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Alex Middleton

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About Alex Middleton

  • Birthday 07/23/1980

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    Middleville, MI
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    Fishing, Hunting, spending time with the family.

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  1. Angle iron used like that will be much more rigid than flat sheet steel. Especially when you add heat to the equation. I could imagine it becoming a very puckery situation if your forge were to spontaneously come apart during a forging session.
  2. I'm jealous of how straight and crisp you can keep your bevels. Both on your puuko's and on this dagger. That's going to be a pretty blade when you're done with it.
  3. I think so. There's a couple of small blemishes in the polishing that I have to go back and fix but otherwise yeah. I think if I tried to add anything more it would just serve to take away from the grain of the walnut. I may mess around a bit and see if I can brighten up the contrast to the Damascus, I'm not sure yet.
  4. I have zero experience with heat treat ovens, so take this for what its worth. It seems like reaching over top of a 1400 degree surface doesn't sound like a lot of fun. I would want to use tongs long enough to keep my hands and arms from going over top of it, which would make it harder to get blades in and out. Again, just my .02 with zero experience to back it up.
  5. That's a nice piece of maple. Is it stabalized? For your guard, you pretty much have the basics. Take your time, file a little, then test fit, repeat as needed. The nice thing about copper or brass is that if you file the slot too big, you can reform the slot to your blade by putting them together, laying it on your anvil, and smacking it with a hammer. Gives you an almost perfect fit.
  6. So before I made any rash decisions, I decided to glue it up and take everything up to a polish just to see what it looked like. I think that there's enough figure in the wood that to add anything more would just detract from it. Oh yeah, I think I forgot to mention that the blade is a 104 layer randomish pattern damascus. I think after a few touchups to the handle and a final edge, it'll be ready for a sheath.
  7. I think you're right Zeb. The good thing about it is that it turned out exactly the way I had planned, which is a bonus for me. Unfortunately I'm feeling like it was a flawed plan. I'm not sure that this was the right knife to do something like this on. It may have been a step too far. Now I just need to decide whether to embrace it, or back off and re-simplify it. Everything would have been easier if I had just been able to find that darn bronze in the first place!
  8. I made a bit more progress today. I wanted to dress up the handle a little bit more so I decided to inlay a piece of copper into the butt. It still needs something else, I'm just not sure what yet.
  9. A good friends son was just inducted into the Army last week. His target MOS is 12N, which I believe is horizontal construction engineering, i.e. earthmoving, grading, roadbuilding, etc. I'm planning on making a knife for him as a gift for when he graduates from basic training. My goal is to build him something that'll be potentially useful in his everyday work life. Not having a military background, or having much experience with heavy equipment (outside of firetrucks), I'm looking for design ideas from guys that do. My initial thinking is a 5-6" blade with either a clip or a chisel point. Heavy duty with a relatively thick edge and spine. Any thoughts?
  10. I agree. I was a little limited with how low I could drop the back of the handle due to the tang pocket and ended up with that slightly M shaped profile. At first I didn't care too much, but after a while it started to really bug me.
  11. More just make sure you keep it even and consistent from stroke to stroke. Just like using the surface plate and sandpaper, if you rock it one way or another it's easy to either wash out a corner or start making the surface crooked.
  12. I lay my big bastard file on the bench and carefully work the surface back and forth on it until it cleans up and become completely flat. You have to be careful in how you apply pressure, but it works very well.
  13. I went ahead and did it, and I'm pretty glad I did. It's a crappy pic and was a pretty small change, but it made a noticeable difference to me. I'm really trying to work on some of the smaller details with this little guy.
  14. I got up early this morning and put the handle on a serious diet. Now that the handle is down to size, the blade is feeling proportionately too wide. I'm seriously considering shaving some material off of the spine to narrow it down and smooth out the lines a bit. Something like this: Thoughts?
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