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Having been bitten by the folder bug, and inspired by Mr Fisk's "Old thorny" folder (No# 4 of his 2007 pieces)

http://www.fisk-knives.com/MICRO_INVITATIONAL_SHOW.html

So i thought i would have a go at making something similar, first off the steel.... not a complicated pattern (but i did have to scratch my head once or twice before i started ;) )

 

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and this is how i did it

 

first off start off with 13 layers of steel, 20c and 15n20, i doubled up on the 15n20 to get and even thickness in the layers

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this was then welded up and drawn out into one bar 15mm (or) 1/2" square.

and then cut up into eight pieces and restacked

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now tack welded and ready for welding

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billet welded up ready for drawing out (note - be sure to keep dimentions similar to avoid making the "squares" of the weave dissimilar)

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billet drawn out to 14" and cut up into 7 pieces ready for a restack

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all stacked up and ready for welding

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welded up - next cut off handle and weld to end so the billet can be trued up and made neat and tidy

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all trued up and given a quick grind and etch to see if we have messed up:rolleyes:

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now i just have to take a slice off and see if i can make it into something sharp :lol:

 

thanks for looking - i will post update when i get a chance to make it into a knife;)

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TOBY

 

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That is a lovely piece of steel! Very nice to see the step by step making of it...

Will you be forging in the point, or grinding it? Looks like Jerry ground his, it would be interesting to see how the pattern would look forged out into a blade.

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Very nice, thanks for the tutorial

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Looks good Toby. That must be some funky steel if it turns purple :P

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Your basket weave is beautiful !!!!! but I keep looking at the pictures and I can't figure out how you exposed the pattern without accordianin cutting..I know it's somewhere in the restacking, but you lost me....I'd really appreciate it if you can explain a little more....Thanks

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Your basket weave is beautiful !!!!! but I keep looking at the pictures and I can't figure out how you exposed the pattern without accordianin cutting..I know it's somewhere in the restacking, but you lost me....I'd really appreciate it if you can explain a little more....Thanks

Thanks Arthur, and if you imagine a finished billet ready to be accordian cut - then cut it up into small tablets, turn these through 90deg and carefully weld together - you now have the face end of the previous billet showing multiple times down the length of your newley welded billet, hope this helps, easy to show in person but not so easy to explane with words :rolleyes:

 

Great job. What power hammer is that you have?

Its a 40kg Massey Anyang

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Well I've got this one figured, but I still haven't figured out that feather pattern yet.

The way you stacked that billet for the final weld just showed me yet another reason me buying a new air hammer was such a good idea.

The long stroke makes it perfect for this type of work.

Nice job Toby, and thanks again for showing us how it's done.

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