Will W.

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About Will W.

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    Blacksmithing, Archery, Smelting

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  1. SWEEEEEEEEET!!! I love it. Has a post apocalyptic/survival feel to it, but it doesnt go crazy with it like most knives of those categories do. Fantastic work.
  2. The fit and finish is near perfect, as is common with your work. The same could be said of your photography skills. Loving that root handle as well, looks great. Outstanding work, templehound.
  3. Thomas Interesting. I don't know a whole lot about copper alloys, so thanks for the info. Thank you, Lou. I also meant to mention, after quenching I differentially tempered the blade. Spine was taken to blue/purple and the edge to dark brown. The blade is nice and flexible!
  4. The assumption that similar items are ALWAYS the same alloy "Forged from leaf spring, probably 5160."
  5. How has this not been commented on yet?! I'm a little dumbfounded to be honest. They're all really nice, especially considering the exclusitivity of being hammered only. I REALLY like the 6th one from the left, the longest one. Looks like it would fit perfectly on a 2 meter long pole as a Pike. Sockets have been the bane of my blacksmithing journey so far, so I commend your ability to make them. Great work.
  6. Hello everyone. It's been a while since I've posted any of my work. Recent life events (good ones, thankfully) have kept me quite occupied, but the forge has been busy nonetheless. This knife was a serious challenge. I have never made anything this thin, and thankfully, it all turned out well (with only a slight warp lol.) I was very worried about the integrity of the welds while drawing it out so thin, but they held. Everything besides the steel was of the customers choice. The damascus was forged from 1080 and 15N20. Roughly 30 layers. Etched in hydrochloric acid. The guard and pommel were advertised as bronze, but I believe they are brass. The handle is acrylic liquid inlace, "Frostbite" color. Overall length: 10.5 inches Blade length: 6.5 inches Width: 3/4 inch at the ricasso Thickness: .75 mm, or roughly 30 thousandths of an inch. It is flawed, no doubt. The bevels are short, the pattern could look a little better, and the biggest error of all is right in the edge side of the guard, beneath the ricasso. I just could not get it to line up perfectly and flush (third pic shows it best). The customer is very happy with everything however, so that is what matters. Let me know what you think! Comments and critiques are, as always, very much appreciated. A close up of the guard: And an artsy one, for the road
  7. No, I meant the bottom one. The edge just seems to cut up towards the tip all of a sudden. More of an angle than a rounded radius. It may be the photo, however, like I mentioned.
  8. I agree. I really like the bottom one. The pattern is really interesting and idk what that wood is on the handle but that looks great as well. What are both the handle materials? And dimensions of both knives? As far as critique goes, the bottom one, the edge seems to cut up to the tip rather abruptly, not quite as smooth and gentle as the top one. Kind of a small note, and maybe it's just the photo that makes it appear that way. The top one, the end of your bevel and beggining of your ricasso is a little crooked, not quite as straight as the bottom one. That's all I can really see. I think they look great. Nice work.
  9. I would worry more about getting those welds to stick for now if I were you. Do you have a set up to do cryo? I would temper immediately after quenching and forget the cryo. The shock of it may be bad for questionable welds (though if they survive the quench, they have a good chance.) And the cryo will likely do very little, if anything, for 50% of the billet (the W2) so the risk vs. reward does not seem worth it IMO.
  10. That is one cool looking sword, Das. I would proudly hang that on my wall.
  11. Great work, I also think the 500 layers looks beautiful.
  12. Alright, I'll look into it. Thanks for the info on the 5640. Funny, everyone at work calls it "hard steel." They've obviously never worked with properly heat treated 440C before! Lol.
  13. Hello everyone. Recently, I've become employed at an industrial machine shop, and with some persuasion, I could get my hands on the cut offs of steel. Now, the steels we work with are 5640 and 5673. I've never forged these alloys, so I'm curious if anybody has any experience with them. Will they make good tools? Perhaps a knife? I know stainless alloy numbers can be weird sometimes, but the 40 and 73 are, I assume, 0.4% C and 0.73% C, respectively. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  14. Alright, thanks. I figured to get any information out of them, I would have to buy their product. Lol.
  15. Thanks Thomas. I'll check online. If I have no luck there, the library should be able to get a copy.