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Wesley Alberson

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  1. My bladesmithing skills are not at the level of others on this forum, but that's no excuse to not post my knives! The first is a fillet knife forged from a file. The handle is cedar and some kind of bush wood, I forgot what it was, but it has a pleasant splotchy look to it. Clay quenched. It actually gained some upwards curvature from the water quench. The clay before quench. You might be able to tell how much it curved by comparing the two. Here is the leatherworker's kiridashi, made for a man in Denmark who livestreams his leatherwork. It was differentially quenche
  2. Here you go, Dustin. I didn't even realize people commented on this until now. The edge actually makes contact with the piece of metal unfortunately, I didn't get the fit right.
  3. Is there a tutorial on how to form/grind a kissaki? I really want to know how to do it, but all the tutorials I have found are about polishing existing ones.
  4. I can't wait to see how this turns out! I want to make a jian-style blade myself, but out of regular spring steel, no multi-bar fancy stuff... yet!
  5. That is so cool! It makes me really want some steak now.
  6. I really like the shape! It looks like it stays locked in the hand.
  7. I absolutely love those copper accents as the liners and boundaries between the bolsters! I think that those fine accents really bring it all together.
  8. I have made some new knives, 9 months in to the forging addiction. This is a kiridashi made from the tang of a Japanese style knife after it cracked. A 10.5 inch meat cleaver made from a lawnmower blade just for fun. A skinner tanto my welding instructor wanted me to make. A higonokami style friction folder for my dad. An all-steel friction folder and my personal pocket knife. Another copper-handled friction folder. A nata machete in quarter inch steel. It looks like a meat cleaver, but it's really the perfect size for me. A bushcraft knife, this p
  9. I wonder how the space for the tang was carved out for the shaft when mounted? Is the whole shaft in two, or is a smaller portion of the shaft attached to the rest of it? That one looks really difficult to forge, beautiful work! Wes
  10. I really like it! The flow is really nice on this one. The only nitpicky thing I can think of with this one is the guard thickness. IMO it would look a little better with thicker steel for the guard. Other than that, it has excellent lines, finish and geometry. Plus That handle flare makes it look like it feels like a memory foam bed for your hands! Wes
  11. I really like the snakes in a knot. I have never tried leather carving before. Do you actually remove leather or is it stamped?
  12. That is one sweet tomahawk!
  13. I tried to look online as to what a pfriem is, but I can't find it. Is the spike used like a fork for eating?
  14. I have never seen a nata blade before you posted it on Youtube. The bevel on that one is really crisp! Also, how did you sharpen the flat without getting marks on the spine of the blade? Wes
  15. Wow that snake is crazy! How is it even attached? It looks like the nails drive through it on your sketch.
  16. Those are really nice! I like the fullers on the top one.
  17. How do you decorate your bolsters? Punching/chisel or filing/drilling? That knife Is beautiful already! Can't wait to see the part on the end of the handle done! Wes
  18. Beautiful knife! I don't think I've seen a forge welded knife with pure nickel! I never got how those rivets at the end work. Does the tang connect to to the end bolster, or are the copper rivets like nails?
  19. Well it might be a stretch/impossible, but what about exposing the spear to some carbon-rich environment to at least make the edges able to harden? I've never tried putting carbon into steel, so I don't exactly know how difficult it is to do something like that.
  20. Absolutely stunning work! I had no idea copper could be plum colored! Thank you for posting the processes of your work. It has helped me make a couple knives of my own. I had started forging seven months ago and your process pictures are my main go-to every time I run into a problem, as well as when I need some inspiration! I can't wait to see that spear (I think it was) from instagram finished!
  21. I just love those guards! Are they cast?
  22. The bronze fangs on the guard really make the knife look alive! How in the world were they attached? Are they rivets going through the blade? I have never heard of Memento Mori, and it makes a lot of sense, especially when applied to the bubonic plague!
  23. Thank you so much! I edited the page so the pictures show. Now does this take up server space on the forum? because I read something about people uploading pictures becoming a problem..
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