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pieter-pauld last won the day on December 9 2016

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About pieter-pauld

  • 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.
  1. I had some projects to finish first, before I could get started on my kitchen knife for this KITH, so I started much later than planned. I originally wanted to do a damascus san mai construction, but I have run out of steel and I won't have the money to buy some before the due date. However, I did have a nice new piece of c100 (similar to 1095) which I wanted to try. This is my first time working with this steel and I want to see if I can get a nice active hamon. As design inspiration I looked at Japanese nakiri knives, with their distinctive squared tip. I will not try to do anything traditional however, and the handle will be entirely modern. So lets get started: I did not take too much pictures of the forging, this style of knife is pretty straightforward anyway. Here the steel has already been thinned both in with and thickness, and I am forging the tang: Before starting on the bevels, I make sure that my preform is flat and has all the tapers where I want them, I use a flatter and low heat for this. If your preform ( sunobe if you're into japanese stuff) is nice and consistent, the bevelling will go easy and your edge will be easy to center: To start the bevels I use a hammer with a very flat peen and hammer about halfway up the blade, straightening as I go along, until I am almost at my edge thickness. Then I use a heavy hammer with a flat face, and draw the bevels up all the way to the spine, this smoothes all the hammer marks left by the peening: The finished forging lying in the sun: To anneal I got to use my new heat treat oven: a laboratory tube furnace I got for a nice price at an auction. the anneal went perfect, I was able to straighten the knife using just my hands and it was a joy to file. I never knew how much I needed precise temp control and the ability to slow cool.
  2. Thank you, I really like the handle myself, the heavy sculpting makes a very secure grip. This was the first time I worked with ebony, and I must say that it is wonderfull stuff, easy to grind, carve and rasp.
  3. A while ago a good friend of mine asked me if I was willing to make him a knife, mainly because he wanted to own something that I made. He wanted a Bowie knife, but the specifics of the design were left to me. We agreed that I would make something not too elaborate, mostly because he is a college student and didn't have a lot of money to spend. However as I was making this knife I decided to spend more time and materials anyway, mainly because I like making knives to the best of my abilities, and also because I like the guy and wanted to do him a favor and make him a really cool knife. The knife was forged from c75 steel and hand polished and sharpened. The guards are made from brass, and the handle is made from a beautiful piece of gray streaked ebony. The sheath is also made by myself, from vegetable tanned leather and hand stitched. Overall length 30 cm Blade length 18 cm
  4. I will try my very best to be there again. I had a lot of fun last year, and learned more than I thought was possible in three days.
  5. Very nice work! I love how the grain of the wrought iron shows exactly how the axe was built up and forged.
  6. My design is ready, I should really get started soon. I will try to document as much of the process as possible.
  7. Superb blade! But that I have come to expect from you. I need to try that instant coffee trick, I am always a bit dissapointed with how much of the nice deep black is wiped away after etching in ferric.
  8. Very generous indeed! I haven't had time To watch it, but I know already that this is a build of truly epic proportion. I was very impressed when this blade was shown here on the forum a while ago.
  9. I really love that mokume, much nicer colours than the usual brass and copper mokume I think. I really want to try my hand at making some mokume soon. Are you willing to share how you patinated the shibuichi? I like how many different colours it has.
  10. How do you keep the mandrel from welding to the socket? Does the graphite you coated it with prevent this? I tried to make pipe once and enden with a nice solid bar.
  11. Fantastic project indeed, I look forward to seeing it come alive. I think there are too few people doing elaborate iron carving these days, one day I'm going to try stuff like this myself. On bending these, it is also possible that they heated the parts unevenly, In essence the thicker parts are made hotter so they will bend as much as the thin parts, sounds a lot easier than it is though
  12. Fantastic work as usual, I am looking forward to seeing these swords in Solingen. I am continually amazed how refined and elegant these high medieval pommels are, they are works of art all by themselves.
  13. Very nice work! the small size makes it appear equal parts jewel and knife. I saw this on instagram already but felt the need to comment here, I am always a big fan of your work.
  14. Thank you, I'm quite pleased with this one myself
  15. Twist pattern kitchen knife 100 layer twisted damascus with brass ferrule and handle made of Padouk wood the knife's weight is 145 grammes blade length of 16 cm In my opinion for most work in the kitchen a smaller knife is ideal, for it is lighter and easier to work with. This lead me to forge this mid size chef's knife, with a blade shape suited to almost all cooking tasks, from chopping vegetables to cutting meat. The ferrule (metal part of handle) is made from brass, and the handle is shaped from tropical Padouk, this makes for a very eye catching red and gold colored handle. The damascus is a mix of o2 and 75Ni8 carbon steels, stacked to 100 layers and then twisted tightly, this gives a very bold and striking pattern. These steels also take a very fine and keen edge, and are easy to resharpen. This knife is for sale, the asking price is 250 euro's -Pieter-Paul Derks-