Donnerstag, 28. Januar 2016
Roland had a fit of creativity;-) and set up a new site for our founding club. Visit:
to get the static data and informations on founding (if you can find it in you to make a donation, feel free to do so!;-), we have a roof to put on and are desperately in need of funds. Any amount, however little helps and is put 100% into restoring the buildings and the historical machinery. Use the contact form on the website if you need a receipt!
Choose this bank account:
Märkische Bank Hagen
IBAN: Nr. DE48450600090066445600
BIC Nr. GENODEM1HGN
And, of course, if you´re in the vicinity, drop me a line, and I´ll show you around.
Donnerstag, 21. Januar 2016
This is the dew of winter; precious as the moon in a silvery night.
The stars rise even in the vine that throttles the fern; I quest the fern for the runes of the frost... the ancient Math ap Mathonwy did not know... ahem... too much more than I.;-D.. just a tiny bit maybe..;-D. or a tiny bit more...ANYWAY:-D, what I find there is no speech that can refer.
The trees were swaying in a silent breeze, stone-cold, bone - cold, sawy, toothy, gritty as sand, and yet there was a gentle, silent song echoing in my soul.
Somewhere twilight, twilight falls...
Night is nearing while there is still light.
And yet, besides the holly, the old well springs up warmly from the bosom of the deep and dark soil.
Winding paths I walked through woods all crooked...
Where does the moon wander when the night is dark?
Where does the river flow, two ways at once?
And this is the real reality check.
It has a fine enough grain, it does almost everything my crucible, Damascus, spring, file and tool steel knives do, but is stainless in the bargain. Of course you can seldom find 440C by the roadside, but thinking of that I have made fun out of stainless steel for over a decade... I have to apologize, not that sincerely, but still:-). You can make it work, actually. Really, you can.:-) And I haven´t grown rashes, either. Of course, you can get a slightly sharper blade with carbon steel, but most people would not even notice. It shaves and cuts funny patterns out of free-hanging newspaper, what more do you want?
As I said, for a bushcraft knife, this might be one way to go in the future... but we will see.
Donnerstag, 14. Januar 2016
The next one is a very interesting style of historical knife. I found a historical piece of crucible steel in the woods that once seemed to have been a cold chisel, and it has a carbon content of about 0,7-1,00%, too, when compared to file steel and spring steel. I have always called this blade shape a "Kopis", but morphologically it is more correct to call it a Sica, a knife made famous by Dacian people in the iron age. There is a whole world of variations, the one thing in common is that they offer one sickle-like edge (the word "sickle" derives from Roman "sicula"-tiny sica). The earliest examples from the Hallstatt period (from 890BC) are often strongly curved with little or no straight tip section. Later on the tip section was becoming more pronounced for some examples resulting in a shape more like the blade I forged. The integral bolster is not authentic, at least I do not know any examples of this, and this would be logical if you keep in mind how precious iron, and more so, high-carbon iron of good quality had been at the time.
Look at these excellent articles (in Romanian language):
It is a most fascinating type of knife and I plan to do more of that stuff... watch this place!
The handle is stag antler and might see some carving, blade is 11,5cm x 10-1mm taper, spring steel, selective temper and forged at low temperature and then carburized, the grind is a very high convex bevel.
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