It’s really been a long time since I’ve posted here, so I’ll run through what I’ve been doing since last I blogged, which I now realize was over a year ago. My bladesmithing has improved a lot, as has a bit of my silversmithing. Silver’s gone down a lot in price, which is really nice for practice. I’ve built up my work area and gotten tools, so I’m at the point where I no longer focus on getting tools or supplies. I’ve done my first successful hamon, and made a few trades over the last twelve months. In September I went to an ABS hammer-in, where I learned a lot. A family friend built and gave me the frame for a belt grinder (think really really fast small conveyor belt with sandpaper instead of rubber), and I finished putting it all together, getting belts and wheels, etc.
I’ve realized the main area I need to improve is my fit and finish; making sure everything is perfectly sanded or polished, and guards fit exactly to the blade, and so on. It’s still really tough but I’m gradually getting there. A few months ago, I scored about a hundred bucks worth of leather (half a hide or so) for five dollars, so I have plenty to practice with. It’s a whole separate art from bladesmithing and silversmithing, but I’m getting the hang of it.
I mainly post my work on instagram now; instagram.com/bladesofbelaq . Here’s some of my better work from the past year, most will be work in progress pictures.
Starting to come together! Epoxied up and starting rough grind. Little tip; if you can't get the pieces to fit EXACTLY together, make some sawdust from the same type of wood as the handle. Mix the sawdust into the epoxy. It creates a grain less version if the original wood, still visible but barely so. #bladesmithing #dagger #trade #knifemaking #dagger #keyhole
So here we are, close to finished knife. I still need to make a better pommel nut (copper), do a bit more tweaking for a perfect fit (considering a brass or copper spacer between guard and bolster), fit the wood to spacer transaction better, and lots of sanding on the blade. Then of course sharpening and sheath #bladesmithing #knifemaking #almostdone