Will W.

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About Will W.

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    The Man With No Plan

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    New York State
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    Bladesmithing, Archery, Smelting

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  1. Damascus with only hand hammers?

    With a key, one assumes Pretty much covered already. I do all my pattern welding by hand and it takes a lot of effort, like lyuv said, but i find it to be rewarding. From barstock to blade ready for the grinder, i would say it takes me between 4-8 hours, depending heavily on the layer count. And that whole time im either turning my blower or swinging a hammer. So its quite labor intensive. If you have a friend who could act as a striker, it would be helpful.
  2. Cable Damascus

    Im glad you didnt as well, i think it turned out great. Its one of the better cable patterns ive seen. Has a very "reptile scales" sort of look to it. And im loving that handle! Bummer about the open weld, but still a reasonable success in my book. Great work.
  3. Tanto and Kogatana knife set

    I like the way you put the kogatana in the sheath, it blends in very well, but also presents itself for use. Fantastic work on the tanto as well.
  4. Is "never" an appropriate answer?
  5. Civil War short sword

    Looking pretty good so far! Keep us updated. I, for one, want to see how this turns out.
  6. I agree, im going to bookmark this thread! Good info here.
  7. Kitchen knife - multi-purpose

    Great work on the handle, looks clean and well executed. I really like the shape of it, looks comfortable. The only real problem i can see is the way the ricasso extends beneath the edge. That will make it nearly impossible to chop through things in one clean motion. But even that is negligible depending on its intended use. I agree with Das regarding the tip. Nice work.
  8. Knife attempt number 6!

    Those skills will definitely transfer over! All three of those are used in the construction of many blades, sometimes all three in the same knife. At the very least, youll have a handful of useful skills in your pocket.
  9. Diplomatic blades and a couple of choppers

    Certainly an interesting commission. They came out great too! Clean, as always.
  10. Knife attempt number 6!

    I see now, didnt really look close enough the first time. My skills of observation are keen as always, apparently! Using a belt sander to bevel blades freehand is pretty difficult, i struggle with it myself. It takes a lot of practice to develop the skill. But thats just all the more reason to make more knives! Just ignore the people who think youre strange for having a massive knife collection (i mean, who doesnt?! Theyre the weird ones! Lol) You are progressing, that much is certain. Keep at it. And never forget to have fun with it.
  11. Knife attempt number 6!

    Nice job on the polish. But the picture seems to indicate a crack in the blade, just below your chin in the reflection. You are aware of this, i assume? Or perhaps i am mistaken. Ricasso and plunge line need work. By the shape of them, it looks like you used an angle grinder to shape your bevels, and if that is true, trust me, leave that thing behind. Angle grinders, in my experience, do not work well for beveling. Look into making a file jig, and using files for your bevels, you can get the plunges and ricasso to look amazing with a few files, some skill, and patience. Oh yes, and sandpaper, of course. Or use your belt sander. Requires a lot more skill though, IMO.
  12. San Mai forge welding problem

    Thomas Powers mentions often that with a solid fuel forge, you can get your fire very hot (lots of air) before you put the billet in. Then insert the billet into the fire and cut the air completely to create a very reducing atmosphere. Once its up to a red temp, remove, brush, flux, reinsert into fire, and go for welding heat (using air obviously.) I have a different method than the above one, and its given me a lot of success. I always tack weld the corners of the billet before forge welding, so ill make all my arc welds fairly quickly to build up heat in the billet, and as soon as im done with the last weld (or after you weld a handle on, if you prefer) sprinkle borax on. Theres usually enough heat to just barely melt the borax. This way, you can put it in the fire and go. In any case, good luck with it.
  13. The buzzard leaf

    Interesting approach. Thanks for sharing.
  14. Show me your work table

    I was going to comment, but Das already did it for me.
  15. The critical eye towards forging.

    For the sake of brevity, this is called the Confirmation Bias. Just thought i would throw that in. Please return to your regularly scheduled philosophy debate.