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About Wesley Alberson

  • Birthday 01/15/1997

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  1. Wesley Alberson

    Knife makers tongs ~WIP~

    Usually when I rivet tongs I cut a piece of the rivet material so that it is hanging on by a little bit. Then I heat it up, put the rivet through both holes, twist it off, and start hammering. Using a rivet block under the tongs is probably best so that you don't run the risk of bending the rivet instead of mushrooming it. Then I heat up the tongs and rivet, mushroom the rivet the rest of the way, and start opening and closing it to loosen the action.
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    belt grinder motors and vfd uk advice required

    I just got a TEFC 2 HP 3 phase motor. One of the older ones with the cooling fins. I bought a 3 KW VFd on Amazon for it yesterday. The display panel can be separated from the VFD itself, so I can keep in a nice enclosure. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0775GRPFJ/
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    KITH 2019?

    last year I suggested a dao bao. It is a combination veggie peeler and kitchen knife so you can cut and peel things without switching tools. The 2 pieces are held on with screws so it can be taken apart and washed/sharpened It might also be fun to do a "tacticool" theme where we make something that looks crazy like mall-ninja stuff. It would be giving into the dark side, making the knives that the basement dwellers and cheap katana collectors want!
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    My adventure with the Japanese tanto, AKA raising the bar

    That is a beautiful tanto! The handle is very well done.
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    Wyrm Hunter's Knife

    That is a lovely knife! I want to learn how to carve bone like that.
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    Little finger

    That has an interesting steampunk look to it.
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    Seax grip wood analyzed samples

    When thae say "knife hilts," are they talking about the bolster, or the whole handle being made of horn? Also, is there a type of oak here in North Carolina that would be comparable to the oak in Europe?
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    Thought fer the day, / add yours if you like

    They don't think it be like it is, but it do. -Oscar Gamble
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    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!
  12. Wesley Alberson

    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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