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Wesley Alberson

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  1. I'm gearing up for the NC State Fair this year, making some puukko-style knives with the wedged tenon construction.
  2. I think that will work! Even with a low friction mechanism, the spring will rub on the inside of the liners, but it's not an issue if the inside surfaces are smooth. Just make sure that the button isn't too wide so it can fit in between the handle. I would love to try that design, I can think of a way to easily forge it. This design makes much more sense for a pocket knife. The one that I made was a test for a blade section of a folding sword. The locking mechanism is on the spine because the next piece connected to it is another blade.
  3. A video of making the tang-lock folder:
  4. Haha! That crossed my mind too! Instead I took pictures of my folding knife and a cool eclipse ray in the water.
  5. I just push the tang to the side with my thumb. It's not too hard to do, but it's not ideal. When I make the lock wider, it should be easier to press on the lock.
  6. I have had this idea for a locking friction folder for a while. I'm not sure if it is an original design, but I haven't seen this anywhere else. This knife has a very thin but wide tang which has been spring tempered. This way, the tang is easily moved by pushing it to the side, but it is still strong when exposed to rotational force. The end of the tang has a ramp and a stop so the handle pushes the tang to the side when opening, and both pieces keep it from rotating in either direction. This is only a prototype, so I would probably make the tang shorter next time, and because it would be shorter, it would have to be wider and thinner to stay structural. The design was originally inspired by a folding sword from a star trek movie. I figured that this design could be repeatable, so you could possibly have a folding knife with a blade that is 2 or 3 times the length of the handle. The blade would look like it is zig-zagging, but you could just grind a diagonal bevel for one continuous edge.
  7. Here is a double upload for today; improved bolster hot-fitting and my finished 2x72.
  8. Those are so cool! The Jesus would be proud.
  9. I really want to go! I'll see if my school schedule interferes, maybe I should go next year when I'm 21...
  10. Wow! I have never seen a saber like that! I love how the handle is bent downwards!
  11. Nope, I made that one mostly at Robert's house. I didn't film anything there, unfortunately.
  12. I think I saw somewhere that someone used a very small radius contact wheel on their belt grinder. It seems that a knapped finish is often ground in. I would imagine that it could be done by forging with small radius top and bottom dies if you want the forge scale to stay on.
  13. It is muscle memory, but there are 2 methods I have tried. I forged a puukko-ish knife, and I wanted a bevel along the spine so I could leave it as a forge-finish area. I started by forging it like a knife that would have a triangular cross section. When forging a triangular cross section, it is important to hammer at an angle, but it's not as important to hold it at an angle because the side on the anvil is going to be flat anyways. All you have to do is switch sides each heat. When I established the bevel along the spine, it became more important to hold the blade at an angle so the line that forms there is even on both sides. When you do bevels and hold the blade at an angle, a dagger for instance, you hammer at an angle that you think is right, check where the bevel is on each side, and if the bevels are not right you correct the angles on the next heat. Once you have hammered the bevels out all the way, it is really difficult to fix. The only fix I can think of for a dagger with a flat side and a peaked side is to open up a vise so you can hammer down the peak in the middle while propping up the edges. Here is a video of me forging a blade:
  14. Where do I sign up to go there? It sounds like a wonderful learning experience!
  15. I love the video! I look forward to see you making more!
  16. That looks really cool! The forwards curve really makes it look deadly.
  17. I love the detail! The copper accents are very well placed.
  18. It was definitely stressful. 17 hour filming days don't help, either!
  19. Actually I was thinking of getting it laser engraved at Buckeye Engraving or a company like it. I want it to be about 3/8", and I don't have that kind of precision tooling. Also, the design looks a bit like the triforce symbol from a game called Legend of Zelda, but it's distinguishable from that.
  20. That is one badass blade! I love the forward-angled bolster design.
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