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  1. Alright, finally finished the blade in it's entirety after 117,5 hours of work. I love how the two diamonds came out. Until next time, Chiao! :)
  2. Hi guys, I haven't really lifted much of a finger on this project for several months, but I finally found the motivation to continue yesterday. Anyhow, I finished shading the engravings and did a inlay of a small 0,03ct diamond down in the corner of the ricasso of the blade. My shading and cross hatching needs some serious work though, but this will have to do for this project. I will have to watch through Sam Alfano's advanced shading master class video a couple of times over. This is only one side of the blade though, and I will do an identical mirrored engraving on the other side. The material engraved is 15n20. The core steel is... 15n20 and tool steel of some sort - cant remember off the top of my head... That's it for now... Chiao all! Alveprins
  3. So, it is said that in order to make progress one must get out of one's comfort zone... so - I started a little project. About 75 hours into it atm. Still lots to do. Still need to complete background removal, then do the shading of the scrolls and leaves... And the do it all again on the other side... And then there is the guard, handle, sheath... yeah.... ... The road is long and perilous. Already made a few mistakes. Alright, that's it for now.. Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I know where I will be... bent over my microscope cutting steel... Sincerely, Alveprins.
  4. Cool looking filework on the guard and pommel!
  5. Alright, so every once in a while I get requests for what we directly translated from Norwegian to English refer to as a "usage-knife". In other words - a daily beater, something that isn't too fancy to be used in daily life. And I've had to turn people down, because getting stuck making these simple knives - I'd never make any progress... So - I came up with the idea of making a "standard model" - with the only variance being handle material. I called it "Talguknifr" - which is the Old Norse form of the modern Norwegian word "tollekniv" - which derives from Old Norse "talgu" which kind of means just "general knife work" like cutting this and that... And as such, an idea was born, a concept developed, and a proof of concept made. Anyhow - here' the pics: EDIT: And here's the handles of knives no. 006, 007, and 008: This is the simplest design I could think of. The idea was a knife that was damn near indestructible, hence the 5mm thick full-tang blade with handle epoxied and fastened with six bronze pins. Handle material is of course also stabilized as not to absorb any moisture or get warped due to humidity. the beveled edges of the wood scales creates a comfortable grip, and the finger-grove towards the front of the handle gives great support. The rough unpolished surface gives it a rough'n tought look, while having an aggressive pattern welded core steel out of farriers rasps and 15n20, clad in 15n20. I even created a stamp for my maker's mark... This is my attempt at practical but elegant design at an affordable price... "affordable" ofc. being highly relative... Too bad the project is currently on hold though, pending peace in Ukraine. (Ukranian brother-in-law partner on this project...) Sincerely, Alveprins.
  6. I am quite sure 5000 hours would do it, and with a good margin too! They say (and by "they" I mean of course - the all knowing internet...) - 1000 hours of doing anything will put you among the top 1% of those who do that particular thing. Practice drawing filigree for example, 2-3 hours a day, 7 days a week for an entire year - you're gonna be pretty damn good at it. The challenge lies in finding time for all of these things.
  7. Ok, so sheath is finally done - pictures below. Inserted two diamonds in the nameplate along with 24k gold inlay. The brass frame is adorned with 4 rubies and 10 blue sapphires. belt loop has makers mark in 24k gold inlay. Both nameplate an makers mark plate are forged for a railroad spike in order to keep with the theme in regards to material choice. And now - I have to consult the client on whether or not the budget allows for a equally elaborate certificate of authenticity. EDIT: For those who might be interested to know, total amount of work hours on this piece was 553,77 hours... Sincerely, Alveprins.
  8. very nice and clean, and love walrus!
  9. Thank you Sir for those kind words. I had forgotten about breaking my back, and remembered now that you mentioned it - haha! I might need a new power hammer though... we'll see... Sincerely, Alveprins.
  10. Sir, you just found me another source of inspiration! I am going to try myself on overlay soon, perhaps the next project. We'll see. I may want to start incorporating some serious scroll-work and sculpting, with gold backgrounding... I will have to see what fits the next project. Yeah, the learning curve has been steep, but much of it is thanks to losing my day job... Like I've told several people already: "... I think getting laid off from my company was the best thing to ever happen to me! …"
  11. Hi, I've been forging since 2016. Process photos will have to come later. Too busy working atm. Sincerely, Alveprins.
  12. Alright, finally managed to get the handle together and finalized the damn thing with a pommel nut today. My 2nd pommel nut ever, and first in pattern welded steel w. gold inlay. So, the handle wood is stabilized maple, with 925 silver and vulcanized fiber spacers. The bolster, pommel and mid-section are forged from railroad steel, engraved in a deep relief with 24k. gold inlay and set with two 0.03ct diamonds, four rubies and four sapphires. The runes of bolster and pommel reads: Hrothlitnir synir Sons of the Famous Wolf Skol ok Hati Skol and Hati. Mid-section reads: Surname of client.. and name of the blade - Ljos Sloknir, or in English - "Extinguisher of Light". A fitting name, as these two wolves - sons of the famous wolf, who you maybe already know - Fenris; will devour the sun and moon at Ragnarok. And.. I suppose.. here's the pics: Alright, that's it folks... And now I start on the sheath.. need to forge a new damasc billet for that one... Chiao! Alveprins.
  13. Hi everyone! Hope you've all survived the Holiday feasting without too much abdominal pain! (and yet we have New-Year eve right around the corner! ) Anyhow, I've been working on this Seax inspired blade... It is not exactly historically correct - but I weighed my need for self expression higher than historically accuracy in this project. Below is a preview of the blade itself. Currently I am working on the handle - more specifically the rear bolster. Engraving is a time consuming process I'm afraid... The blade length from where the tang meets the blade and to the tip is approx. 38 cm. All inlay is 24k gold wire, with the exception of the wolf's tongue - which is in copper. It is engraved like this on both sides of the blades, with the verse 40 of the Voluspá. English: Side A: 40. In the east sat the old in Ironwood and there gave birth to Fenris children; Side B: Just one of these of all of them becomes the moon-thief in troll's guise. Old Norse: Side A: 40. Austr sat in aldna í Járnviði ok fœddi þar Fenris kindir; Side B: verðr af þeim öllum einna nökkurr tungls tjúgari í trolls hami. And here's the pics: And that's it for now. Enjoy the New-Year festivities everyone, and wish you all good health and prosperity in the year to come! Sincerely, Alveprins.
  14. Haha! I'll do my best! The leather is 2mm top-grain vegetable tanned leather - died black. I used some Danish leather grease to soften it up a bit, before using a sealer. The leather is comfortably soft, and having been buffed with some soft tissue paper after the sealer had dried - it has a nice sheen to it.
  15. A bit of an update... I was suppose to outsource a chain from a goldsmith for this pendant, but I was unable to find one. I contacted my client and told him that I couldn't find any suitable chains, and suggested instead that I make something myself. Here is the result: So now finally, I am free of this project. It was suppose to be just a "little something", and I ended up on a total 96,5 hours of work... Anyhow, now I have to start on my wife's piece - or she will refuse to let this one go! Chiao everyone, and Merry Xmas! Sincerely, Alveprins.
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