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General Discussion / Registration for the Forum has been Disabled
« Last post by cshafer on February 22, 2016, 09:23:12 AM »
I have Disabled registration to the forums. If you know someone would like to register please inform me, and I will open registration for a certain time period. I have done this as the forums have been continuously spammed with spam accounts trying to register.
General Discussion / Re: Manipulating and enhancing knife blades
« Last post by Bearpaw on June 17, 2014, 01:40:01 PM »
Sorry to be so late.
Using a mono-steel blade, scrub with acetone to remove all material like oil from the blade. dip the blade in full strength ferric chloride for 20 minutes then right into household bleach for 20 minutes...instant reaction, rust. scrub the blade clean then repeat the above cycles one or two more times until you have the degree of antiquing you want. scrub and a light coat of oil or Mother's Carnauba Wax. Do not use any coating on your blades which contains silicone which will trap any moisture on the steel.
Try this link for a brief view of the process:
General Discussion / Re: Manipulating and enhancing knife blades
« Last post by Kriev on March 18, 2014, 11:26:47 AM »
I liked how he got the pitting to happen in the blade. How was it done? I forget.

General Discussion / Northern Minnesota Metalsmith Conference
« Last post by Kriev on March 18, 2014, 11:20:34 AM »
I get excited when any conference comes around the corner, having an opportunity to watch and learn from the demos. I'm thinkin on going. Anyone else? Seems to be mostly demos about edged tools.

 :Heres a link.
General Discussion / Re: ABANA memberships
« Last post by Kriev on March 18, 2014, 11:06:37 AM »
Yeah we have a metalsmith gathering this weekend and we may find some interested folks.
General Discussion / ABANA memberships
« Last post by Caroline Kajorinne on March 08, 2014, 10:01:59 AM »
Hey there everyone!
Just wondering if anyone is interested in purchasing ABANA memberships that were talked about last year?  Or has something happened with this already?  I may be able to find a few other folks from up here in Canada to buy memberships that would help lower the membership cost.
Kriev and I are hoping to go to the Delaware ABANA conference this summer... but have a choice to make, as we just got an invite to a wedding held at the same time.  Anyone else going?
General Discussion / Manipulating and enhancing knife blades
« Last post by Bearpaw on September 09, 2013, 05:04:08 PM »
John Cohea in Nettleton MS has a new video out called Frontier Fixed Blades, 1 hour 47 minutes in length.
It covers dying bone, making copper bands, working with rawhide lace, blade etching/antiquing, forge texturing and form folding copper.
The video may be bought at There is a short video from the dvd.
To see John's work on knives and sheaths go to his Facebook page:
John also has two videos on making rawhide sheaths.
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