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  1. kevin - the professor

    Han Dynasty Jian. Pattern welded. Fittings by Charles Wu.

    Hello Everyone, I am placing this sword for sale. It is a duan jian, which means short, double-edged sword. It is in the style of the Han Dynasty, and made after some of the swords show in Iron and Steel Swords of China. The blade is 1.25" wide, 21.5" long. The tang extends almost to the end...
  2. kevin - the professor

    River Jian in-progress

    Hello Everyone, I have a set of beautiful fittings that I got from Charles Wu. These fittings are in the style of the Han Dynasty, and they are sized for a short sword. Therefore, I am making what is known as a, "duan jian," - which is a double-edged short sword. The pattern is what I call a...
  3. kevin - the professor

    nordic knife, made without electricity

    Hello Everyone, This is the first knife out of my new workshop. The only electricity I used on this one was in the drilling of the fittings. Everything else was hand tools and muscle power. The blade is 1075, with a vivid hamon. There is a slight medial ridge, with the spine and top bevel left...
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    nordic knife, made without electricity

    Hello Everyone, It has been about 6 months since I have made any knives. Marriage, moving, new shop, etc. In fact, this knife was made without electricity (except for the drill press on the fittings). The new shop has crappy wiring, and I can't use my big tools without a generator. I didn't have...
  5. kevin - the professor

    pweld and purple heart

    Hello Everyone, Here is a small blade that I did as a break from a series of very utilitarian knives I have made as part of an order. This little knife was a lot of fun. It is loosely-modeled after the work of contemporary Swedish knifemakers. Not exactly, but inspired by them (e.g., Roger...
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    simple hers and his for using, camping, hiking, etc. just knives.

    Hello Everyone, I am making a large set of knives for a wedding party. They wanted the knives to be suited to things like hiking and knife survival courses. Durable, simple, and of course, fairly inexpensive (they ordered 9 - it adds up quickly). So, these are my take on nice and very tough...
  7. kevin - the professor

    Swedish-style blade, maiden's hair, wip (sort of)

    Hello Everyone, I am working on another of the knives inspired by the guys over in Sweden. The blade is done, so I thought I would post it. I will post more pics as things progress. I will post more of the process pics if people are interested. Otherwise, I will just put a few as I go along...
  8. kevin - the professor

    "river eddy" pattern, ebony handle, Swedish-style blade

    Here is one I have never shown in this forum. I just made (and sold!) it. I like this style, and imagine that I will make more sort of like it in the future. The pattern welding was new to me, and I wanted something that looked like a river. It is a 4-bar mosaic, with each individual bar about...
  9. kevin - the professor

    Swedish-stylle blade with ebony handle. River eddy pattern welded steel

    I have been trying but not completing anything for so long. I finally finished another knife. This one has a lot of pattern welding in it. I called the pattern River Eddy. I was hoping to get something like that when I started. It is a 4-bar-mosaic pattern weld, and each of the bars are twisted...
  10. kevin - the professor

    pattern welded puukko-ish, with hamon.

    Hello Everyone, This knife is an over-sized puukko. It has about 800 layers of W2 and low manganese 1075, and about 4 layers of 15N20 for some contrast. The steel is really amazing in this blade. It looks like what I normally use for swords, with a very fine, subtle pattern, with a couple of...
  11. kevin - the professor

    enviroquench and speed quench 1 versus heatbath 50

    Hello Everyone, I am interested to see if anyone has the data or experience with the fast polymer quenchants and how they compare with the fast oils (like Parks/Heatbath 50). I am tired of the smoke and flame risk, and smell. If there is a polymer that is just as fast or faster, then I may try...
  12. kevin - the professor

    grosse messer 4 bar twist, 80crv2, o1, 15n20, ebony

    Hello Everyone, I finally finished this one, and I got some pics from Coop. The blade is 80crv2, O1, and 15N20. It is 3 parts to 1.5 parts to 1 part, in that order. The blade is made of 3 twisted bars (with 9 layers each), and one piled bar. The very edge is 80cr2. The OAL is 23.5" blade...
  13. kevin - the professor

    w2, textured copper, koa, hamon... gift for friend

    Hello Everyone, here is a knife I made to be used by one of my oldest friends. He is a cowboy and a firefighter. I trust that he will use it a lot. The blade is pretty thin, but not too thin, if you now what I mean. I textured the copper to work harden it, and also so scratches wouldn't...
  14. kevin - the professor

    Patten welded grosse messer

    Hello Everyone, I just finished this one. I made myself a forge/twisting machine thingy (Twist-o-matic 3000) and I wanted to test it. So, I needed to do a multi-bar construction. I also wanted to play with 80crv2, o1, and 15n20. These steels are a lot tougher and more abrasive resistant than...
  15. kevin - the professor

    pattern welded grosse messer wip

    Greetings Everyone, this is truly a work-in-progress. However, it has made it through heat treatment, so I think it is safe to show the progress thus far. I am really enjoying these steels. They weld together well, have good contrast, and have similar heat treating characteristics. Plus...
  16. kevin - the professor

    800 layer, pweld, 15n20 and 1075 hunter. Koa, superglue finish. 9.13" oal

    Hello Everyone, I have a hunter with 800 layers of random laminate. It is made from 15n20 and 1075. The fittings are copper, wrought iron, and mild steel. The wood is koa with a superglue finish, followed by Ren Wax. The blade is just under 5" long, and the handle is over 4". The blade is...
  17. kevin - the professor

    Professor's forge

    Hello Everyone, I finally have a website that I can let the rest of y'all see (although I must admit that I find the whole process sort of embarrassing). I have put a lot of work into this, and it will continue to grow and evolve. There will be information and a lot of process pictures showing...
  18. kevin - the professor

    seax with a story

    Hello Everyone, This is a 10" blade in the broken-back style, with a bit of Owen Bush's styling (the, "Kentish Notch"). The steel is Aldo's 1075 and 15n20. It has about 400 layers. Handle is walnut. This blade has a story. A couple of years ago, Mannlicher asked me to make a seax for...
  19. kevin - the professor

    skinner for Dylan, 80crv2, brass, maple

    Hello Everyone This is a straightforward using knife. I wanted to play with 80crv2, and I know of someone who got a hamon with a clay heat treatment. So, I wanted to explore the possibilities. Well, I clayed the blade with satanite, just like I would a blade of W2 or Low Manganese 1075. Guess...
  20. kevin - the professor

    little bowie w2, curly oak, copper

    Hello Everyone, I made a little bowie for fun. The steel is w2, the handle is curly oak stained with aqua fortis, wrought iron guard, mild steel bolster, copper pin and spacers. Blade = 6" handle = 4.75" I am not as experienced with bowies as I am with swords or hunting knives. I wanted...
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