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Instagram post 2341819735551750398_1584534466 The sword, coming out of a stress relief cycle. It’s a lot of blade. #damascussteel #sword #swords #swordsmith

The sword, coming out of a stress relief cycle. It’s a lot of blade. #damascussteel #sword #swords #swordsmith ...

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Instagram post 2341729800706578503_1584534466 An oogly-boogly raindrop skiving knife for a good friend. #raindropdamascus #leatherworking #handmadetools #damascussteel

An oogly-boogly raindrop skiving knife for a good friend. #raindropdamascus #leatherworking #handmadetools #damascussteel ...

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12 damascus chefs, ready for heat treatment. #knifelife #knivesofinstagram🔪 #damascussteel #handforgedknife ...

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Instagram post 2340772384808516634_1584534466 A new design I’m working on. This is a full tang “bird and trout” knife, essentially a scaled-down hunter for working on smaller game in the field. It’s 7.5” overall, with a 2.75” hollow ground blade. I’m working on four of them. One is spoken for, but I’ll have three available in the coming weeks. DM if you’d like to discuss making one of them yours. #troutfishing #huntingknife #handmadeknife #damascussteel

A new design I’m working on. This is a full tang “bird and trout” knife, essentially a scaled-down hunter for working on smaller game in the field. It’s 7.5” overall, with a 2.75” hollow ground blade. I’m working on four of them. One is spoken for, but I’ll have three available in the coming weeks. DM if you’d like to discuss making one of them yours. #troutfishing #huntingknife #handmadeknife #damascussteel ...

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Instagram post 2340122559863659357_1584534466 One of a matched pair of 7” chefs for a custom order, done in six bars of twist damascus. #cheflife🔪 #kitchenknife #handforgedknife #damascussteel

One of a matched pair of 7” chefs for a custom order, done in six bars of twist damascus. #cheflife🔪 #kitchenknife #handforgedknife #damascussteel ...

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Apologies for the brief hiatus—I have been thoroughly distracted by our new puppy. Meet Lenox. He is a long haired miniature dachshund. He weighs 4lbs now, might grow to a mighty 11lbs eventually. Here he is after a big day of running around, followed by his first swim. #lenoxthedox ...

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Instagram post 2330808894073192530_1584534466 Six-bar twist billet, soon to become a chef’s knife.

Six-bar twist billet, soon to become a chef’s knife. ...

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Instagram post 2330580755384444413_1584534466 Just rescued(?) this little dragonfly from my garage. I noticed him on the floor last night, and he was in the same spot this morning. He is very lethargic and might not make it—though I detect no sign of injury—but he let me nudge him onto this little strip of cardboard and walk him outside. I’m kinda guessing he’ll be picked off by some bird, but he definitely wouldn’t have made it where he was either, so...good luck little buddy.

Just rescued(?) this little dragonfly from my garage. I noticed him on the floor last night, and he was in the same spot this morning. He is very lethargic and might not make it—though I detect no sign of injury—but he let me nudge him onto this little strip of cardboard and walk him outside. I’m kinda guessing he’ll be picked off by some bird, but he definitely wouldn’t have made it where he was either, so...good luck little buddy. ...

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Time to twist some steel. ~5/8” rods. #damascussteel #damascusknife #patternweld #highcarbon ...

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Instagram post 2329909012911322820_1584534466 A new-to-me horizontal band saw, up and running. My buddy Dan gave this to me. He found it “abandoned out in the desert” many years ago. Friends of his helped him get it up and running, and now here it stands (on somewhat Frankensteined legs). The saw is a beast—the entire body is fabricated from 1/8” plate. It should cut much better—and the blades should last much longer—than my last saw. #bandsaw #horizontalbandsaw #machinetools #builttough

A new-to-me horizontal band saw, up and running. My buddy Dan gave this to me. He found it “abandoned out in the desert” many years ago. Friends of his helped him get it up and running, and now here it stands (on somewhat Frankensteined legs). The saw is a beast—the entire body is fabricated from 1/8” plate. It should cut much better—and the blades should last much longer—than my last saw. #bandsaw #horizontalbandsaw #machinetools #builttough ...

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Instagram post 2329233886364371094_1584534466 I’ve begun polishing the smaller of the two fullers on each side of the blade. From the left, you’ve got the T-back spine, a 1/2” fuller underneath it, and then the ~1/8” groove I’m working on. It is tedious, finger-crimping work, but it must be done. #groovy #carvedsteel #mastersmith #byhand

I’ve begun polishing the smaller of the two fullers on each side of the blade. From the left, you’ve got the T-back spine, a 1/2” fuller underneath it, and then the ~1/8” groove I’m working on. It is tedious, finger-crimping work, but it must be done. #groovy #carvedsteel #mastersmith #byhand ...

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Instagram post 2328673557104327586_1584534466 After a good three or four days of work on just the spine of this blade, it (meaning just the spine) is essentially ready for heat treatment. I am having so much fun with this piece. #sword #carvedsteel #byhand #customartwork

After a good three or four days of work on just the spine of this blade, it (meaning just the spine) is essentially ready for heat treatment. I am having so much fun with this piece. #sword #carvedsteel #byhand #customartwork ...

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Instagram post 2328502872185993242_1584534466 Here is a look at a little detail I’m developing on the spine of this sword blade. The blue died surface is all “proud,” or higher than the rest. There is a crisp step down from the triangular feature down to the freshly filed area behind it. I’ll do a similar detail at the front, and it will visually encapsulate the board, fullered and file worked spine. #carvedsteel #decorativecarving #swords #handmade

Here is a look at a little detail I’m developing on the spine of this sword blade. The blue died surface is all “proud,” or higher than the rest. There is a crisp step down from the triangular feature down to the freshly filed area behind it. I’ll do a similar detail at the front, and it will visually encapsulate the board, fullered and file worked spine. #carvedsteel #decorativecarving #swords #handmade ...

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Instagram post 2327739637001160726_1584534466 I have begun carving in some file work along the spine of this sword blade. Each cut must be precise and must match the other side precisely. Layout is king. Only 20” or so to go. #sword #bladesmith #knifemaker #carvedsteel

I have begun carving in some file work along the spine of this sword blade. Each cut must be precise and must match the other side precisely. Layout is king. Only 20” or so to go. #sword #bladesmith #knifemaker #carvedsteel ...

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Instagram post 2327193622296890158_1584534466 Here is a detail shot showing the heel of this sword blade. Note the edge billet (left), and where it transitions to the body billet just before dipping into that round opening. I’ll file that opening so that it peaks just at the spot where the damascus transitions. #details #multibardamascus #damascussteel #mastersmith

Here is a detail shot showing the heel of this sword blade. Note the edge billet (left), and where it transitions to the body billet just before dipping into that round opening. I’ll file that opening so that it peaks just at the spot where the damascus transitions. #details #multibardamascus #damascussteel #mastersmith ...

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Instagram post 2327054333328222176_1584534466 Sometimes you need to get creative. Sometimes that doesn’t take much. It’s probably hard to read this image, but I’m getting ready to file the “shoulders” of this sword blade. The shoulders are the surfaces above and below the tang that will butt up against the guard. Because the cross section of this blade is so dramatically different from spine to edge, I’ve shimmed the carbide file guides with a couple pieces of wood so that they’re not trying to clamp down on a wedge shape. It should help ensure that the file guides stay in position and allow me to cut the shoulders in exactly where I want them. #swordsmith #bladesmith #metalworking #byhand

Sometimes you need to get creative. Sometimes that doesn’t take much. It’s probably hard to read this image, but I’m getting ready to file the “shoulders” of this sword blade. The shoulders are the surfaces above and below the tang that will butt up against the guard. Because the cross section of this blade is so dramatically different from spine to edge, I’ve shimmed the carbide file guides with a couple pieces of wood so that they’re not trying to clamp down on a wedge shape. It should help ensure that the file guides stay in position and allow me to cut the shoulders in exactly where I want them. #swordsmith #bladesmith #metalworking #byhand ...

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Sound on. 30 seconds of fox or fisher cat screaming “good morning.” ...

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Instagram post 2324101612417373632_1584534466 From left to right: T-back spine, 1/2” fuller, 3/16” fuller, 8” fuller, flat bevel. Two more fullers on the spine. #bladesmiths #handmade #customsword #sword

From left to right: T-back spine, 1/2” fuller, 3/16” fuller, 8” fuller, flat bevel. Two more fullers on the spine. #bladesmiths #handmade #customsword #sword ...

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Instagram post 2323418848873468467_1584534466 High carbon steel glitter. Don’t let the sparkle fool you though. Each one of these is sharp as a fishhook, just begging to grab some skin. Oh, and I’ve been shooting them directly at my face at high velocity for the last two hours. #metalcarving #carving #sculpture #handmade

High carbon steel glitter. Don’t let the sparkle fool you though. Each one of these is sharp as a fishhook, just begging to grab some skin. Oh, and I’ve been shooting them directly at my face at high velocity for the last two hours. #metalcarving #carving #sculpture #handmade ...

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Instagram post 2323325289243645948_1584534466 Spent 20 minutes this morning making a caddy for my carbide burs (also sometimes called rotary files) out of a scrap piece of walnut. Been meaning to do this for a while.

Spent 20 minutes this morning making a caddy for my carbide burs (also sometimes called rotary files) out of a scrap piece of walnut. Been meaning to do this for a while. ...

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