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About Wesley Alberson

  • Birthday 01/15/1997

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    Rougemont, NC
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  1. Wesley Alberson

    Design for a boning knife

    My friend makes a nice boning knife, cut from thin stock, heat treated, and ground.
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    My initial journey into crucible steels.

    I've been following your work on instagram. This is really cool! How are you able to control the heat so you don't accidentally burn the billet?
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    San mai kitchen knife

    That is some wonderful wrought pattern!
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    How useful are recurve designs?

    That is an interesting perspective, I can definitely see kukris as being pinched and bent rather than having a recurve. The cutting ability of a recurve is great indeed, It is almost like a thin and sharp club. That makes sense with cutting free hanging items, the inwards curve kind of "gathers" the material so it applies more force to an object in mid air, rather than just letting it slide across one large outwards edge.
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    How useful are recurve designs?

    I have had this question on my mind for a while. I have made recurve knives before, and I love the way that they look, but I'm not sure how much more useful it is when compared to a knife with a belly. So from what I can gather, the main purpose of a recurve blade is to have a more extreme curvature out towards the end. The extreme end of this design concept is something like a dane axe. There is no recurve, only an extreme curvature at the end of a long stick. A step down from that would be something like a kopis or kukri, where the blade is sharpened down the whole length, but the sweet spot of the blade is towards the end with the outwards curvature. I guess the sharpened inwards curvature could be useful for really close situations. One thing that I noticed about kukris, at least the one that my mentor had, is that the outside curvature is the only place that is sharpened. He got it as an antique. In the case of something as long as a kukri, it makes sense to have a recurve because it is a long chopping blade that benefits from having a belly further away from the handle. On smaller knives that don't have the forward weight and momentum to be a chopper, is it really necessary to have an inwards curve? If you took a recurve blade, and drew a straight line from the start of the edge so that it is tangent to the belly of the blade (essentially filling the recurve part so the curvature is positive), wouldn't it cut the same? This question has no clear cut answer like many design questions, but it is interesting to discuss. I think the polar opposite of a recurve blade would be something like a sickle sword, where the point can be used like a spike, and the blade can hook and grapple. The miniaturized version of this design concept would be a sickle or karambit.
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    Puukko and Seax

    I hope so too, the hurricane will hit a bit earlier than expected, so that's good. Haha! looks like I got a bit jealous, so I had to make myself a bigger one. The blade profile reminds me of a sporty boat. The handle block came for free with a purchase of another. They were having problems with the resin popping off of the aluminum in small places, but I haven't had any problems. The handle block that I ordered is shredded carbon fiber suspended in transparent blue resin. Yeah, this handle material is done really well. Rather than the resin just suspending some random thing, the resin fills the pattern and becomes part of it.
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    Fetter Lane Sword No2

    I love swords like that! The Scandinavian/Viking style blades and fittings look majestic, like they are straight out of a fairy tale.
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    Puukko and Seax

    I am trying to get these knives finished before the state fair. I am done with the puukko except for the sheath, and I am on the last steps of finishing the seax. The puukko is W2 with an aluminum honeycomb/resin handle and an aluminum bolster to go with it. Making the nut for the seax has been difficult as I have never done it before. I copper brazed some all thread onto the end of the tang and drilled a counter bore to accommodate the nut. The handle is stabilized hackberry and water buffalo horn. I am aiming to keep the horn in the middle of the handle raised so it is more grippy. I have seen similar handles on kukris.
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    Friction folder

    I like the idea of riveting extra plates to beef up the handle, it provides some good contrast too.
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    The Little Bealings Project

    It is so pointy! I love it! Even though blades don't have power by themselves, this one really looks like it does.
  11. Wesley Alberson

    1st Century Roman "MAINZ" Gladius and Scabbard

    That is a beauty! The handle looks really comfortable
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    Jamb Knife, Take-Down Concept

    The latest wedge tenon knife from this year's KITH, Spelunkir. This one was a bit more interesting because the handle has 5 parts, usually it is just the bolster, handle, and butt plate. The riveted pommel piece is a new thing, too. I wonder if a high carbon steel wedge on a brass/copper butt plate would work, the wedge would have to be pretty smooth so it doesn't abrade the softer metal. I think I'll stick to iron, though. I really liked the blade shape of Spelunkir, so being the jealous person that I am I made a bigger spelunkir blade out of W2 and got a nice hamon, too. I might make this one a peened tang construction since I want brass on the end of the bolster. The handle will be made of spalted end grain hackberry with a piece of water buffalo horn in the middle. I also started on a puukko knife.
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    Red coral broken back seax

    I love the flow of this knife! Great work!
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    Eitr seax of King Eric Bloodaxe.

    This is a beast! Thank you so much Jeremy!