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Got started yesterday by cutting these bad boys up...

 

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Stay tuned...

 

-Gabriel

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Shovels I see. :P I'm excited to see how the pattern turns. Are you going for a high layer count?

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This is design is what I am going for with at least a 25cm blade (which is about 9.84inches, frankly I don't know why we don't use metric...).

 

And as to layer count.... that is simple... what ever will stick together! :P:lol:

 

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Pray to the forge Gods, Goddesses, spirits and sprites for me (I use a coal forge)!

 

-Gabriel

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Well... I got two test billets welded up today.

 

It's a little tricky since I don't have a welder to tack weld first, but I guess that is why the forging ancients created the post leg vice ;).

 

Here is what I got five layers each billet

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-Gabriel

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Rock & roll Gabriel!

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OK.... So a little update.

 

I don't/ haven't been doing much damascus and I could use a little help figuring out if I have enough stock to make the knife the size I want.

 

Any help would be great!

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I know I still have some ways to go... but it feels pretty solid! 21 layers!

 

-Gabriel

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I figure my steel requirements out mathematically. I posted my formula/method in another KITH 2016 thread: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=32963

 

Take the final blade length (from guard to tip) plus half the tang length, multiply by the final blade width, and multiply that by the intended thickness. This yields a number of cubic inches (or centimeters if you prefer metric).

 

For instance, if the knife you want will be 1/4 inch thick, 2 inches wide by 9 inches long with a 4 inch tang, I take 2 x 11 (blade plus half the tang) x .25 (1/4 inch thick) = 5.5 cubic inches of steel. This leaves room for material loss in the forging.

 

It looks like you have 7/8" x 1-3/8" x 4" = 4.81 cubic inches.

Your original design specified a blade length, but not width or thickness.

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Shoot!

 

I knew I forgot to post those...

I am going for at least 3/16 thick and 2inches wide.

 

I know the pic is deceiving but the billet at least 4.75 inches long

 

So I am getting 5.71 cubic inches.

 

I may have to fudge my design a bit...

:unsure:

 

Hey Joshua! Thanks a bunch!

 

I am just happy I got it all to weld up! Most damascus I have done I had a welder to weld it up first. As I was doing this I really had mad respect for those who came before with out the convenience of a welder.

MAD RESPECT!

 

-Gabriel

Edited by grpaavola

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Here is what I got so far.

 

I need to do a little more refining under the hammer and it is 3/4inch under what I wanted.

I may just be able to stretch it a little further.

 

-Gabriel

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Really liking the shape Gabriel. All forged well too! I see your tang us pretty short though?

Edited by Austin_Lyles

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Yes, but there is more than one way to do a tang Austin! ;)

 

-Gabriel

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lookin good! just dont do it like the astronauts do Gabriel :P

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oh... snap!

 

Gabriel that was good!

 

-Gabriel

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Looks nice Gabriel. Good shape and size.

I wonder what the grind and etch will reveal?

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Looks really nice, I just hope it hardens up good not sure how much carbon is in a shovel. I would have thrown a file into the mix or mixed white cast iron powder into my flux to add a bit of carbon for good measure, but if all else fails you can case harden it

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Looks really nice, I just hope it hardens up good not sure how much carbon is in a shovel. I would have thrown a file into the mix or mixed white cast iron powder into my flux to add a bit of carbon for good measure, but if all else fails you can case harden it

 

Connor,

Shovels are suppose to hold an edge as you dig into the ground. If you ever take a grinder to one you WILL see some pretty fireworks ;)

 

It's gonna be just fine...

-Gabriel

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Just so you all know I haven't forgotten...

So far, not too much more to go...

 

-Gabriel

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That looks really good Gabriel. What's the material for the guard and frame?

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sorry about that double post...

 

guard and frame are also the shovel-mascus. (I wrote it I own it! take that CS!)

 

I have some wood from a link handle steeping in my own staining recipe.

It's basically vinegar that I have soaked my blades in to get the scale off.

 

Thanks Josh!

 

-GAbriel

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Love that guard!

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Thanks Alan!

That means a lot! I struggled with it for a bit.

 

I am going to shorten the handle a little. I swear the blade is bigger! :lol:

 

-Gabriel

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