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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... :rolleyes:

     

    And then there is the guard, handle, sheath... yeah.... :lol: ... The road is long and perilous. Already made a few mistakes. ;)

     

    a little something.jpg

     

    Alright, that's it for now.. Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I know where I will be... bent over my microscope cutting steel... :lol:

     

    Sincerely,

    Alveprins.

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  2. 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:

     

    Talguknifr no 005-1.jpg

     

    Talguknifr no 005-3.jpg

     

    Talguknifr no 005-4.jpg

     

    Talguknifr no 005-5.jpg

     

    Talguknifr no 005-2.jpg

     

    EDIT:

    And here's the handles of knives no. 006, 007, and 008:

    Talguknifr Handles-1.jpg

     

    Talguknifr Handles-2.jpg

     

    Talguknifr Handles-3.jpg

     

    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... :lol:

     

    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.

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  3. On 3/7/2022 at 11:46 AM, Gerhard Gerber said:

    I dare say not even 5000 hours would get me there, just unbelievable work.......

     

    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. :rolleyes:

  4. 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. :D

     

    EDIT: For those who might be interested to know, total amount of work hours on this piece was 553,77 hours... ;)

     

    Sincerely,

    Alveprins.

     

    Ljos Slokvir 01.jpg

     

    Ljos Slokvir 02.jpg

     

    Ljos Slokvir 03.jpg

     

    Ljos Slokvir 04.jpg

     

    Ljos Slokvir 05.jpg

     

    Ljos Slokvir 06.jpg

     

    Ljos Slokvir 07.jpg

     

    Ljos Slokvir 08.jpg

     

     

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  5. 9 hours ago, Brian Dougherty said:

    Dude! Wow, that one just never stops popping out new details. 

     

    We came on this scene about the same time, so I've always felt somewhat connected to your posts.  However, I am equal parts amazed, inspired, and humbled by how far you've gone.  What a long way you have come from the days with the broken back and power hammer mishaps.  Go man go!

     

    Thank you Sir for those kind words. :)

     

    I had forgotten about breaking my back, and remembered now that you mentioned it - haha! :lol:

    I might need a new power hammer though... we'll see... ;)

     

    Sincerely,

    Alveprins.

  6. 13 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

    I remember the first blade you posted here.  Your artistic growth is nothing short of amazing. B)

     

    You may know of him, but your inlay reminds me of the early work of Barry Lee Hands.  Do a Google image search on that name, you'll see what I mean. 

     

    I am not comparing you at all, your styles are completely different. But the skills are similar. And I am in awe of you both.

     

    Sir, you just found me another source of inspiration! :D 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! …" ;)

     

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  7. On 1/9/2022 at 7:34 PM, Alex Jemetz said:

    Alveprins, incredible craftsmanship!  How many years have you been forging knives?  Would love to hear more about this knife and see more photos of the process.

     

    Best regards,

     

    Alex

     

    Hi,

     

    I've been forging since 2016. :)

     

    Process photos will have to come later. Too busy working atm. :)

     

    Sincerely,

    Alveprins.

  8. 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:

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-01.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-02.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-03.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-04.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-05.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-06.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-07.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-08.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-09.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-10.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-11.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-12.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-13.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-14.jpg

     

    Ljos Sloknir Preview-15.jpg

     

    Alright, that's it folks... And now I start on the sheath.. need to forge a new damasc billet for that one... ;)

     

    Chiao!

     

    Alveprins.

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  9. 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! :lol:)

     

    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... :rolleyes:

     

    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:

    Seax Preview 02- 01.jpg

     

    Seax Preview 02- 02.jpg

     

    Seax Preview 02- 03.jpg

     

    Seax Preview 02- 04.jpg

     

    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.

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  10. 7 minutes ago, Brian Dougherty said:

    :blink:  Good lord man!  Give the rest of us a chance to catch up with you :P

     

    What kind of leather did you use for the strap?  It looks nice and supple.

     

     

    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. :)

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  11. 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:

    Pendulum - Model- 01.jpg

     

    Pendulum - Model- 02.jpg

     

    Pendulum - Model- 03.jpg

     

    Pendulum - Model- 04.jpg

     

    Pendulum - Model- 05.jpg

     

    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...:lol:

     

    Anyhow, now I have to start on my wife's piece - or she will refuse to let this one go! :unsure: :lol:

     

    Chiao everyone, and Merry Xmas!

     

    Sincerely, Alveprins.

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  12. 10 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

    Really nice!

     

    In English, the thing the chain goes through is called a "bail," although that's the fanciest bail I've seen. B)

     

    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... ;)

     

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  13. 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... :P

     

    Pendulum of the Heart-1.jpg

     

    Pendulum of the Heart-2.jpg

     

    Pendulum of the Heart-3.jpg

     

    I forged out the base material from railroad steel and 15n20 into a 40 layer twisted damascus pattern.

    After much filing and shaping, I did some 24kt gold inlay around the frame and the heart in the middle, as well as that little heart on the "whatever it is called" which the necklace chain will go through.

     

    A total of ten 0,03ct (2mm) natural diamonds adorn the frame, middle of the heart, tip of the little heart on the "whatever it is called" as well as on the very top of the beforementioned "whatever it is called" (top not visible in photos).

     

    The pendant itself measures 5,5cm x 3,0cm x 3,9mm and weighs in at a total of 27 grams.

     

    Alright, that's it from me for now. :)

     

    Chiao everyone!

     

    Sincerely,

    Alveprins.

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  14. On 10/1/2021 at 3:18 AM, JPH said:

    Update:

     

    Well..it is official..I sell illegal and deadly weapons.. Yes all..I am 100% guilty of selling (gasp..) SWORDS!! Yes..that is  is what got me shut down.. Apparently swords are illegal to sell as far as PayPal is concerned and there is no appeal of this decision...

     

    Riiight....

     

    sword capture ebay.JPG

     

    Well, I suppose they've got their work cut out for them then, huh... :lol:

     

    Hypocrites, the bunch of them....

     

    Sincerely,

    Alveprins.

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  15. 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 normalized the blade three times - and plan on doing the engraving - and then heat and quench afterwards without heating and cooling the blade an additional three times.

     

    Will this work?

     

    Can I normalize the blade first - engrave - and the heat and quench immediately without the 3x normalization cycles? Or must the 3x normalizations be done right before quench?

     

    Sincerely,

    Alveprins.

  16. 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 hunting and fishing videos have had their channels completely demonetized. I suppose there is only a matter of time before such content will no longer be available at all.

     

    People's payment provider accounts have also been permanently closed due to nothing other than having conservative leaning political views - and being public about it.

     

    From what I can see - it seems to be an increasingly growing ideological slant to these huge service providers - and anything that does not go in accordance with that - gets shut down and canceled. Nothing slightly dangerous, offensive or challenging - be it hardware or ideas can seemingly be permitted.

     

    Mr. Longmire brings up a good point about E-Bay selling knives - and also owning Pay-Pal which they use as their payment processor. I believe Mr. Martindale's suggestion of contacting the gentleman he mentions in his post is a good idea.

     

    From a personal point of view, these social media platforms as well as online payment service providers have become so huge and all encompassing - that there simply are no realistically viable alternatives to them as far as marketing and payment processing goes. They should not be in a position to shut people out due to ideological reasons, but unfortunately as privately owned companies they are.

     

    Personally I will be shifting my marketing more and more towards the major knife fares and exhibits within my reach, and do wire-transfer payments for international deals. 

     

    bank-to bank transfers within the same country will always be viable of course, as well as my beforementioned wire-transfers - which are usually quite straight forward - at least in my online bank.

     

    Well, I'll leave it at that, and I hope things change to the better for you JPH. 

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  17. Thank you all for your kind words! :)

     

    On 9/13/2021 at 2:22 PM, Brian Dougherty said:

    ... Your hilts/handles are always full of features, but you stretched your wings on the shaping of that one.

     

    I stared at so many raven-pictures online I thought I'd go crazy, but inspiration eventually prevailed... :D

     

    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... :lol:

     

    I feel it ended up ok though, although sanding those tight corners is a bit of a pain... :P

     

    Delivered it to the customer the other day, and he seemed happy - so all is well! ^_^

  18. 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 each day
    over the spacious earth.
    I fear for Hugin,
    that he come not back,
    yet more anxious am I for Munin.

     

    An interesting thing to take in here, is that the name Hugin means "thought" while Munin means "memory". ;)

     

    Design:

    As I was - a while back - asked to create a knife based on Hugin and Munin, I came up with the concept of an "Iron Feather" as I thought it fitting.

    I formed the blade edge to curve more or less identical to that of the upper beak of a common raven, and gave the tip a bit of a broken back as to give it a bit more of an aggressive point as well as a slight reference back to the more traditional seaxes.

    I forged the pattern welded steel in a very high layer count in order to crate something similar to fine lines as seen in feathers. When observed in sunlight - the blade displays a shimmering almost 3d-effect.

     

    The blade is in two bars 1056 layers of folded and twisted farrier's rasps and 15n20 steel, engraved and inlaid with copper and 24kt gold.

    The handle is in stabilized black Hornbeam, with a bolster in Inconel 718 -engraved in a relief w. inlaid copper and gold - as well as the names of Hugin and Munin on each side.

     

    The sheath is in 4 layers of 2mm thick leather with a frame of hand cut and brightly polished brass.

     

    Knife stats:

    Blade length: 13cm 
    Blade width: 2,8cm
    Blade thickness: 3,8mm
    Handle length: 13cm
    Weigh W/O Sheath: 153 grams
    Hardness at edge: 58 HRC

     

    And then there is, of course.. a few pics.. :P

     

    Jarnfjothrin-001.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-001B.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-003.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-004.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-005.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-005B.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-006.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-007.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-008.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-009.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-009B.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-010.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-010B.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-011.jpg

     

    Jarnfjothrin-002.jpg

     

    And that's about it!

     

    Alright, gonna sharpen this baby up and get a certificate going. Delivering this one in person tomorrow. ^_^

     

    Have a wonderful .. week? I suppose...:D

     

    Sincerely,

    Alveprins.

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  19. On 8/4/2021 at 5:26 PM, Alan Longmire said:

     

    I strongly suspect it will! Top-shelf work, sir. B)

     

    On 8/4/2021 at 8:35 PM, Brian Dougherty said:

    Good luck with the sale.  I hope it puts food on the table for month or two.

     

    On 8/4/2021 at 8:41 PM, Alex Middleton said:

    Hopefully more than that!  Damn nice package sir.

     

    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 thank you all for the support! :D

     

    sincerely,

    Alveprins.

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  20. 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 darkness of the hollow mountain for hundreds of years, rusting away - awaiting another hand to once more pick it up and put it to use. As such - I have written a poem in Old Norse in honor of this underappreciated tool:

     

    Old Norse:
    langr ek svefn, draumr minn myrkr,
    biða hondin, gefa mik styrkr.

     

    Modern English:
    long  I  slept, my dreams dark,
    awaiting the hand, to give me strength.

     

    From the private collection of a generous local - this wedge found it's way into my possession, and by my hands I have given it new life and new purpose. Through fire and oil I have hammered it, tempered it - and crowned it with the purest gold of earth, and most beautiful meteorite iron from between the stars. Unappreciated for several lifetimes of mortal men - finally it is reborn, new and noble! I present to you Fornkili, the Mountain Cleaver!

    Fornkili stats:
     
    Blade length: 13,2 cm
    Blade width: 2,7 cm
    Blade thickness: 4mm
    Hardness at edge: 58HRC
    Handle length: 12 cm
    Weight w/o sheath: 225 grams

     

    Blade:
    The blade is forged in a san-mai lamination consisting of a jacket of approx. 300 year old bog-iron; re-purposed from an old chisel found deep inside the now closed Kongsberg Silver Mines. The core consists of 75 layers folded and twisted pattern welded steel - made up from an old sawmill blade from Numedal and modern 15n20 nickel steel.

    The blade is heavily engraved and inlaid with 24 karat gold in the form of borders around the ricasso, as well as the knife's name "Fornkili" - the "Old Wedge" in Elder Futhark runes.

     

    Handle:
    The handle is composed in a laminate consisting of ergonomically shaped stabilized Poplar wood, set in a frame of deep relief engraved and 24 karat gold inlaid sawblade steel w. vulcanized fiber spacers.
    The  bolster is in 4,5 billion years old meteorite iron - older than our own solar system - inlaid with the knife's surname "Bjargkljufar"; Mountain Cleaver - also in 24 karat gold.
    Two vulcanized fiber and one copper spacer separates the meteorite iron bolster from the rest of the handle.

     

    Sheath:
    The sheath is sewn in 4 layers of 2mm thick leather, w. a 1,5mm thick hand-cut and engraved brass frame. The frame has a matte front finish with mirror polished bevels on all sides - tightly stitched with Tiger Thread - utilizing saddle maker's stitches.
    The leather has been hand stamped - and set with a metal plaque carrying my initials "KH" in Elder Futhark runes. This plaque is made from the same bog-iron as the jacket of the san-mai lamination blade - and equally engraved and inlaid with 24 karat gold.

     

    A leather strap holds the knife firmly in place in it's sheath.

     

    And then there's the pics:

     

    Fornkili-02.jpg

     

    Fornkili-03.jpg

     

    Fornkili-04.jpg

     

    Fornkili-05.jpg

     

    Fornkili-06.jpg

     

    Fornkili-07.jpg

     

    Fornkili-08.jpg

     

    Fornkili-09.jpg

     

    Fornkili-10.jpg

     

    Fornkili-11.jpg

     

    Fornkili-01.jpg

     

    And that's it! Now It's off to see if this "Old Wedge" can fetch a pretty penny on the Norwegian market... ;):lol:

     

    Chiao! :)

    Sincerely, Alveprins.

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