Making A Sword – Day 5

Not quite 24 hours, but the need to hurry was surely running the show! Sadly, there were a number of things slowing us down, namely access to tools. The first step I had of the morning was to grind out a few imperfections (we had two grinders for twelve people) so I could do what…

Making A Sword – Day 4

After witnessing my blade survive the normalizing process with little warping (and learning where the thin spots where), I was ready, albeit nervous, to take on the quenching process on Day 4. For those of you who don’t know, the quenching process is a necessary and risky part of making a blade. You need to…

Making A Sword – Day 3

After somehow pulling off a miracle and almost catching up with the majority of my classmates, I was working with the power tools to begin the cleanup process associated with making a blade. This is normally a long and arduous process if you don’t have power tools and the skills to use them and, due…

Making A Sword – Day 2

After the challenges of Day 1, I had a lot of work ahead of me. I was already a day in with nothing to show, so I knew I had to work at double time if I wanted to finish. While working, my classmates were trying to get me to slow down and take my…

Making A Sword – Day 1

As I stated last week, I’ve spent the past five days working in a smithy with eight other students under the tutelage of Sam Salvati (see Man At Arms: Reforged to see his work, namely the lightsaber katana). The goal: to complete one single-handed, “Type 15” sword in five days. Now, making a single knife…

Inside Out Review

By Brian VanDenBergh 21 June 2015 Pixar. Just saying the name gives you memories of some of the best stories and moments ever put on film. I don’t have to list them because you already know them. So when a studio who is known for telling stories that are so resoundingly emotional, what happens when…

Possible Upcoming Posts

Things have been silent for a while, and I know I haven’t added to changing that. To help, here are the exciting things I’ve been doing lately that may lead to some posts in the near future! ==Blacksmithing== I’ve taken the chance to work on some blacksmithing lately. Memorial Day Weekend was spent working with…

Exploring the Shire of the NJ Renaissance Faire

Not wanting to limit myself to one type of event (and with my love of tabletop RPGs and blacksmithing), I decided to storm the NJ Renaissance Faire this weekend. Going in, I knew the following: 1) The event is celebrating it’s fifth year. 2) The event only runs three weekends (and improvement over the two…

Why I Stopped Getting LootCrate and NerdBlock

I know some of my fellow bloggers get monthly subscription boxes and say how awesome they are (that Marvel one was looking great, especially as someone who’s a fan of the Hulk Buster), but I’m here to tell you why I decided to quit these services. My first NerdBlock was a year ago now. I…