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Wesley Alberson

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  1. That is some wonderful wrought pattern!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I love swords like that! The Scandinavian/Viking style blades and fittings look majestic, like they are straight out of a fairy tale.
  6. 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.
  7. I like the idea of riveting extra plates to beef up the handle, it provides some good contrast too.
  8. It is so pointy! I love it! Even though blades don't have power by themselves, this one really looks like it does.
  9. That is a beauty! The handle looks really comfortable
  10. 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.
  11. I love the flow of this knife! Great work!
  12. This is a beast! Thank you so much Jeremy!
  13. That is awesome! I can't wait to see it IRL
  14. I'm glad you like it! I really like blades with a long sweeping belly, I think that it is the optimal way to make a blade that cuts well and is easy to sharpen.
  15. That pattern looks like paisley in some areas, very cool! I like the overall shape, too. The way it widens from the handle to the guard reminds me of a tuna.
  16. While beautiful, the tempering colors on steel are very thin and can be rubbed off easily. Using oil or some sort of wax could possibly create a barrier to keep the surface from rusting, but it won't really help if the knife is used. Even processes like color case hardening are only used for fittings on knives and guns that won't come into contact with many things that could rub it off. If you are looking to give your steel some color, I would recommend looking into cold bluing, which is somewhat durable, and I have seen others use it on blades.
  17. I really don't want Jeremy to rush his power hammer build, making a power hammer is more important to a bladesmith than any KITH. Lets set the deadline to the 12th, but don't break your back trying to finish everything on time. KITH isn't supposed to be stressful, and there is always the next one.
  18. Done, although there is no sheath, I hope that is okay
  19. I have Spelunkr pretty much finished except for a sheath. The carved handle adds character and fills empty space. It also makes it a bit more grippy. Even though the knife balances on the index finger it is still a really good chopper, sharp too. I really like this filed and aged look, I might do this to more knives. It makes the knife feel like a relic or an heirloom that is still sharp and usable, and it begs to be used. Since this knife is kind of out of the box, it was the perfect opportunity to make a YouTube video of the process. I'll post the video in this thread once I finish and upload it.
  20. The blade is nearly completed! I just need to give it a few finishing touches. I riveted the brass and steel together on the butt plate for the wedge tenon on the end. I will name the blade Spelunkir, a blade owned by a famous Nord explorer who was fascinated with the dwemer ruins. He fashioned a knife out of a blade that his blacksmith friend made for him, and used some Dwemer scrap metal for the fittings, and an old battle axe handle from a busted up Dwemer battle axe. The Nord went missing in the labyrinth of Mzinchaleft, but his knife was unearthed by a search party, next to a door blocked by large stones that fell from a cave-in.
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