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  1. TheoRockNazz

    Skulls lockback folder

    Commissioned lockback folder I just completed: Antiqued finish S35VN blade with blued 80CrV2 spring, bronze frame/thumbstud, and patternwelded side panels. The side panels have little skulls in the pattern, something that took a looooong time to get to work. Let me know what yall think!
  2. Hi everyone! So a couple months ago a student said something that really struck me and got the gears turning: "How can I relate and be encouraged as a young Asian woman when I look in the magazines/books you have and all I see is a bunch of old white dudes?" She was absolutely right. With my forge being in Brooklyn NYC I get a very wide range of students, and while I know the community is getting better about it I still want to make an effort for my library to show work from around the world by people of all walks of life. I've got my subscription to Blade, Knife, and ABS... I was planning on adding Messer and EuroMag (the latter appears to only be online though), but then that's the extent of my international magazine knowledge. Ideally, I would love to get one from Japan and/or Philippines, plus I have heard there is a quarterly one out of Israel. Any help would be appreciated, Theo
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    How can I bring down the decibels and vibrations?

    Ah man, it gets better! Thank yall!
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    How can I bring down the decibels and vibrations?

    Thank you all! Some really interesting solutions there
  5. Hi gang! I am happy to say I am moving into a newer and better shop soon, but for the first time will have to try and find a way to bring the noise and vibrations down. A little information on the shop and me: I run a small teaching forge in Brooklyn that focuses entirely on knives and swords. Because of size constraints and for safety we have no more than four students at a time, each usually working on their own unique projects. For noise making we have two 2x72 grinders, a roller, an AnYang press, three anvils, two forges, and a partridge in a pear tree. No powerhammers in our future. So the new place is located inside Industry City, and they had some minor concerns about sound and vibration for the floors above us (we are on the ground floor, which is solid concrete with no basement). I know about the rubber pads under anvils, but any other recommendations? Theo
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    Patternwelded modern seax

    Fancy pictures from Jim at Sharp By Coop. As always, thank you all for the support
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    Patternwelded modern seax

    The stack welded up easily. It was from NJ Steel Baron. Thank you!
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    Patternwelded modern seax

    Thanks gang! Sorry, totally spaced on getting better photos. Jim (Sharp By Coop) will get it for sure
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    Patternwelded modern seax

    First blade of 2019! W2 cutting edge stacked with a twist core and wrought iron spine. Blade was deeply hot blued then sanded back ever so gently to make the pattern pop. Cast bronze fittings with buffalo horn. Theo
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    80CrV2 drop point

    Last blade of 2018, woot! Happy new year yall! Forged 80CrV2 full tang drop point with hamon. The blade is blued for added protection against the elements. Handle is buffalo horn with 3D printed cast bronze fittings - I like to leave a bit of the casting texture on the bronze for character. See ya next year! Theo
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    The New Yorker did a fun piece on NYC bladesmiths

    Haha, too true. Thanks guys!
  12. Heya gang, Check out this amazing article The New Yorker did about bladesmiths in NYC. It features fellow Forged in Fire contestant Frankie Sausto, several of my students, and my ugly mug. It's all about passing it on, Theo
  13. I am happy to finally show off the economy custom chopper series we've been working on the past six months! The blades are all 80CrV2 high carbon tool steel forged to shape, rough ground, and heat treated by yours truly; then final ground and assembled by Justin Kirck, who also made the leather sheathes. Handle materials include stabilized burls, hybrids, micartas, and hardwoods. While this isn't the completed set, the choppers here are great representation of the fun materials we got to play with. Truthfully, and I will only say it here; this was way more work than we thought it was going to be, and we struggled to keep up with the timeframe the whole time. Who knew teaching and do a run of knives would be a lot for just two people?! :3 More collaborations are on the horizon, I will keep yall in the loop! -
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    Sad Passing

    I got started with one of his books. We have lost a great man.
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    Collaboration blanks round 4

    WOW! Those look fantastic! I'm so glad other smiths are having as much fun with 3D printing as I do