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Hi All,

 

I started this blade a while ago and have been meaning to finish it.

 

I saw Petr's LOTR suggestion and decided that this blade looked a bit like a blade an elf would carry.

 

It is around 250 layers of feather pattern damascus, 15n20 and 1095. Brass collar textured with a punch tool and with a selenious acid patina.

 

The bolster is damascus and the handle is ivory micarta. The carving was done with a Foredom tool followed up by lots of hand sanding (still some more to go).

 

 

Cheers,

 

Dave

 

elf_knife.jpg

 

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Damn good,i remember the post you had this one in,i was still a new member back then.it turned out pritty nice,you say ivory micarta,im gana ask a dumb question,is it wood or actual ivory? :o

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Dave - I like the complex grind and the finish/etch, and the pattern in the steel a lot. I like the whole thing, actually. It all fits together well. Nice.

Kevin

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That is a very nice job . I can only imagine the work you put into it . All the angles and curves pop the pattern all directions ! If I stay hard-headed maybe one day ,,,,,,

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She has some very nice curves on her. Also, I can see the carving on the ivory micarta come to fruition and easily add a whole other level of beauty to the whole piece.

 

My only critique is the bolster. Is it going to stay as is, or will there be any additional carving done on it (so as to tie it in with the lines on the blade & the soon-to-be exquisite carving on the handle)?

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dave this is a little off topic question but do you sell your blades?

 

Jared --

 

No, I don't. I spend all my other waking hours making money. I want my bladesmithing time to just be about making cool stuff, not about making money. I go to the shop to de-stress. Customers = stress.

 

(Oh, by the way, no criticism implied toward those for whom bladesmithing is a profession!)

 

--Dave

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She has some very nice curves on her. Also, I can see the carving on the ivory micarta come to fruition and easily add a whole other level of beauty to the whole piece.

 

My only critique is the bolster. Is it going to stay as is, or will there be any additional carving done on it (so as to tie it in with the lines on the blade & the soon-to-be exquisite carving on the handle)?

 

I had not planned on any further ornamentation to the bolster. Since the other elements are fairly ornate, I wanted the simple ring shape of the bolster to contrast and serve as a balance point. Also, the bolster is of high layer damascus. You can't see it in the photo, but it has a fine grain that invites one to look closely. I believe that any filework would probably detract from this.

 

Thanks for the comments!

 

--Dave

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Wow, I really like it, especially the collar, spectacular work!

 

Just curious, what sort of grind is it?

 

-Dan

 

Thanks, Dan.

 

It's mostly flat grind, with a bit of a convex near the edge to avoid secondary bevels.

 

In case you're wondering, I totally cheated on the plunge cuts. I cut them in with a cutoff wheel on my Foredom tool, then used a small disc grinder I built to smooth the transition. I don't think I could get sweeping plunge cuts like that on a grinder, even with a crowned wheel.

 

Cheers,

 

Dave

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It's fake ivory. Plastic handle material.

ahhhhh i always think micarta is a wood and then i confuse things.

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Very nice! A whole lot of skill and innovation in a whole lot of areas!

 

You mentioned a LOTR thread. I'm busy reading as many of the back pages as I can and seeing so many mind blowing projects that it...blows my mind, I guess. Would you mind linknig back to that particular thread?

 

I love how this board really feeds on inspiration from its members' work. It's something I tried to get across when I was a teacher, how one creative person draws on ispiration from another, and may even work in an entirely different medium with that inspiration. I used the example of this pipe that was inspired by the writing of H. P. Lovecraft: http://www.downiepipes.com/curwen.html

 

Hope that wasn't too much of a threadjack. :blink:

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Thanks, Dan.

 

It's mostly flat grind, with a bit of a convex near the edge to avoid secondary bevels.

 

In case you're wondering, I totally cheated on the plunge cuts. I cut them in with a cutoff wheel on my Foredom tool, then used a small disc grinder I built to smooth the transition. I don't think I could get sweeping plunge cuts like that on a grinder, even with a crowned wheel.

 

Cheers,

 

Dave

 

Dave, great knife! I wouldn't call that cheating, I'd call it carving. You're just using the best tool(s) for the job.

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Pretty cool, Dave! B)

 

And Stormcrow, would you believe Stephen Downie is also an aspiring knifemaker? Something about pipes and blades just go together so well. You might be surprised how many of us walk in many worlds... Or not. :lol: You're a good one to talk, yourself! ;)

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Knife finished. Updated photos.

 

I decided I didn't like the patina on the collar. What do you guys think?

 

Also built a display stand and added a damascus pendant with a scrap I had left over.

 

Cheers,

 

Dave

 

PS -- Click on slide show to go to full size images.

 

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