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Wesley Alberson

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  1. You will find suitable mentees in the strangest of places. My dad is a farmer, and one day a mustached man walked up to him at the market and bought some tomatoes. He said that he was with a blacksmithing group and my dad mentioned that I was very interested in blacksmithing. I didn't even have a proper forge or anything at the time. The bladesmith's name is Robert Timberlake, a talented machinist and bladesmith. I don't know how old he is, but he is past 50, I swear he was born with that mustache... We started carpooling to different blacksmith meet ups and now I am going to his forge regular
  2. I'm not sure, I have a few things on my mind. I want to stock up on folding and fixed blade knives for the NC State Fair in October, finish my first ladder pattern blade, or make a big chopper with the wedged tenon design to really test the limits of the design.
  3. You would be better off using materials that cannot melt. Plastics and caulk will easily melt and burn from the heat of the forge. If you want to make cheap a forge with a liner, I would suggest making it out of a wash basin and some refractory clay. Here is a link to a design: http://allensonarmory.blogspot.com/2014/04/charcoal-washtub-forge.html As for the stand, wood and plastics have really no place around the forge. What fuel are you planning on using? Charcoal or wood?
  4. I absolutely love that! It's like the base of a pillar.
  5. Thanks! Here's a picture of the scabbard. I am a newbie at leather work, so I made a thin oak scabbard and a frog for it. It was inspired by Japanese hunting knives, which have a similar setup.
  6. That's interesting, did they do that to make sure that the blade doesn't rattle for covert operations?
  7. The knife isn't done, I will polish the bevels and give the fittings a better finish. I am just happy that the handle design works, so I went ahead and posted it.
  8. I really like the concept of the test blade, so I decided to make another one. The test knife is barely usable as a knife because the handle is so short, and it isn't too ergonomic, either. I forged a drop point knife, and the design has worked out very well so far, it is still a WIP. One design flaw of the test knife is that it uses 2 wedges, and there is nothing to align the wedges. To remedy this, I forged a groove on the butt plate going from side to side, and I am only using one wedge. The groove in the butt plate keeps the wedge perpendicular to the tang, and it also gives the wedge
  9. Thanks! My tongs are never pretty, but if it looks stupid and it works, it ain't stupid!
  10. White hot is way too hot. I learned that the hard way. The steel just cracks and crumbles when you get it that hot, and what doesn't break off is damaged forever. I think that the heat grows the crystals inside so much that it just crumbles when you hammer it. Grain size is affected by the heat you get it to, not how long it is held at a certain heat. Letting it cool to a red is okay as long as you are not working it at that temperature. Color of the steel is subjective, so I would heat the billet until you pull it out and see wispy "steam" coming off of the billet. I think that this is the bo
  11. This one was my best last year:
  12. That inlay on the pommel is insane! Do you have any WIP pictures?
  13. I have seen a Youtube video saying that you can give your hardy a snug fit by simply wrapping it with duct tape. It compresses and keeps the tool from jumping out of the hole. I tried it and it really works! if there is too much tape at first, you just take a layer off and test it again.
  14. It is very common to forge in bevels for knives. If the stock that you are using is thin from the get go, then it can be difficult to get bevels crisp and centered, but it's possible with enough hammer control. Daggers are especially a pain to make because you have to work both sides of each edge evenly, and you have to both angle your stock and your hammer. It has a lot to do with muscle memory in my experience. You just have to forge a lot of knives until you get a good understanding of the angles you hold it at. I have definitely made my fair share of "chisel ground" knives from working the
  15. Whoa! Those parts look like they're levitating! That wood looks like a lava flow, really cool.
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