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    Dixie County, Florida. Right of the Suwannee river

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  1. My oldest son has finally moved home. At 14 he has claimed my 12# apprentice sledge and spent today starting his first spike knife. One of the best days ever
  2. I have the 110# Kanca. Have been using it for over a year and it has held up extreamly well. I am a relatively new smith and have missed blows. The face has shown no sign of the miss.
  3. Good to know. Lessons learned for next time.
  4. Oh I’m sure if I sheild bashed with this it would do some real damage. Also with the strap/handle my hand is far enough back to jab with the rim. It is defiantly heavy but I don’t think it is so heavy as to be a hindrance with its mounting.
  5. Nope not historic aimed at all. Just an experiment with free scrap. Just wasn’t sure if it qualified as a specific type of sheild. It did turn out heavy. Though with the strapping and grip it’s not super bad. May add a shoulder strap to distribute some of the weight.
  6. So I decided to make a shield out of the bottom of a salvaged pressure tank for a water system. Im liking how it’s going so far but don’t know what kind of shield it is. Approx 20” diameter. Peak of the dome is 3”. It’s looking like the weight will be just short of 10 lbs. The steel is approximately 1/8” thick. And the outer rim is cut to include an original seam so it is a bit over 1/4” thick. Still figuring out the straps.
  7. I have collected all the components for my press. Would love any input on ways to assemble and mount before I start that phase. The motor is a 5.5HP 110v. The pump, valves and tank are off an old tractor. The cylinder is 4” bore and is brand new. I’m not positive but my math puts it at a 16 ton press power. I’d love if someone could check me on that.
  8. Started the canabilizing of my old broken tractor. Hydraulic control valve and hydraulic fluid holding tank with filter assembly. Pulling the pump next. Have a 30ton shop press frame I have made an agreement to buy which I will be reinforcing with additional steel. And if I’m lucky then I might be able to use a piston from the tractor as well.
  9. Knocked out a quick little San Mai throwing knife/rope dart ( depends on if it throws like xxxx). 80CrV2 between mild “bread”. Handle was slitted, drifted, thinned over the horn, then knocked parallel. It sucked. Lol.
  10. “Ghost” 80CrV2 with mild San mai. Approx. 7” blade. 10.75” overall.
  11. Made sure this one stayed straight. Right out the oil and under pressure.
  12. Working on this. Blade is double twisted 12 layer pattern weld. 1095/15n20. The guard is wrought. Have a big cube of wrought for a pommel as well. Forging that today. Handle is going to be leather wrapped wood. Thinking with some twine risers(correct term?) underneath. Super stoked. A dagger is one of my bucket list knives. And high up the list to boot. Also the fuller was forged in not ground.
  13. Finished this two handed up. Not perfect but much better then my last one. Hope y’all enjoy.
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