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Adam Weller

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  1. Some quick iPhone pics to prove it so I can finally say this project is DONE! Summer gets crazy busy with almost no shop time but I eked out enough time to put on the finishing touches. I think I’ll try to get some good pictures and then these go to the intended recipients. Without further ado: Pretty proud of the result. Quite a few things I will tweak on the next go around. Always room for improvement. Hope you all enjoyed the WIP. Adam
  2. Nice looking blade. I like how the sheath insets into the guard and the designs complement each other!
  3. I guess I'm still not sure what you have... if it is 0.70 inches thick then it is 7/10ths or closer to 3/4 inch thick which will take a while to forge down to the thickness of a kitchen knife.
  4. No, to give credit where due - I hope Owen doesn’t mind me sharing:
  5. That is plasticine and I recognize it from an Owen Bush Instagram post a couple days ago.
  6. I like these. I think they fit what the restaurant is looking for. They aren't your typical steak knives, people will notice and it adds to the overall unique experience. I'll have to disagree with Alan in regards to the handle length. I like how it looks and I think this is what provides a unique "wow" factor to them (it's not something you normally see). They aren't trying for comfort in this situation. I agree with Alan on the dishwasher... That was one of my first thoughts, the high heat and water will destroy natural materials. Also, you should get ready to make a lot more, I'm guessing these are the type of things that tend to "walk" out of restaurants.
  7. Gorgeous knife overall! Almost to elegant to use. I take it you make your own steel? impressive.
  8. Thanks! I have thought about less contrast, and that might be utilized in the future, but I like the look of the contrast and would like to keep that part of it... I'm kinda stubborn in a way that if I want it to look a certain way I keep trying until I figure it out... Thanks! Thanks Joshua, these are great suggestions... I have a stitching groover, but I didn't think about it because there isn't an edge to guide it, so I would be grooving blind (sounds like something out of the 70's ). I like the tapered drill bit idea, I'll give that a try next time. I keep the holes as tight as I can and I have to use a pair of pliers most of the time to get the needle through, I have to use the awl to line the holes up or I can't get the needle through at all... I do use a knot with each stitch. I think the hardest part of it is you have to stitch half-tan wet, and you have to stitch it on the sheath/knife so that it is tight and forms to the shape. So it isn't like the usual saddle stitch on two flat pieces of leather. I'm still working on the final little touches, got quite a bit done this weekend, but nothing that I think requires WIP pics... Hopefully I can post the completion pics soon.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 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.
  14. 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”
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Here is another that I found very helpful. https://nordiskaknivar.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/roman-kislitsyn-sami-style-carving-wip/
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. Thanks! Its amazing to me how I learn with each knife still, and it’s pretty easy to see the progression with these three. I think I got enough D&D experience points to jump a level with each knife. Definitely got + points in confidence and speed categories. Regarding the first sheath looking “different” - The inlay really didn’t have the integrity to show detail, I knew I wasn’t going to like it when I started, and I kept it simple because the material wouldn’t hold up to that level of detail. I agree it clearly looks “different” In that respect I did start on a new sheath yesterday - I’m pretty excited about it, I like it much better already. Here we go I cut lengthwise. Mark and use a rotary tool to create the cavity. Looks good and the blade fits! Glue. And I’m thinking this is gonna be way better. I need to pin the sides still then do final shaping and sanding. Now my problem is coming up with what to engrave on there and making it match the handle. Adam
  25. They might sell both types, but they should know the difference... I can't tell from a picture, but like I mentioned before it shouldn't be hard to tell between the two types. Soft brick is very soft, and dents very easily, hard brick feels like normal brick, if not even more brittle.
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