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Hey y'all! I finished a knife that I've been working on for a while. Here's the break down: It's a blend of Japanese and Nordic style, which kind of just happened as it progressed. I had certain features I liked, and I continued to add more. The blade is a three-layer blade, with mild steel for the cheeks and a layer of tool steel in between for the cutting edge. I took the idea from the book "Swedish Blacksmithing", in which the smith makes a "U" shape bend in some smaller mild steel flat bar stock, drops the piece of carbon steel in the "U", and welds it, cutting the excess mild steel off. I did that, ground it, shaped it, and started polishing. When the weld line came out, I was pretty stoked. I know some people get their hamon by clay tempering... but I was pleased to get one this way by way of weld lines. Tempered to a straw color over the forge, this baby is pretty dang sharp. During polishing, I shoved it through my thumb nail... twice. No worries, lesson learned. The handle is poplar, mainly because that's all I had access to besides red oak, and I wanted to mix it up. It has 6 coats of boiled linseed oil and a final coating of Tru Oil Gunstock finish. I left my wood carving chisel marks in it because I felt it gave it a cool texture and even feels nice in the hand. The spacer, which I kind of took a concept from the Japanese seppa, is from a copper pipe between 1/8 and 3/16in thick. I cut it with a hack saw and then filed it down to shape, drilled the holes and filed to fit the tang. I did a little (or tried to) fancy filing on the spacer... but I'm not too happy with it. Didn't have small enough files. Oh well. Hope you all enjoy. After reflecting on the project, I do wish I would have polished the blade a bit more and to get out some of the sloppy, deep weld lines. Although, the blade is solid. This is technically my first lamination or forge weld on a knife blade. I wanted a rough, old look to the blade. I wanted it to look like it has a story behind it although I have not yet come up with that. I would have also used a bit more dense wood. But the poplar feels nice and it was easy to work. Cheers!
Hi guys.. I've spent the last 3 months searching for a definiative answer to my sword riddle.. After much discussion with the Victoria and Albert museum Metal department, it seems by shear fluke that i have managed to un-earth a real Celtic Sword in the best condition they have ever seen with my metal detector. i collect swords anyway so as you can imagine i was W***ing when i found this regardless of what it was. The sword is 550mm long to the tang crank and weighs 776 grams or .76 kg, so fairly short and light This sword is so amazing to hold and nearly 2313 years old, yet due to being coated in silver it has survived in such amazing condition, it even still has design and pigment on it. (apparently painted after stamping) The silver coating is around 2mm thick, and the tang has quite a bit of bronze content, the core of the sword is good old iron, but somehow they achieved an amazing sword. It would seem that the maker covered the sword in design by using stamps that cleverly fitted together to make a Celtic design that covered the whole sword both sides, the majority of this has gone yet a few marks remain that allowed the museum to make this assumption. I can tell you now, that the design had parts to it that were smaller than 1mm yet consisted of multiple lines and designs within it. a true skill that i fear is lost in that respect. i wanted to show you guys the sword so you can learn of it, pattern it, and maybe one day replicate it. i would also be interested in commisioning someone to do this at some stage, but not quite yet, i would have to save considerably to do so. I've added some pictures and the last pic is what ive found on the sword to show the level of detail..(enlightened by me in photoshop) to make it clearer to see, the museum wouldnt except that it was alexander the great (Celts made a treaty with him during his reign) it even has an egyption ruler where his heart would be if you look close..this design is less than 3mm in length!! quite remarkable