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  1. I don't know what kind of steel the blade is made of. I didn't buy it from a manufacturer; I bought it from a steel shipping warehouse that had a scrap pile, but thankfully the steel itself is not of poor quality. I will see if I can heat treat it tomorrow, but I thought that I saw some colour on the blade after I was done working it.
  2. I bought a few pieces of steel the other day and decided to try my skills out on it. I started working the blade on friday, and I thought it would be smart to bring it here to ask for suggestions on what to improve, what to get rid of... etc. I have attatched photos of my work. Any comments. suggestions, or questions are welcome.
  3. Thank you all very much for the books. I'm sorry if my post wasn't the clearest or the best qualitywise, but nevertheless I am greatful that you took the time to give me more help in my career. If I have any other questions, I'll be sure to come here before I try and search through google. Thanks and have a nice weekend, BundleRiff
  4. I'm already apprentacing under a master for starters; I've been working with him for eight months or so. His name is Michael Sobrado of Dragonforge Ironworks. Here is his website: http://dragonforgellc.com/ The title of the book I own is called "The Skills of A Blacksmith: Volume 1" by Mark Aspery. The book is about basic blacksmithing and has no schematics I can follow that I haven't done already. I looked around my shop and found the second volume in his series as well, which means I can work on more things over the weekend. I have made multiple hand chisels already and I have heat treated one of them. I haven't been able to find any good online resources, and my time to search is limited because of my highschool. I do have a library nearby, but it is almost useless since they don't carry many books at all. This is the first forum that I found online, and by looking at reply and post counts, it seems I picked a very active and helpful one. The knives I have made are somewhat small and crude. I have steel, but I am still not sure how I want the blades to look or really how to make one. I have attatched pictures of an example of what I have made. Thank you for taking the time to write back to me.
  5. I didn't mean to write this post as a troll post, I'm just seeking information. If you truely believe that I am trying to XXXX with you guys with this post then you're mistaken. I'm sorry if I didn't make my post clear enough, and as I reread my post it is pretty broad (writing has never been my strong suit). I only requested any names of books, paperback or otherwise, to help me teach myself. If this post is seriously bugging you, then I can scrap it and rewrite it, making it clearer. Thanks for atleast reading my post, -BundleRiff You need to read and follow the ToS before posting again. . http://www.iforgeiron.com/index.php?app=forums&module=extras&section=boardrules Generally its no fussin, no cussin, and treat people with respect.
  6. Does anyone know of any websites or books where I can get some schematics for european style swords, swordguards, etc...? I'm in need of guidebooks as well. I can't see my master that often, and I only own one book of basic smithing, so more books and instructions would be appreciated. Anything is useful at this point; I'm getting kind of tired of making small knives.
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