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Hilt and Hammer Workshop

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    Blade smithing and custom weapons, pattern welding, historical combat,and the harmonic blending of individual components into a whole
  1. I like where this project is headed. Very much. The ability to accurately transform a concept into a reality is a difficult one to develop. It seems you are having no trouble in that area. :)
  2. Praying . The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
  3. Not partial to G10 either (or any snythetic handle material,for that matter) , but this is a very clean looking knife.I like the hallow rivets. Excellent work, good sir .
  4. Well executed. However, if it's from welded cable,shouldn't there be pattern that you could etch for ? That would add a lot to the blade...
  5. I'm not an electrician or anything, but wouldn't it be relatively simple procedure to wire up a variable speed switch to the Grizzly to compensate for that issue?
  6. Beautifully executed. Not being a stringently a "knifemaker", can somoen enlighten me on why the term "sub hilt" is used?
  7. Thanks Ironman! I use it everyday. And yes, my tools are quite the motley crew...
  8. I assume you etched to get the hamon distinction? What etching solution do you like to use?
  9. There's always the slight chance of having issues with old leaf springs at the molecular level.. But I would never turn a beginning knifemaker away from using them as blade material. I've worked with leaf springs of all thicknesses and lengths,all used,and I've never had the slightest issue with the integrity of the steel . New ones are naturally superior ,but they are also much more difficult to locate. I just wouldn't conclude that using old springs is a bad idea. Even the infamous Nepalese Khukri knife is often forged from recyled truck springs. Part of the historical craft of smithing is using whatever materials you can obtain to their best advantage,old or new.
  10. Very attractive tool ! Just out of curiousity, what alphabet of runes did you use?
  11. The type of belt and belt grinder is also important. Are you using a little bench-mounted sander,or is it an actaul belt grinder meant for grinding steel? The belts should be specifically designed with removing metal in mind as well...
  12. I wouldn't think anything along the lines of silly if someone was coming at me with that thing... very menacing, love it !
  13. Thanks for the replies, gentlemen. It's not that I hadn't forge welded before,it was the specific weld/situation that was giving me issues. After a bit of tinkering,I do believe that my burners may have been running too hot,or at too high of a psi,which was causing my flux to burn,as well as the steel. I adjusted accordingly,and although I haven't attempted the same weld again,I've been working on a wrought iron/ 1060 billet ,which welded with no issues (see attached photo). So in a way,Mr Hale,you were indeed correct...the steel was hotter than I thought. Appreciate the input,guys
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