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  1. This is also the 30th knife/forged object I have made. I have a spreadsheet and keep track. Steels: 1084, 15n20. 600 layers ‘organic’ ladder. Handle: curly (or fugured I've seen it called) Koa wood with Gabon ebony front. No end grain towards cutting edge. Overall length 14.5” blade length ~8.5” weight feels quite light at 8oz. Etched with ~20% ferric chloride, darkened after sanding with Walmart brand instant coffee. A few months ago my Aunt and Uncle went to Hawaii and he brought me back a block of curly Koa wood figuring I could make a pretty knife handle with it. Well, I gave him that wood back, with a blade stuck in it. Originally I wanted a high layer perfectly even ladder pattern. And have it match the ‘chatoyance’ of the wood. I made dies for my 88# Anyang, but had too many bars on it and the steel bounced too much to get nice even rows. Then I thought what if the pattern is more ‘organic’ and flows like the wood itself does? So I risked the 640 layer billet and gave her a go on the bouncy dies. I really like how it turned out. Ends of the billet from 20 -> 80 -> 320. Then a hotcut and single fold to 640. Call it 600. Made a block from a slab of mesquite, had a clever idea. Just after the dark line on the top of the block, i have a strong hidden magnet about 1/8” from the carved channel the blade goes in that holds the edge off the wood when the blade is inserted. My lovely wife made some vinyl to put on the block. Now for my own critique: the ebony front of the handle should have been filed more carefully to leave less gap. I filled the gap with epoxy mixed w/black printer toner. Where I put the touchmark, it dished the steel and I couldn’t grind that deep on the whole thing to get it flat... still figuring when to stamp in the process... need to electro-etch... also the scratches in there I couldn’t get out without eating too much of the stamp. Self critique over.
  2. I made a 600-ish layer billet for a kitchen knife (wip in one of the pics), had a chunk left over. 4” x 2” x ~3/8”. My lovely wife suggested I make her dad a fishing knife for Christmas. Her dad, and all 3 brothers are avid fishers. I decided I’d challenge myself, and stretched that billet to 4 knives. One for each.   Because I forged nearly to completion of shape, and the high layer count, the pattern is REALLY squished in there.  Handles are canvas micarta, beded fully with epoxy. I cut a small channel in the inside perimeter of the scales and filled it with epoxy. Idea being kinda like an o-ring to ensure I get a good seal. Sanded up to 400 grit, added single direction checkering lines for grip. Cutlery pins, heads ground a lot thinner so they stand up less. Then each persons initials stamped on the head of the pin.
  3. I made this 2 years ago when I first started smithing. Also part of the first billet of Damascus I ever made. For the wife, figured she might not complain about how much time I spemd in the shop if every now and then something like this comes up for her.
  4. Fantastic work! I too have had some struggle with integral bolsters, more with grinding than forging though. I would love to see part 2!
  5. Forgot to measure exactly... but edge should be about 7-8”, handle length is somewhere right around 30”
  6. Made a handle. Carved from the slab ov mesquite in some of the pics. Sanded to 400 grit and a simple coat of boiled linseed oil.
  7. Not for sale, but thank you for asking. Its going to an Uncle that we all are fairly sure he is part Viking... The beard came out closer to the eye than I would have preferred. Next time I will cut the cable about 3-4 inches longer to push it out more. I think Im going to cut and shape a handle from a large mesquite slab I have had laying around. maybe dress it up with some leather wrapping here or there... maybe not.
  8. The first Axe I’ve ever attempted, fresh out of the etch. Mixed Damascus: 1.25” Cable, and random pattern, forge-welded together. Random is a mix of bold and fine layers (got the idea by reading opinions on how some like bold low count layers sometimes, and I like higher layer counts, why not both?) I had originally planned on grinding it really clean, just leaving a hint of cable on the eye. However as I was going I decided I liked the look with a few pits/surface inclusions left on there. I think I may enjoy doing axes. Now I just need to figure out a handle? Also first time using the large touchmark I got for Christmas last year
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