and behind the blade is wasted and it is difficult to see the details, I would use a more close up image so the blade and handle are esier to see. I do like the creativity of the layout just not the angle or how far away the blade is. The last image, the polearm needs better lighting and background. Just my 2 cents.
  3. Basher, I like that answer, the more times I read it the more accurate it appears. Each time I read it I try and evaluate where I am and I keep getting closer and close to the start of the list. I have gotten to go to quite a few starter classes/demos and Thomas often starts the student out with a S hook and says that everything they do making that is needed for sword smithing. 1 Heating the metal, metal move better at certain temperatures, Identifying these temperatures but sight, sound, feel, etc is important to not stressing or causing weaknesses in you metal. Hitting mild steel, harder
  4. That face video is amazing to watch. As to William Conn's comment: I had thought so too. But as I have worked on trying to make different patterns I have found out that stock removal is extremely important fr anything other then straight lines or a random pattern that is created from uneven hammer blows during the forging process. For example the twist pattern used in those videos I posted here, one of the first steps is to give the material a square cross section so that it can twist evenly. I made a twist billet and decided that to much material would e wasted and the knife would be to sma
  5. Correction to Frank Turley's post the website is http://www.shiningwave.com/ no "s" at the end of shiningwave. His patterns (http://www.shiningwave.com/patterngallery.html) especially his Jaz pattern is very interesting and his and I am looking forward to sitting down and reading the PDF (http://www.shiningwave.com/RioPatternDevelopmentWorkshop.pdf) I would have paid good money to have been in that Rio Workshop.
  6. Hmmm. I have had this conversation quite a few times over the years, with highschool freinds, materias engineering students, mechanical engineering students, ren fair workers, midevel reenactors, LARPers etc. Eventually I cam up with this stance. The right tool for the right job and the right weapon for the right person. All eras and areas have a mistique and propaganda about why they are the best. The viking with their bearded axes and their pattern welded lgandary blades, the Arabs with Dascus scemitars, dancing swords and falshons/chamseirs that are light but powerful enough to cut a ma
  7. NEGROLI ... the first book you send him too is the NEGROLI book with pictures of armour that has made it into the smithsonian.... cool cool. I belive that one of my week points is the inability to draw and sketch well. Though I like chase, repose, inlay and other technics the ability to look at the blank area: sheath, blade area, handle, armour plate, etc. and see what would look good there is something I can't do. Simple line drawings are difficult for me, putting a tree, cloud, dragon or skull I can't do unless I have an original I can trace or trancfer. If you like the different arts an
  8. Unforgiven, with an admission like this I can see why you have that title. As to the Sacred Blacksmith... It has full episodes, in english, on youtube. It is a Japanese Anime. It has some different swords that appear (dirks, long swords, rapiers) but the main story focuses on one guy, the only guy in the world who knows how to make a HOLY sword that can banish the deadliest of demons, it is a lost art and guess what it is... Anyways it is a fanboy dream with fanservice and combat. Standard lack luster anime that keeps a certain group of fans intertained while the rest of us wait for soemt
  9. From my limited experiance. Propane, you can buy it at walmart or yoiur local gass station at midnight, turn it on and it will give a constant heat. Unless designed to, it is not the best for forge welding since most flux eats most linnings very quickly. Once its on its on and you don't need to mees with it. If it is set up right it will give a constant and reliable heat. When you turn off the gass its off and if you want it back on then give it the gass again. Coal: It is a living fire. You need to first build a fire, then add the coal so that it soaks up the heat and burns until it becom
  10. OK, so its the pattern with 90 deg. twists. cool cool. @ Steve so if I am looking right that is a 5 billet peice, 2 tisted, then the snake, and then 2 more twisted bars. They might be inturupted twist peices, I am not sure,
  11. Thug Axe, Ork Axe, Mad Max Axe ohh yes!!!! I can see that. Zombie Axe, not on my plan. I would rather take a woodman's chopping axe. Why you may ask and my answer would be weight. That axe looks good for slicing the flesh, get an arm, a gut, etc. but it would have issue when getting to bone. Mean while a traditional wood cutters axe, with the thicker (spiting edge) and a good thickness will easily cave a skull, and could launch a head from a zombies shoulders. It could also be used as a bashing weapon if need be. I also like a cutting edge. and I like the look of yours but not a edge all aro
  12. Found this along the internets: Top 10 Words with Bizarre Meanings #1: Whiffle Definition: to flourish a sword in sword dancing so as to produce a whistling sound About the Word: Whiffling may have its origin in the efforts of ancients to clear the dance area of evil spirits. Not every dance area, of course: sword dance areas. Sword dances – traditional folk dances featuring men and swords – have a long and glorious history. These days, you can see (and hear) whiffling in the circular "guerrilla" dances of Turkey and the Balkans and in the Balkan "rusalia" fertility dance. By the
  13. A interesting word I randomly found online: Top 10 Words with Bizarre Meanings #3: Axinomancy Definition: divination by means of the movements of an ax placed on a post About the Word: An ancient means of determining guilt, axinomancy involved balancing an ax on a post, and reading a list of names aloud. If the ax moved at a particular name, that person was deemed guilty. In another (equally strange) version, a marble was placed on a red–hot ax; the motion of the marble signaled guilt. and now I wonder about what kind of axe would be best for the task. I haven't known to many t
  14. Thomas, I have already been here and have been preparing questions for you after seeing these. I had been wondering about the surrpent that runns in the blade, as referd to not only here but also in the book about anglo saxon swords. At first I had thought it would be some foem of pattern welding but I see a formed buillets below but the seurpens seems clean and clear in the small of the blades. I have also been looking at the wolfs tooth pattern and trying to figure out how it is done. I could see how to macine it, form one side into a wave, form the next layer to match that wave and then hav
  15. Well if ou want to do so much work you could make a sword with as much silver as the axe pictured here I have looked into the process once or twice noting the Prune people viking book, and the chapter on demascene Work Kuftgari, a form of Demascene" in Metal Techniques for craftmen I had thought of transcribing what it said then relized it was a few pages and the basic points of the process has been outlined here or on the websites from here. I agree with Rich Hale on watching what your getting yourself into. It seems like a very labor intensive project, and a slip on an engraver can real
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