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    Handles and Guards Kesslar, Joe
    $30.00

    The primary purpose of "Handles and Guards" by joe Keeslar is to provide students of handles and guards with guidelines for completing the forged knife. Theoritically the blade is completely finished before moving on to the handle and guard. Every knife you make should reflect the very best work that you can do at that point in time.

    joe received his Journeyman Smith rating in 1987 and Master Smith rating in 1989. He is a frequent Instructor at the William F Moran School of Bladesmithing, serves on the Board of Directors of the association since 1989 and was Chairman of the ABS from June 2003 through June 2007.

    Format: Soft Cover  Dimentions: 8 1/2" x 11"  Pages: 127  Illustrations:  84

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    Heat Treating DVD Cashen, Kevin R.
    $25.00

    American Bladesmith Society's, Mastersmith, Kevin R. Cashen presents us with valuable information on "Heat Treating."

    The chapters include:

    1. Discussing "Quenching Fluids"              

    2. Forged Blade Heat Treating (HT)

    3. Hamon HT Line & Clay Technique

    4. Shrouded Coal Forge HT Technique

    5. "Snap" Temper & Blade Elasticity

    6. "Second" 1095 HT & Normalizing Blades

    7. Metallurgy Concepts "Chalk Talk"

    8. Tempering HOW & WHY; and Questions

    Mid-America Bladsmithing Symposium & Knife Show  August 26 - 29, 2010

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    Hooks, Rings and Other Things Barnes, Frank T.
    $34.95

    An illustrated dictionary for collectors, students, curators, dealers and the just plain curious. The ultimate 'Whatsit?' book. Iron artifacts, which chronicled day-to-day living in early New England, have been brought together for the first time in this remarkable book. Delightfully illustrated and described, including their history, these antique iron pieces are documented and explained is how and why each piece was used.

    Format: Hardcover.   Dimentions: 8 3/4" x 11 1/4"   Pages; 237   Illustrations: 1200

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    How to Forge Weld on a Blacksmith’s Anvil Heath, Robert M.
    $12.00

    Forge welding is an old technique of joining two pieces of metal with heat. This booklet is written to honestly try to convey certain principles of a craft technique that are difficult to convey in writing. The reader can find enough information to enable, even a beginner, to make a forge weld. Go for it!

    Format: Soft cover,  Dimentations: 8" x 11",  Pages: 52,  Illustrations: 140

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    How to Make a Blacksmith’s Bellows Heath, Robert M.
    $9.00

    The Blacksmith Bellows describe in this booklet is located in the Agricultural and Forestry Museum in Jackson, Mississippi and was donated to the museum in 1973. It was made by his father in 1910 and used on his farm until 1938. From these drawings you will understand how the bellows were built and could even build your own.

    Fprmat: Softcover  Dimentions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"  Pages: 26  Illustrations: 49 

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  6. How To Make A Chain Tool for Chasing
    How To Make A Chain Tool for Chasing Lewton-Brain, Charles
    $18.00

    A chain tool is a special class of chasing tool. It is a kind of stamp which automatically lines up the the previous blow in registered rows of rhythmic marks. The details of how to make this valuable tool are clearly explained.

    Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"   Pages: 38   Illustrations: 29

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    How to Make Chain Mail Heath, Robert M.
    $8.50

    The ancient Romans and prehistoric European tribes had shirts of mail as did the medieval knights, familiar to us from the stories of Robin Hood and Ivanhoe. Mail, at least the outward form, should be made to imitate the styles of old. 

          1. The first type is the best made from links that were shut with a forge weld.    2. The second type of mail would have been made of links closed with a cold shut. Each link would be flattened where the joint was made a hole drilled in both ends to receive a very small shutting rivet. This was considered to be good mail but not the very best.    3. The third type of mail and lowest in quality, was made of links not shut at all. The links were bent shut without securing the two ends in any way.                                                                                                                                   

    The shirt presented here was made of links that were not shut. The ends were butted together after each link was individually fitted into the pattern of the metal fabric.

     

    Format: Soft cover,  Dimentions: 5 1/4" x 8 1/3",  Pages: 34,  Illustrations: 65

     

     

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