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JClonts

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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 k
  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
  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 usin
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