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Ian Sayers

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    Portland, Oregon
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    knives, axes, woodworking tools

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  1. I'm in Portland Oregon and I've been wanting to emulate a specific style of tsuchime / hammered finish I see on Shun's premier knives. I see a lot of unappealing tsuchime jobs but I love the way Shun is doing it. Specifically I like the deep, pronounced hammer marks with lots of overlap blending together. I just can't figure out exactly how they accomplish it. I think they are done mostly by hand because I see a lot of variation in the hammer marks between knives. I assume they are using a top/bottom set of ball peens simultaneously to keep it from flattening out. Does anyone have experience u
  2. I constantly read that bronze/straw oxide color is for cutting metal and blue/purple is for cutting wood. But why wouldn't full hardness be just as good for woodcutting? I get that a softer metal is easier to touch up, but wouldn't a harder edge last longer and wouldn't your time investment in sharpening be proportional to the longevity of the edge at the end of the day? What gives?
  3. Explains a lot right? He's Sheffield school so I'm sure techniques differ a lot, plus he's using a different type of cutler's anvil, but it explains perfectly why a cutler would need several hardie holes. Unlike most modern smiths, you'll notice he leaves his hardie chisel in at all times, because he uses it for much more than cut-offs. For instance, you can see him use his hardie chisel to forge out the tang in record time by cutting and splaying it rather than drawing it out on the face. A lot of instructors would have a fit if you left your chisel in all the time, but if you want to make kn
  4. Check out the youtube video Blade_Forger by taliesinpewter.
  5. OMG, step faced anvil, aqueous sodium chloride quench, asymetrical drop step gait - my room mate just came out of her room to ask me what I was laughing about.
  6. 100% a Peter Wright. The Main stamp says "Peter Wright Patent" and the stamp around the middle weight number says "Solid Wrought".
  7. Wow, that is cool! The curved side-exit hardie is a dead giveaway that it's either of French make or produced for a French importer, but 3 hardies, that is a new one to me. The signature vertical seam between the legs is common to that pattern, and suggests that it was made by the same foundry as many of the single hole anvils of the same pattern, so it probably isn't a style preference of that anvil maker, but rather a specially produced anvil for a specific trade, as Matei noted. There are some features that hint at the possible use. One is the size of the face. It looks longer than most pig
  8. I thought about forging the dimples in, but I won't be able to straighten the blade without damaging the dimples. I am trying to make a blackened steel blade that looks like knapped obsidian.
  9. I am trying to figure out a way to do a concave parabolic grind. Note that I am not trying to do a hollow grind. I want to grind shallow hemispherical (bowl-shaped) depressions with radii ranging from golf ball to cantaloupe sized. So far, I haven't seen any grinding products that would work. I see there are concave cutting wheels for cutting sink holes out of marble and granite, and I saw a mushroom-shaped grinding wheel for snag removal, but it was too small. The closest thing I found were diamond grinding wheels with a slight radius, that cost about $100 for a 6" wheel, but they won't reall
  10. That's an unusual one. Did you get it in France? I have never heard of anything else marked JD. My first thought is that it is not a John Deere, because I would think if it was, the weight would be in pounds, not CWT. There aren't many American anvils marked with the hundredweight system, and if it ended up in France I would think an English origin would be much more likely. It looks like a Brooks, with that thick heel and the flats of the feet converging high on the waist. Most English anvils don't say "CWT" (it is just assumed), and most that do use hundredweight use the 3 digit making syste
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