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I haven't posted a new knife on here in a while, since I have been making pretty much the same knife (with small variations) for the last 5 months.  Boring.

But here is something that I am happy to post.  Much to my surprise, this knife didn't fight me at all.  That's unusual, so I will appreciate it when it happens.  The sheath pissed me of a few times, but you know, it can't all be great.  

It is Aldo's 1075 with some differential hardening, beaten and aged copper for the guard and domed pin, with Cocobolo as the wood.  Blade length is 4.25" (10.8cm) with an overall length of 9.25" (23.5cm)

Hope you like it!

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This is an really harmonious design. I like how the slight recurve in the blade goes along with the lines of the handle. The end of the handle is just great and definitely not easy to create.

Is it possible to get a pic of the knife in the sheath?

 

Chris

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Beautiful knife, Wes! Your work has a really distinct flair that is very clean, tight fitting, and well finished, but at the same time you use textures and materials with a lot of character and visual interest, like hammered copper, hamons, and interesting handle material.

Now if only we can get you to come to the dark side and make a seax... ;)

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absolutely beautiful set wes. very crisp and clean. this may be a basic question, but, how did you get the aged look on the copper?

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Awesome job. I love the depth of the hamon line it really stands out. Your leather work is superb. Great piece!

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Curves in all the right places.

Nice work.

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Thank you everyone for the nice comments; I do appreciate all of them.  You guys tend to reinforce the ideas I have about knifemaking since you tend to notice the things that I love to put into my knives.  Good looking out guys.

 

14 hours ago, t cudworth said:

absolutely beautiful set wes. very crisp and clean. this may be a basic question, but, how did you get the aged look on the copper?

I use Liver of Sulfur.  Get some really hot water, and mix the Liver of Sulfur in.  It will be yellow.  Either submerge the piece or paint it on with a qtip.  It will turn blackish.  Let it sit for a bit and then I usually wash it off with cold water and rub dry.  Take a piece of 0000 steel wool and gently rub the piece.  The patina will rub away in the high spots and leave the patina in the low spots.

 

17 hours ago, Collin Miller said:

Beautiful knife, Wes! Your work has a really distinct flair that is very clean, tight fitting, and well finished, but at the same time you use textures and materials with a lot of character and visual interest, like hammered copper, hamons, and interesting handle material.

Now if only we can get you to come to the dark side and make a seax... ;)

Thanks Collin, those are great compliments.  And you get what I am going for and the fact that you see it and I have been able to communicate it makes me happy.  Thanks man :)  Honestly, I have been wanting to make a seax for a while now.  Once I have worked my way through my commissions list, I wager that will be something that I get started on.

 

19 hours ago, Chris Schmitz said:

This is an really harmonious design. I like how the slight recurve in the blade goes along with the lines of the handle. The end of the handle is just great and definitely not easy to create.

Is it possible to get a pic of the knife in the sheath?

 

Chris

 

Sure Chris, happy to oblige.  Thanks for the compliments!

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1 hour ago, Wes Detrick said:

I use Liver of Sulfur.  Get some really hot water, and mix the Liver of Sulfur in.  It will be yellow.  Either submerge the piece of paint it on with a qtip.  It will turn blackish.  Let it sit for a bit and then I usually wash it off with cold water and rub dry.  Take a piece of 0000 steel wool and gently rub the piece.  The patina will rub away in the high spots and leave the patina in the low spots.

Thanks for sharing this knowledge. I was wondering the same but got distracted by the piece and forgot to ask it in my post. Awesome. :) 

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Super nice work, Wes. The mixture of rough and smooth in this knife is really eye-catching. Really awesome aesthetic use of texture and incredibly clean implementation. 

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23 hours ago, Chris C-S said:

Thanks for sharing this knowledge. I was wondering the same but got distracted by the piece and forgot to ask it in my post. Awesome. :) 

Of course Chris, I am happy to share what I know.

 

23 hours ago, Ricky said:

about time you posted something....

beautifully done.

Ha!  Have to throw some shade my way bro :)  Thanks though man, I am glad you like it

 

13 hours ago, Adam Betts said:

Super nice work, Wes. The mixture of rough and smooth in this knife is really eye-catching. Really awesome aesthetic use of texture and incredibly clean implementation. 

Thanks Adam!  Glad my aesthetic choices come across so well.

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Like it, he!!, no I love it! There is something to be said for quite eloquence! 

el·o·quence
ˈeləkwəns/
noun
  1. fluent or persuasive speaking or writing.
    "a preacher of great power and eloquence"
    synonyms: fluency, articulateness, expressiveness, silver tongue, persuasiveness, forcefulness, power, potency, effectiveness;

The knife meets all the criteria for the defination and then the sheath kicks it up another notch! Top shelf work, Wes. One to proud of!!!

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I didn't contain my excitement :( I really love the combination of the slightly beaten copper and the cocobolo! I love the simplicity of the lines and the leather! I feel like I often 'hide' behind pattern welding and seeing your monosteel blades and how clean the finish and fit are is really inspiring! 

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Again, thank you guys, i do appreciate the compliments.  Always nice to be validated in the thing you love.

 

15 hours ago, Dave Stephens said:

Really like this one, Wes. The lines are very nice: Enough to give it character, but not so much that it distracts from the grain of the wood.

Dave

Thanks Dave, it feels like a toss up sometimes.  Is it too much and takes away from the rest of the knife, or are you doing the wood justice. 

 

14 hours ago, Emiliano Carrillo said:

I didn't contain my excitement :( I really love the combination of the slightly beaten copper and the cocobolo! I love the simplicity of the lines and the leather! I feel like I often 'hide' behind pattern welding and seeing your monosteel blades and how clean the finish and fit are is really inspiring! 

Well, I don't think you are hiding.  Good craftsmanship is good craftsmanship and your knives and swords have never felt like a dodge.  But speaking to what you are saying, I don't get why people rush into pattern welding.  I wanted to make sure that I could make a great knife before I ever started with adding pattern welding into the mix.  I think people sometimes think that pattern welding will make a shoddily made knife better.  In my opinion it doesn't, it just looks worse.

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I think its a nice knife, nice lines and chunky in a good way.

 I make a lot of kitchen knives and seax and get where you are coming from, somtimes its worth taking a step back and looking at your run of the mill knives with new eyes.

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15 hours ago, Emiliano Carrillo said:

I didn't contain my excitement :( I really love the combination of the slightly beaten copper and the cocobolo! I love the simplicity of the lines and the leather! I feel like I often 'hide' behind pattern welding and seeing your monosteel blades and how clean the finish and fit are is really inspiring! 

You've gone full circle! First, pattern welding is super complicated and monosteel is the only thing you can do. Then, you use mostly monosteel, but also pattern welding when you are making a really nice piece. Finally, you make almost all blades from pattern weld and it feels like cheating because it takes a lot of work to put a nice finish on monosteel. :lol: I don't know what the next step is... I'm still stuck with no power forging equipment at the end of phase two :( 

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I really like the organic curves and the subtle features on the blade and wood. I was already in love with the knives you've been making recently, but this one has that little bit of extra imagination that makes it beautiful and unique! 

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