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Wesley Alberson

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


  7. 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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  8. I made a bit of progress on the fittings, elongated hexagonal shapes that have been slightly rounded over. I'm glad that I was able to grind the face of the bolster flat and still have a great fit, I'm definitely using this guard making method from now on. I wanted to have a whitesmith style to the blade and fittings with file texture. I love the look of some of the historical artifacts that Peter Ross has in his shop, and I wanted to make something that looks like it. It is crisp in shape, yet the file texture is still there, and it has been etched to artificially age the steel. I will heat up the fittings to darken them with oxides, then brighten the high spots.


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  9. 1 hour ago, Justin Mercier said:

    Alternately we could just set up a discord server to hang out and chat blade stuff in, rather than trying to integrate it into the forum page


    Discord sounds fun, it's free to set up, right?

  10. Thanks! I really like the Dwemer art style. In lore the race had mysteriously disappeared, but there is still plenty of concept art. They are kind of steampunk, but still refined because the Dwemer were mixing science and magic.


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