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    Posted: 21 February 2019 at 11:26
This is a wedding gift I made for our friends last year (they love to cook together). I had a few plans to try and personalise it more than usual but eventually opted for stamping the date of their wedding day on it - for as much as anything, as it was the most doable in the time I had! I went for the numerically simplest design "1st day of the 9th month in the year of 2018". But this does result in 1918... there wedding has no connection with world war 1...

I'd like to put more effort into photographing the finished pieces next time around, but as with anything it's finding the time to do it all. Overall I find the point of view video probably the easiest and quickest at showing the overall aesthetics and form of it BUT will hopefully put something better together next time...

This years projects include: getting an end product when working with wrought iron, and conquering a bread knife - might have a go towards the end of March.

I made a short video that I put on IG to try and show the overview a bit better, if you fancy a look: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrDKoGnHVw8/

Bronze bolster detail, hammered face, polished sides


Wedding date, hot stamped into the steel


Handle detail, showing cherry and laburnum wood




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Can't see the images?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ricardovaste Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 February 2019 at 12:08
Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

Can't see the images?


Have you got your eyes closed, Roger?

Joking aside, I can only suggest refreshing... as I can see them here. I've checked in a private browser and they're showing on that as well...
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Really cool, I like the pitted metal finish and inscription.


Have you by any chance ever watched the U.S show "Forged in Fire"? Four smiths of varying experience levels compete in each episode by first making a knife with a handle and then the two finalists create a historic weapon.
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Yes, very cool and something I've always wanted to do ever since I read about Bo Randall many decades ago. Something you should consider on future projects though is depending on application that unfinished spine would be hard to keep clean.
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Originally posted by ricardovaste ricardovaste wrote:

Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

Can't see the images?


Have you got your eyes closed, Roger?

Joking aside, I can only suggest refreshing... as I can see them here. I've checked in a private browser and they're showing on that as well...


Sorry, you're correct - switched browsers and everything A OK.
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Nice work again Richard! I like the bronze bolster detail.
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A beautiful piece of workmanship, and the photos are pretty good too!
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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Nice work again Richard! I like the bronze bolster detail.


Thank you Fred! I guess it's strange as it's not *that* important for function but a lot of work goes into the bolster and joining area, and can often be the sign of craftsman ship, so I try to focus on these...
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Originally posted by stiuskr stiuskr wrote:

Yes, very cool and something I've always wanted to do ever since I read about Bo Randall many decades ago. Something you should consider on future projects though is depending on application that unfinished spine would be hard to keep clean.


You should definitely give it a go! Even as a complete novice it's easy to find loads of fun - if you find a course near you or look around if there are any "pros" in your area, they often offer one day courses or similar (which would give you a great experience and be a lot less than buying all the "stuff"). But you can also get started with next to nothing in terms of gear as well...

You're spot on with the pitting. I'd previously been aiming for a forged, hammered finish like this below, which is pretty smooth overall, with very minimal pitting, but the irregular finish lends itself to good food release from the knife. However, it didn't quite work out that well with this one, but I've learned from it. Essentially, when I did the test on the steel, I ground off all the "crud" so I started with bare steel - but this took quite a while to grind through all the pitting, so on the actual knife I decided I'd try just wire brushing it and hammering through it, assuming it may even out/knock off through the process. It sort of did but as you can see it didn't to the extent I'd hoped for. Eitherway, they should be alright. They're friends of ours so they won't hesitate to bother me if there is a problem... They also have very clear care instructions

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Originally posted by Kilkry Kilkry wrote:

Really cool, I like the pitted metal finish and inscription.


Have you by any chance ever watched the U.S show "Forged in Fire"? Four smiths of varying experience levels compete in each episode by first making a knife with a handle and then the two finalists create a historic weapon.


I haven't myself, I think I've caught the odd clip online and it looks very entertaining, but I'm not sure I can get it over here in the UK. Although my friends mum watches it and is now apparently an expert in all things sword making so I expect it's on Sky somewhere. A couple of the smiths I follow have been on the show as well! Seems very popular.
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Originally posted by clk230 clk230 wrote:

A beautiful piece of workmanship, and the photos are pretty good too!


Thank you!
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Originally posted by ricardovaste ricardovaste wrote:

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Nice work again Richard! I like the bronze bolster detail.


Thank you Fred! I guess it's strange as it's not *that* important for function but a lot of work goes into the bolster and joining area, and can often be the sign of craftsman ship, so I try to focus on these...

A clear sign of your craftman ship!
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My hammer swinging days are over, spent too much time banging on cars and that wore me out quicker than I thought it would. Now if I had a power hammer to do most of the work that would be different.
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