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  1. FivePointsForge

    Patternwelded modern seax

    Beautiful, Theo. How did you treat the bronze?
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    14” Crown Bowie

    Thank you Hawk, truly appreciate the praise. The oxidation that the Insta-blak creates seems very tough. I’ve used it on lots of different projects, one of which was to “antique” a stainless .45 cal revolver and a stainless lever action .45-70 rifle, both of which have seen plenty of use and (non-gentle) carry through some fairly heavy brush and those have held up flawlessly. As far as on blades and fittings, I only still own and use one knife that I’ve used it on, all plain steel, and it hasn’t really shown any wear. I’ve used it on everything from guitar hardware to firearms and have yet to be disappointed.
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    First kitchen knife. Ladder damascus. Pic heavy

    Love it. The ebony/Koa combo is very aesthetically pleasing. Aside from your self criticisms, I think the work is excellent, I really like the handle shape. Only thing I’m wondering is if the handle is angled downward. Hard to tell in the pics if it’s in line with the blade or if it angles slightly downward (from an edge down, horizontal perspective). When I make a chef/large kitchen knife, I like to actually give the handle a slight bend in the opposite direction, mostly for knuckle clearance when chopping, but that’s just a personal preference of mine.
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    My latest pattern welded attempt

    Very nice work. I absolutely think the feather pattern turned out wonderfully, but I can certainly relate to that feeling when something doesn’t necessarily match the picture that was in your head beforehand. I think the zebrawood is fantastic. I used to use it occasionally when building fretboards for electric basses and guitars. There’s a bit of a glare on the handle in most of the pics which detracts from what I’m sure is a much deeper and bolder grain display and contrast.
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    14” Crown Bowie

    Thanks guys. Mr. Powers, I had the antler dyed at one point in the process but decided to revert back to the natural colors, so I sanded it and treated it with my linseed oil, beeswax, pine tar mixture instead, which should allow the material to darken naturally and fairly quickly in my experience. The light colored areas aren’t nearly as bright as they look in the photos. I’m planning to work on my photography skills immediately after I improve my leatherwork lol. As for tea, no I have not yet tried that. In the past I’ve mostly used a chemical called Insta-blak by EPI, which is intended for blackening stainless steel, but I’ve found it to be extremely flexible in various dilutions for darkening just about any ferrous or non-ferrous metal. For this particular knife, for whatever reason, I opted to experiment with a home mixture (this was coffee, balsamic vinegar, a jar of old salsa, etc).
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    14” Crown Bowie

    Forged 5160, deer crown, mild steel fittings. Full tang, threaded and peened. Antiqued with a wretched smelling home brew of whatever I had around the house that was acidic Lastly, my lousy sheath. Always an afterthought, but practical. One day when I’m satisfied with my forging, I’ll practice my leatherwork. Which pretty much means that I’ll never practice my leatherwork.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Those hammers are absolutely gorgeous. Like fine shotguns...
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Finished this one, wound up just forging some bronze fittings. Unfortunately I only got one pic of it before I rushed it out the door, it was a gift that I had to either give last night or not until after the holidays, so the epoxy was probably still sticky inside when I handed it over
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Harry Potter (Ginny Weasley) “wand” letter opener.
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    Let’s see some fire pokers

    Alexandr, that set is gorgeous. Very nice work.
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    The Diving Peregrino

    Stunning, as always.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Thank you sir. I’m liking the vines less and less as the night goes on, but the coiled end of one is appealing to me. I may eliminate the wrap from the stem and just have the one coil originate from under the leaves and leave it at that.
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    I think I’m in love...

    Thread got moved, Guess I posted it in the tools section, sorry about that. The title of the video had the word “tools” in it and once it started playing I don’t know what she was talking about or doing because I was suddenly very very distracted
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    My first rose... not sure about the copper vines, I’ll have to look at them a bit and decide if they stay or go... I realized after I started this project that my oxy/ace setup was down and out so I burned the petals and copper leaves a bit in the Forge while shaping everything and peening the stem