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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.
  16. Congratulations! Best wishes to you and your family. Christoph.
  17. Hi, I like the way you approach this. And i like the knife, especially for it being your second. What helps me a lot on the sanding part is to use thick leather as a backing for my sandpaper (just wrap the paper around it). Either clamp it to the table and use it like a stone or use it by hand. It´s a bit hard to explain, but when you take a strip of leather approx. two fingers wide (like a good steak should be, unless you have very small fingers ) wrap it up in sandpaper, bend it to an "U" shape and hold the ends between your fingers you can make the paper work much more agresssiv
  18. Absolutely love it! Could you shed some light on the materials and measures? Christoph.
  19. Now that´s a beauty. I like how the classic design doesn´t abstract from the wonderful wootz you have there! Christoph.
  20. Hi Sam, I had quite some interesting talk with Mr. Duindam at a show in Belgium last year, he is a very fine gentleman. He even let me handle some of his nihonto there and explained every bit about his namban tetsu project even though the guy that was at his table just before me tried to find the balance point of a 10.000 $ Katana by waving it around - and this blade was in a shirasaya. Christoph.
  21. One hell of a blade! The first picture shows how it was forged to shape, right? That´s pretty awesome to say the least... Christoph.
  22. This one´s wonderful! Thanks for showing. Regards, Christoph.
  23. Wow, beautiful knife and a good hint on how to weld a motorcycle chain! I´d say etch it, a quick dip in ferric, just a couple of seconds will show you how it´ll turn out, then you can still decide to sand it over or etch it deeper. Regards, Christoph.
  24. @Dave: Thanks a lot for looking so closely! The wood is amboina burl I picked out of a stack of more than 20 blocks on a local wood expo. I was standing there about an hour like a kid in front of the christmastree building little piles of wood until I found the right one - the seller started looking funny at me . The big advantage of amboina is that it doesn´t crack a lot and is very easy to carve - oh yes, and its reasonably cheaper than ironwood... What you write about being torn also happened to me, I must have redesigned the knife more than ten times until I got where I am now and
  25. Hi Bob, I like it - a lot! I especially like the combination of handle and guard material with the blade shape. Regards, Christoph.
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