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At last the bars of steel and pieces of wood became a knife. It is made of same steel from that 40kg ingot last time, with the same heat treatment. Only difference was the forge and roll process. This time it is more of hand forged rather than simplely hot rolled and grinded like i did before. this time the blade shows of a more traditional wootz looking.

 

The blade overall length is 38cm, blade length is 26cm, hardness is arround Hrc 55. Handle made of wood nickname called "chicken wing". The base structure is salt bathed low bainite + martensite with the banded Fe3C.

 

Here are the pictures, and welcome any critics.

 

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It might just be my computer, but the images are broken :huh:

Would love to see it, though.

 

John

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That some nice work. The pattern in the wootz came out good and the file work on the guard and the furle under it really set it off.

 

Doug

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that looks good. you can see a bit of swirling pattern from the hand forging. It doesn't seem that all of the carbides are still in perfectly straight lines like they were when it was rolled into a sheet. It looks nice. Good work on the knife, too.

 

Now - I don't know anything about wootz - so I can't really say how well that compares to what historical woots looked like. I just know it has an appealing surface pattern that is simillar to historic stuff. But, those who know more will be able to see the simillarities and differences that I cannot.

 

thanks for sharing your process with us in the previous post as well as this knife.

 

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At last the bars of steel and pieces of wood became a knife. It is made of same steel from that 40kg ingot last time, with the same heat treatment. Only difference was the forge and roll process. This time it is more of hand forged rather than simplely hot rolled and grinded like i did before. this time the blade shows of a more traditional wootz looking.

 

The blade overall length is 38cm, blade length is 26cm, hardness is arround Hrc 55. Handle made of wood nickname called "chicken wing". The base structure is salt bathed low bainite + martensite with the banded Fe3C.

 

Here are the pictures, and welcome any critics.

 

 

Nice job on the blade and the metal...the disadvantage of a 40 kg ingot is, the lack of surprises you are likely to encounter...it could become a HoHum experience. Your heat treatment is right on.

 

Jan

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So you did give the "stuff" some more handforging, say with how many forging cycles?

Just rolling out the steel can not produce any interesting banding

the Fe3C needs much time and the right heat to start moving

 

the knife looks good

next time place it on a sheet of cloth, black or dark blue

will make it easier to see more of the bladestructure

 

best regards

from Germany

Jokke

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So you did give the "stuff" some more handforging, say with how many forging cycles?

Just rolling out the steel can not produce any interesting banding

the Fe3C needs much time and the right heat to start moving

 

the knife looks good

next time place it on a sheet of cloth, black or dark blue

will make it easier to see more of the bladestructure

 

best regards

from Germany

 

i don't remember excaltly how many forge cycles, but not too many. 6~7 i think. before the hand forge its already a 15x30x200mm bar. from there the hand forge started. what i mean hand forged is not fully hand forged. some time power hammer is still needed to make it thinner and flatter.

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