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Adam Weller

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  1. That turned out sweet! Nice job, I think I understand your pain with the carving as I assume this is very similar to antler engraving... No easy way to get it done.
  2. Beautiful knife and sheath! I’ll let jacek answer, but the pin isn’t filed off, just peened. We just don’t see that side in any of the pictures. First image on google search:
  3. That doesn't go down well with a lot of us, either. I agree. This is my least favorite part of the show. There are better ways to test the blades. I pretty much ignore this part, but I understand it with the exotic weapons they make in the final challenge considering those are indeed usually design for exactly that...
  4. Don't get me wrong here, I enjoy watching FIF as much as the next guy but I think it had a couple effects... First off, the general conception of bladesmithing to the general public became a 4 hour process, which I think devalues end result of any bladesmith quite a bit (That and everyone suddenly thinks a knife requires damascus steel). Also, I know that FIF definitely made tools harder to come by. All of a sudden that "yard art" anvil became really expensive...
  5. That blade is just beautiful. Can't wait to see what you do with the tusk.
  6. This was cool before, but this is whole different level! Love it!
  7. Here’s the whole family
  8. I really like this blade! I want to say the simplicity of the pattern is what gets me, but I know this isn't a simple process. This is going to be an awesome knife!
  9. Left to right 10 year old son (self carved) Mine 9 year old daughter (carved by me)
  10. Well, now I feel a little bit responsible for all of this... With my comment I had absolutely no intention of making pattern welding or carving a requirement for this project. I think the initial point of this KITH be a quick and dirty project. I have had a hankering for carving something, and I felt this would scratch my itch. Just something quick that I could use as a proof of concept and get the enjoyment of a KITH exchange as well. For some it might be trying a Hamon, others a scrap of pattern welding they have left over from a prior project, somebody else might be trying to learn to set a stone... Whatever you think you can get done by Christmas. I would say due to a quick deadline we keep the requirements as ill-defined as possible! As an aside - this is what my subconscious doodled on my agenda this morning as I was leading a meeting...
  11. Given the fairly broad definition of “fantaseax” or lack thereof - I’m guessing you could figure out something I can’t pattern weld, and I’ve never actually carved a handle, that’s kinda what a KITH is for!
  12. Haha, I guess I'm not sure what "period correct" Dwarven/elvish knives look like! I guess if anything I would loosly associate "Seax" with dwarven knives more than elvish. And suddenly I feel like I just became a LOTR nerd... I really just thought a pattern welded blade would look cool with a carved handle
  13. I think I'd be willing to get in on this, carved handle/seaxy thing... Just bummed I don't have pattern welding in my arsenal.
  14. My first thought was that you should know what your forging before you fire up the forge... I’ve found that trying to exactly match a pattern has made my hand forging SO much better. Just my 2cents. Oh and I’m loving the safety foot gear
  15. Well. Thanks again Wes! It definitely helped me. I can see why starting with thinner stock would be easier for sure. Getting quarter inch stock down this thin while stretching it so far was tough! Glad you like them!
  16. Ha, I wouldn’t call what I do at the anvil “skillful” more just brute determination and more heats than I care to divulge. that being said these knives are kinda my way of combating my usual “analysis paralysis” which makes my usual knives take months. These have both been made in the course of a few hours (not counting tempering and epoxy drying time) and I found the less grinding the better. I used to eyeball the pins with a hand drill, but this method is pretty easy and I seem to get good results with it. Also I get less “wander” with the line of pins, with three pins this becomes more important.
  17. I use shims. I copied this down from a recent thread discussing this exact question (I can’t remember who posted it but they had this drawn on their shop whiteboard). Before that I had always had to sit down and figure out the math. Now I just get out my calipers and it’s pretty easy to figure out. Oh and I super glue the shims on. They are going to be ground off in the near future anyway.
  18. Thanks! Hopefully it will get worked over in the next couple days as a couple more hunting trips are in order. The tapers are forged in, I did hit them with the grinder to make sure they were absolutely flat, but it was minimal grinding all around.
  19. Second prototype: My friend used the last one pretty aggressively over the last few weeks. Multiple animals including an entire elk without sharpening. stats: 80crv2 Scales I think are ebony? It was a random chunk in my small scrap pile. I forged it almost completely to size. Minimal grinding to clean up the flats for the bevel and where the scales glue on. We both decided the last one was too thick so I went as thin as I felt comfortable forging with pretty aggressive tapers. This took about 2 inches of a 1/4” x 1” bar of metal. The knife weighs 2.5 oz. overall 6 3/4” blade length 3 3/4” Any thoughts are appreciated. Adam
  20. Any reason for the evenheat over other brands like paragon? I’m getting ready to pull the trigger on one of these too.
  21. I love this kind of stuff. It evokes the pure sense of handmade and craftsmanship... You just can't fake a hand carved handle/scabbard. This makes me long for those cold winter days when your snowed in, sitting in a cozy little workshop next to a hot wood stove with uninterrupted hours to carve. Never happens, but I can dream
  22. Good point. Call it habit, but I've always used the 3 pins for some reason. Maybe on the next version ill move them closer to the blade. The end is well supported by the lanyard tube. That being said, I'm not too worried about it, the bocote is very dense/strong and I aggressively roughed up the epoxied surfaces so it should hold up to anything. We also discussed the knife was going to be used for breaking down game and making dinner. No rigorous chopping/abuse is in the plan. Thanks!
  23. I have a friend I work with who is an avid hunter (multiple deer, elk, bear, coyotes, wolves per year with both a bow and rifle). He and I have been discussing his perfect carry knife for hunting over the last couple months which included many napkin drawings, and side-by-side comparisons of knives we have both used in the past. Well, after several wooden models and tweaks - I made the first prototype. It is nothing special, forged 80crv2, bocote handle. This is a milestone for me because I made it in about 5-6 hours total. I typically spend months making anything, but it’s hunting season so there was no time to delay. Here is the well worn template that was the result of many conversations about blade length, weight, ricasso’s, choils, lanyard holes, tapered tangs, handle contours, flat vs hollow grind, etc. It ended up pretty simple, weighs 3.2oz and easily fits in a pocket or pack. Just thought I’d share. As always, any thoughts are appreciated!
  24. Hey guys, This is a long shot but I thought to give it a try for nostalgia's sake... I got this blower in pieces for next to nothing. It was in pieces and the brushes were shot but it looked like it was all there so I figured why the heck not. I found new brushes, and now I am trying to re-assemble. Here is the plate on the motor: It came off of this: Here is the problem, Which wires go where? I'll let the picture doing the talking: you can see the coils and the spindle on the left. The top is removed and set to the right. E and F are the connections to the brushes. Which wires (A, B, C, or D) hook to E and F and which go to power? I have tried different combinations and the motor hums but doesn't turn. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance, Adam
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