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  1. Thanks Mr. Dougherty! I've tried to "stray" as it were - a bit from my usual routine. Lest there be no progress... I think I will stick to the engraving of the frame though. It gives that little extra "soul" I feel. I've used other woods than Holly as frame before - but I've kind of stuck with this one because it is a bit more akin to a "blank sheet of paper" for engraving purposes. That is absolutely right Mr. Lester. Previously I did not use pins on the back of the handle - but one of my knives without it started to delaminate at the back - so I got paranoid. And now it is standard practise for me when it comes to these laminated handles.
  2. Haha! Thank you! I would however - rather have no flaws. I'll give it a try with the next one.
  3. Ladies and Gentlemen... Let me present Silf Brandr - the Silver Blade! Blade in a san-mai lamination from a 3-bar multibar billet - making the lamination count a total of 7 pieces. My standard railroad steel for the body, with ferrier's rasps and saw-mill steel for the folded edge-steel, with a core of high carbon tool steel. Handle in African Ebony, American Holly, with spacers of vulcanized fiber and brass. the finger guard is in moose antler. Sheath is in tooled and dual colored leather. Mahogany red background, and antique black stain borders. Stitched with Tiger Thread using saddler's stiches. The handle is engraved with Elder Futhark runes in Old Norse and reads: ek em silf brandr. Burin af eldr ok járn. ávalt hvass ok buin til roðinn. I am the silver blade. born of fire and iron. forever sharp and ready to blood-stain. The knife is incredibly light at only 105 grams, with point of balance being spot on the middle of the finger-guard. The knife can be gripped normally with index finger behind the guard, or in front of it. It is mean to be carried horizontally in the belt, on the left side - with the handle pointing a bit out in front of the stomach. Comfortable positioning, and easy access. Unfortunately the blade came out with a few blemishes in terms of bad welds - but I've made sure they do not pose any threat to the functionality of the knife itself other than being cosmetic. I didn't have the heart to scrap it though... Anyhow, any critique and feedback is as always - most welcome. :) And have a wonderful weekend folks!
  4. thanks man! the stand is a table stand used for boats. It can be regulated up and down. I made the white top from a block of 2x4 and a circular cut-out of a wooden board. I'd like something a bit more professional - but at this point I can't afford one of those fancy ones sold by GRS etc...
  5. Hi guys, I recently re-built my workshop as it was really just consisting of two tables on top of eachother with a vice attached to the top one, and a belt grinder resting on the bottom one... I decided that having worked under such conditions for the past few years, it was time to build something more.. "real"... Above is my wood-working area. This is where I do all the wood-work on my knife handles (and other stuff). I am quite happy with the setup, and the addition of a new milling machine (left) has made everything so much more enjoyable. Previously I've done all my leatherwork sitting in my sofa in front of the TV. I figured it was time for a change, so I created this setup in the same building as the wood-working area. The leather is suspended in the ceiling above the station for easy access and saving space. And opposite the "leather station" is my engraving station. With the addition of a Lindsay Classic Airgraver - I needed to create something. So - this is my attempt at such a station. My engraving need a bit more work though, but at least I have somewhere to practice now. :) And last but not the least - a little preview of something I'm working on at the moment. A multibar san-mai skinner... Still need some more file work on the handle, and then there's the sheath of course... :) Alright, that's about it folks! I'll drop a post once the skinner is ready.... :) Sincerely, Alveprins.
  6. One cannot appreciate enough designs based on hands-on experience. I like the "stabber" one...
  7. Thanks man! About the twist stars.. I've forged the curve of the blade - so the steel is naturally bent in that direction. Often when making blades like these that are not multibar - it can be easier to just cut out the shape. But in this case I wanted to get two blades out of one bar - which I did by cutting it across in an angle and forging the curve - as in order not to waste material. so I will be making a knife with a blade similar to this one... the "sibling" I suppose we could say. Thank you Gary. Put short - twist. No wrap - sandwiched. Alveprins.
  8. I just finished a little blade for a guy who had a dream of making his own knife... So I cracked - and forged him this one. The one and only non-mounted blade I'll ever sell. Anyhow - thought it might be of interest to have a peek. Didn't do any fancy photo-shoot for this one, so it's a single mobile phone picture only... The blade is about 13cm long, and 3,something wide. 3,5mm thick. The pattern welded steel is made from an old sawmill blade and 15n20 for contrast. The edge is Øberg steel. Initial hardness after hardening and anealing for 3 hours was 63 HRC. Took me quite a few aditional hours to get it down to around 58... But here we are, all finished and polished up! Anyhow - time for summer vacation and motorcycle tour through the rest of Europe. fixing up my workshop with new benches, shelves, lighting and stuff - and then it's back to new and exciting projects after the summer!
  9. Thanks! #5000 paper, and then rubbed and polished it with furniture wax.
  10. Haha, thanks man! Yeah, the customer's budget didn't really allow for those two extra pattern welded bars I'd usually do. either way, I went way over budget with this one. He got it basically at half price. (I really need to learn when to STOP working on stuff...) Not by design I'm afraid. I etched this bastard for 45 minutes in a 50/50 ferric chloride / water solution - with the acid almost not biting at all on that steel, but eating away at the iron. So, after 45 minutes I gave up and called it quits... Customer was super happy though, so that's all that matters I suppose.
  11. Alright, so I've finally finished the latest knife... I've named it Járn Haukr - Iron Hawk - with it's handle shaped like that of the body of a bird - with a nice fat chest for good grip. The blade is in bog iron from old tools made by the workers in the Silver Mines of Kongsberg city in Norway. This makes out the body. The edge steel itself is folded and twisted saw-blade steel from an old wood mill and 15n20 for contrast. The edge steel hardened nicely, and ended up at 58 HRC. The handle is in a solid piece of stabilized maple, with brass and vulcanized fiber spacers with a nice piece of mirror polished copper for the bolster. This knife was made extra large and thick in order to accomodate the oversized hands of it's owners, so I took inspiration from some of the more American Bowie style sheaths I've seen on this forum - and made a massive sheath as well. The sheath is 5 layers of leather, died in a deep dark red with brown borders. The iron has some cracks in it - but this is the best I was able to do with the material at hand. If I had more - I suppose I could have kept refining 3-4 kg. down to something a bit more useful. I feel however - that from a historical perspective - it is quite fitting like this. It will be handed over to it's new owner this afternoon. As always, any critique and comments are more than welcome. Sincerely, Alveprins.
  12. Thanks man, Yeah, I've been burning my furnace hotter than ever before - and it did stick after that. I've just finished welding it onto the twisted steel and drawn it out. I did one round of normalizing, and letting the steel cool down now. Tomorrow I will shape the blade.
  13. Alright, seems the two middle plates did weld - and quite well. I pried off the two outside pieces, and bent the two middle ones onto themselves, fluxed - and brought the temperature up to something nearing ridiculousness... Basically burning the iron - I took it out and started forging. Seems it stuck pretty good. I then cut it in half, stacked it again - and drew it out into a square bar. The weld seems good for the most part. Letting it cool now , and I'll grind it nice, square and clean, and prepare to weld it to the actual steel which will make out the edge. :)
  14. Alright, thanks Mr. Longmire! Now, I've drawn the piece out - at welding temperature, cut it, cleaned each piece with an angle grinder, tac welded it - heated to welding temperature again, fluxed like a maniac, and tried to forge weld. This resulted in absolute failure. This is the piece. An old drill: At some point after drawing it out - I had to start squishing it from the side - lest it be just long and wide: The result: It would not weld. Not one bit. Note that the metal felt extremely soft... and I mean extremely. I was forging at very bright yellow color, using the powerhammer. I am at a loss what to do at this point. If I straighten these bastards out again, and add a piece of railroad steel inbetween the layers - do you guys think it'd make a difference? To add something with a bit of carbon into the mix? Sincerely, Alveprins.
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