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About JPH

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    Cranky Old Dog Face
  • Birthday October 25

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    soon to be Florida
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    making metal stuff


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    Henderson, NV
  1. Steve..Yeah I taught Laddy-Buck..I still miss that old man... just goes to show ya that you CAN teach an old dog... JPH
  2. Thank you for the kind words.. This is just one of many of the blades that I have made over the 10 years and a bit that I have been doing this.. Believe me if I can do this pretty much anyone can... JPH
  3. Oh boy this is it... OK..there are experts that have walked the walk...paid their dues and otherwise worked their ways up from nothing (no one is born knowing how to do this stuff..more on this in a bit...) to being considered an "expert/authority" in the field..not by themselves personally but by others who are already respected in said field. There is a place for "book learnin' " as well as the experience OJT side.. Study is opens the door...but actually DOING the work..well that walks you through the door... Then there are the "experts" that read a blog or webpage and now they know it all...about everything..and the ones that are the best are the folks that say my family have been blacksmiths for 11 generations so by birth I know it already...Oh please....get a takes all kinds to make the world...but still... Argue all you want about the specifics and all comes down to when the hammer hits..does it work? You can know what works for this or that..that is the practical side of this...the side that does the actual work...without knowing the why it works....that is the academic side...the "whys"...this does what it does... To need some of both to get good at this...simple as that. Yeah...ya all can say " What the heck does this guy know anyways?? He doesn't belong to the ABS, Knifemaker's Guild or anything..." and you'd be 100% right..I don't...but I have been doing this for a couple years and a bit and I picked up ALOT of "stuff" in doing so...and I can tell you all this...all of one side, whether it is the academic or the practical isn't best way to go about anything... What matters most is the ability to learn something and then use it.. Some things some folks are "naturals" at...others have to try see it every day... in just about every field and line of work.. All I can say is if you want to get good at this and improve your skill set...get our there and DO IT... Simple as that.... which brings me to a side note on "experts"... Yes experts..the second kind mentioned above..we all know the types...we have seen them many times make fools of themselves...usually they just do something that is so totally over the top and ridiculous that you laugh so hard you wet yourself..or usually you just shake your head and ask "why ?".. Well most of the time that is harm done..but in this field.. these guys can get you FUBAR'd . As I have said before...we are not making toys or widgets here... just about everything out in my studio can mess you up... Remember hand tools injure...power tools maim... and before you try anything suggested by one of these "experts"..please think it through... Hope this helps... JPH
  4. Hello: When you have been doing this for as long as I have (close to 5 decades...)you get "fast" simply by knowing what to do and when to do it. Contrary to popular belief pattern welding is not all that difficult. It can take some time depending upon the pattern you wish to create. Ladder pattern blades are some of the fastest ones to it is more or less lamination followed by grooving and flattening... Composite twist/built composite and mosaic patterned blades can take a lot longer to assemble and hammer out. Believe me..if a ham handed hammerhead like me can do this stuff just about anyone can...It just takes practice and a bit of stubbornness and dedication.. JPH
  5. Hello: Something I whipped out yesterday for RPFS. 1095/L-6 with some meteorite thrown in. The grip is a nice hunk of Sambar stag that I have had for oh the last 20 years or so..bought it when you could still find it and it wasn't priced at a ridiculous level.(I still have about 100 or so pieces of his stuff..getting really pricey IF you can find it.).....This one will be sent down to my E-Vile minions for next weekend... Turned out pretty good for a few hours of puttering about.... JPH
  6. geeeze...I sell 1 1/4" x 36" x a healthy 1/4" bar of ladder pattern 1095/L-6 for $450.00. surface ground clean and light etched to show...gotta raise my prices...well..maybe not... JPH
  7. Hello: Ref workshops and classes..I do offer them...for details see my website... Regards my location..I will be moving to florid and setting up large studio there to accommodate more equipment as well as a couple more people which will make classes more enjoyable... Back to work for me JPH
  8. Hello: Whether it is Bakelite or "tested" as Bakelite when I got it....All I know is it sure is pretty...That's all I can tell ya...I went and bought he rest of what the guy had so I have a small supply and I AM going to use it..believe me!! JPH
  9. Kozzy: From what I can tell the pre 1940's Bakelite is quite different from what is marketed under the same name nowadays. The "Old Stuff" came in quite alot of colour variations and it was very popular as a jewelry item as well ..made into bracelets, earrings and SLTT.. I was able to obtain a few more pieces (in fact I bought all that the fellow had left) I even got some of the "red amber" stuff..looks odd but you never know till ya get into it what it will turn out like... All I know is I had to work it real slow and careful and it did take a beautiful polish..A better polish than I have ever seen on any of the other resin based material like micarta....probably due to the earlier process/materials used back then... I think they came out pretty good... JPH
  10. Hello: Here are a few things I whipped out with some 100 year old (Pre WWI) Bakelite for the grips. I never used his material before so this was all new to me.. The white Bakelite I cannot tell from ivory from an arm's length away..that is probably why they used this stuff for billiard balls..The "horn" Bakelite was very interesting to finish and turned out quite lovely...All is all I like this material...too bad there isn't muck of it available anymore... All 4 pieces are PW blades and the sheaths set with star rubies or sapphires... Hope the pics turn out JPH (These ARE available on my website starting tonight if anyone is interested..)
  11. Benton: Actually it makes it a bit higher in pitch more along the lines of a whistle than a swoosh.... Now you have to get your blade speed up due to the shorter blade length in order to get proper tachi-kaze... JPH Let me hunt up the pics of my "cutter" swords if ya want...
  12. Brother Thomas... Back in my wild and misspent youth I got involved in far too many social situations that resulted in blood being spilled in various ways and for various reasons..I do not miss that at all. My arms, chest and abdomen look like a road map of California...But they managed to more or less put me back together good enough... But now I am feeling all those bumps I got... JPH
  13. Brother Thos: The last time i needed sutures that I couldn't put in meself was in my right hand and it was well..rather "juicy" (I slipped while doing the final polish on a No-Dachi) so wrapped it up in a semi clean shop towel and I drove myself across town to the VA hospital out here...It was the first time they ever treated a sword wound...My how the military has changed...back in the day they use to treat a LOT of sword wounds...Anyway....well an hour and a half and 11 sutures later I was headed home...had to do some real dancing to get then to let me drive myself home too!! Pansy butts.... JPH
  14. cut up one guy ONCE and you never live it down... JPH
  15. Hello: First off: Steve..scraping in a BO-Hi/groove is not all that hard...yeah t takes a wee bit of time but not as much as you may think...once you get it it started it goes pretty quickly...Just make sure your blade is SOFT and the cutter is sharp and properly hardened.. On the fittings. I get these from an Art Foundry in Taiwan that specializes in fine sculptural and artistic castings. These were done in bronze with gold and silver leaf details...everything else I did here. I am just happy to be done (more or less) with the series..As it is I never even want to THINK about doing another Japanese sword again...Tire of slicing myself to ribbons... Thank you all for the kind words.. JPH