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  1. Michael Bergstrom

    WIP Ivory Dirk

    So, haven't been able to work on this in a while, had to finish up a couple swords and do some heat treating. Finally started working this week a little on it. after reviewing the photos, I noticed that the guard is actually bent. I didn't want to fire up my large forge, so took a crucible and my torch to heat up the guard piece. I creased ahead of time to get a good line, then hot fitted it to shape it over the blade shoulders (which I rounded down with a file). The potato acted as a simple heat sink for the fast fit so I didn't lose my tempering, it worked out great. I started cleaning up the pommel cap and starting to shape it, It's only at about 60 grit right now, but wanted a quick dip in acid to see if this batch of wrought had any pattern to it, I was not disappointed. Stopping point last night. I haven't really worked on the handle at all lately, though I'm starting to fit it to the guard now. I also started filing the guard to shape. Blade is now at a flat grind at 320 grit, and I'll be starting on the fuller today or tomorrow. It's going to be a hard fuller, it marries up to the spine, almost creating a T shape than has a skinny accent line down the along the fuller. Should be fun...
  2. Michael Bergstrom

    Forced patina and texture

    He cleaned the blade, than used birchwood casey perma blue, he then soaked the blade in vinegar until rust formed, than put the blade in boiling water (in rust bluing it's best to use distilled water), then brushed it back.
  3. Michael Bergstrom

    WIP Ivory Dirk

    Super slow going. Starting to refine and thin up the handle, and started filing in the "thistle" pommel cap. Decided to go for wrought iron guard plate and pommel cap, so took some old wagon wheel and forged it down flat. This is the pommel cap design on the original. The cap appears to have a slight dome as well. The cap also seems to overhang the handle by a hair, but I think that's ivory shrinkage with age, and not intentional, so I think I'll go for flush. Drill baby drill, drilled my pilot hole a little smaller than the tang, then filed to fit. Where I stopped last night. (axe of perun pendant in the pic as well, it's my distraction piece right now, haha)
  4. Michael Bergstrom

    WIP Ivory Dirk

    I dont, I can try to find out. But I had to guess at dimensions based off of hands in other photos and averages for dirks.
  5. Michael Bergstrom

    WIP Ivory Dirk

    Someone contacted me about creating as close to the original dirk he saw on an auction site. I was the only smith that said I would build it out of ivory like the original, other makers were pushing for plastic or antler. This is is a photo of the original. First thing I wanted to do was find a piece of ivory to use, a solid chunk of ivory that size is very hard to find, thankfully, I live in Alaska and have a great resource for legal ivory (both walrus and mammoth). I knew that mammoth was flat out not going to work, as most isn't solid enough and would require stabilizing. I found a nice piece of "fossilized" walrus tusk tip that was solid enough. It's just a little shy for size by a mm or two, I consulted with the client and he said he was okay with that as he understood the limitations with ivory sources and just as long as it still flowed. I did a rough sketch up to get a rough idea of lengths of materials. I chose 1095 for the blade steel, mainly because I was running low on my regular 5160 and wasn't in the mood for 01. I also figured 1095 would be a little closer to the original steel used. I don't really have any photos of the forging, but it was pretty fast and basic. No problems in the heat treat everything went pretty smoothly. The blade blank after HT and Cleanup, checking profile against the picture. I haven't added the small fuller, rounded the shoulders or done any finer detail work on it yet. Checking to make sure I'll actually have enough material to do the handle. This piece of ivory is gorgeous, with a nice dense dentin. Starting to lay in the shoulders. I don't have the best ventilation or mask, and also can't afford to mess up with this material, so I'm not using power tools at this point, and might not use them at all on this piece just to be safe and not ruining anything. And where I stopped last night.
  6. Michael Bergstrom

    Back at it! New pieces finally!

    Seattle! Wife got a job down here, so splitting my time between Anchorage and Seattle now, thankfully it's a fast, easy flight.
  7. Michael Bergstrom

    Back at it! New pieces finally!

    My life has been all over the map the last few months, I relocated my shop which shut me down for a month, and then I really needed to focus on film work. But the shop is back up and running and wanted to share a few pieces I've been working on. I also have a WIP dirk I'll try and update as I build it further out, I'll start a new thread for that. I've really missed cruising the forums and working, but life is finally settling back down into a normal routine (or as normal as my life gets). But I like sharing and showing work. Still trying to build a lot of skills. First up, some swords! Type XVI. 5160 blade, mild steel hilt, handle is popular core, cord wrapped with a dyed leather covering. Pommel is concave with a peen block. Hilt has a patina to mimic case hardening. Migration sword. This has a story behind it. I built this with patina in the handle to match the blade. I did the weapons for the braveheart follow up called "Robert the Bruce" starring Angus Macfayden, Jared Harris, Zach McGowan and Anna Hutchinson, this blade was a hero blade used in the film. I kept all the original patina and edge damage that it took during the fight sequences. The blade was retired and I rehilted it when I got home. Materials are brass and oak burl with a bronze pommel cap, handle is diver salvaged oak from Lake Superior (Thanks Scott Roush!), historical construction with rivets and the pommel cap riveted on over the peen. Swiss longsword, big ol' blade, but the star is the handle. Gentle S curve with leaf details filed in, pommel is hollow ground with a brass rosette, handle is holly and brass. Some daggers and knives: Puuko inspired knife, Low layer blade, rosewood handle, ivory and brass. Roman utility knife with mammoth ivory handle. Dirk with Claro walnut burl handle and brass A modern knife, my buddy in film wanted a California compliant fixed bladed knife that would be perfect for use on a film set. Did some file work on the top and bottom and gave it a nice mosaic pin.
  8. Michael Bergstrom

    Antler Neck Knife

    holy crap I like this a lot. Right up my alley in terms of aesthetics.
  9. Michael Bergstrom

    Arctic Fire 2016 Videos

    It was my joy to help out! Learned a lot and made me up my game. Thanks for watching everyone! I'm planning on having some of the story elements, a video about the giants sword and some lovely video of the finished works uploaded soon.
  10. Michael Bergstrom

    Fire chief retirement gift set

    i don't know if I'm living under a rock or what, but I've never seen a knife in a folding cutting board...and now I've never wanted anything more.
  11. Michael Bergstrom

    Irish Skean

    I REALLY like this. I love working with moose antler. I would use that camping and hunting constantly.
  12. Michael Bergstrom

    CeltIberian War Knife for Knife or Death

    Pretty knife! I really should go watch that show, it's on DVR right now. I don't have any measurements of that particular knife (most of my time was spent studying the main exhibit), but the knife that is right behind it is 40.6 cm long and the one in front of it is 57cm. Pictured is the one right in front that's 57cm, I have no other measurements right now.
  13. Michael Bergstrom

    My first knife

    Far nicer than my first knife. I don't think anyone has seen my first one other than my wife, my mentor and a couple friends...haha. easy to get grinder happy...that comes with practice!
  14. Michael Bergstrom

    EDC, chore knife

    Oh I love the simplicity and yet the understated beauty in this.
  15. Michael Bergstrom

    For the love of dogs.

    Not to be "that guy", but there are a lot of people that call their dogs "bear dogs", his actual breed is Karelian Bear Dog, a finnish breed, they have been bred for 5,000 years to hunt bear, moose and other large game. I've seen a lot of people in Alaska with "bear dogs" get mauled by bears because their dog ran the bear back at them, when you have a dog that is solely bred for hunting down bears...different story. He's a proven one, with 4 bears under his belt and 2 moose, nothing like seeing one go one on one with an angry bear. Yep, they are lookers, very very high energy and need constant exercise and challenges, pretty rare here in the US, I think at last count he was one of about 400 purebreds in North America. If you have hounds and like to hunt, then you know the thrill of the dog picking up the scent and racing through the woods, it's something else, hunting with man's best friend.