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First cable Damascus knife.


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I've been away for a bit but I have been keeping with my smithing. Here are the last two I forged. The blue one is 1084 as for the other I finally tried my hand at forge welding some cable damascus. Although there were some small issues along the way, all in all I am happy with the results. I still need to do some experimenting with my etching method and see what works best for me.

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I like the pointyness and the extra little swoop up behind the ricasso to give more of a snug fit for your fingers. They look good and also functional as heck.

Those are my two criteria. Show us more, please.

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Thanks for the kind words. Almost everything I've learned about smithing has come from this forum and the awesome work everyone does here. Chris, it's hard to get in a photo but it's almost like a shadow? You can angle the blade in the light and it has this dark section right in front of the ricasso. When I first etched it I didn't rub away all the excess black residue immediately. Maybe that's all it is? When I did my first etch to check my cable pattern I dipped it in straight ferric chloride. Once I pulled it out and neutralized the acid with baking soda the pattern rubbed away when I dried the blank. Maybe it was because my etchant wasn't deluded down yet and worked too fast or just because the metal wasn't hardened yet. Those are my thoughts. Hence I want to experiment and see. If maybe if I brushed away the residue evenly that shadow may not have showed?

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Now those really look pretty, I agree with Kevin I like the look of the depth of the choil behind the ricasso, a beautiful user pair of knives.

 

Steve

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Thats also my experience with straight ferric chloride. I´ve been searching for the right relation between FC and water pretty long, also playing with temperatures and so on. I get the best results so far with 20-25% of FC, temperature doesnt seem to play such a big role. Anyway, your result seems satisfying for me! Thanks for your answer

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4 to 1 FC to water, approximately. Then etch for about 5 to 10 minutes, remove the oxides with a brisk rubbing with paper towel (and rotten stone if you are ambitious). Repeat 2 more times.

 

That will give an etch deep enough that you can feel it. It won't wipe away. It even works cold as heck.

kc

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