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Wesley Alberson

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  1. Cool! I'm excited to see some pictures.
  2. I barely crowned the bladesmithing hammer I made. It wobbles when you bounce it on the face of the anvil to rest your arm, but it has no problems when forging. It's better for getting everything flat as possible.
  3. Looks like it came from a nightmare, it also looks like it was a nightmare to make! How in the world is the copper secured to the handle? I love those accents, especially the skull.
  4. No dice. The billet is a failure, but I learned a lot from it at least. I forged down the nicholson file into a 10 inch bowie. It isn't as thick as some of the bowies I've seen, but it feels like an excellent chopper. All draw filed down: And clayed up: I mix my own clay instead of doing it the easier, smarter way. It's really fun to do, I mix clay from an eroded area on the farm, blue rock from the well we had drilled, ash from the wood stove, and powdered scale. I have to tweak the mixture sometimes, but I think I have it down for the most part. Wish me luck! Or don't, dep
  5. I can't see any problems with it. I like the handle swell and the copper spacer!
  6. Well, I tried forging the billet on its side, and it had some major, irreparable flaws which went really deep, so no grinding it out! I tried to get it to a bright yellow with some borax, but it seems like the welds never took again. I really learned a lot from that, so next time It will hopefully go smoother. I don't have any more bandsaw left unfortunately, so I'll have to use something else. Thankfully my plan B is to use a dull nicholson file I had laying around. It won't be as thick as bowie knives usually are, but I'm not going for a historically accurate shape anyways. I will mainly foc
  7. I love it! I don't see that type of palm swell too often, it looks really nice. It would be cool to start a thread of bladesmiths showing their self-made knives that they use all the time! The good thing about a bladesmith's knife is that we made it, so if it gets scratches and dings we can simply refinish it, just like we did the first time. I completely abuse my friction folder, putting it through wood, gravel, and just about anything that needs to be cut. It's a great way of testing out your own heat treat and design (except for the gravel part, knives aren't really meant to do that, but he
  8. That makes sense, if you market them as "made from files" people would really want to see the file texture showing through. I'm glad that you are selling them!
  9. I actually did a test a while back on some bandsaw blades. It's rough but it doesn't rotate backwards. There is a lot of friction on the riveted pivots, too, which would change If I ever actually make something like this. The ends of the bandsaw tangs are simply bent to the side, but I want them to actually lock. and fully extended:
  10. @Alan That is pretty cool! I like the system, but the floppy blade, even though it is springy, is somewhat a deal breaker to me. @Hoy That is exactly how I figured it could be made! Except for the bending forwards part. The "tang" part would have a small triangular piece on the end that would lock into a hole in the next piece. The tang would act like a spring, and the triangular piece would act like a ramp, so it would click into place in the hole. I might need to draw a picture...
  11. That was really cool! I wonder how he pulled that off with the 3 way folding blade. It looks like it is secured with all linerlocks, so it might actually be stronger than I once thought.
  12. This post isn't really that serious, just rambling about something that I want to see made in my lifetime. I have always fantasized about a sword that you can fit in your pocket and deploy it with a flick of the wrist or the push of a button. I have seen it in movies like Star Trek and some semi-functional examples, but never have I seen something that would actually work. I'm not talking about the thing folding at the base of the blade and fitting in the equally large handle, oh no. I'm talking about something crazy, I want the blade to fold on itself and fit in a pocket or something slightly
  13. Thanks, guys! This advice really means a lot to me. I will definitely use wire next time, and I will try some clay, too.
  14. Do you have a bench grinder? I use mine for a bunch of bladesmithing tasks, mainly grinding out all of the mill scale craters. They shouldn't be too expensive.
  15. Oh, that makes sense, like a little probe. Thanks for the tip!
  16. Well, crap. From what Cashen said, there is no hope for the billet, therefore there is no hope for the knife. Even if I forge weld this junk to the sides of a file would it (the jacket) not crumble or crack in quench? I know that people can weld nasty wrought to the sides of their knives, but the properties of that are somewhat known. I will try anyways, and this time with a proper heat, though I felt that even a light yellow wasn't enough to fuse the stuff. Perhaps I need to hit it hard like I did when it was white hot, but instead at a light yellow to smack the faces up against each other.
  17. I like the upswept harpoon point! The ricasso seems a bit long, but it still looks cool. after you grind some scale blemishes out, it should look fine.
  18. So I welded up that stack of bandsaw today. It was somewhat a success! I had some trouble welding it up, though. I didn't weld a handle to it or anything, so it was all by tongs. My previous experience with forge welding was with hammer faces, so I was getting it screaming white hot and hitting it as hard as I could. This ended up making some of the metal crumble off, but thankfully I only did this on the ends. I have ground most of the imperfections off, but there are still tiny lines in some places. I will forge this out thinner and prepare it for welding a file in between it. I will chisel
  19. Looks great! And I wouldn't worry about the friction fit handle. I read somewhere that friction fit kitchen knife handles are left with a bit of a gap between the heel and the front of the handle. This is to hammer the handle on tighter when it inevitably loosens over time.
  20. Yeah, I figured that I would do something wrong here, so I just posted that and waited! Thanks for the advice! I have already ground the coating off and re-stacked it the proper way as you said. Ready to weld!
  21. I have the bandsaw billet that I will forge weld all stacked up and ready to go for the most part, but I'm unsure about a couple things. All the steel is similar, so I am concerned about it all sticking together. I stacked 2 different types of bandsaw (one with larger teeth and one with smaller) in hopes of the steel being slightly different and creating a pattern. Also, if the steels are all similar, how distinct would the weld boundaries be? I am okay with a subtle pattern, as long as it's there. I will grind the teeth down once I get it all welded together, or I will just hammer the teeth i
  22. That is too cool! I really think that more expensive materials doesn't necessarily mean that it will look good. I saw a video of a guy who made a knife handle out of concrete. I really liked the rock variation! I wonder what other cheap, good-looking handle materials are out there... Used copy paper micarta? suspended sawdust? leaves? seeds? With epoxy and resins today, just about anything is possible.
  23. This should clear things up: The proportions are off in respect to the thickness and relation between the size of the handle and blade, but it is the general idea. The view from the top is under the side view to get a better idea of the taper. Here is a couple of photos of a seax WIP to get a comparison/contrast between the two:
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