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  1. Recreating the sword of Christian I, Elector of Saxony 1590

    Over three years ago when one of my best clients asked if there was a sword that I had wanted to make, and one immediately came to mind. On one of my sword research trips, to England, back in 2008,...
  2. Better late than never. Water as soon as...

    Better late than never. Water as soon as possible is about the best route for hot salt exposure. Believe it or not the high temp typically do not do as much damage as the low temp, they are like...
  3. The event was very well attended, but exhausting...

    The event was very well attended, but exhausting to me. I try to make it a relaxing weekend for the attendees so I keep the burden of all the operations on myself, although Delbert Ealy has been a...
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    Ashokan 2012

    In the past folks here alwyas wnated to know as soon as I got any information on the New England Bladesmiths Guild Ashokan seminar, I just got it for this year so I thought I would share:


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  5. Thank you so much!

    Thank you so much!
  6. The Matherton Forge Iron Age Challenge II

    I may be a glutton for punishment but here we go again! I got the go ahead from the boss and it looks like I can accommodate all those folks who have been asking for another event at my shop, so...
  7. I just got the offical release of the Ashokan sword seminar line up.

    It took some time for this one to come together but I have gotten notice that the sword Ashokan is finally ready to go, here is the lineup:

    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
    Thirtieth Annual New England...
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    Ashokan is set!

    It took some time for this one to come together but I have gotten notice that the sword Ashokan is finally ready to go, here is the lineup:

    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
    Thirtieth Annual New England...
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    I understand now. Now that I understand I would...

    I understand now. Now that I understand I would like to thank you for sharing this with us. It is not often we get to see and discuss the effects of tempering on sori this clearly and your pictures...
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    Peter, language barriers are a natural part of...

    Peter, language barriers are a natural part of communication on the internet, but I will try to work around some of the problems if I can. I am not certain which heat treating operation we are...
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    Good post Dan, I just got my copy after Vince...

    Good post Dan, I just got my copy after Vince Evans told me about my rapier being on the cover, it is a pretty good book for seeing an excellent cross section of modern sword makers.
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    New sword, new photographer

    http://www.cashenblades.com/swords/hsg10.jpg

    I just finished a European piece from around the 4th -5th century and as always needed it photographed but, as always, was in a huge time crunch. Many...
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    The Schedule for Ashokan 2010!

    So many people here, and elsewhere, have been asking about the Ashokan seminar after the schedule inversion it did with the sword weekend that I thought I would post this message to let everybody...
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    Oh yes, the middle age thing:(, the other day my...

    Oh yes, the middle age thing:(, the other day my brain locked and I had to really think when somebody asked me for my address!! Heck I have only lived here for the last 21 years!!:rolleyes:
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    I would agree with R Payne that the steels are...

    I would agree with R Payne that the steels are probably some other common alloy given a proprietary name by the company. One would need the chemistry to be able to make any judgements or comparisons.
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    Looking forward to it Chris. Perhaps I should...

    Looking forward to it Chris. Perhaps I should take a lesson from my Japanese style smithing friends and devote more time on the hilts while I leave the polish in your capable hands;).
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    Sorry, it is already at its new home. The best I...

    Sorry, it is already at its new home. The best I can hope to do are some daggers in the works for Atlanta.
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    The foliage pattern came from a Spanish piece in...

    The foliage pattern came from a Spanish piece in the Wallace Collection with the following inscription for dating - (" To the honour of God, Estrada made me at Madrid in the year 1701 ".)
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    Blade length is 37" the weight is around 2.8 lbs.

    Blade length is 37" the weight is around 2.8 lbs.
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    My latest rapier project

    I often get requests to see more examples of my work posted online, occasionally I will listen to them and do just that in order to remind myself, and others, that I am still a bladesmith and make...
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    All Very good points and well taken Peter. But...

    All Very good points and well taken Peter. But there is one other point that bears consideration, as far as I know Huntsman studied and developed his process not for a better blade steel, but in the...
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    While I aggree with the rest of your post, this...

    While I aggree with the rest of your post, this is presented as if it is a fact that we should all be aware of... I am not aware of it at all. I am not connecting the dots. From primative blast...
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    Iron sand smelt

    In the past I have shared images of smelts I have done using whatever ore I could scrounge from anywhere around the country, but it didnít take long for me to ask why I was having such a hard time...
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    Distractions, distractions, my shame is that this...

    Distractions, distractions, my shame is that this is the first opportunity I have had to check the forum in a couple of days.:o My shop time is demanding right now and I am in the middle of a...
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    What can spectrographing measure?

    I know about the process so the the question is for the benefit of those visiting the forum who may see the word used out there and not have all the facts to sort the chaff from the wheat.

    Can...
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