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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. ;)

 

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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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that is awesome. it is also about where I am in my own progress. I have some engraving to do in the near future. I am making a Chinese idiom so there is not any background removal, but still similar. great stuff.

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Very cool. Even with some understanding of the art, most of us don't always fully appreciate just how much effort has _really_ gone into a beautiful piece when it's all finished. It's great to see it at this stage and get a sense of how daunting this would be for us mere mortals to even contemplate, let alone do. Thank you for sharing your progress. 

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Well I've watched some Kyle Royer and Alec Steel videos on the subject, and I think knife making is already unhealthy enough, I can't sit days/weeks/months hunched over a microscope, I'd break!

Sure an thankful some out there have the patience, I very much enjoy drooling over the fruits of your labour.

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Hi guys,

 

I haven't really lifted much of a finger on this project for several months, but I finally found the motivation to continue yesterday. :rolleyes:

 

Anyhow, I finished shading the engravings and did a inlay of a small 0,03ct diamond down in the corner of the ricasso of the blade.

 

My shading and cross hatching needs some serious work though, but this will have to do for this project. I will have to watch through Sam Alfano's advanced shading master class video a couple of times over.

 

This is only one side of the blade though, and I will do an identical mirrored engraving on the other side.

 

The material engraved is 15n20. The core steel is... 15n20 and tool steel of some sort - cant remember off the top of my head... :P

 

Double Edged Knife Engraving side A2.jpg

 

That's it for now... Chiao all! :)

 

Alveprins

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Stop slacking........:P

You are killing it man

 

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Alright, finally finished the blade in it's entirety after 117,5 hours of work. I love how the two diamonds came out. :D

 

 

Until next time, Chiao! :)

 

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On 9/12/2022 at 3:23 AM, Doug Lester said:

Can't wait until you put a handle and guard on it.  That blade is just so fantastic.

 

Doug

Well, here's the guard.. Not quite finished yet, but almost.. at 73 hours on this guard, I suppose 75% finished:

 

IMG_20221005_161654.jpg

 

The guard is forged out of a piece of railroad plate (the one between the railroad and the wood), engraved and inlaid with 24k gold, and some copper. Two diamonds, or rubies will be placed on the holes in the middle of the flowers, but I've yet to decide what will look best.

 

I am starting work on the other side (handle side) today I think. :)

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Go man go!

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

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I unwrapped the blade from it's tape the other day, and had an oportunity to test-fit the engraved guard on it:

Double_Edged_Knife_Assembly_test.jpg

 

Photo quality is a bit poor, but it shows how the overall theme seems to fit quite well.

 

My miling machine broke the other day, but I have replacement parts arriving by post tomorrow - so hopefully there will be some more progress during the upcoming week. :)

 

Stones are not set in the flowers on the guard as I have yet to finish engraving on the other side. :)

 

Chiao!

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4 hours ago, Brandon Bearden said:

That is simply amazing work. Is the black niello?

 

Thanks!

 

No - the background is blued in order to produce the darkening of the steel.

I am still working on this process... trying something that works better. I might try with some sort of pigment. I simply thought blueing would be a bit more permanent. :)

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16 hours ago, Brandon Bearden said:

Well, it is awesome. I would not even know where to begin to make something like that, what tools even to use to do that kind of work. 

 

Is this for a commission, or just for you?

 

Start in one end. ;)

 

This is not a commission. I prefer not to do them as prospective customers rarely have interesting ideas. As such, I make what I want - and then put it for sale. :)

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One person who used to post here held that a commission is an agreement made in hell.

 

Doug

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HELP...I'm a twenty year old trapped in the body of an old man!!!

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33 minutes ago, Doug Lester said:

One person who used to post here held that a commission is an agreement made in hell.

 

Doug

 

:lol: that is very true!

 

I accept commissions only if I get complete artistic freemdom around a theme. :)

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Artistic freedom……. INDEED!!!!!!!!! Love the mix of design….. thanks for the peek……

We should be addressing you by your name …. What do you prefer to be called?

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58 minutes ago, Dick Sexstone said:

 

We should be addressing you by your name …. 

 

I gave him dispensation to use that nom de screen, since he asked politely prior to joining.  :)

 

but yeah, that's some work, isn't it?

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