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Benton Frisse

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    Evansville, IN, US

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  1. Forged this quite somentime ago but finally finished. Not big on doing Damascus, but sometimes I feel lucky! 130 layer, hickory handle. .5lb, 2 inch but, 4 inch head. Might keep it!
  2. That is a beautiful axe. Excellent work!
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  4. Thank you everyone for your kind words! I sincerely appreciate every single one. It has been quite the journey but it's only begun. I've decided to move to 1084 from 5160 because of how nicely it heat treats, forge welds, and has a great edge retention for hawks and small camp hatchets. The handles, I'm sourcing my ash from a local joint here in SW Indiana. Longer handles indont carve, but anything under about 20 inches i typically do. I can score 5/4 straight grain ash lumber for pretty cheap. Otherwise, a handle any bigger takes me longer to carve than it does to forge and finish
  5. Hey Folks! It's been quite some time since I've posted. Just thought I'd share a few goodies from recent orders. The snowy camp axe is mild with 5160 bit, the last of my axes with 5160. It is also a hand-carved ash handle. The camp axe i'm holding is with a 1084 bit, and the long scandi axe, it's smaller hudson bay-ish partner are 4140. The 4140 axes are punched and drifted... I'm not a fan of doing this solo so we're building a 25t C frame press from Batson's book. Pretty excited to have it finished and start punching, drifting, and forging axes! The hawks are mild and
  6. Good clean eye punch and drift. Clean 'er up on the grinder and show us how it looks on a handle. Great work!
  7. I thought the same! I was like "Man, this is like a damascus version of the Daedric Dagger!" Hadara, fantastic work!
  8. True works of art. I hope that one day my work can look a fraction as nice as your work, Jim!
  9. Jim, this is beautiful! Stunning pattern and excellent execution of blended styles that normally wouldn't play well together.
  10. James, it's so awesome to see people rocking your gear with such pride. #snackbreak
  11. Excellent work, can't wait to see the finished product!
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