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About Adam Weller

  • Birthday 11/27/1980

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  1. Adam Weller

    Anvil question

    That looks very similar to my Anvil which is also a Trenton (I have the Trenton logo, but mine doesn't have any of the other marks). Mine weighs in around 190.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Thanks guys! @Conner Michaux - it doesn't seem like its ever going to be done, but I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Just a few more finishing touches. Quick Sheath WIP. The leather is "half tan" both surfaces are finished (basically veg tanned from what I've experienced) but the middle layer is left raw, and thus it works a lot like raw hide. It is hard when you get it, I try to soak it at least overnight and then it becomes workable. I cut it dry, and only soak what I need. Then I skive the edges to get more of a taper on the ends of the sheath. I then bevel the inside edges and then smooth them over with a burnisher. This gives it much more of a finished look after it's on the knife. Dye And then I put them in a bag overnight so the dye can set and I can work on them without developing brown fingers and staining the knife. Others dye them after they are attached to the sheath, but I found I made to much of a mess this way. So all three of the sheaths are dyed with Feibing's Chocolate Pro Dye, but I did different things (non-uniform drying, acetone) as the dye was setting to make the different colors and textures. I was really just experimenting. First I wrap the knife in foil and plastic wrap to protect it and also so that the sheath doesn't dry too tight. Then I wrap the leather around the knife and sheath and hold it in place with clamps. Most guys just use an awl and stitch it at this point, but I can't seem to make a staright stitch that way, so I mark it and then drill the holes on my drill press. Then I use an awl and saddle stitch. The end of the stitching curls around the lanyard hole. Then I trim and burnish the edge. I've got to admit, this is the part I'm least satisfied with. I wish my stitching was cleaner... Especially around the corners. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Again, this is how I do it, there are many variations.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Spring hit so time is tight. A lot of cleanup from a long winter. Sun stays up later and; therefore, kids stay up later. Shop time goes down... Got a chance to put some pants on these guys. Tried different things with each one, so they each turned out different. I’ll post some WIP pictures when I get a chance.
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    Fat Belly Skinner

    This was my first knife a couple years ago. It has since skinned several deer and elk. Looks to be about the same shape your looking for. I left a lanyard hole in it because it is a “three finger knife” and sometimes it’s nice to have a lanyard to hold, but I’ve never found I needed it. I also hold the blade cupped in my hand with my index finger on the spine, makes for good control. I too carry it in my pack, never been much for the knife hanging off my belt look...
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    Signs of life

    Game cams are fun, I have a camera I put out on my property just to see whats going on. Mama Moose... That's my house in the upper right. Coyote a few days later. Fun to watch everything green up too, after a long winter. I get so many deer on the camera everyday I stopped caring, but I think this one is on to me. Maybe he was just showing off his starter antler buds... This guy just stinks: Finally got the mamma moose's calf on the camera down by the bridge a few weeks later. Something kept messing with the trash can... so I aimed the camera right at it. Needless to say I was quickly able to get a bear proof trash can. This is one of my favorites from a few years back. Big kitty cat about 100 yards from my house, you don't get to see them often, as they usually see you first... Though they have a spine tingling scream they like to use in the black of night.
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    A tale of 6 blades.

    Ouch! It’s brutal to break a blade at that stage! How’d that happen? You’ll have to change your title to “the tale of 5 blades”
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Sorry for the delay. After finding out I was out of leather dye, I had to order some and wait for it to arrive. Back to work tonight. This is half tan, so it must be stitched wet. Then you let it dry for 2 days with the knife inside and it shrinks down and hardens providing a tight fit and “click” when the knife is sheathed. That is - if I did it right. We shall see.
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    Fogg/Kelso Hunter

    From your words and these pictures I can truly tell how much of an honor it was to have Don entrust this blade to you. All I can say is the trust was rightly placed and you have done the blade justice. The finished knife is a true inspiration of craftsmanship, as are its makers.
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    Source With Lots of Pictures of Old Swedish/Sami Knives

    Here is another that I found very helpful. https://nordiskaknivar.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/roman-kislitsyn-sami-style-carving-wip/
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Still the Sami style, actually seems more common to use the antler sheath. The other two I made with wood because I wanted to learn how to inlay better. a recent post by Aiden has a bunch of old examples: I can’t claim I’m very authentic, but I love how these look, so I started trying to make them.
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    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    One of the reasons I picked my niche... the other question to ask is - are they making them well? I think that’s even a better way to stand out, we can all recognize when somebody makes a knife that is well made. I think right now knife making is kinda a fad. I think the pendulum will swing the other way. I started researching making knives 20 years ago, at that point there was very little interest.
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    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    I think this is so true. Yes this hobby is basically about collecting tools, but I can assure you that almost everyone in here started out with almost no tools. If they had the tools already it was because they were proficient with them from another hobby or from their job. Each new tool just adds a whole new skill set you have to learn. I think the other thing to realize is making anything well takes a lot of time. The microwave mentality is so prevalent these days in knifemaking especially (IMO) since FIF came out because the general consensus is that making a knife in 4 hours is normal. It is not, especially so early in your knifemaking career. I think I am on one end of the extreme, as I’m sure people have picked up from my current WIP, it takes me months (years even) to make each knife because I spend way to long researching and practicing each step before I apply it to my actual knife. Not to mention I’ve only made a handful of knives (I think I’m on 14 or so), so I pretty much assume each one is still going to suck. Someday I’ll get quicker, but I kinda like the process, I’m weird that way.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Engraved the re-sheath. I like it much better. and just for kicks, a glamour shot of the triplets (not identical) I guess I better get out the leather box.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Thanks guys! got a little more work over the last couple nights, but I figured I’d kinda bundle the pics so I wasn’t spamming the forum. Experiment time. I need to reinforce the distal sheath, typically this was done with rivets/pins. I saw it done a different way on Instagram and I liked it so I’m going to try it. first I drilled the holes. then I used a tiny little tap to tap the holes. this left pretty little threads in there, see: dipped some ss screws in some epoxy and threaded them through let them cure and grind them off Seems really solid - back to more engraving. on a side note - I think the ice on the lake might break up in the next day or two and we are starting to see small patches of bare ground. Have a good evening!
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    The Knife making bible?

    Honestly - I think you’ve got the blade-smiths bible right in front of you. search this forum with google: site:bladesmithforum.com ________ enter your search term in the underline area above. Push enter and...viola! You have all the answers. everything you could ever need is right here.