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  1. Paul Carter

    110 Layer raindrop knife

    Thanks guys! More practice it is.
  2. Paul Carter

    110 Layer raindrop knife

    Thanks Charles! It is 9 3/4" total length. The handle is 4 3/4", and the blade is 5" from front of handle to tip. The clip point edge is 1 5/8". I know I need to work on my plunge lines, so they are not perfect. They were done completely freehand, but they are real close. I'm making a file guide right now out of D-2, so that should be done by the time I get to the bevels on the next knife. BTW, what are people using to put the initial bevels on knives? Some are so perfect I find it hard to believe they are done freehand. Yet I can't seem to find a fixture that would cover many knife styles. Any suggestions? Free handing the bevels is the toughest part for me. I am an engine machinist and a Cryo-treater by trade so some of the other stuff is pretty much second nature to me, but these bevels. Wish I could find a more precise way to do them.
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    110 Layer raindrop knife

    Hi all, thought I would share some pics of a knife I made for a friend that helped me out. It is made from 1084, 1095, and 15N20. All together it is 110 layers, and I drilled raindrops in a diagonal pattern. Handle is made from Cocobolo. I designed it for cleaning fish as my friend likes to fish. I'm new to knife making[ 1 year now] so any advice or constructive criticism is welcome. I come here to learn. Thanks for the opportunity to share.
  4. Paul Carter

    How do I lock the temper color into my blade?

    Thanks! I was afraid there was no real good way to lock in the color. Soapy water washes it right off.
  5. How can I lock the tempering color into the blade? Can this be done by quenching in oil after taking out of the temper oven? Thanks for any help.
  6. Paul Carter

    1306 layer, 3 steel Damascus

    Thank you Dave! I am here to learn and I appreciate the advice. This is what makes one better. Being able to take and follow advice without feeling criticized, which I do not. You bring up points I would have never thought about if you hadn't. Thanks!
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    1306 layer, 3 steel Damascus

    Thanks! Yes the pattern is definitely not what I was expecting. Not really sure what I was expecting. I just went for it. I love forge welding so this I started with 6 layers of each 1080, 1095, and 15N20. Drew it out, then cut into 5 pieces. Forge welded those back together, the drilled 1/8" deep holes down the length, then hammered those flat, and formed a square. Then I twisted it several times. Then drew it out and cut in half. One half I cut into 4 pieces and forge welded them back together, and took the other half and cut into 10 squares. I took 5 of those squares and stacked them, alternating the grain pattern on each layer. Did this with the other 5 pieces also. Forge welded each stack of 5 together to form 2 billets. Then I took the other billet I made with the first half and put it in between the 2 alternated grain billets, and forge welded them together. Theoretically, with all the stacking I did, it was 1306 layers, but with all I did, it came out with all sorts of stuff going on. I like the "Screaming Skull" on the one side of the blade, near the tip. I may have missed a step in the process but you get the gist of it.
  8. Paul Carter

    16 layer Damascus

    Thank you!
  9. Paul Carter

    1306 layer, 3 steel Damascus

    Thanks! I prefer to use wood also, but always wanted to try this pearl Kirinite. This is the third knife I made with synthetic handle material. Most of my handles were made from Cocobola, but have used a couple other woods too. Because this is pattern welded steel, I use it, wash it, and put it away right away so it doesn't rust. The spine is .138" thick at the handle, tapering down to .100" near the tip, before the edge taper. The blade dimensions are 13" overall length, 7" cutting edge, and 1 9/16" wide. Handle is 5". I needed a good cutting knife for heavy cutting and chopping use, so that's what this was made for.
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    16 layer Damascus

    Made this knife for my Daughter. It is 16 layers of 1080 and 15N20. This is the end cut from a twist billet. I did a hidden tang with a solid brass surround. I used Royal Blue Kirinite for the handle with stainless steel pins. Thanks for looking.
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    1306 layer, 3 steel Damascus

    Hi, I'm new to bladesmithing but have been doing it for about 9 months now. Here is a chefs knife I made for myself. It is 1306 layers of 3 steels, 1080,1095, and 15N20. I did many different things to this to get to 1306 layers, not just simply folding it over and over again. I twisted it, drilled raindrop pockets, alternated the grain pattern, etc. The handle is made from white and black pearl Kirinite which I glued together to make each handle scale. Used 3 brass 1/4" dowels to secure handle. It's super sharp and cuts incredibly well. Thanks for looking!
  12. Paul Carter

    My latest knife made from 5160 leaf spring

    Thank you!
  13. Paul Carter

    My latest knife made from 5160 leaf spring

    Around here, the spring shops only charge like .50 cents a pound for old leaf springs. Most automotive coil springs are also 5160. The metallurgist from our school says that Toyotas from the 90's and early 2000's have the best 5160 leaf springs out of all she has tested.
  14. Paul Carter

    My latest knife made from 5160 leaf spring

    Thanks!
  15. Paul Carter

    My latest knife made from 5160 leaf spring

    Thank you!
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