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    New book on swords

    Hey all, thought I'd mention a new book out by Steve Shackleford called "Spirit of the Sword, a celebration of artistry and craftsmanship". Has a nice article by Don Fogg on creating hamon, and...
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    Hey! Thanks Joe for those pictures. My wife was...

    Hey! Thanks Joe for those pictures. My wife was in charge of the camera during the show, now I have some pictures of myself talking to Keith and Patrick, no swords. Many thanks for the osaraku...
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    Back from the show, and head's reeling from the...

    Back from the show, and head's reeling from the sights and advice. As usual, Keith, Ted, Patrick, all gave me invaluable advice on my work, and then I could walk around the room looking at examples...
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    Christy and I are leaving in the morning, and...

    Christy and I are leaving in the morning, and staying overnight, woohoo! A first for us.

    Dan
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    Anyone who'll display Frazetta on the walls is...

    Anyone who'll display Frazetta on the walls is alright with me. Nice site, Chris.

    Dan
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    What Keith said, in spades. Good times and a big...

    What Keith said, in spades. Good times and a big learning experience.

    I'm not the most outgoing guy in the world, so sitting and having a nice dinner and conversation with people like Keith and...
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    I'll bring the one wak I was working on before it...

    I'll bring the one wak I was working on before it got to 800 degrees around here, Keith. I need to move to cooler climes......

    Dan
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    I'll be there for the inspiration. Prolly Friday...

    I'll be there for the inspiration. Prolly Friday and Saturday.

    Dan
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    Hey Keith. Ya, tryin' to do it all. Probably not...

    Hey Keith. Ya, tryin' to do it all. Probably not demonstrating my best decision making skills here, but provides a lot to learn.

    Patrick and I will probably be at Token Kai S.F. again this year....
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    Dangit, was just in Morro a week or so ago. No...

    Dangit, was just in Morro a week or so ago. No swords in the trunk, just the wife.

    Is that where Ben got off to?

    Dan
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    Thanks guys, for posting this. 'Specially you...

    Thanks guys, for posting this. 'Specially you Keith.

    After working all weekend on the second tsuka for a new sword of mine, I'm ready to start a third. Figured I was on a learning binge, you guys...
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    Hey Ben, didn't know you had really gotten...

    Hey Ben, didn't know you had really gotten started. Guess I should check these forums more often.

    Those blades look really cool. Glad to see you kept things simple. I hate to see posts where...
  13. I'm pretty much going toward shira saya with the...

    I'm pretty much going toward shira saya with the occasional full mount. I've found that I'm not much on making the fittings and everything for a full mount so any I do would have to start with a...
  14. And a closeup.

    And a closeup.
  15. Ya, I've heard vegas is cool. Been there once, at...

    Ya, I've heard vegas is cool. Been there once, at the guild show years ago and enjoyed the casinos and stuff as well as a knife show. We look foreward to going again.

    Up until now I've only done...
  16. Hey guys, thanks for all the kind words. They do...

    Hey guys, thanks for all the kind words. They do help. Ben's newest is shobu, I'm excited about moroha but havn't done any yet.

    I work with 1050 steel mostly, though I'm going to try a higher...
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    The video is aimed at the novice illustrating...

    The video is aimed at the novice illustrating that msot anyone can build a sword. The techniques and tools are basic and sound. The finished sword is not fully traditional but gives good insight into...
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    Ya know, everytime I think about giving up the...

    Ya know, everytime I think about giving up the japanese style you show some work like that and I get all excited again.

    You coming for a visit to the show again this year Ben?

    Dan
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    Dang Ben! You said you had more Engnaths, but I...

    Dang Ben! You said you had more Engnaths, but I didn't realize you meant you had most of them! :-)

    My kat still sits, waiting. Can't bring myself to work on it.

    Dan
  20. I had trouble with this design. I got it to burn...

    I had trouble with this design. I got it to burn but didn't like the control or output. Probably my fault somewhere but I got tired of stuggling with it and went back to Don Fogg's burner design. I'm...
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    if you havn't given it away yet, just soak a...

    if you havn't given it away yet, just soak a cotton ball attached to a stick or something in ferric chloride and wet down the whole blade for a minute or two. Any hamon activity should come out. Rub...
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    I'll be there, looking and talking. Dan

    I'll be there, looking and talking.

    Dan
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    I've been messing with a few burners these last...

    I've been messing with a few burners these last few months. I've used the Fogg blower style for quite a while now and thought I'd try something new. Tried the blower style from Tim Zowada's sight,...
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    Hey Gary, thanks. Nice web sight, nice work...

    Hey Gary, thanks. Nice web sight, nice work yourself. Mostly tanto here too, but I've gotta delve into the long stuff sometimes.

    Dan
  25. You can do better on the internet on prices than...

    You can do better on the internet on prices than Kelley's. It's a retail store. Carries several swords including wall hangers up to Chen's stuff. Wife bought me the naginata there a while back. Also...
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