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Pieter-Paul Derks

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  • Birthday 11/25/1996

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    Deurne, the netherlands
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    bladesmithing, swords, history, blacksmithing,
    death and black metal, playing bass, doing metal vocals and reading fantasy books.

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  1. Thanks everyone! I am quite pleased with this one myself, I hope i will get my hands on some more of this handle material. i ground the plunges by first doing normal plunge cuts about a half inch in front of where I wanted the plunges and then just very carefully feahtered them out on the grinder, by lifting the blade away from the belt slowly and cutting with the belt edge. I hope this makes a bit of sense. the most difficult thing was that the only belts I have that track perfectly are my 40 grits, so I had to start hand sanding at 60 grit any bit of belt wobble would mess up the swoopy plunges.
  2. Hello everyone, The last month or so I have been working on a Damascus hunting knife with a stabilized beech handle. Since I am taking pictures for my Instagram account anyway, I figured it would be nice to post this on the ‘’old fashioned’’ forums as well. For this hunting knife I am going for a more traditional design than I would normally do, this is a ‘’simple’’ drop point hunter with a guard and hopefully a takedown handle. On this knife I really want to focus on my fit and finish, normally one of my weaker points in knifemaking. As I normally make historically inspired knives doing a modern knife comes with a lot of firsts and I have really enjoyed working on it so far. For instance: this is the first time I’m trying sweeping plunges, a takedown design or working with stabilized wood. I went through several different designs and did a lot of tweaking to get this knife exactly where I want it. Carbon tracing paper is a huge help in trying out different handle shapes. The blade material is 450 layer random pattern Damascus, the steels are O2 and 75Ni8. To test if the grind lines I’d drawn were actually possible I ground a test knife out of mild steel, the plunges turned out to not be as difficult as I had feared. The mild steel also made a great template to use when forging. Normally I would forge closer to shape, but I didn’t want to risk a stray hammer blow messing up my plunges. After a bit of grinding I heat treated the blade to +- 61 Hrc and tempered the spine and ricasso back with a torch, this gives extra toughness and also allows me to file in my tang shoulders very precisely. I tend to do most of my grinding post Heat treat, the O2 is deep hardening enough and with fresh belts there is not much risk involved. After the knife is ground, I start on the fittings, there is a guard and two spacers, the middle spacer is bronze I cast myself and the other is mild steel. The spacer assembly is held together with drilled and reamed pins, a bit of extra work, but it makes alignment very easy. A threaded piece is silver brazed to the tang, I made a bronze nut for it on my lathe to keep the entire assembly together. This allows me to pull the knife apart as many times as I want, when the knife is finished this will make re-finishing a lot easier also. The handle is made from spalted beech wood, this stabilized wood is very nice to work with, and just needs a buff to get to a nice shine. The only downside is that it really stinks when grinding. From here on it was a lot of boring polishing to get the surfaces good enough. The last thing is sharpening and making a leather sheath, and it is time to take some pictures with an actual camera.
  3. I believe that Tod from the video above actually made the hero props for the witcher series, I was actually looking for who made them, but it is impossible to find the swordmaker in the credits of the series itself. Then when watching some of Tod´s excellent youtube videos he mentioned somewhere, that he worked on the Witcher series. Thats probably why the swords looked so good and believable.
  4. Looking great! I like how subtle the shape of handle and sheath is. What kind of lacquer are you using? it looks like something sprayable.
  5. That double hamon looks sweet! Normally I am not a big fan of filework, but yours I do like, tastefully done on a handle frame, instead of all over a knife.
  6. I love these germanic blades, really interesting form and they look very comfortable. I also use potatoes sometimes when burning in handles or soldering tang extensions, they really are a very effective heat sink. And yes they do get baked, but I never liked the taste of hot steel.
  7. I shot a quick video with a gopro of this sword cutting water bottles (and a bit of the stand). I would really need some tatami or other heavier target to really see what this sword can do, because the waterbottles are cut without any effort. At least you can see the scale of this beastie. 20170101_001041A.mp4
  8. I'm a big fan of coloring my epoxy to simulate cutlers resin, I use a tiny bit of soot (lamp black) and it looks just like the real deal, but you get the strenght of the modern epoxies. with seaxes I glue twice as the epoxy will settle and shrink a little. Gluing a second time gives me a nice fillet where the handle meets the blade.
  9. That makes sense, very well done it looks great
  10. A very pretty knife and sheath and shear steel is always nice to see. How did you make the ferrule?
  11. Yeah seeing all this stuff together is great, I really like your style of work. Your hamons are also looking awesome. I totally forgot about the kitchen knife prize, I planned to make something for that, but I got caught up in some other projects. Its a shame I didn't get to meet you in Solingen, but maybe next year.
  12. Those spears are just so cool, great job on the complex forgings.
  13. Man that is a cool little knife. I always like friction folders.
  14. This just looks so good, very nice to see some creative patternwelding uses
  15. That is a great looking package. I like the colour and texture of the leather a lot.
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