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Gosh, these are stunning blades. In particularly being long and the geometry is perfect and flowing. Dang.

Could you kindly divulge what you did in etching and polishing this damascus. I didn't catch the steel/alloy blending though.

I really like a very faint contrast to none at all and I have a damscus billet I plan to forge soon, (1095 and 15N20)

 

Thank you, Gary

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Gosh, these are stunning blades. In particularly being long and the geometry is perfect and flowing. Dang.

Could you kindly divulge what you did in etching and polishing this damascus. I didn't catch the steel/alloy blending though.

I really like a very faint contrast to none at all and I have a damscus billet I plan to forge soon, (1095 and 15N20)

 

Thank you, Gary

 

I make my own damascus in 5160 and Bohler K600 high nickel tool steel. I fully harden and selectively temper the blades so I get an even etch. I etch a polished blade (1200grit) in a saturated ferric chloride solution for about 5 minute. I clean the blade with a neutraliser then place it back in the solution for another 5 minutes. If the solution is weaker it needs to stay in longer. As soon as I can feel the relief of the layers in the damascus I stop etching. I then re polish the high spots and buff. I do this on my knives so that they can be used without fear of losing the damscus pattern when the blade gets tarnished. Also it looks really cool.

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Thank you Stu. This is how I want my blades to look. With 1095 and 15N20, I am not sure they will be the same but I can go at it carefully.

 

Gary

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Fantastic work Stu. I love the one without a guard but they are all exceptional. Awsome fit and finish too. Some of that handle wood is unreal.

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Wonderful bowies! I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. That is some beautiful desert ironwood, too.

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Those are all really great, but the one without the guard is something else indeed. Every line of it is just right. Man, that is really stunning work Stu. Seriously.

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Magnificent work Stu! Did you get your press Sorted?

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Dang! I will just go stand in the corner now.

 

Had to go search for "Bohler K600" and this is what I found. Apparently not available in the USA. Here is a PDF on the steel from Boehler.

C= 0.45, Si = 0.25, Mn = 0.40, Cr = 1.30, Mo = 0.25, Ni = 4.00

AISI 5160 has C = 0.60, Mn = 0.87, Cr = 0.80 for comparison. Should be extremely tough stuff. Do you have any HRC (Hardness Rockwell C scale) measurements on this blend, just out of curiosity. My guess is that 58 HRC would be the upper end of the scale. AISI 52100 C = 1.00, Mn = 0.30, Cr = 1.50 looks like it would be a good match, composition wise, if you wanted to increase the average carbon content of the billet and also form more carbides.

 

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Dang! I will just go stand in the corner now.

 

Had to go search for "Bohler K600" and this is what I found. Apparently not available in the USA. Here is a PDF on the steel from Boehler.

C= 0.45, Si = 0.25, Mn = 0.40, Cr = 1.30, Mo = 0.25, Ni = 4.00

AISI 5160 has C = 0.60, Mn = 0.87, Cr = 0.80 for comparison. Should be extremely tough stuff. Do you have any HRC (Hardness Rockwell C scale) measurements on this blend, just out of curiosity. My guess is that 58 HRC would be the upper end of the scale. AISI 52100 C = 1.00, Mn = 0.30, Cr = 1.50 looks like it would be a good match, composition wise, if you wanted to increase the average carbon content of the billet and also form more carbides.

 

~Bruce~

Thanks for the tips Bruce. You are correct, hardening is touchy and I temper very low to keep the hardness. 52100 is only available in Bearing form in SA. I would use silver steel but that only comes in round bar. I think my best bet would be to get some 1080 shim.

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