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Wesley Alberson

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  1. Are there any other makers doing custom knives for people with MS/other motor disabilities? The mass-produced ones I've seen look boring, and this is inspiring me to make some!
  2. Correct. They are a little convex. I start with a jig that I made for getting most of the material at the edge removed. I forged these thin enough that I was able to heat treat them before grinding the bevel. I use a jig because that keeps me from slipping and accidentally getting 36 grit gouges on the forge finished part. With the bevels flat ground most of the way, I then use higher grit belts freehand because the bevel is already established. I grind at an angle on the platen, and with the nature of freehand grinding, it's pretty much impossible to get a perfect flat grind.
  3. And also a cool little bamboo stand I made for my kitchen knives. The bottom one has become my personal knife. I bring it along to show customers how carbon steel will patina over time.
  4. It has been ages since I have posted here. I have been getting into local markets to sell some of my knives and other forged things, so I've been making some kitchen knives. They are much more popular than my utility knives and historical/fantasy stuff, although my folders sell well too. Most of the kitchen knives were forged from 1095. I got them really thin, too. I made these knives a bit too triangular, they were all from the same forging session. Usually there is more of a drop point quality to kitchen knives so the handle and edge are more parallel. The handles are all stabilized woods, m
  5. One detail that I left out of this write up is an experimental process. Now its always easier to make the face of the guard flat because when it hits one shoulder you know it hits the other. Lets say you want the face of the guard to have a certain look to it, like a chevron or a radius. You can punch the oversize hole, then make a second punch that matches the dimensions of the first, only the very end of the punch has the desired shape you want. When you deform the guard to make the smaller radius, it conforms to that shape. Essentially what this does is it makes the smaller radius all one
  6. I have never seen a full antler guard like this, very cool!
  7. Here is a write-up for a process I demonstrated at the SBA: Forged and Hot Fitted Knife Bolsters/Guards Wes Alberson It is a curse to be an impatient bladesmith. There are so many little processes in knifemaking that give a whole new meaning to tedium. One such process has been emphasized more and more in modern times, and that is guard fitting. The main purpose of bolsters and guards is to act as a surface for the handle material to rest against, giving the handle material extra support. Another function is to protect your hand from accidentally slipping onto the blade.. The ac
  8. I love that pattern, I think "resonance" would be a good name for it.
  9. Your ferrules give your knives a classy feel that you just don't get with integrals. All the materials are really balanced.
  10. These are stunning examples! Are there any tutorials on how to make an antler sheath? They look like they were split in half, hollowed out, and riveted back together somehow.
  11. 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.
  12. 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/
  13. 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!
  14. That is a lovely knife! I want to learn how to carve bone like that.
  15. That has an interesting steampunk look to it.
  16. 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?
  17. They don't think it be like it is, but it do. -Oscar Gamble
  18. My friend makes a nice boning knife, cut from thin stock, heat treated, and ground.
  19. 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?
  20. That is some wonderful wrought pattern!
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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, t
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