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Wesley Alberson

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  1. That is really nice! I like the runes too.
  2. A friend wanted me to make him a gut hook knife, which I had never made before. This was my third time forging the blade for it. I don't know why it took me so long to figure out how to forge the gut hook area. I used a car spring, oak, and walnut to make this. I'm just too cheap to buy exotic wood. I understand that the gut hook is too small. I will make it bigger next time. I have heard that gut hook knives have a bad reputation for some reason. Is it because people easily cut themselves with the hook somehow? Forged shape: Sheathed: And a quick folder:
  3. I love it! The chasing is wonderful.
  4. I had no idea that that tanto was so thick! Also, is it possible to put doors on the sides of the oil barrels so you don't have to disassemble it for each batch? I've been considering making some charcoal because loblolly pine is so plentiful here in NC
  5. I love the decorations and the contoured scabbard! How comfortable is the handle?
  6. I really like this one! Does the copper have that rainbow effect that I see in the pictures?
  7. Is that a face on the pommel/top hilt? This is a really good looking sword! The pattern on the handle looks really grippy.
  8. I've been interested in making kitchen knives recently. I have made a few mistakes along the way, but I think that I'm starting to get the hang of it somewhat. I still want some critiques and tips, though. I try to forge the area behind the edge as thin as possible. I know damascus kitchen knives are pretty much forged to a knife silhouette and then ground down, but I'm just using regular old car spring for mine. Forging the bevels causes the knife to curve up so much that I can't knock it back, even when I pre-curve the blade. I guess I need to hammer it with the cross peen more? I end up ham
  9. It's really cool to make a sword, but ultimately it will just be hanging on my wall. It's also a lot of trouble to go through with quenching and everything. I just want one sword made exactly how I like it, and that's it. I like making smaller knives anyways.
  10. Nice! I like the shape! I'm starting my first sword, it will probably be my last, too.
  11. Love it! I saw this on Imgur first, it's a pretty good image hosting site.
  12. I love the patterns on everything! They really blend well.
  13. I know that traditional Japanese scabbards actually have a really thin area of wood just around the mouth, then a spacer around it. Islandblacksmith has a really good tutorial for it, but I haven't made one yet, here is the link: http://islandblacksmith.ca/process/carving-saya-scabbard/ . It looks like this: He uses bone with this, but I'm sure you could use some metal instead.
  14. Those are beautiful! The handle pattern is really cool. I like how it flares out to the pommel, as well as the pommel itself.
  15. The push dagger is finished, though I'm not too happy with the end result. The handle was carved against the grain, so the fit isn't as good as it could be. The grain being this way also made it hard not to get corners in the finger areas. The overall feel is solid and comfortable, no play. I could carve another handle, but being a salvaged piece I don't think it's worth it. This was more of an experiment to see how well a take-apart handle could work on a push dagger. My conclusion is that it works quite well, even without a precisely carved handle. This yari push dagger was supposed to be li
  16. You need to make it! I really want to see one like this finished. How hard is a wrap weld to do btw?
  17. Wow, that is really badass! I like the texture. Is the edge wrapped around the wrought?
  18. I like the shape of the handle and the blade geometry. I agree that you should put more focus on fit and finish next time. The blade would look better with a satin/mirror finish and better bolster spacing.
  19. I love the look! Habakis on just about anything give the knife better flow. Something about it being the intermediate between the guard and the blade make it pop.
  20. I just love all of the guards and bolsters you make. That hamon is breathtaking!
  21. I love how well-proportioned the dagger is! That eye-shaped pommel is especially cool.
  22. I really like that handle with the oak accent! Can't wait to see those kitchen knives!
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