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  1. Thanks! yeah, your hand just sinks into the leather handle
  2. Sorry I disappeared there for a bit... Covid, amiright? Here's some fun recent work of mine that involve new techniques and materials (to me). The purple-handled slicer has a spacer of material that starts as a 3D printed matrix that I then fill the voids with dyed epoxy. This "gold" filament looks somewhat like amber to me. All the wood is by my shopmate Justin Kirck. I've also been playing with molded leather handles and getting some fun results. Let me know what yall think!
  3. With Covid trapping me indoors I now have the opportunity to support the community by offering a way to convert their drawings into PDF, DWG, etc for cutting. Send me a pic of a blade you were considering doing a small run of and I'll use it to make the files vendors will need for their machines. Not sure just how much free time I will have, so just one per person til I get a sense of the volume I am looking at.
  4. Integral damascus short sword I just finished. 1095 and 15N20 blade with cast bronze handle and samé (stingray skin). The consigner gave me the ashes of a loved one that I mixed with phosphorescent powder and encased within the handle - it should have a faint glow at night.
  5. Getting the new shop set up took a long while, and I am now back to churning out some of my own work (instead of my students getting to have all the fun). 1095 and 15n20 twist pattern with bronze guard, reconstone, and stabilized spalted maple. 16" oal, 9.5" blade, 2" at widest. Forged 5160 blade with stabilized dyed burl by @justintheblacksmith
  6. Hi everyone! Just wanted to let yall know I'm throwing a little shindig at the new shop and you're invited! Help us celebrate blacksmithing in Brooklyn! Industry City is thrilled to welcome and celebrate the opening of Nazz Forge, a blacksmithing school. Join us on Friday October 4 7pm for live music by Frida Kill in Courtyard 5/6. Light bites will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase. You can pick your poison – the celebration is taking place next to IC’s Brewers & Distillers: Frying Pan Brooklyn, Big aLICe Brewing, Brooklyn Kura (craft sake) and Barrow’s Intense (ginger liquer + full bar). Nazz Forge will provide bladesmith classes, apprenticeship programs, and blade commissions in Industry City Building 6 at 34 34th Street. Each session spans four hours and makes the perfect activity to do alongside a friend, loved one or as a team building exercise with co-workers. Date And Time Fri, October 4, 2019 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT Location Industry City: Courtyard 5/6, 51 35th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232 Hope to see you there, Theo
  7. My friend Justin Kirck is on tonight's episode, make sure to check it out
  8. It's pretty interesting, they have a lot of bounce because the internal cavities are filled with G-Flex. After a couple really good bashes with a hammer I started to see some gapping between the guard and handle material, but nothing moved. More bashing and I wasn't able to get the guard off but it was wiggling and the handle material destroyed in the process. In the case of the above blade, the burl is going to come apart way before the guard does.
  9. Thank you guys, I always appreciate honesty
  10. Just got back from another vacation with my wife, so felt the pressure to get something done with the kopis project. I call it a "san mai lazy mosaic", basically skipped a step and didn't properly tile the slices. Kinda looks like camouflage. Only rough ground, gotta reheat and tap the core/edge center.
  11. A fantastic first knife, very well done! You chose one of the more difficult projects in general too; turned out great.
  12. Muahahahaha! I don't want to give all my secrets away, but basically it is several components that precisely slot together, then cinch inwards around the tang, adjusting to the forged dimensions.
  13. Honestly... purely aesthetics, thought it looked cool, and matched the rest of the guard better that way
  14. Thank you guys! So the procedural guards are made up of four interlocking components that cinch around the tang, and can adapt to most sized forged tangs. There is a little leftover empty space inside the guard that I pour G-flex into from the underside, which flows around the interlocking tabs securing the components in their position. The accuracy of the 3D printing and casting process nowadays is so on point that I nip off the sprues, gently file the insides of the interlocking slots/tabs, and they come together with gentle tapping (sorta a friction fit). This way I get to leave the stepping from the printing process on the bronze, of which I love the look and texture. The "lines" of color are where the individual components interlock/overlap - I use resin dye with the G flex to come back after assembly and add those bit in. I like to call the finish on the blade Brut-de-forge... really just a softer way of saying primitive lol. I draw a lot of inspiration from Lin Rhea MS (literally just texted him pics of the guard), and he has given me some good feedback over the years... still waiting to hear what he thinks of this guard design though haha. His take on the all-metal blacksmiths knife really helped me find my style and what speaks to me - as it turns out, I like seeing that the blade was forged 90% to shape with the only cleanup being on the bevels.
  15. Survival knife forged from 80CrV2 with bronze procedural guard, synthetics from Masecraft Supply, and hybrid block from @justintheblacksmith This knife is for someone with large hands; 14" oal, 8.5" blade.This beaut is for sale as soon as the sheath is finished.
  16. A chopper I forged sporting my new procedural guard and pommel system. 80CrV2 blade with hamon, dyed and stabilized buckeye burl, and cast bronze fittings. Had a lot of fun figuring out the design for the fittings; with all the fun color options we get for handle materials these days I wanted to find a way to add some to the fittings too. 16.5" OAL, 10.5" blade. Let me know what yall think!
  17. Thank you all! lol, yeah the skulls took forever, easily four times as many failures as successes. The scales are indeed 3D printed cast bronze - the process allowed me to pocket them a little from the inside to reduce weight (somewhat)
  18. 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!
  19. 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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