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Ariel Salaverria

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  1. Just finished for a local customer.

     

    San mai damascus from 1070 / stainless 304 (high contrast / zero maintenance) with a 5160 core.

    9" overall length, 9 3/4" blade. 3/16" thickness. Guayacan wood handle with red micarta spacers. Buttcap in the same damascus as the blade. Hand made leather sheath with anaconda skin details and 1070/304 damascus buttons.

     

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    This is how my finguers look like after making the damascus buttons.

     

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  2. Another damascus shark tooth!

    5160 core and 1010 and stainless steel on the sides, 1 3/4" long and 1 5/8" wide.

     

    I really like this one. If you look with attention, you'll realize both sides are like a positive and a negative image.

     

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    My customer wanted to use a thick leather necklace, so I've made the ring big enough for it and the pendant thick for a positive hanging (I don't like light pendants that go all around the chokers for lack of weight)

     

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    Some company for size comparison.

     

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    Not designed for this, but can mess someone's day too.

     

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    Hanging from a 10th floor, with Buenos Aires as blurry background.

     

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    I just added all the pendants to a Damascus Pendants Gallery on my website:

    http://www.aescustomknives.com.ar/docs/damascuspendants.htm

     

     

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  3. Thank you, gentlemen!

     

    Here are the replies to some questions I got!

     

    How does the chainsaw chain affect the strength/toughness/edge retention of the steel?

     

    In my usual san mai steels, the laterals are softer than the inner core, so that adds to the resistance of the blade (that's the idea behind the process - and the damascus sides make the knife look nice :D ). In this case, there is some added resistance, but it's not that noticeable as in the 1010/1070 case due to the composition of the chainsaw (52100/1070) It is better than if the blade was just 5160 though.

     

    As for the edge retention, all san mai steels have the exact same retention as a regular blade made with the inner core, as that's what gonna perform. So in this case, this blade will have the same edge characteristics as a 5160 blade.

     

     

    Ariel, I have always admired the way you do things most people say can't be done, like putting nonferrous metals into a steel blade or steel into mokume. laugh.gif Keeps 'em guessing!

     

    I know a lot of people that like to talk... I prefer to work and let my creations speak for me ;)

     

    In these two links people can see the processes I use to make pretty much everything I offer, so anyone willing to try can actually do it :)

    http://www.aescustomknives.com.ar/docs/knifemaking.htm

    http://www.aescustomknives.com.ar/docs/tutorials.htm

     

    I get about a dozen emails a week asking me questions about different techniques and I'm always happy to help. (If anyone sent me an email that I didn't reply, please re send it, as I probably didn't get it or lose it on a spam filter - I get over 100 a day of those)

     

     

    why do you weld the stuff inside a canister??

    I've welded a few bikechains and chainsaws before... always just using the handhammer to begin with and later a powerhammer... never used a canister, and it seemed to hold up nicely... now I'm wondering whether that was a mistake.... or maybe the container makes the whole thing just a lot easier?

     

    I've hand forged bike chains and chainsaws before with no cannister and I've found my personal results to go in hand with the books I've read about it. An average of 90% welding, where you have to cut more un-welded borders or remake the entire thing if you get inclusions in the middle, etc.

     

    Then I started to use a cannister, still hand forging with just a hammer and while it takes longuer, I got the same results as I get with the press, almost 100% welding. I haven't keep a real record, but I'd say 99% welding on all pieces I've made. Then with the press, I get even better results, reduce time and get to try new things.

     

    The concept behind the cannister is the same as with stainless forging... It reduces the O2 inside and the steels weld easier :)

     

    Now this cannister process is just to weld materials together, as for flattening more and shaping the steel, those processes (either you use a hammer, a power hammer or a press) are done once the ingot it outside the cannister.

     

     

    What's important when you're adding other melted metals to the blade is that you kinda have to make the desired final thickness from the get go. The piece I've posted in the first posts was the second one I had to make for this project. You'll see why in the next pictures.

     

    This is a chainsaw welded to a SAE 5160 flatstock, made exactly like I've showed before.

     

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    I don't press it to flatten everything as I need the empty spaces from the links to receive the melted bronze later, right?

     

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    But then you get to realize that this is still too thick for a folder blade...

     

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    And when you press it more to flatten it to the proper thickness, you lose the interstitial spaces to accomodate the bronze, and you end up with an ingot like this, with not enough bronze on it, that once the blade get ground, it's gonna lose even more.

     

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    And this is why you have to consider all of these (thickness, blade shape, and type of grinding to be done) before start making the piece!

     

     

    As for the tempering, the previous dagger got HT'd to be somewhat softer (as it was a sticker) than a user knife, but this one will have to get a special treatment, with the bronze there and all, so I'll be taking pictures of that and the etching once Ruben finishes the grinding.

     

     

     

     

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  4. Once I remove the chain/5160 combo, I cut a 11/8" x 5 1/2" piece.

     

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    With two 2mm thick bronze sheets.

     

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    I repeat the previous process adding the bronze sheets between the chain/5160 combo and the stainless 304 sheets.

     

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    Smaller cannister.

     

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    And in they go!

     

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    Closed cannister.

     

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    Into the oven at 830 C.

     

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    Pressing it again.

     

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    After pressing and cooling.

     

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    Grinding the borders to get the inner content.

     

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    Final piece.

     

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    After I cut and grind some, the rough folder blade shape is there.

     

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    The damascus is not etched yet, but it should look like this (wich is what my customer based his order on)

     

     

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  5. A customer of mine asked me for this, since I don't make folders, I'm making the rough blade and then Ruben will be finishing it and making the entire folder.

     

    Chainsaw and a SAE 5160 8" x 1 1/2" x 5/32" flatstock.

     

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    Electric welded the chain to one side.

     

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    Then the other.

     

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    I wrap that in two 0,5mm thick sheets of stainless 304 to prevent welding agains the cannister.

     

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    Then I place it inside the cannister.

     

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    And close it.

     

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    Then I place it on the oven at 1300 C

     

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    And press it with my hydraulic press using 30 tons

     

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    As it comes from the press, now the chain is welded to the sheet of 5160.

     

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    I start cutting the cannister to remove the inner piece. You can see how the stainless sheet works perfectly.

     

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  6. This is a Nessmuk I finished a couple of days ago, it's the prototype of a project I've been running for the past couple months.

     

    San Mai damascus in 1010/1070 with a 5160 core.

    Overall length is 8" with a 3 1/2" cutting edge. 3 3/4" from tip of the blade to the handles. 1/8" thickness.

    Tapered butt-end. Curupay (a local hard wood) handles, 1/2" thickness. Leather lanyard with a 1010/1070 damascus bead.

    Heavy duty hand made leather sheath.

     

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    More (and bigger) pictures on the Nessmuk Page on my website:

    http://www.aescustomknives.com.ar/docs/pro_nessmuk.htm

     

     

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    Ariel

  7. Better pictures!

     

    San Mai Damascus Utility Knife

     

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    In hand.

     

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    San Mai and Cable Knife

     

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    With some mokume company for the same customer.

     

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    (I don't usually offer mokume bars for purchase, but I've made an exception as it was a returning customer with a pending order)

     

    Since we're at it, here's two integral blades for some criollos knives. The bigger one is for an order, the other will wait for a handle some time, while I finish more orders. (Don't mind the superficial rust spots, it's all part of the making, once finished and properly polished and oiled they'll be perfectly OK)

     

    San mai from 1010/1070 with a 52100 core.

    The bigger has a 5 1/2" cutting edge, the other has a 4 1/2 one.

     

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    To finish, here's what my table looked like today!

     

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    I always keep knives in all stages of completion, as well as sold yet not shipped (or delivered) knives to teach people about the materials and processes involved (same as with handle materials, as you can see micarta, mokume, pins, resined rope, etc. there)

     

     

     

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    Ariel

  8. Two San Mai knives - one finished, one in progress

    Finishing the last delayed orders (I am taking orders) so I can get to try new things and get full speed ahead on the Nessmuk project!

     

     

    San Mai and Cable Knife

     

    A customer of mine bought this knife some time ago

     

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    And wanted a "big brother" knife, with a regular 4 fingers handle, so this is the result of that order.

     

    San mai damascus from 1010/1070 with a 5160 core.

    9 3/4" overall length, almost 5" blade. 1" wide. 3/16" thickness.

    Cable/resin inserts on handle. Will have a hand made leather sheath.

     

     

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    San Mai Damascus Utility Knife

     

    Some months ago I had this knife for sale

     

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    And once it got sold, I got an order for one just like it, but with the bolsters slanted forward instead of backwards.

     

    This is the ground and etched blade for that order.

     

    San mai damascus from 1010/1070 with a 5160 core.

    7 1/4" overall length, 3 3/4" from tip of the blade to bolster. 3/16" thickness. Will have micarta handles, mokume bolsters and a hand made leather sheath.

     

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  9. San mai damascus from a chainsaw (52100) and 5160 with a O1 core.

    5 1/2" cutting edge - 10 1/2" overall length.

    White lapacho wood handle with a carbon fiber spacer.

     

    Damascus Paring Knife

     

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    Here with two belt buckles, a san mai damascus and a mokume (1010/1070/copper) one.

     

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    Better pics in a couple of days! :D

     

     

     

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  10. Yet another finished order for a happy customer :D (I've been really busy last month!)

     

    Cable (1085) damascus

    4 1/2" blade - 9" overall length.

    Resined rope handle. Mokume (1010/1070/copper) guard with cable details.

    Hand made soft leather layered sheath with Anaconda skin details.

     

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  11. Cable Damascus Small Fighter

     

    Cable (1085) damascus

    5" blade - 9" overall length.

    Deer stag handle with mokume (1010/1070/copper) guard, with details in cable.

    Leather and copper spacers. Buttcap in resin and cable.

    Hand made leather sheath.

     

     

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    San Mai Damascus Big Fighter

     

    San mai damascus from 1010/1070 with a 5160 core.

    7" cutting edge, 8 1/2" blade, 13 3/4" overall length.

    Deer stag handle with mokume (nickel silver and copper) guard and pommel. Black micarta spacers.

     

     

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  12. Not knives, but something I've been recently asked to do :)

     

    Damascus Belt Buckle

     

    Still needs a cleaning on the back though.

    It was made for a belt a hair less than 1 1/2" wide.

     

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    Stag Handled Mauser Bayonet

     

    This has a 15 3/4" blade, and the new overall lenght is 22"

    I've blued the blade and added a stag handle, with a wooden spacer and a damascus guard.

     

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