Jonathan Smidt

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  1. Weekend RR Spike Knives

    Bwahaha, I'm sure my time in Afghanistan has already exposed me to my fair share of unhealthy cancer causing fun, I'll make due note to not intentionally ever work with anything in the metalworking field that can harm me. My jewelry class, and now the welding courses I've been taking, are helping me, as well as all of you on here!
  2. Weekend RR Spike Knives

    "Just sort of potentially lethal" Lol is that all? yeah, I'm just going to stick with the basic nonferrous metals that I've learned on now, and be really careful about getting caught up in anything that might make my health go south haha. I started this bladesmithing thing a little later than I would preferred anyways, don't need health problems slowing me down!
  3. Weekend RR Spike Knives

    Thanks for the heads up! Wouldn't want to make anything poisonous to the wearer haha
  4. Weekend RR Spike Knives

    That was definitely nice of him to do! I don't know why, but I've felt the breed of individuals who chase after and show an interest in these older arts/crafts, have a level of appreciation/respect I suppose, than most individuals do these days. I haven't met anyone in the metalworking world yet, that has left a bad taste in my mouth
  5. Weekend RR Spike Knives

    ^Buying old silver coins from pawn shops seems like a great idea! I know my jewelry teacher mentioned she would go to yard sales/pawn shops and look for old pieces to either melt for metal, or harvest good stones from etc. My blacksmith instructor also mentioned finding scrap sheet metal for copper working etc could be a potential cheaper way than buying pristine sheet metal from jewelry supply shops. I'm all for anyone's old handy ways of tracking down materials at a cheaper cost!
  6. Weekend RR Spike Knives

    Thanks for the advice! I'm sticking to mostly copper right now anyways for nonferrous, in order to keep my production costs down. Don't want to ruin the pricy metals due to inexperience (already accidently melted some silver bezel wire.... oops). Mind you, while I have really enjoyed the jewelry aspect here (and will likely continue it), the main purpose I have for learning all of these tricks is to enable me to transfer the skills over for some finish work on future blades, really enhance the guard/hilt, etc
  7. Weekend RR Spike Knives

    I was thinking of trying some simple copper/brass mokume gane to get the process down. Will keep those others in mind for when I feel my skills are ready haha, still learning a lot, taking it slow
  8. Weekend RR Spike Knives

    which metals are you referring to? I staysway from zinc lol, and the only thing Ive used Aluminum for was a piece I was riveting lol
  9. Weekend RR Spike Knives

    Ive actually been trying that in my jewelry class!
  10. Weekend RR Spike Knives

    I purposely was adding the color after I had finished with. I forged them, quenched em, then cleaned them up a bit. After that, I reintroduced the head of the spike to the heat, to playwith letting the colors creep on it (something I would never do to a high carbon blade, would ruin my heat treat)
  11. Weekend RR Spike Knives

    Was able to get out to the forge for a few hours this weekend. Hadn't been out in a while, so decided to mess around with some RR Spike knives to get the rhythm back and just work on some rough shaping etc. Below is the result!
  12. Knife attempt number 6!

    Definitely having a blast! Though the weather hasn't been kind and has kept me from getting as much forge time in as I would like. I continue to try to take local classes whenever I get the chance, and am pursuing more blacksmithing classes on top of it to work on those skills. Also went back to college for Welding, Machining, and Metalsmithing/jewelry courses, hoping those skills I will be able to transfer over to my bladesmithing! Also, while I don't know if I will be able to get to it this year, I want to try to get to the ABS bladesmithing and handle/guard classes. Till then though, I'll just continue to practice, and share my updates with everyone here! It now resides in my Mother-in-law's kitchen. She was in need of a sharp kitchen knife, and after I sent her a video of that knife slicing cleanly through some chicken, she asked for it! So, one less random sharp object in the house...just means I gotta make another one for myself! haha
  13. Knife attempt number 6!

    @will, thats the top of my phone case, I would be too scared to post something with a major flaw like a crack if it was that large haha. I just got a belt sander for christmas, so was trying that for the ricasso and plunge....gonna take some getting used to I think. Definitely plan to practice a lot more on those!
  14. Knife attempt number 6!

    Slowed down a bit over the holiday timeframe, finally getting some time to share with ya'll my continued journey towards being a bladesmith! Behold knife attempt number 6! Blade is 1084, handle material is inlace acrylester. Used my belt sander up to 1000, then took it by hand up to 2500. Pins are brass. *Note: Still working on the other one....going to try to get better bevels into it.
  15. Another Texas Heritage Bowie

    Gorgeous Knife! I am extremely envious of your skill good sir.