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  1. AES Custom Knives Website - New Layout and More Content!

    Some time ago, talking with my webmaster (Nestor, tracer-san) we decided that it needed a new design so now I have a new site, not only with a new layout, but with lots more of content. I'm really happy with it.

     

    You can expect to be updated it regularly with new Knives, Tutorials and Knifemaking content.

    If you'd like to be informed of those updates, just suscribe to the Newsletter :)

     

    http://www.aescustomknives.com.ar/

     

     

    Here's some of what you'll find:

     

     

    In General:

    New improved design. Still fast to navigate.

    New logo and header to reflect the changes on my blades.

    Site layout designed for 1024x768 and bigger.

    Same good navigation scheme - standarized for all second tier pages.

    Got rid of annoying scrolling bar on pop ups for Safari users.

     

     

     

    On the homepage:

    Rotating working pictures showing me making knives.

    Bigger Available Knives pictures.

    Newsletter suscription for updates regarding myself and my work.

    List of the latest 3 installments on both Knifemaking and Tutorials.

    Sample Gallery pages pictures.

     

     

     

    On the Sections:

    Updated text on About Me and now with a picture of myself, for all those folks that want to put a name to a face :)

    Brief text on what kind of materials you can expect to see on my knives/sheaths.

    Preview of Knives, Tutorials and Knifemaking

    Hydraulic press forging.

     

     

    2 Available Knives pages (12 knives, almost 100 pictures)

     

     

    Lotto/Raffle page (still open)

     

     

    22 Gallery pages (100+ knives, 700+ pictures)

     

     

    13 Tutorials on knifemaking processes and techniques (160+ process pictures)

    Improved content layout so the text go next to the proper pictures.

     

     

    22 Knifemaking installments (600+ process pictures)

    Improved content layout so the text go next to the proper pictures.

     

     

     

    Updated texts on both Ordering and Contact.

     

     

    If you linked to my old Tutorial or Knifemaking pages, there's no need to go digging the new links, as redirecting pages have been placed for each one of them :)

     

     

    So that's pretty much it, let me know what you think! :)

     

     

    Ariel

  2. Still have finish the sheath!

     

    San mai damascus from 1010/1070 with a 52100 core.

    9" overall length, 4 1/4" blade. 1/8" thickness.

    Copper guard with leather and copper spacers. Deer stag handle. 1010/1070/copper momuke buttcap. Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Remember to sign up for my newsletter if you haven't already, lots of news to come soon!

    http://server.com/WebApps/mail-list-subscribe.cgi?list=79955

     

     

    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  3. San Mai Slicer #1

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

    6 1/2" overall length, 2 3/4" blade. 1/8" thickness.

    Copper guard with a black micarta spacer. Deer stag handle.Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    San Mai Slicer #2

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

    7 3/4" overall length, 3 1/4" blade. 1/8" thickness.

    Copper guard with a black micarta spacer. Deer stag handle.Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    San Mai Slicer #3

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

    8 1/4" overall length, 3 1/2" blade. 1/8" thickness.

    Copper guard with a black micarta spacer. Deer stag handle.Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  4. I got some questions on how I was etching my AES mark on my blades, so I've made this little tutorial on a Nessmuk blade for an ordered knife.

     

    Since I only make damascus blades now, to me this is very time effective and it looks really nice.

     

     

    Mirror polished blade, ready for the acid etch (It's a san mai damascus - what else!)

     

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    The sticker with my initials/maker mark (I've got a ton of these made for little money)

     

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    I cut the sticker according to my size needs.

     

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    Already applied on the blade.

     

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    Blade (with the sticker applied) on a solution of 70% Ferric Chloride and 30% distilled water.

     

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    Here's how it looks after the acid etching and a wash with water and 10% of sodium bicarbonate.

     

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    Blade with the 600 grit water sand paper I'll use to polish it.

     

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    Sand paper wrapped on a 2"x 1 1/2" rubber piece to help me polish the blade.

     

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    Softly polishing the blade. The contrast appears not only because of the different steel colors, but because the acid "ate" steel, so there's a relief difference.

     

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    Finished blade (still no sharpening, though)

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

     

    Ariel

  5. Just finished!

     

    Lemme know what you think!

     

     

    San Mai Utility

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

    7 1/2" overall length, almost 3" cutting edge. Almost 1" wide. Almost 1/4" thickness. Palo santo wood scales with cable pins (which look much better in person than in the pictures). Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Bolstered San Mai Utility

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

    7 1/8" overall length, 3 1/8" cutting edge. 1 1/8" wide. Almost 1/4" thickness. Black and white hand made micarta scales with cable pins (which look much better in person than in the pictures). Bronze/nickel silver mokume bolsters.

     

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    San Mai Criollo / Kitchen Knife

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

    13 3/4" overall length, almost 8 1/2" cutting edge. Almost 1 3/4" wide. Almost 1/4" thickness right after the integral bolster, and tapers towards the tip. Stag handle with leather spacers and wooden "bolster" (Quebracho). Buttcap in stainless silver and nickel silver mokume.

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  6. Ariel, I love it! very neat the way you epoxied(?) in the cable strands! Very creative, very original, as is your style, i love it:). the pattern of the center core bar, is the fluctuations due to cross peining when you draw out the blade?>

     

     

    Those fluctuations are because of the shape of the end pieces on my press :) As I press it to make it longer, it gets pressed on some places and doesn't pressed on others, thus resulting in that "snake" core.

     

    It doesn't affect at all the performance of the knife though.

     

     

    I call it neck knife because it's got no scales, but the sheath is for belt carry :)

     

    Ariel

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

    6 3/4" overall length, almost 3" blade. 1" wide. 3/16" thickness.

    Cable/resin inserts on handle. Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  8. Hi,

     

    These are three knives I've just finished this week, I hope you like them!

     

     

    San Mai & Stag #1

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

    7 3/4" overall length, almost 3" blade. 1 1/4" wide. 3/16" thickness.

    Copper guard with a black leather spacer. Deer stag handle. Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    San Mai & Stag #2

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

    6 3/4" overall length, 2 3/4" blade. 1" wide. 5/32" thickness.

    Copper guard with a black leather spacer. Deer stag handle.

    Semi stainless san mai buttcap (304-1070 with a core of 5160) Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    San Mai & Stag #3

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

    6 3/4" overall length, almost 3" blade. 1" wide. 5/32" thickness.

    Copper guard with a black leather spacer. Deer stag handle.Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  9. Now this is the ground and etched blade (just needs sharpening)

     

    You can see all the different parts of the original metals there.

     

    Since I'm a big fan of asymetrical damascus and random patterns, this blade was particulary interesting to find "hidden" random figures on it.

     

    There are some obvious ones like the heart on the tip of the other side, and some that require some more interpretation.

     

     

    All in all, this blade has motorcycle chain, D2 powder, 5150, O1 and 1030. Quite a mix!

     

    Almost 9" from tip to end of bolster.

     

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  10. Here's what I did with my part of the damascus...

     

    First I cutted it in half, and in the middle I placed a piece of some damascus I had already made (100 layers of 1030 and O1)

     

    When I get orders for some special knives, I make 2-3 damascus ingots and I keep the best for that knife, and find what to use the rest for (or design a knife I think it would look nive with that pattern)

     

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    Then I got it on the oven at 700C

     

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    I added borax.

     

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    Then I placed it on the oven at 1300C and press it at full power.

     

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    Then I lended the camera to my daughter and she took of with some friends, so I couldn't take pictures of the grinding process. But you've seen that on other tutorials.

     

    And this is how the roughly ground knife looks like (nothing special so far, right? ;) )

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  11. This was a request from a knifemaker firnd of mine (Raul Carrizo). As he continues to make a knife, I'll update with more pictures.

     

     

     

    Square section (40mm) pipe, modded to be the container for the steel.

     

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    I start placing motorcycle chain segments inside (8" long) with a flat piece of 5160 in the middle.

     

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    D2 scraps.

     

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    For each piece of chain, I add D2 scraps to fill in the spaces.

     

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    Closing the container.

     

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    Welding both halves together.

     

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    Placing it on the oven at 1300C.

     

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    Pressing it to weld the steels.

     

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    Container after welding the steel inside.

     

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    Pressing it to flatten the ingot into a flat piece (12" long, 2" width, 5/16" thickness)

     

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    How it looks after a rough grinding. You can see the chains, D2 (blue arrows) and 5160 (red arrows)

     

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  12. Hi,

     

    Four blades I've finished this week, I hope you like them!

    They're destined to become full knives soon... Yes, I've been busy :D

     

    All blades are san mai damascus from 1010/1070 with a 5160 core.

     

    3 mini blades

    Top one is 3 5/16", middle one is 2 3/4" and bottom one is 3"

     

     

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    For kitchen use

    8 3/4" cutting edge.

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  13. Hi,

     

    Two knives I've finished this week, I hope you like them!

     

     

    Integral Recurve

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

    10 1/4" overall length, 6 1/4" blade, 5 5/32" cutting edge.

    Palosanto wood handle. Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Integral Criollo/Kitchen

    San mai damascus from stainless 304/1070 with a 5160 core.

    11 3/4" overall length, 7" blade.

    Itin wood handle. Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  14. Hi,

     

    Four knives I've finished this week, I hope you like them!

     

     

    Utility #1

    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.

    Black/brown (with blue/violet shades) micarta and mokume bolsters. Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Utility #2

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

    8 1/2" overall length, 4" from tip of the blade to bolster. 5/32" thickness.

    Green/black micarta and mokume bolsters. Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Kiridashi

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

    3 1/2" overall length.

    Green/black/brown micarta. Includes a hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Skinner

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

    3 1/2" overall length.

    White/black "psychodelic" micarta. Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  15. Hi,

     

    Two knives I've finished this week, I hope you like them!

     

    Integral Recurve Drop Point

    Cable (1085) damascus.

    4" cutting edge - 9" overall length. Deer stag handle. Leather spacer. Cable/resin butt decoration.

    Hand made leather sheath.

     

     

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    Tanto

    Cable (1085) damascus.

    3 1/2" cutting edge - 8" overall length. "psychodelic" micarta handle slabs. Leather lanyard with died stag bead.

    Hand made leather sheath.

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  16. Hello,

     

    These are 3 of the knives I've been making this past month, still need a final polishing and what not.

     

    By this weekend I'll have them all finished with sheaths and better pictures. Let me know what you think :)

     

    Long and thin one:

    San mai damascus from 1010/1070 with a 5150 core.

    8 1/2" overall length, 4" from tip of the blade to bolster. 5/32" thickness.

    Green/black micarta and mokume bolsters.

     

    Shorty:

    San mai damascus from 1010/1070 with a 5150 core.

    7 1/4" overall length, 3 3/4" from tip of the blade to bolster. 3/16" thickness.

    Black/brown micarta and mokume bolsters.

     

    Kiridashi:

    San mai damascus from 1010/1070 with a 5150 core.

    3 1/2" overall length.

    Green/black/brown micarta.

     

     

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    Thanks for looking!

     

     

    Ariel

  17. PART #3

     

    Marking the blade to cut the profile and get rid of the welded part.

     

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    This is a close up of the pipe you saw on the background on the previous picture. It's a cable placed inside a copper pipe and then filled in with liquid epoxy resin. We'll see it's use later.

     

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    Cutting the unwanted parts of the blade.

     

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    Blade ready to be ground.

     

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    Grinding the edge to make sure it welded well.

     

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    Edge perfeclt welded (that black line is just residue from the grinding weel)

     

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    Masking the blade to make sure the bevels start on the exact same place on both sides.

     

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    Starting the first grinding pass on one side.

     

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    Othe side.

     

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    First pass finished on both sides now.

     

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    Other pass, but it's still not done yet (edge is thick yet) Note the oxide developed by heating the blade with the grinder and cooling it in water several times.

     

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    Finished blade, still oxidized.

     

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    Finished blade with the handle components: deer stag, a slice of the cable/epoxy filled copper pipe, and some bronze and leather spacer.

     

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    Close up of the cable/epoxy filled copper pipe, and the spacers.

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    END OF PART #3

     

     

     

    Thanks for looking!

     

    Ariel

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