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Old 01-27-2018, 06:58 PM   #1
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Because why not

Forged this out at a friend's house the other day, because he has a power hammer. It's like when you have a friend with a bulldozer, you dig a new tank.

Started with a leaf spring off a wrecked Dodge truck.


Hammered a while, till it looked like this.





Spent some time grinding today. Another hour or two worth of grinding, and I will be ready to heat treat. Blade is 20 3/8.



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Old 01-27-2018, 07:02 PM   #2
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Looks good
Following progress
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Old 01-27-2018, 07:03 PM   #3
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How heavy is it? Looks awesome

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Old 01-27-2018, 07:09 PM   #4
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Haven't weighed it yet. Heavier than I want, but a long way to go.


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Old 01-27-2018, 09:51 PM   #5
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Finish ground and ready for heat treat.


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Old 01-27-2018, 10:30 PM   #6
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Keep the pics coming looks great Jason
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Old 01-27-2018, 11:33 PM   #7
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Can't wait.
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Old 01-28-2018, 05:30 AM   #8
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Old 01-28-2018, 05:29 PM   #9
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It will be a few weeks minimum before I get back to this project. In the meantime, today I ground out my first 100% independent Damascus blade. I've used the material before, but never made my own. This is some of Aldo's original 1084 from the street factory, and 15n 20, 21 layers.



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Old 01-28-2018, 07:45 PM   #10
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How heavy is it? Looks awesome
Exactly two pounds right now. Will lose a little more after finish grinding, and lose some off the tang, but gain a little for the D guard and handle.
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Old 01-29-2018, 06:23 AM   #11
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Love the Damascus blade. A little phallic there toward the tip.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:18 PM   #12
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So I melted out my forge innerds. This put a bit of a crimp on the sword project, but I have an appointment Thursday with a guy who has the equipment to use for heat treat.


In the mean time I finished Damascus blade #1. Also has wrought iron wagon rim from my great great grandfather George Kromer of Spicewood, and a nice piece of curly maple from rubydog.








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Old 02-12-2018, 11:47 PM   #13
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That is breathtaking!
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:39 AM   #14
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Sunning!
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:10 AM   #15
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That Damascus blade is very nice!
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:27 AM   #16
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Heat treated the sword last night. A bit of warp, but I think I can get it in the temper.

Have the quench on video but haven't uploaded yet.



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Old 02-16-2018, 08:52 AM   #17
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Heat treated the sword last night. A bit of warp, but I think I can get it in the temper.

Have the quench on video but haven't uploaded yet.
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Waiting for it!
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Old 02-16-2018, 07:05 PM   #18
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Here's the quenching video! Got it in the tempering oven right now, clamped up to deal with a little warpage.
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Old 02-17-2018, 09:21 AM   #19
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When you don't have a dedicated tempering oven.




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Old 02-17-2018, 09:42 AM   #20
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Just dont let momma find out! That Damascus looks great man. Im working on my first billet also. I wish I had a friend with a power hammer. Hand hammering is killing me.


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Old 02-17-2018, 06:59 PM   #21
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After finish grinding comes a lot of hand sanding.




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Old 02-17-2018, 09:17 PM   #22
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That Damascus knife is sick!
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Old 02-17-2018, 10:31 PM   #23
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Fit up the D guard tonight. Likely handle tomorrow.



Laid it out on paper first. Mild steel bar stock and dykem after that.




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Old 02-18-2018, 04:32 PM   #24
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Changed the guard shape. Took a long time, but I got a clean block out of an Osage log. Guard is blued.

In the mean time, I can verify that it is sharp.



Superglue, and good to go. Meanwhile, I epoxied the knife up as well. All that'll be left after the glue dries is peening the tang.


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Old 02-18-2018, 05:27 PM   #26
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Alright folks, here we go. 25 inches overall. Osage handle, blued D guard. Weight is 2 pounds 2.6 oz.









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Old 02-18-2018, 05:30 PM   #27
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Dang Jason Id love to learn some pointers from you. You have supreme talent bud


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Old 02-18-2018, 08:34 PM   #28
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I hope you have this in March on your table in Dallas.
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Old 02-18-2018, 09:46 PM   #29
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I hope you have this in March on your table in Dallas.
Likely. I don't figure there will be that many customers toting that kind of cash at Abilene this weekend.
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Old 03-27-2018, 04:03 PM   #30
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I hope you have this in March on your table in Dallas.
I saw you come by later with a rifle...

Here are some better pics of this sword.

Right side


Left side


Long and pointy!


Handle


Clamshell top guard and peened tang


Here's an original knife in this pattern.

http://www.historicalarms.com/confed...-for-sale.html
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Old 03-27-2018, 04:13 PM   #31
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Dear lord have mercy, that is beautiful!!
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