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This is the second blade I've made. It's 15n20/1084 damascus with a ladder pattern. I normalized the blade yesterday and was surprised to see the pattern appear with no scale. I'm pretty pleased with it. After final grinding will probably finish with a curly maple handle and brass fittings (or maybe buffalo horn?).

 

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So it's been quite awhile since I updated this project. I back-burnered it while I worked on some other knives, but over the last week I fitted the handle parts, and today I etched the blade. I'm pretty happy with the pattern given that this is the first damascus I've made. I plan to glue up the handle tomorrow, and hopefully finish the blade this week.

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As I recall , it's 272 layers of 1084/15N20. I ground the grooves 1/4" apart (1/2" offset top and bottom).

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Handle pieces fitted and everything glued up. The handle is curly maple with an African blackwood collar, brass bolster and spacer. The blackwood is a real pain to work with. I snapped two drill bits drilling out the slot. 

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Finished. Blade is 7" long, overall length is 12". This is my fifth completed knife. Now if I can figure out how to make sheaths.

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