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Jacob Cashion

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About Jacob Cashion

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  1. Got this blade tempered, final ground and etched yesterday. It's a crushed W's billet that I laddered and then drew out widthwise. My friends and family have requested that I dub the pattern "Reaper Damascus". Materials are 1080 and 15N20; I'll be putting black paper micarta scales on the handle today.
  2. On this blade I did two 14 minute immersions in 3:1 water:ferric chloride, neutralized in a saturated solution of baking soda and rinsed under the faucet between the two etches. The blade was at 2000 grit mirror finish when it went into the etch. After the second time in the ferric, I lightly hand polished with 2000 grit polishing paper, wiped with isopropyl alcohol, and let it soak in black coffee (this was my first coffee etch, and as a non-coffee drinker I don't know the difference between regular and instant) for 4 hours. Then neutralized in baking soda solution and rinsed in the sink. Generally I do two or three (depending on depth I want) 15-20 minute cycles before neutralizing and polishing. I never heard of leaving it to air dry overnight, I'll have to try that.
  3. This is a 300ish layer "Pool and Eye" Damascus chef's knife I made last week for my own use. It's the first chef's knife I have done. I think it looks kind of washed out, like it needs a lower layer count to pop. Thoughts? Materials are 1080 & 15N20 with a paper micarta handle. Etched twice in ferric chloride and once in black coffee. It features a (poorly executed) San Mai using an extra layer of 1080 to make up for my miscalculating the material removed in patterning.
  4. Finished these Damascus letter openers before I went to work this morning. They were forged from the same bar of 54 layer twist. Materials are 1080 and 15n20; one handle is redheart, the other katalox. opener2 openers
  5. Heard back from Admiral, apparently they only stock 9260 when 5160 runs out, and they haven't updated the site. Their reply: "Those sizes should read 5160. Occasionally we have to substitute 9260 if the mill isn’t running 5160 (I understand it’s the European equivalent in terms of spec)- and sometimes it takes a little longer to get the site updated." Where have you found 9260?
  6. They don't have it in their catalog, but in the online store under 5160 two of the listings actually say 9260. I've got an email in to them to make sure that's accurate, hopefully will hear back sometime tomorrow.
  7. Thanks for the endorsement on the 9260, and for the pointers on high alloy combinations! Pretty obvious that I'm still a rookie when it comes to "exotics" if I can't remember to compare HT specs, hehe. And for the contrasting layers yeah, I almost always use 15n20 with 1080. Lately I've just been musing about the possibility of other alloy differences to produce contrast.
  8. Has anyone forge welded 9260? I've done a 1080/5160 construction before with good results, but since Admiral has started stocking 5160 and 9260 interchangeably I am considering trying a new combo for bigger blades once I've depleted my current stock. Similar note; has anyone done 5160 + W2? I figure it will forge similarly to W2 + O1, just less prone to cracking.
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