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Wesley Alberson

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About Wesley Alberson

  • Birthday 01/15/1997

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    Rougemont, NC
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  1. I love the handle and blade style! That one will be magnificent.
  2. I'm getting ready for the state fair, finishing up some handles for a few knives. A large hawksbill, an all-wood tenon knife, and a puukko-ish knife. I also made a fighter in this style On an unrelated note, I made a few kitchen knives and some folders.
  3. Ever since I heard about diamonds being able to turn back into graphite over millions of years, I have wondered if the same happens to steel. Now, diamonds and graphite consist of one element, and steel in its most simple form has both carbon and iron, so I don't know if this would still apply. Unless you get the steel to absolute zero, there will still be some atomic-scale movement. All of the processes in chemistry start with a stress, and a reaction to reduce that stress, so would the stress of martensite/tempered martensite eventually turn back into a crystal structure with less stress? A blade that is left untempered can reduce the stress of martensite formation by cracking, so if it somehow doesn't crack over millions/billions of years, I wonder if it could change crystal structure without heat. Now, I will be long dead before any of this matters, but I thought it would be cool to know.
  4. Wow! I love how clean your work is. What did the sword look like before you worked on it? Did you have to forge a new tip on the old blade?
  5. I love that blade shape! What is your process for fitting a curved butt plate on the end of your handles?
  6. That is totally wicked! I have never heard of aluminum bronze before. Can you forge it or normalize it and hammer cold?
  7. The first knife that I have ever made was forged on my railroad track anvil 3 years ago. It is a stick tang knife with a handle & scabbard made from some red cedar. It has the worst edge geometry, extremely convex, but it could still cut/split things. I ended up putting 2 magnets on the face of the scabbard to keep it on the blade. Even now when I open the knife I can still smell the cedar.
  8. I'm not aware of any way to actually see the new, smaller crystals taking the place of the larger ones as it normalizes, recalescence is just an indicator of it. If you polish the steel after every normalization, etch it with special chemicals, and look at it with a powerful microscope, you could potentially see the grain being refined without destroying the piece. I wonder if it is possible to record crystal structure transformation in real-time? If a piece of steel was placed in a vaccuum and heated to critical with a heat -resistant microscope pointed at it, I wonder if you could see the change on a red-hot but polished surface. It would have to be recorded with an extreme slow-motion camera because the change occurs at the speed of sound. Maybe the test was done already, because how else would they know that it occurs at the speed of sound without viewing it?
  9. I upped my knife production after I got my 2x72 running. All of the fixed blade knives have the wedged tenon design. I have also started to drill and broach my handles because I have some nice burly stabilized wood that I got from Blade Show.
  10. I think he is using the really thin wheel that is in some of the Man at Arms: Reforged YouTube videos. I think that it is a flexible belt that has been split in half, and the wheel is like a blunt pizza cutter. It must take a few tries to get it to track!
  11. I'm gearing up for the NC State Fair this year, making some puukko-style knives with the wedged tenon construction.
  12. I think that will work! Even with a low friction mechanism, the spring will rub on the inside of the liners, but it's not an issue if the inside surfaces are smooth. Just make sure that the button isn't too wide so it can fit in between the handle. I would love to try that design, I can think of a way to easily forge it. This design makes much more sense for a pocket knife. The one that I made was a test for a blade section of a folding sword. The locking mechanism is on the spine because the next piece connected to it is another blade.
  13. A video of making the tang-lock folder: