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  1. kevin - the professor

    My latest sword project

    kevin - I don't to the forums as much as I used to. I have been studiously recreating some work from past masters in another idiom, and it is enlightening. Almost magical and a little scary when the blade reaches the final weight and geometry, these things are BRUTAL when you think about it. Of...
  2. kevin - the professor

    My new Camp knife #2

    those rock - just almost eneps, right? I like the design a great deal.
  3. kevin - the professor

    Oroshigane Yanagiba

    my God, that is one sweet knife! I love it.
  4. kevin - the professor

    first habaki soldering help ?

    smithy - you are thinking of soldering like a guard, in which case you are just right. with a habaki, you solder it off of the blade and then slide it over the tang. The solder is just to close the bottom of the habaki. It will be subject to a lot of stress, and needs ez flow silver solder (it...
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    Josh Fisher JS: Black Palm Hunter

    that is really clean work. I am impressed by the spacer and guard, too. Black palm is an old favorite of mine, and I always forget to look for it. Nice job all around.
  6. kevin - the professor

    Sword, Tanto, twin daggers...anybody familiar with these?

    In the first picture, the top sword is from Tibet. The wire grip, shape of the blade, and depiction of the animals all indicate Tibet. Handle shape and general design, too. On the dao from Tibet, look at the blade closely. Is it piled or pattern welded? If so, it is likely older. If not, it is...
  7. kevin - the professor

    Thai E-Nep from Lampang Province, Thailand.

    nothing wrong with those guards. I don't remember seeing any with separate guards, either. Still, that is not a criticism. The leaf shape of the blade is just right. Looks really useful. On those, was the tip or the heel of the blade used for finer work? good work! kc
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    Tantos, a camp knife, and a chubby kwaiken

    Those are all very nice. I love the tanto and the last one (whatever the name is - I never really learned Japanese blade terms). I have enough issues with learning Chinese terms and European terms to add more to it. Still, those two are outstanding, at least by how the look. How much taper is...
  9. kevin - the professor

    Mark Cooke (LongDog Forge): Carbon Fiber Fighter (Ultra High Res Image)

    that is one beautiful photo. Especially given the hamon. I love the knife, too.
  10. kevin - the professor

    USMC inspired EDC

    Patrice, that is a very nice knife. I especially like the backstrap and pommel cap. How did you make it, if you don't mind? I need to learn to make something like that to go with sabers. kc
  11. kevin - the professor

    Bruce D. Bump MS ~ "Cattle Baron Bowie"

    Bruce, I love this one! Did you pin the rear bolster through the sides like handle scales or through the back like a pommel? excellent. kc
  12. kevin - the professor

    Inspiration of the Fogg kind {Yakuza Bowie style} WIP

    that is a very cool knife. Don Fogg is definitely one of the people that drew me into this. His work seemed like a receding horizon. It appeared to be, "doable," until I started trying to do it. Then, I realized how elegant and subtle each piece really was. Then again, downhill skiing doesn't...
  13. kevin - the professor

    Recurve Fighter w/Hamon

    sweet! I really like the blade shape, the fit and finish, and that hamon. I would have been proud to have made that myself (assuming I could.) kc
  14. kevin - the professor

    Forged Hunter with Buckeye Burl

    Josh, that is a clean design, and I love the way you pulled it off. There is a pretty active hamon, too!
  15. kevin - the professor

    duan jian, pattern welded (River Jian)

    Thanks Dan. As you know, this was my first jian project, and it required 4 blades before I got it to the level I needed to match Charles's fittings. Nothing like a little inspiration. Looking forward to seeing you and Justin and other friends at Ashokan this year. I have sold this sword, and...
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    duan jian, pattern welded (River Jian)

    thanks bubba! Glad you noticed. I have gotten better. Still a lot of work to do, you know how that goes.
  17. kevin - the professor

    12 Inlay Flipper Folder - "Marbled" CF & Ladder "Moku-Ti" --- WIP

    Excellent knife. That is so far on the other end of the knifemaking spectrum from what I do, I didn't even recognize some of the steps, even when you were explaining with captions. Looks like solid craftsmanship, though!
  18. kevin - the professor

    River Jian in-progress

    I am not sure what you are asking for. I will provide you with whatever you want, if I am able (do you mean length?). Or, did you mean the link to the more detailed wip thread for the blade and scabbard?