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Matthew Stone

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  1. Dug some cut offs out of the ole scrap bin to mess around with in a canister. Had no real goal or plan in mind for a end product, just something to play with while waiting for my waterjet guy to do his job (he's slow as molasses, but free is a price I want complain about). 

    1095 / 15n20 twist bars in the corners & a strip of 15n20 in the middle with 1084 powder to fill everything out. In a 7ga 2" x 2" can. I've never tried a can under a power hammer before & I still think a press would be better. But this is so much better than by hand. Forged together & drawn out & bent. I really dont much like dining kitchen choppers in damascus, as there's to many little obnoxious spots to file/ sand. But whatever. What's done is done. 


    Started hand filing but didnt picture it. Chasing a cold shunt I didnt notice sooner. 









  2. More specifically. I'm looking for well assorted set of swiss pattern files in particular. Not needle files. I've got plenty of those. But full size files in the 8" to 16" range of length. 


    I prefer the swiss pattern for finish filing. All mine are getting long in the tooth so to say. I've always bought one at a time as I find them, but would like to just get a set this time & save myself some time. 


    Can anyone point me in the right direction?

  3. I went to  a machinist acquaintance of mine looking for a small chunk of W1 for a project. I didnt score any W1 but he did give me some CPM 10v (smaller piece) & M4 (bigger piece). I dont particularly know what to do with either. I'm not finding much on the site about the 10v & essentially nothing about the M4 (probably searching wrong).  Can anyone tell me how to work this stuff or if I should even try? 



  4. True. I was just fooling with this. I've never worked 1075 before (always 1084 & 1095) & was worried about breaking the welds, so I didn't push it. Practice breeds confidence, so maybe on the next one. I've also had a strong desire to try to do some Merovingian pattern....

  5. New stack & I've no idea what to do with it. Stopped by they local steel supply the other day for some 1095 for a job & surprisingly they had some 1074/75 material as well. Ive never worked with 1075 before & I think I'm in love. It like it wants to stick to 15n20 on it's own. 

    Any who, started as 9 layers 1075 / 15n20 4" L x 1.5" W x 1 something tall.  Drawn out to 8" and twisted a few times. Then drawn to 16". Squared & cut in half and stacked side by side. Then welded again. Ground to 240 & etched for 20 minutes. I'm gonna lose an inch from the end with the bolt due to an inclusion probably. Right now its sitting at 2"W x 12"L x 3/8" thick. 


    I've got no idea where to go with this metal. Ideas?






  6. So I've wanted a small power hammer for a while, but wasn't really looking for one. Not a need, just a want. Last week I stumbled into a a nice Mayer brothers 25# in plug and play condition for a price I was willing to play & local too. Got it home & into the current shed over the weekend. Played with it some & came to the realization that I don't really know how to run it effectively.  I've only got flat dies right now & I'm going to replace the clutch  canvas in the next few days ( I tore it up some in uploading. Still works, but I'm nit picky). 


    Can folks give me any pointers on using these machines. Mainly gonna be for welding up & drawing out billets, still plan on forging to shape by hand.


    Thanks for any advice.




  7. Cut to rough shape & ready for bevels. Gonna do those with files after I run run it on the surface grinder once it gets wired up in a week or so. Mostly just because I  wanna run something on the monster & it'll give me more time to figure out what I want to do for wood. 



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  8. This little project keeps taking weird twists and turns for some odd reason. The can damascus I had made has turned into a surface grinder & a geared head drill press. Found a guy who really liked the pattern & wanted a pocket knife, & happened to have trade goods. Then I did another stack. That got sold off as well, and so did the one after it. 


    So now I am on stack #4 for this project & no matter what, it's getting used for a knife! Hopefully this one. 9 layer of 1095 & 15n20, folded once. 

    I'm not sure of what wood to use for it now. The Texas Ebony has gone towards another work. So I'm including some ideas. I've some birdseye maple I like. Some is dyed blue & some is natural. Also there is some spalted maple which has been stabilized. 


    Opinions please. 






  9. Thank you. It's a start I suppose. I ment to do some plain stainless san mai. But I got sidetracked. Again & again. 

    Since I got a new forge a couple months back. I've been bouncing all over the place with what I've been doing. Everything  from this to random damascus to some Merovingian. It's all fun!

  10. This started  out as a goofing around project & has kinda gone off in it's own direction. I've never attempted to do san mai before, let alone cable san mai, or cable anything either. We restrung a crane at work a month or two back & I snagged 10m or so of the old take off. It was free, so why not. No idea of material type though, but its 12mm cable. 

    I cut 6 sections of cable roughly 100mm long. So its 3 peices on each side of a 1095 core. Welded the ends to the core & a tack midway down on either side. Then with absolutely no idea what I'm doing I went to the fire. 

    This is where I'm at now. Did a quick grind to 240 to see what's going on. Inclusions here and there. Cores not to straight. Need to draw out the tang more. Bevel or bevel & etc. 


    I'm thinking a small chisel ground herb chopper or something similar. 


    Any pointers from those whose done this before is greatly appreciated. 





  11. I'm inclined to agree with you assessment. Been mulling over ideas most the night & have come down to this.

    A: continue as planned. Cut stack & weld. 50 / 50 shot. 

    B: chalk it up to a learning experience & hang it on the wall as is.

    C: make a kiridashi out of what I've got. I think with some careful layout & grinding I could get a smallish kiridashi out of this bar. Got a guy who's been after one anyways.


    Probably going to go with C & start a regular stack for the Sgian Duhb. I don't have a time frame to get it done. 

  12. I'm probably going to have to cut this apart, restack, & forge weld it. Ive got some rather deep inclusions or cracks, all in the 1084. Ive never tried twist damascus from a can before, so there's a good shot I did something wrong or missed something. 


    Ground it down to a quick 240 grit & a ten minute dip to see what I've got. I may just might be able to below my problem area on the flats. Not so sure of the edges though. 



  13. I find it funny, I drive by Springfield leather almost daily & completely forget that they exist. I've ordered expensive leather online, when its just a few minutes from the front door of the house. I feel stupid now. 


    It is a very nice bit of work you've done. I hope to get to your level someday. 

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