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Christoph Alpermann

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  1. OK, so I've started redrawing the handle. I wasn't able to draw the loosened weave in an appealing way, something always looked off. Instead I decided on cussioning the lobes as if they were swollen a bit (insert stupid jokes here ) underneath the weave. For this I plan to make the pins smaller and sink them deeper into the wood compared to the handle. For the pommel I roughly placed a scottish thistle in but I think this would be too ornate... I'd still be happy about suggestions here. On a more practical note... Jake, you show a lot of blades with a distinct hamon... how do you dea
  2. Hello Jake, thank you for chiming in and for such elaborate critique - I wasn't expecting to be taken so serious! Coming from you it means a lot to me - I've been following your work on here for a long time and the first advice, when my friend asked me about it was "google for Jake Cleland - he makes a mighty fine dirk" (I'm not making this up!) OK now on topic: Dropping the fuller would actually be easy for me, I was scared to shits because I only yet milled a fuller and I planned on grinding this one in. So much to screw up there. I think I'll keep the basketweave and call this a
  3. Hello everybody, it feels like decades I last posted anything here and so it was with my knifemaking... no time, no tools, no room. But times change (yay ^^) and finally my shop is up again and I can spare some time to start a new project. I already made some cutting tools recently to re-hone my skills and the old fire burns stronger than it ever did! It feels so great to get my hands dirty and all cut up for finally holding a piece of work in them that fills me with confidence and happiness - I cant't find the words for it... So a really good friend of mine is into reenactment. His ro
  4. Hi Peter, as pictures can tell, this is within the most honest and authentic blades I have seen so far! The subtle appearance makes it stand out so much. Thanks a lot for showing, especially the long way it took you to completion. Regards, Christoph.
  5. Hi, thanks for your replies! Jake, your post has my head spinning with questions, I´ll have to take some time to research and sort them out. I´m kind of stuck on the differences/ similarities between celtic and germanic tribes, there are a lot of controversial sources on that topic... (should have paid more attention at school instead of drawing silly pics ) In the meantime my desk got piled up with dozens of scribbles and sketches, where I tried to copy some of the simpler knots and ornaments. I rented the "Book of Kells" CD from our City Library - which is not bad actually, al
  6. Hello Geoff, thank you for that recommendation, I just bought the "celtic design book" - can´t wait for it to arrive. @Dave: I think this Link is great, I love animation movies and this one seems to carry the spirit of the book very well! edit: I just watched it and have to say this is one of the most beautiful movies I have seen for a long time, the stills and trailer don´t do it the tinyest justice at all. I´m totally blown away - it´s a true masterpiece of animation and I have to thank you again for posting that link! Another interesting link, while not 100% on topic as wel
  7. Hi, allright, I´ll admit it you finally got me as well Years of watching seaxes, spathae and celtic inspired jewellery right here on this forum haven´t gone without an impression on my feeble mind... So I´ve spent some time on the net and thought I´d share the results. Maybe some of you have got more resources to add or find some inspiration in the following links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celts Now searching the internet for celtic artwork leads to a clutter of modern tattoo motives mixed with simple drawn knotwork (nice vid!) and fantasy stuff Then, by accident, I c
  8. Hi, on my research for traditional medieval designs, I stumbled across the following: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/virtualbooks/index.html You will need the .net framework 3.0 and the shockwave plugin along with a little piece of software that automatically installs when entering the page (be careful when you´re at work, the network administrators might haunt you for that). I have honestly never seen such a thing on the net, and it´s absolutely free. Downside is, that it´s painfully slow on my ole `puter and slow internet, so a powerful machine might be better... You can
  9. Hi…it´s me again. I too am so happy you replied, Dee – we don´t get many news around here – radio is dead. Thanks for your considerate thoughts on this issue, we were finally able to calm down a bit and sort things out. Still I think we´re trapped…It´s been four days now and no signs of a change in situation. We managed to build up somekind of safety by gathering everybody inside a small house close by and barring all windows and doors - but water is getting short and it´s freezing cold outside, sanitation is an issue as well. Seems all water and electricity have been shut off – who knows ho
  10. …ell…nybo…out…ere……thi…is…ermany…alling…till…tryin…o…et...a..connectio…up …yes that seems to do it…allright. I still can´t believe what happened here, they came out of nowhere… we were overrun….hundreds…thousand… .men, women, children even - all thirsting for blood, slaughtering amongst the innocent – this is insane – those who still could ran for their lives, leaving behind the weak like meat on a dinnertable. It´s just a few of us left here trying to defend them... I don´t know if we can hold out much longer… This is nothing like the movies - fast cunning bastards, they communicate, th
  11. BEWARE! This steel might have magic properties! Remember what Wieland did and he only used geese
  12. Hi Niels, wow, nice habaki - I like the clean lines on that one! Here I asked some silly questions about making a two part habaki and Jesus Hernandez put me right on track with his pictures. You can see the soldering joints pretty clearly on his pics... Regards, Christoph.
  13. Hi Christopher, I might have some direction to look at... I own a rather similar blade which is classified as a "Faschinenmesser", they were issued in the 1800´s for building fortifications from wood and the like on the battlefield. General Images of "Faschinenmesser": http://images.google.de/images?hl=de&um=1&q=faschinenmesser&ndsp=20&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi I have one like this: http://www.waffensammler-kuratorium.de/afm1849/afm1849da.html Regards, Christoph. edit: I have some piccies in an old book of mine that match your sword a bit b
  14. Wow! Now that´s something completely different... the shape, the flow of the lines, the carving, it´s most striking. But that hamon, I can´t help but to think you gained almost absolute control over that ever elusive fellow there. Would you mind giving some more insight as to how you created it? I know that there is almost no connection to what kind of clay one uses, it can be fireclay or traditional mixture without altering the result too much. I wondered if the key is finding the right temperature in combination to the the steel and quench medium. Did you have to experiment with
  15. Yes, that´s absolutely the way to go on this one! The guard fits so much better, and the elk is just perfect in size. The cable looks fantastic too. I´d stay with brass on the buttcap and a slight brownish stain on the handle. This is going to be a beautiful knife. Regards, Christoph.
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