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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 646
Posted By Richard Furrer
It is common to polish the edges and etch the...

It is common to polish the edges and etch the center. I have seen this on many pieces. The fact that you can clearly see the patterned core extending into the edges and into the tip is not something...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2018, 11:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,382
Posted By Richard Furrer
Steve, I have a very good idea as to technique...

Steve,
I have a very good idea as to technique for both the patterns, but it would be techniques I would use and may not have been theirs. I'll give it a try later this year when I have the time.
I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2018, 02:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,382
Posted By Richard Furrer
Pattern weld pattern

Archer,
Just saw the thread...quite a complex bit of welding there. The difference I see in this to other "orange section" welding (the round converging part) is that the center has a coil or jelly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2017, 03:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,005
Posted By Richard Furrer
Hello All, Does anyone have more information on...

Hello All,
Does anyone have more information on the German/Bhutanese smiths working together?

Yours, Ric
Forum: Swap Forum 23rd October 2017, 10:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 463
Posted By Richard Furrer
Thank you to those who have responded. I have...

Thank you to those who have responded. I have located a few and will continue to search.
Yours, Ric
Forum: Swap Forum 18th October 2017, 03:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 463
Posted By Richard Furrer
Wanted Bhutanese blades

Hello All,
If you have a Bhutanese made blade for sale due let me know. I am making a study of these blades for the next year or so.

Yours,
Ric Furrer
Blacksmith
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2016, 01:19 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,835
Posted By Richard Furrer
I have been away for bit and very happy to hear...

I have been away for bit and very happy to hear of this publication.



Jens,
I look forward to my copy. Do you suggest any other books?
Any other titles I may have missed of late?

Ric
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2016, 10:55 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 11,802
Posted By Richard Furrer
Jim, I have been smithing for 26? years and...

Jim,
I have been smithing for 26? years and making crucible steel for some 15-17 now and it may be that I have closed my mind to ideas and techniques outside what I currently use....I am not the gate...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2016, 02:01 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 11,802
Posted By Richard Furrer
Roland, Then why were so many swords made from...

Roland, Then why were so many swords made from that material? Pretty only?

Ric
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2016, 05:28 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 11,802
Posted By Richard Furrer
I have not tested any old chevron welded blades,...

I have not tested any old chevron welded blades, but have made a few Ariel (web search my name "furrer" and chevron for photo of one blade from 1999) and they bend 90 degrees without breaking (have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 15,966
Posted By Richard Furrer
I agree..sometimes hard to tell, but they have...

I agree..sometimes hard to tell, but they have some guidelines here:

http://www.fws.gov/lab/ivory_guide.php
One would think that the powers that be would utilize them.
I'd hate to see multi thousand...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 15,966
Posted By Richard Furrer
Sorry for the question, but.......... What do...

Sorry for the question, but..........
What do they define "ivory" as?
I meet folk who say only elephant is ivory..others who say any tooth or tusk is ivory from any animal...be that...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 2nd August 2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,802
Posted By Richard Furrer
Good point well made. Ric

Good point well made.
Ric
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 1st August 2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,802
Posted By Richard Furrer
If I could see the entire process I could tell...

If I could see the entire process I could tell rather closely what is likely to be occurring with the metals. Analysis of the slags and each material along the way would confirm.

The issues with...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st July 2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,802
Posted By Richard Furrer
I like the video quite a bit. ...reminds me of...

I like the video quite a bit.

...reminds me of early African work.
I use the "pipe" containment method from time to time....good to know its traditional.

As to gold/iron alloys. I'd have to look...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th April 2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,725
Posted By Richard Furrer
Very conscious pattern...note how the offset...

Very conscious pattern...note how the offset waves have a pamor "island" (for lack of a better word) at the apex of ever direction change.
This means the empu either planned that in the beginning or...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th March 2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,119
Posted By Richard Furrer
It maybe that the smiths can not afford a power...

It maybe that the smiths can not afford a power hammer and human labor is the more cost effective way to go. I have quite an array of tools in mu shop...none of which work when I am not in the shop....
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th March 2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,119
Posted By Richard Furrer
Good video, thank you for posting the link...

Good video, thank you for posting the link MitsuWa.

As to tools..this shows me that they and the art will most likely survive as they are taking advantage of faster ways of doing the grunt work. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th February 2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,735
Posted By Richard Furrer
The difference not being the technique, but...

The difference not being the technique, but rather how the technique is applied. If you wish to have the ladder stand alone or wide bands blend together one needs only alter the technique to produce...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st February 2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 22,166
Posted By Richard Furrer
There are hundreds of metallurgical analysis of...

There are hundreds of metallurgical analysis of medieval and earlier European blades and dozens of chemical analysis...many published in various articles in "Gladius".
In general a small slice is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st February 2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 22,166
Posted By Richard Furrer
Hello, I am very interested in early swords of...

Hello,
I am very interested in early swords of all locations. However the information I wish to know has not been gathered. The "nuts and bolts" of swords is the steel...and we have scant few...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,735
Posted By Richard Furrer
I agree with the age estimate and mechanical...

I agree with the age estimate and mechanical pattern-welding, but it is a ladder pattern. There are but a few ways to make this effect and there is overlap between this and the wootz laddering...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2013, 02:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,374
Posted By Richard Furrer
I would say wootz yes. Could the blade have been...

I would say wootz yes.
Could the blade have been altered from original? It may have been a sossun-patta at one time and then altered.

Good piece indeed regardless.

Ric
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,615
Posted By Richard Furrer
I'd love to see a wootz gun barrel. I second and...

I'd love to see a wootz gun barrel.
I second and third Sachse book.

As usual I am late to the discussion...the sword blade is etched and done in a way to note try too hard to appear as anything...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th November 2013, 04:57 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 22,166
Posted By Richard Furrer
I obtained a few small samples for a 800-900AD...

I obtained a few small samples for a 800-900AD Avar blade for study. The bits are very corroded so it may not yield much, but I will try.
At the right lab you can have a good look at the steel with...
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