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  1. 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...
  2. Cool looking filework on the guard and pommel!
  3. 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 mea
  4. 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.
  5. 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 thi
  6. very nice and clean, and love walrus!
  7. 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.
  8. 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! …"
  9. Hi, I've been forging since 2016. Process photos will have to come later. Too busy working atm. Sincerely, Alveprins.
  10. 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 a
  11. 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 t
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Thanks! Learned something new there. "Bail" ... sounds like something you either pay to get a friend out of the slammer, OR an activity you do to keep a boat from sinking...
  15. Hi guys, I was talking to a client on the phone a couple of weeks ago regarding a project I am working on for him, when I mentioned that I was going to make some jewelry for my wife for Christmas... Well, not five seconds passed before he asked if I could make something for his woman while I was at it. Well, I agreed to make his woman a little "something" - and I just now finished the photographs. Thought it might be of interest to you guys as well knowing we all like shiny things.. Unfortunately though, this one isn't much for cutting...
  16. Riiight.... Well, I suppose they've got their work cut out for them then, huh... Hypocrites, the bunch of them.... Sincerely, Alveprins.
  17. Lovely curves! I really need to get my hands on some of that walrus material... can't for the love of Odin seem to find any.
  18. Alright, so I am about to do some extensive gold inlay on a blade which will need to be fully hardened. This means that I need to cut all inlay-channels first - then harden the blade - and the do the gold inlay as cutting in hardened steel is a no-go, so channels must be cut before hardening. So - to my question... before quench, the magic number of normalization cycles seems to be three. Now, I would like to cut that down to 0 - to prevent unnecessary buildup of scale inside the inlay channels. So - this is what I have done currently... I have now
  19. Stories like this really boils my p*** as I see more and more of this from large online platforms. I am myself no longer able to run ads on Facebook due to (supposedly) selling "weapons". Same with Instagram. I am a member of engraving groups on Facebook - where they fear the groups will be shut down due to the fact that most engraving jobs are done on firearms, then knives and swords - in that order. Most recently it has come to my attention that YouTube has similar policies in regards to firearms, and monetization of such videos, and most recently people who publish hun
  20. Thank you all for your kind words! I stared at so many raven-pictures online I thought I'd go crazy, but inspiration eventually prevailed... I had budget limitations on this one as it was a commission - and I had to restrict myself. Actually, I would have liked to layer rows of feathers into each of those contours - but that would be way too costly. I would have loved to put a kind of butt-cap on the back of the handle as well, in pattern welded steel, engraved etc. etc. - but again - not in the budget. Which is why I hate working on commissions...
  21. Hi all! First - some lore! Disguised as the wanderer "Grimnir" - the god Odin once told the young Agnarr - son of King Hraudung about the god's two companions. He told the young prince about the two ravens - Hugin and Munin; which every single day flies all over the earth and brings news and tidings back with them. Grimnir (Odin) said the following: Old norse: Huginn ok Munin fljúga hverjan dag Jörmungrund yfir; óumc ek of Hugin at hann aftr né comiþ, þó siámc meir um Munin. Modern English: Hugin and Munin fly
  22. Excellent work, and a well deserved victory Mr. Mulkey!
  23. Love the ivory spacer and butt cap - especially the latter with that silver overlay.
  24. Thanks guys! Well, customer flew in from across the country yesterday to "have a look"... After a three hour tour through my forge and workshop - with a short seminar on my production process followed up by my special home made apple cake with whipped cream - he handed me a stack of the equivalent of 5,5k USD. So I'd call that a success, and a new record. Now I can continue working on the next project - which is a commission. I am starting to think this "going-full-time-bladesmith" might actually work! Until the next project is finished guys, chiao - and tha
  25. Alright, so the Old Wedge is finally completed, and the pictures are all done! History: I wanted to commemorate the importance of hand tools through out history, and especially those which were made with the expressed purpose of breaking harder materials than themselves. In this case I chose to utilize a approx. 300 year old mountain wedge which has most likely been used for everything from splitting granite to securing personnel and equipment in the now closed Silver Mines of Kongsberg city, Norway. I imagine this old wedge lying in the overwhelming depth and darknes
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