These were taken by a friend with her pro quality digi and lessons on how to use it. Notice the fine detail and the feeling that you are looking at the actual object and not a crummy snapshot taken on vacation. The detail is especially good. You can actually see the hammer marks in the steel and the subtle sheen produced by the paraffin coating cooked in just right.
I have improved in the area of getting a sort of diffuser going by taping a folded up napkin over the flash of my cheap camera so that the details don't get washed out by the glare, but this is about as technical as I'm likely to get. At least for a while. There are so many other things I need to do first.