Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Elres


I thought I might show off some image of my Under Hammer MuzzleLoader.

Click on the images, for bigger images, if you like....

I hope you enjoyed these images.
Tracker's Forge

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Would you like to order one of my knives?


I realized that I have been missing something here on my blog...

I forgot to mention that I take orders. In fact, that is how most of my customer's become my customers.

I make knives for immediate sale, and you can check out what I have available here on my blog.

But, I also take orders.

Orders take different forms.

One kind is where you see one of my knives, and decide that you have to have one just like it.

Another kind is where you see a knife that I make, and you think "If only that knife was just a bit different, I would really like that." Well, let me know what it is you would like different, I can almost always meet your need.

A third kind of order is where you have an idea, maybe one of my knife inspired you, maybe you like the style that I offer, maybe you like traditional patterns, and wonder if I can make one for you. Whatever your idea is, I would love to hear about it, so that I can make it for you.

However it happens that I can make a knife for you, please let me know, and we can work together so that I may provide you with just the knife that you are looking for.

Thank you,

A couple of knives that I finished lately....


These are couple of knives that I got images of, before they went out the door, and I thought I would share them...

A Bushcrafter....

And a File Nessmuk w/ Crown Stag Handle

Thank you,

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hammer-In This Past Weekend

Hey Folks,

Just thought you all might like to see some images from a Hammer-In that I demonstrated at this past weekend.

Attendance was modest, but it was a beautiful spring day in Idaho, we enjoyed 3 seasons and a potluck liberally seasoned with wild game.

Ray Rantanen demonstrated different types of twists, and how he forges a knife from horseshoes and railroad spikes.

Pawnee, who hosted the Hammer-In, demonstrated tripods and H-pods for Buckskinners and Re-Enactors. He also demonstrated how he makes a period Russian Trade Ulu.

I forged knives, no surprise there, but I also took a sample of different patinas and finishes, and explained how I accomplish them. I also consumed enough coal smoke to last me the whole year.

I hope you enjoy the images....

Here I am, head down, and surprise, I am working with hot steel.

More Hot Steel... Placing My Touchmark

And here are knives, made by my most recent students.... The bottom one by Marion David Poff, you can read more at Eye On Cutlery BlogSpot. The other one is by a student who shall not be named.

Here are a couple of my belt knives...

And a few more of my knives....

And, finally, me, with my old friend, coal smoke.

Thank you for your interest in what I do, and I look forward to doing business with you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Knife-Making Instruction from Robert Alderman of Tracker's Forge

For some time, I have offered lessons in how to make knives to local residents.

And, while most folks have used my lessons as simply a way to satisfy a curiousity or to make a knife for special occasion, a few of my students have attended to make knives for sale, to become knife-makers.

I teach both forging and stock removal techniques of knife-making.

In addition, I am familiar with multiple styles of knife construction, and can instruct you in the techniques necessary, styles of construction include but are not limited to; full tang, insert tang, and mortise tang.

Also, I instruct in the construction and design of folders.

I instruct in annealing, hardening, and tempering common high carbon steels like 5160, 1084, and 1095.

I am familiar with various methods of patina and darkening, and instruct in types and methods of finishing.

Also, so that you can begin to make knives on your own. I can instruct you in what equipment is necessary vs what equipment is optional. As well, I have a design for a forge that is very fuel efficient and can be easily constructed.

Lastly, I instruct in sources of appropriate materials that can be acquired for little or no money.

I am the 4th generation of blacksmiths in my family, and I learned my knife-making skills from Steve Mullins, a well known knife-maker.

I am most well known for my reproductions and knives based on the technology and art of the moutain man period, pre 1840. I have an extensive knowledge of the patterns and constructions methods of the period. Further, I can make a knife look as though it had been made many years ago.

I can translate my 40 years of experience to answer all your questions concerning knife-making and related matters.

I charge $125 per day, and with planning, a simple knife and sheath can be built within 2 days. But, based on the knife or knives that you would like to make, or the skills you would like to acquire, I can schedule longer appointments to suit.

As an example of the type of thing that can be made, check out the knife made by Marion David Poff of Eye On Cutlery

If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Knives Previously Sold


Just thought I would create a post of knives that I have sold previously, so that you can see them.

And in most cases, I will be happy to take an order for one or another of these knives, but please be aware that the price may have changed, for multiple possible reasons, for instance; availability of material, how many orders I have on deck, a previous desire to sell a particular knife, or simply my reluctance to make a certain knife.

Tracker's Forge Translucent Green Cow Horn Drop Point Hunter

Tracker's Forge Nessmuk, Full Tang with Elk Slab Handles

Tracker's Forge Colonial Hunter For Sale note-I can reproduce this knife, but not at this price, as I would have to Hand-Forge it, I have no more cast blanks available.

Early American Pouch Knife - 'Woodcraft' Knife

Tracker's Forge Multi Pin Fancy Hunter with PurpleHeart Scales For Sale

Tracker's Forge Rasp and File Nessmuk

Black Smith Style Knives for Sale, D Guard Cutlass and Dag

Thank you,

Monday, April 20, 2009

Tracker's Forge Standard Sheath


I though I might tell you all a little about my sheaths.

I make a very high quality user grade sheath.

It is suitable for years of tough use.

I make it of Extra Heavy Full Grain Oak Tanned Leather Sheath. It is Hand Sewn, and Wet-Formed to the knife for a snug custom fit.

I use a multi-stage finishing process, where I grease, wax and oil the sheath for water reppelency, shape-holding and long life.

A sheath for a 4 inch knife or standard hunting pattern is $55.

In the image at the top of this blog post, you see the front of a sheath that was made for my Bushcrafter, feel free to click on the image for a larger image.

In the following image, you see the back of my sheath, with a standard belt loop.

In this last image, you see the throat of the sheath, which portrays the thickness, and stoutness of my standard sheath.

If I can answer any questions, please let me know.

Thank you,