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The new blade project. A short bladed utility weapon.
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9/16/17
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The end of the latest blade project. Just a small knock-around piece that would be handy as an everyday carry. Might even have a go at making a leather sheath. 10cm blade and 10cm handle, hidden tang embedded in resin. Yes, it is very sharp, as evidenced by the blood on a finger in one shot.
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04/06/2017
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$28.00 for the AAC bricks, $60 for the propane torch and I can now flawlessly heat treat steel
#knifemaking #heattreating #steel
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08/05/2017
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Latest knife, short blade, longer hidden tang handle. A stabbing as well as a cutting weapon
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Ceremonial Athame completed. Mirror finish on the blade, cast and polished resin handle with a copper winding just under the first layer
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28/02/2017
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More work done on the ceremonial Athame project. Heat treating wasn't as successful as I'd have liked but this blade is ceremonial, it's not intended to be a weapon or hold a keen edge.

The blade has been tidied up post heat treat, sanded to the current stage, by hand, in a shed that has to be in excess of 40 degrees at times, using 120, 240, 400 and 600 grit paper. If the light catches the blade just right, some very small imperfections can be spotted, but once I get into 800, 1000 and 1200 grit then steel wool stages, hopefully those imperfections will disappear.
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19/01/2017
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Did a little more work on the Ceremonial Athame Project this afternoon. The blade is now ground to a convex shape and sanded to an initial 120 grit stage. Further grits to come - 240, 400, 600, 800 and the final finish, 1,200 grit.

Tomorrow, time permitting, I'll look at welding the tang to the blade and cleaning it up before heat treating
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25/12/2016
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Update to the Athame project. The blank is ground, ever so slightly unsymmetrical but galloping past on a horse you'd never notice. Next step is to get hold of the brass for the quillion and pommel. I won't be rushing to heat treat just yet, I'd like to work on other parts of the project first.
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12/12/2016
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The beginnings of a new project, this time, a commission for a friend. This will be an Athame, a ceremonial blade used by witches. It will not have an edge, but it will be heat treated on the off chance she wants a genuine weapon. The blade, when fashioned will take the form of a dagger. Double Bevelled. The quillion will be semi-circular, brass, facing in the direction of the blade. The tang will be of mild steel, 1cm extruded rod, welded to the blade so that the handle - wood and leather - can be fitted correctly. The pommel will be ovoid with a Goddess symbol etched on both sides. The blade will have the pagan 3 moon symbol etched across it's width on both sides nearest the quillion.
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Here's the finished product, the long drop point survivalist knife. I am very pleased with the final result, despite a few fuckups along the way and flaws that only I know about. I've lost no blade length, the width of the blade was trimmed post heat treat (very carefully) and the handle scales are of Spotted Gum. I could have screwed around with endless sanding of the blade to achieve a mirror finish, but seriously, what's the point when you know you fucked up during heat treat and left a small burn mark in the steel. I quite like it. The burn bubble shows just how delicate a process heat treating is when you have no control over the process.
The back one-third of the blade, nearest the bolster, is harder/tougher than the other two thirds, which is what I wanted. That portion is for splitting timber. The rest of the blade is razor sharp, it shaves arm hair with no effort at all. The balance is near perfect as well, so for me, this is the best blade yet.
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05/12/2016
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