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Wesley Alberson

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  1. The habaki is finally soldered together. The lines on the spine don't perfectly line up, but this is my first habaki. I have forged other habaki, but I've never completed them because I never had the right solder. Now some real progress can be made since I have the fittings lined up.
  2. I really like it. Great job! Being a pattern welded knife, how thin did you forge it before grinding?
  3. Well that's good, I wish I could have had that silver lining for my first billet attempt! You could even use the blade for fittings like a guard or spacers, they would be nice accents.
  4. Well, it got a little hard, I wonder which steel you welded together contributed to hardening? Did you case harden it?
  5. File: A piece of metal with many shiny areas where a series of edges once was, most commonly used as a sandpaper mandrel so it looks like it is doing its intended job. It is also used to drag across knife tips that you had tried to normalize but are still rock hard. You secretly wish that it would become completely useless so you can turn it into another rock hard knife tip to dull your next file on.
  6. A file bowie, edge and clip bevels forged in. I created the spine notch on the corner of the anvil and hot filed it to clean it up. The edge notch was just hot filed in.
  7. Well, I took that image that you couldn't see, uploaded it to my regular image hosting site, and posted it again. It was nothing on your side. I am just making a bunch of posts on this thread because I have nothing better to do. Well, I could start hand-sanding the knife.... but that's just crazy talk! Anyways, today I made a small texturing hammer out of spring steel. It broke in half at the eye when I tried to hammer the handle in. I barely tempered it! I ended up putting the hammer in a c-clamp with some borax and a bit of copper. It brazed up nicely, and I re-heat-treated it. I used i
  8. I love the wrought and carving! Thanks for sharing.
  9. Today I found out that I love copper brazing much, much more than soldering. This fitting was really difficult. I had to file, re-flux, hammer out solder, and heat 5 times. I got it stuck, but unfortunately there are some bubbles in there, but I don't want to grind them out nor do I want to do it all over again. I think that it looks nice overall. This was made from the same batch of copper that I made the guard from, and a brass nut. This was my first time forging brass. It was quite easy. Just heat it up until it turns grey, quench, and hammer some more. I used some plumbers solder, which I
  10. You can't load all of them, or just my last post? I use Imgur as my image hosting site, but the most recent picture was taken directly from the usagiya website. I will try to edit and fix this, just tell me when you can see it.
  11. I like the way they look. Have you ever tried a stick tang on a kitchen knife? And as for hamons, I'm wondering if it is even worth it. A kitchen knife, no matter how expensive it is, is bought to be used. Using kitchen knives builds up an oxide layer that covers up the hamon etching. If a couple uses can completely change the surface of the knife, is it worth to do? I know that there are mechanical benefits which is completely fine, but most kitchen knives with hamons that I have seen have spectacular ashi that emphasizes aesthetics over mechanics. Is there a way to make the hamon show throug
  12. Thanks! The fuchi actually wasn't that hard to do. And as for the fittings, I don't know yet. I want to make the handle flare out at the end, so that would be a pretty big/unsightly kashira. I might make a kashira like you see on tachi swords, but it would be much more squat so the handle can taper outwards. So just picture the ring much closer to the other end of the fitting. I don't really know how it would be secured, though. I'm not wrapping the handle. Edit: Actually, I am going to put a fuchi on the other end! I will make it bigger to go on the end of the handle, and keep the top
  13. That is some great video quality! Thank you for making this.
  14. It looks great! Can you squeeze the sides of the purse so it opens up a little? I'm guessing it acts like a spring.
  15. It looks great! I love the pattern and the transitions from socket to edge.
  16. I think that by now you can tell that I'm using KITH as an opportunity to try out some of DaveJ's tutorials! I made an iron fuchi fitting today out of a nut, a washer, and some copper wire. I forged out the nut to be wider on one side than the other, and then squished and flattened the washer. I filed the washer so it still stuck out a little, then I pressed the whole thing together in my leg vise. The copper wire was forged thin and placed along the inside seam with some borax. I ground the top and bottom flat, and I am leaving the forged finish on the outside for now. There is some copper
  17. Get a "shoulder dolly" if you can. It makes moving stuff so easy. You need a second person, though. I think my dad found them at Lowes, Home Depot, or Walmart.
  18. I like the bolster design behind the flat guard! It gives you the feel of a contoured guard.
  19. Cool! So does this mean that the guard material is actually sitting past the shoulder/ the blade is sunken into the guard?
  20. Man, I don't sneeze on my knife without posting it! I just made a few things for the knife. The habaki would have went well if I used solder that was actually fit for the job . Anyways I ordered some hard silver solder online, I hope that can be forgiven because it is not, to my knowledge at least, a common store-bought thing. I made a flat guard out of some copper that I melted down from pipe and wire, and added a brass key spacer. Here are pictures of the copper I poured a while ago: Cut in half and forged out a little:
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