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  1. Raymond Richard

    Fear Not

    How to express my feelings with what has been happening in this world today. If we ignore what is happening maybe it will just go away or we live in constant fear of dying prematurely, or we can fix it ourselves in time, we just need more time. Can man really save himself? Could Pharaoh save...
  2. Raymond Richard

    Klingon fighting stick redo

    Made the original in March of 2017, a month before I had my right wrist fused. I believe I had a brain freeze when I made it originally. I ended up having to destroy the handle to salvage the blade. Turned the old blade into a more of a ulu'ish shape and used a piece of koa that an old friend...
  3. Raymond Richard

    Paul Apostle of Christ

    I had come in for my daily brunch and fixed myself something to eat. Poured a cup of coffee, sat down, grabbed the magic wand, turned the box on and went to the sorta free movie channel and up pop's the above mentioned movie. I really hadn't heard anything about this movie other than a slight...
  4. Raymond Richard

    Filet O Thumb

    3 weeks ago today I was getting started on a handle for a rustic knife blade that had been kicking around my shop for close to ten years. Just had to make one cut on my 45 year old table saw and before I knew it I was holding my right hand and thumb which was still attached in my left hand...
  5. Raymond Richard

    Things that are overlooked by most new'ish makers

    The majority of new makers start off by making full tang knives. After that its stick or hidden tangs and from what I have seen they all over look the very important blade/guard/handle junction. John Doyle hit the nail on the head when he wrote this: "On a hidden tangs especially, it is wise...
  6. Raymond Richard

    Deer Crown Skinner & Sheath

    Starting to get back into making sheaths for my knives and actually starting to enjoy it. Forged the little blade out of 1084 I had purchased for Aldo when he first became the NJ Steel Baron. The little blade is 3 1/2", a wrought iron thing and then the deer crown handle. The knife is right...
  7. Raymond Richard

    Pastor's Knife

    Finally got around to making my pastor a knife plus a sheath. The blade was forged out of a piece of 3/4" 60 grade rebar. Since he was in my shop when I forged the blade I thought I'd use the forging for his knife. Use a piece of curly maple that was saved out of the firewood rack and used some...
  8. Raymond Richard

    Toenail Master

    Guess its been at least 5 years ago I bought the smallest pair of diagonal cutters at HF. The main purpose for getting them was with the hopes that I could make the cutting head smaller and also make the cutting edges sharper to tackle the armor plated toenails that come during the aging...
  9. Raymond Richard

    2 More for the Show

    Doing the OKCA Show next weekend. Its the only show I do anymore and am looking forward to its opening. As you can tell I forged another ax head and just finished up another knife. The knife has a 5 1/2" 1065 blade, mild steel fittings and a sambar stag handle. 9 1/2" overall. Ax head is 4 1/2"...
  10. Raymond Richard

    Small Hunter and a chopper

    I've had the small hunter done for a week or so and just finished up the bow tie ax today. The hunter has a 4" 52100 blade, salvaged steel and wrought iron fittings and a sambar stag handle. 8" overall. The ax has a 1065 head and oak handle.
  11. Raymond Richard

    Going small

    Back in 2006 I made several small axes and tomahawks and then none till just a few days ago. The little pickax was first and now its back to the axes again. Was working on number 3 yesterday when I forgot I'd just taken it out of the forge about a minute before I went and picked it up. That sure...
  12. Raymond Richard

    Overtime Bowie

    Overtime my belly has gotten bigger and my bowies have gotten smaller. There was a time when my bowie blades were as long or longer than this bowie at 13" overall. This one has a 8 1/2" 52100 blade and an ebony handle. I salvaged 1/4" steel from a salvaged car part and used that to make the S...
  13. Raymond Richard

    1849 Gold Rush Tomahawk

    I had purchased the pickax head at a knife show in Washington several years ago. It looked good and old and small enough that it interested me and I thought it would be a fun project if it didn't get lost in my shop. Turns out I had a couple small pick ax handles hiding in my shop except they...
  14. Raymond Richard

    1849 Gold Rush Tomahawk

    I had purchased the pickax head at a knife show in Washington several years ago. It looked good and old and small enough that it interested me and I thought it would be a fun project if it didn't get lost in my shop. Turns out I had a couple small pick ax handles hiding in my shop except they...
  15. Raymond Richard

    African Blackwood X 2

    Other than putting edges on the blades these two are finally done. Its been years since I have used any of this African Blackwood so I gave it a try. The bowie has a 7" blade and is 12" overall. The guard is mild steel and the other fitting are wrought iron. Pretty sure the blade is W-5 but it...
  16. Raymond Richard

    Royal Impala

    This knife was a royal pain. First time using a piece of impala horn. The blade was part of another knife I assembled at least 15 years ago. It just didn't look right in the configuration it was in before and there were times I wish I had left it alone. The older I get I find if I take to long a...
  17. Raymond Richard

    Wayne Goddard, My good friend

    has passed away. . I was informed late yesterday afternoon that he passed earlier in the day. Haven't heard anything else.
  18. Raymond Richard

    San Francisco Bowie

    At the end of the OKCA knife show I was asked to make an Award knife to be given away to one of several persons that displayed the fantastic knife collections at the 2019 show. I was one of at least a dozen makers that were given a blank of the San Francisco Bowie to turn into a knife. Not sure...
  19. Raymond Richard

    Swedish/Japanese Swordsmith

    My daughter who lives in Tokyo just sent me this link to an article about this Swedish/Japanese swordsmith. Thought it would be of interest to some: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2018/05/16/our-lives/sword-expression-absolute/#.Wv5VOMgh3cM
  20. Raymond Richard

    Bambie's Father

    Who's name happens to be Buck donated this antler tip so I could make a neck knife out of it. The blade was made from a piece old lumber mill circular saw steel that is approximately 3" long. I did a mustard patina on this blade. Hoping to get my sheath making app back and see if I can still do...
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