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  1. Hey guys! Was finally able to finish another knife and a video of the process! https://youtu.be/SX1Nr2pbgWA Hand forged the blade out of- 52100 1" stock using my gas forge. Tried to forge down as close to the final shape as possible to minimize grinding, but some profiling was needed... Heat treated it using a furnace since this steel doest take overheating very kindly. Used a homemade micarta spacer and hard wood for the handle. Decided to go for an aluminum inlay for the handle pin drilling and used damascus steel for the pin (I bought this, didn't make it). Really liked the way it turned out, but let me know what you guys think, ideas and improvements for the next ones! Forged out of 52100 1" round stock: Finished forging: After profiling: Going into the quench: After tempering (and brainstorming on handle shape): Bevels ground to 150 grit and handle wood ready: Ready for glue up! Shaping the handle: Finished knife: Much more detailed take on the finish knife on the video. Check it out!
  2. Alright folks! Finished this little thing before the vacation, but never got around to taking photos of it... So here they are! So, first of all - the stats: Blade length: 16 cm Blade width: 3,4 cm Blade thickness: 3mm Handle length: 11,8 cm Total weight: 110 grams Blade is made in a san-mai lamination with railroad steel for the body and spring steel for the edge. Handle is made in a laminate of stabilized Maple, Teak, buffalo horn, brass and vulcanized fiber. Alright, that's it! Chiao people, and have a nice week. Sincerely, Alveprins.
  3. Here is a custom Chef's Knife I just finished up for a customer. The 22,5cm blade is forged in an exotic jet-turbine alloy mixed with high carbon steel, folded to 44 layers, twisted and laminated in a san-mai lamination with Øberg-steel for the core. The handle is in stabilized Zebra wood, Jamaican blue mahoe, buffalo horn and vulcanized fiber. weight: 214 grams Blade length: 22,5 cm Blade width: 3,5 cm Blade thickness: 4 mm Blade hardness: 63 HRC Handle length: 12,5 cm Handle thickness: 1,7cm Any and all critique is as always most welcome. sincerely, Alveprins.
  4. Alright - so this whole thing started in the Metallurgy section of the forum where I test some highly exotic steel from a Jet Turbine Engine shaft... That thread can be found HERE. As for the continuation of this little project - keep an eye on this thread right here. Alright, so I've tested some steel - and it seemingly has some incredible properties. It hardens to above 60 HRC when quenched in oil - but it stays maleable and not brittle - even at that hardness level. I had to use serious repeated force to break one in half. Here are some closeup images of the turbine shaft steel itself: Now - I was lucky with welding the first billet shown below: However - when attempting to double that - things did not go as well: Half the billet had a really bad weld going down the middle - it simply would not take. So - I've split them in half to be used later. Even when twisting the "good" billet - a piece came off. You can see it to the very left in the image. Some of it WAS usable though - so I proceeded with the build: Alright - so I put some high carbon steel in the middle as a san-mai lamination between what is now about 70 layers of folded turbine shaft steel, some steel from a couple of fixture pieces for holding turbine exhaust cases in place while machining as well as som 15/20 steel. The san-mai steel is Øberg-steel which hardens to a maximum of 63 HRC. Stay tuned for more progress updates.
  5. I managed to destroy a piece of steel while twisting (bad weld) and got pissed to such an extent I decided to put that project on a temporary hold and make a chef's knife out of the scraps. Here is the result. The pattern welded steel is 15 layers of twisted railroad and railroad-plates steel, and the edge steel is Øberg-steel. Hardness at edge: 58HRC Handle materials are: What kind of wood is that burl..? Anyone? + Holly, vulcanized fiber, silver tinn, and buffalo horn. NOTE: If you look towards the edge - notice a crack in the edge steel. It does not continue into the pattern welded steel though - so it will not impact the performance of the knife I think - but still... Not sure if I can sell this one. Perhaps at 50% discount? ... I already have 3x cracked cooking knives in my kitchen.. I really don't need to add another one. Note to self: Don't quench oil-hardening steels in water - even if it is an interrupted quench with water - oil - water - oil... Any critique is most welcome. Sincerely, Alveprins.
  6. This is my latest knife. It's is close to completion, the handle needs a little more attention but almost done! It is an 8" chef knife. The damascus is comprised of 1095,15N20, and nickel. I'd love to hear and criticism or things worth taking into account as I am still a newbie and desire to learn all I can. Any tips and pointers are more than welcome! Also if anyone recognizes what wood that is I would be appreciative. I got a huge load of handle material a knife maker dropped by a consignment store that I got an excellent deal on, however hardly any of them were labeled. Thanks for lookin'!trim.CC2F852E-859C-49E7-9599-4A4807DE85D4.MOV
  7. Alright, so I've finally finished my knife. Cracks aside - I'm quite happy with the outcome. Reminder to self though - easy with the angle grinder when using it on wood... The knife weighs in at 138 grams, and consists of two bars of 126 layers twisted steel, one un-twisted bar of 12 layers, and a sheet of mono-steel in a san-mai lamination. The blade is also differentially hardened, quenched in vegetable oil. The blade has been polished by hand on stones ranging from a rough grinding stone for the basic geometry, then #220, #1000, #3000, #8000 and finally #12000 Naniwa stones before light etching. The steel is UHB20C and UHB15LM for the damascus, and "Øberg"-steel for the san-mai steel. Hardness at edge is about 63HRC. The handle is made from African ebony, stabilized Maple burl, silver tin, and vulcan fiber - worked on with files, needle-files and sanded with #600, #1200, and #2500 paper - before waxed. I have chosen to make it a octahedral diamond shape in order to better fasilitate different cutting angles... Total production time: 61 hours and 20 minutes. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/qPuzi9BywGc And here are the images: (sorry for poor quality.. Taken with my phone.. ) Sincerely, Alveprins.
  8. Ok, so since I'm new here - and this is my first post - I thought I'd share my first knife and the process which through I made it. The knife is a 108 layer, twisted double bar damascus in san-mai lamination, differentially hardened with "blue clay". The steel used is #15 and #20 for the damascus, and "Øberg steel" for the edge. Handle is African ebony, with mosaic pins from Russia. I started off with a stack of 12 sheets of #15 and #20 steel welded together at the corners with my arch-welder. I proceeded to hammering it out into a long bar. And then cleaned it up with my angle grinder, cut it in three and stacked them arch-welding the corners again. I then drew it out into a long bar again. Cleaned and cut in three once more, and ofc. arch-welded the billet. Now having rougly 108 layers of steel, I drew it out to a square stock and cut it in half. I then proceeded to twisting the two halves. Some more twisting... And then some more - until I was satisfied with them. I then took the two twisted bars with me to work and borrowed the belt sander a bit... (mine sucks. Building a new one...) And then forge welded those two bars together, and drew it out once more. Cleaned it up, cut it in half, and inserted the middle steel for the edge. (Øberg steel.) Used the angle grinder once more to get everyting nice and even. I used too little steel ofc... and had to forge weld three plates of #15 steel, pound them out to the correct diameter - and then forge weld the new "extra length" onto the actual damascus billet. I then drew the outline of the knife. I then proceeded to cut the knife out - using my trusty angle-grinder. And taking it back to work once more - to borrow the belt sander. I then wrapped it in clay, which cracked up - so I had to wire it in place. (ceramic "blue clay") I quenced in regular "food oil" I bought at the super market. Then heat-treated the blade in my kitchen oven at +200 celcius for 2 hours. Polished it to 12000grit on my #220, #1000, #3000, #8000 and #12000 Naniwa Japanese sharpening stones.(oh, and #600 paper between #220 and #1000) And then etched the blade in 30% hydrochloric acid - neutralizing with windex and wiping off the blade with soft paper. I then glued on the ebony handle scales - attaching it to the full tang using mosaic pins I got off E-bay from Russia... And then finished the handle using files and sand paper up to #600. (Going to apply #1200 at work tomorrow before applying some wax or oil to it as well...) No power-hammer or hydraulic press was used. Only 1,5kg hammer, tongs, and a modified plummer's wrench for twisting the steel. A few mistakes was made along the way - and the knife has a few flaws... Flaws that will not be repeated in the next one. (I've allready ordered materials for it. Fossilized mammoth amongst other things. ) My biggest disapointment though - is the lack of hamon. Perhaps it will not show on this type of steel - oil-quenched. I quenched one blade in water though - but it broke - and I didn't want to repeat that... I definitively need to come up with some better clay... This one crack's up way too much. So - after having done this project I now have a 1.5kw electric motor down in the basement, waiting for the belt-sander metal framework and wheels to arrive in the mail from Croatia. I've also been in contact with a company in China about importing a 16kg C41-16 air-hammer. Forge folding those billets is really timeconsuming when done by hand, and I figured I can save quite a bit of time by getting a powerhammer to do the rough work on. Any comments or general feedback is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Alveprins - Norway.
  9. I am now working on a new chef's knife. It will be a composite of two clock and counter-clock wise twisted 126 layer #15 and #20 steel, sanwitched between a 42 layers straight bar, in a san-mai lamination with Øberg-steel for the edge. The handle will be fossilized mammoth tusk for the bolster and pommel, with layers of camel-bone and 925 silver inbetween in a octahedral geometry on a hidden tang. I am currently making a video of my entire process, and this is a test-rendering I did just today. I've just finished twisting the two bars, and the amount of hours spent working is about 19 hours so far. https://youtu.be/ZNlfyvZJ5H0 Note - this is just a test-video. Sound will be modified, as well as color correction etc. etc. It's just a test-rendering of my current footage - and I thought it might be of interest to you guys since this is basically what we're all into. Enjoy. Sincerely, Alveprins.
  10. So I haven't posted in quite a while but have been doing a lot, learning a lot, and gaining all I can from what i see posted on this forum. The last time I posted I believe was showing off some meager first attempts at blade smithing and was given a lot of very helpful wisdom from a lot of you of which I am very grateful. I've been quite busy and haven't quite found the time to give updates on all of my doings but thought I'd like to share some of my work since I've been working a lot to get better since I last posted. All of the things I've been up to isn't necessarily blade work but is close enough. However I just finished my first knife from start to finish successfully (having had a difficult time with heat treating and not a lot of time to experiment with it a lot until recently). Also I'm working on my second knife which is in the process of getting all of the fittings assembled. Needless to say, I'm excited and glad to have that under my belt. Without paining you all with details I've had issues with heat treating a lot and haven't even gotten to the "fit and finish" stage until recently and I'm glad to have made it. These are a few non-blade objects I've done. The first pictures are damascus Mjolnir pendants I've made. I shared one I made in my first post and I feel like I've honed them to a slightly finer piece than what I first did. Also have been fiddling around with damascus rings. The first one is the first I made and is my wedding band. the others are for friends and posted in chronological order. This is the most recent one I've finished. This is my first completed knife. 6" Chef 11" overall from 1084. Not exactly sure what wood is on the handle but the fittings are copper. Not the most perfect thing in the world but glad to have one under my belt. Only thing left is to put the edge one it which I will be doing very soon. And this will be my second once its all fitted and finished... Thanks for your time and would welcome any critiques, help and wisdom. I have a lot of respect for a lot of guys on this forum and have yielded to a lot of wisdom and gained much inspiration and insight into this craft from you all! Matthew Shead
  11. Here is my latest commission. A 14 inch chef knife, full tang, and walnut handle. This is my best handle to date, and I am more happy with this blade than any other. I'm still learning, but it is nice to see some improvement in each new blade.
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