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Wesley Alberson

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About Wesley Alberson

  • Birthday 01/15/1997

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  1. It was really cool to hold some of your blades! You have developed a unique style, everything was really solid and comfortable, make more! Oh, and here is my favorite photo that I took at blade:
  2. That is looking really good! Even though mechanical hammers are more efficient, why do people still prefer air hammers? is it because your foot determines the stopping point of the hammer, rather than the amount of force that the hammer exerts?
  3. It looks like you are making good progress! Do you need a large air compressor to run this, or does it have an internal piston? There is a guy near me that has an old nazel hammer that he isn't using, and it's just sitting outside. I have been looking around for a smaller power hammer like a little giant, but it might just be a case of go big or go home.
  4. I wanted to get my stuff on Etsy, I thought I should post my current stock here, too. Aluminum Handle Friction Folder: $120 https://www.etsy.com/listing/537731309/aluminum-handle-friction-folder-knife?ref=listing-shop-header-2 This folder is made with a one-piece hammer textured aluminum handle and large steel washers on either side of the pivot. The blade shape is based off of a higonokami, a popular Japanese friction folder.Specifications:Blade Steel: File steel, probably 1095 or a similar alloy.Handle: Aluminum with steel pivot and washers, as well as brass washers inside to smooth out the friction.Closed Length: 7″Open Length: – 10.5″Edge Length: – 4.5″ Take-Apart Puukko/Leuku Knife: $240 https://www.etsy.com/listing/537733133/take-apart-puukkoleuku-knife-w-sheath?ref=listing-shop-header-1 This is a Finnish-style puukko knife that is based on a design that has been used for hundreds of years. It has been made with a unique take-apart wedged tenon design, inspired by the ancient handle design of Japanese weapons combined with a traditional blacksmithing wedged tenon structure. The blade has been differentially tempered so the blade has a hard edge and a soft spine. This phenomenon of differential heat treatment creates a temper line, or hamon. It is a wavy holographic line that denotes the boundary between the hard and soft steel.The knife can be taken apart so the blade can be serviced without damaging the handle and fittings. It also allows for a more thorough cleaning of the knife. Simply tap the wedge out on a corner of a piece of wood and the handle and fittings can be taken off. The wedge is flush to the rear plate of the knife so it makes it nearly impossible for the wedge to come out.The knife comes with a windowed wooden sheath that keeps any residual moisture inside the sheath from rusting the blade. The leather provides excellent retention to keep the blade in the scabbard while wearing. The sheath hangs from an aluminum fitting and a belt loop that allows it to move freely.Specifications:Steel: File steel, most likely 1095 or an alloy similar to itHandle: Maple crotchFittings: Mild steelBlade Length: – 6″Knife Length Overall: – 10.6″ 11.5" Camp Chopper Knife w/ Scabbard: $350 https://www.etsy.com/listing/538453603/hand-forged-115-camp-chopper-knife-w?ref=listing-shop-header-0 The blade was hand-forged in my shop with charcoal that I made. It is made of 5160 spring steel, edge quenched to increase durability and shock resistance.This has a unique take-apart design that is a combination of the handle construction used for Japanese weapons, and a traditional blacksmithing wedged tenon joint.Comes with a lacquered wooden scabbard and a leather frog that can be reversed for left or right handed carry.Specifications:11.5" edge16.25" total length5160 blademild steel fittings, forged and hot-punchedwalnut handle with a lacquered pattern created with maple leaf dustthermory ash scabbard with a lacquered patternreversible leather frog Ladder Pattern Damascus Knife: $530 https://www.etsy.com/listing/523927702/ladder-pattern-damascus-knife-with?ref=related-1 A Turkish-inspired ladder pattern damascus knife, with a forward-bent recurve edge. This knife has sculpted brass fittings that build on the theme, such as a minaret on the pommel, a beautiful black walnut handle, and a leather-lined walnut scabbard. The pommel is threaded so the knife can be taken apart for maintenance.The butt plate on the handle has been carved to have a relief that mimics the pommel. The handle has been contoured to have excellent ergonomics in both the edge up and edge down position.Specifications:Edge Length: 8.5"Total Knife Length: 14"Length When in Scabbard: 15 3/8 "
  5. What Karim said. The blade warped quite a lot from the quench, but after tempering it I was able to hammer it straight. Monosteel blades resist straightening because they are still springy. The same thing happens with laminated blades, but the mild takes a set and pulls on the carbon steel. The carbon steel isn't truly straight, I think it would snap right back if the mild was taken away somehow. The blade is in a state of stress from this, but it won't break it. I recall watching a video about Japanese smiths "aging" their blades by keeping them in cubbies for a few months (years?) after straightening, probably to allow the slower-moving molecules of the high carbon to acclimate and reduce stress. Edit: If you do want to do a pre-bend to at least reduce the warp, the high carbon expands more, martensite has an elongated crystal structure. If you do a right-handed knife with the HC on the left side, bend it to the left. The longer the knife, the worse it will look. I would estimate that when I quenched mine, the tip angle versus tang angle was about 20 degrees. So maybe you should try to compensate for 3.3 degrees per inch of knife? It's worth a shot.
  6. I made some progress on the blade. It is my first time laminating steel like this. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be using my charcoal forge. It is a piece of 5160 on one side and mild steel on the other. It is a lamination very similar to chisel ground kitchen knives, but I made this one symmetrically ground. The heel is on the short side, but hopefully I can angle up the handle a bit so it's not a knuckle breaker!
  7. It is dried and crushed up maple leaf. I used lacquer to build up layers of it, and it's a nice texture. It looks like purple avocado skin!
  8. That is a beautiful pattern! Is that a copper nail in the butt plate?
  9. I really like the inwards curved spacer and guard! I think the peened tang would look much cleaner if you filed a step into the tang so the very end of the tang is a smaller round/square shape. Then you can take a piece of steel or copper, drill a hole about the size of the end of the tang, then peen over the tang on top of that. I think that would reduce the chance of work hardening cracks.
  10. Thanks, Wes!
  11. Thanks! I would love to see someone else try it, it's such a simple design, Dave Friesen got me hooked on the whole take-apart idea. I'm sure that a knife with this construction could be finely finished, the only problem is that when taking it apart/ putting it together, you are getting a hammer near the end of the handle. Even if you use a brass/copper hammer, I think that it could still mar a highly polished pommel fitting. Perhaps a leather-lined vise could safely press the pin in without damaging the fittings. 11.5" edge, 16.25" total length from tip to the end of the tang.
  12. That is a really cool pattern! The deep holes in the fittings remind me of those holes in a python's face.
  13. I made a camp chopper to test out the reliability of the wedged tenon design when subject to shock. It is edge quenched 5160 with mild steel fittings and a walnut handle that has a textured area. This textured area is dried and powdered purple Japanese maple leaf, lacquered in multiple layers, then the masking tape is taken off to reveal the wood areas. It is very fast in hand, the weight of the pommel balances it well so it doesn't feel sluggish and forward-heavy.
  14. Great videos! I wish they didn't put the subtitles on.