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Everything posted by Alveprins

  1. Thank you Josh! Actually, I did put a post in that thread - but it is a few months ago.
  2. Thank you very much for those kind words Mr. Christenberry! We all draw inspiration from others, which is the great thing about the previously unimaginable access we now have to the world through the web. I think that for those of us who work in the creative genre - it has, and will continue to exponentially accelerate the development of new and unique styles. An example of this is my engraved handle frames. They are inspired by similarly framed Bowie knives that I've seen here on this forum and elsewhere, same goes for my sheaths - with a twist of my own of course.
  3. Thank you very much everyone for your kind words! Although - I ensure you though - the knife is full of irritating little flaws... Seems every time there is "something" not quite right. But I hope to continually decrease the amount of such things as I proceed from knife to knife. Yes, the airgraver has really played a pivotal role in my development so far, and there is no doubt now that engraving and inlay is most definitively the future of my knifemaking. I am currently in the process of ordering a batch of natural diamonds, rubies and sapphires as well - for future pr
  4. Hi guys, I recently posted a preview of a blade I have been working on, and I have now finally been able to finish the complete knife - sheath not included... thought I'd give a bit of a new preview of the whole thing. All inlay in both handle, bolster and blade are 24 karat gold wire, 0,7mm in thickness. Bolster is in meteorite iron - which is nerve wrecking to work with when doing inlay. Some areas are more fragile than others, and if you look closely at the "R" - you'll see the outline of a
  5. Just finished the gold inlay on this new blade - belonging to the future knife "Fornkili" - old norse for "Old Wedge". It is forged in a san-mai lamination out of an antique mountain wedge used in the Kongsberg Silver Mines - with a core of folded and twisted sawblade steel and 15n20. Proceeding with work on the handle. Very excited... Sincerely, Alveprins.
  6. Alright, I finished the certificate of authenticity - as well as a little leather "loop" for holding it all rolled up. Decided to carry the theme of my logo over, and thus adorned the leather loop with a sawblade-steel plate engraved in deep relief - also with 24ct gold inlay. So, that's the last of this one... Just received my new flex-shaft in the mail, so I now have everything I need for stone setting... I think... Maybe the next one, or the one after will contain stones. Need to order from overseas... ;) I've got some cubic zirconia for my
  7. You provide excellent service Sir! 5mm thickness is good for use as a frame in the handle too....
  8. Thanks man! I will check that steel out! I will still use sawblade steel, but in the pattern welded steel only, and not for the details. This dagger was supposed to be absolutely full of engravings, but alas - nothing. I am just happy it sold anyway. Just got swooped up by a collector.
  9. Hi everyone - thought I'd share the latest one... I give you Sǫg Tǫnn (Saw Tooth) - forged in honor of the innumerable abandoned wood mills scattered around the country, left to rot as their purpose has been served long ago. How many a farm has been made possible due to the many-toothed high carbon blades - spinning tirelessly day and night, through summer and winter? How many noble trees has met their end at the sawblade's edge in order to fulfill an even higher purpose of keeping man and livestock dry and warm? Hail to you, old saw-mills covered in moss, wi
  10. Hi Jerrod, thanks for the feedback! Well, I used my "Tsubosan" HRC measuring files to test the hardness on both the steel spacer, as well as the entirety of the frame going around the handle. Only the 55HRC file managed to bite - very slightly, while the 60HRC effectively bit. I tested with the 55 file several spots on both sides - and result was the same. This spacer and frame is a simple cut-out from a large round sawblade from an old wood-mill. So I don't think it is simply a layer of carbide. I softened the steel by heating it to above critical, and let
  11. Hi guys, I was going to put the finishing touches on my latest dagger yesterday, but had to give up as the steel frame and spacer had apparently work-hardened from being dead soft, to between 55 and 60 HRC after being worked on by angle grinder and belt grinder. Is this even possible? I glued the handle parts together, and then started removing surplus steel from all angles as I honed in on the final handle shape. When I started engraving the graver point kept breaking again and again, after not even 1mm if cutting. I then noticed how my scribe
  12. Alright, so I wanted to make a special "Certificate of Authenticity" for this blade - but it turned out a disaster... I decided to make an attempt at illuminating some calfskin parchment with gold and silver pen, as well as caligraphy pointed permanent markers. I made the design on my tablet, printed it - taped the parchment to the paper and traced the lines. However - my markers - struggled to transfer any pigment down to the parchment, and only the very first lines from a fresh marker would be nice and clean... after that I had to use the marker multiple times over the
  13. Thank you Brian! Actually, I will be starting work on another one - slightly different quite soon... I have some ideas brewing - and steel already prepared.
  14. that "groove" towards the blade makes all the difference. The way I see it, you want the light reflecting off as many facets / details as possible.
  15. Thanks everyone! I suppose I have Mr. Longmire although the frame for the dagger handle was heavily inspired by the numerous coffin handled bowies I've seen on the forum.. ... With some slight variations of my own of course.
  16. Hi everyone... Previously I posted a little sneak peek at something I was working on.. Well, now that little something has come to completion - and I'm ready to share it with those who might be interested at having a look. I've always wanted to give it a shot at a dagger - since this blade geometry has fascinated me ever since I was a kid... And without further ado, after 170 work hours - I give you Vegvisar - the Pathfinder! I have forged this dagger in honor of the four dwarves, Norðri, Suðri, Austri and Vestri - supporting the heavenly dome
  17. Hi guys, I've been working on this little side-project for the past week - and thought I'd give a little sneak-peek. I've decided to go with a new makers mark for myself. This one is the first one of it's kind - and is in a deep relief with copper inlay. In the future all my makers marks will be 24k gold inlay. (still in the mail unfortunately...) Thought I'd give a shot at a dagger - and finished the blade in it's entirety today. about 40 hours work on the blade. (not including pattern welding. Had a bar lying around...) Have
  18. Haha! Yeah, my mother sends my wife clips of dudes doing poledancing tricks on Instagram.. I asked her "Do you have ANY idea the amount of pressure you're putting on ME?!" Haha! Man, I need to cut down on the carbs... Anyhow, I'm sure you'd be able to whip up something great! (problem though, is not getting paid... )
  19. Yeah yeah, give me until tomorrow at least - need to sharpen a knife and sleep! Haha! I'll get right on it in the morning.
  20. Alright, so December 2019 I forged a fork for my wife (link HERE) and in 2020 I was suppose to get her a matching knife.. Now, time ran away from me - and I weren't able to finish it until now- but now I have! The steel is 15n20 and.. something - I don't remember... I decided to practice some more inlay, doing some 0,5mm and 1,0mm wire inlay into the "bolster" and heart. Made some use of my new Lindsay Bench Jewel Rotary Tool along with my newly acquired super small FG 1/4 dentist burs. (undercutting 0,5mm grooves i
  21. So, I had an engraving thread here a while back (link HERE) and since then I've made some progress. I just finished Sam Alfano's "Deep Relief Sculpting" instructional video: And here is my result! Of course I could not help but improvise a bit as I am a slave to details... As a first try - I am quite happy with the outcome. Next time I want to combine it with inlay as well. I can't wait to use this technique for my next blade project... I can imagine using this technique on the blade, as well as metal details for handle and / or sheath.
  22. Haha! Nah, this is Norway - not the US. Anyhow, seems I can get the real deal - and won't have to experiment.
  23. I get you Brian, but my mind is dead set on this. I need to have this equipment close and ready, and I will have to learn how to use it as it seems I am taking this bladesmithing business from hobby to full-time.
  24. UPDATE: Alright, so seems I am able to get the salts. I called up Brownell's Norway ,who directed me to a gunsmith, who again directed me to another gunsmith who imports the stuff. He has about 700kg (1500 pounds) in stock, so I will be droping by him real soon. I will buy the tank itself from Brownell's, however the burners are way too expensive at 500USD for a complete burner. I suppose I will have to make one myself. Next thing is to get a long metal pipe, and some sort of regulator / air intake thingy....
  25. I believe I might have a solution... I can get my hands on Lye ( NaOH) Sodium Hydroxide in the form of good old "Caustic Soda" which is is sold for cleaning. As for the Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) or Sodium Nitrate (NaNO3) - I can get some Calcium Nitrate Fertilizer containing more than or equal to 90% Nitric Acid (HNO3) - while the rest of the fertilizer ingredients are Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN for short) (5Ca(NO3)2•NH4NO3•10H2O) If I could possibly use 5 pounds of Lye (NaOH) and 2,5 pounds of Fertilizer (90% Nitric Acid HNO3 + 10% CAN) dissolved in 1 gallon of
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