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Integral Zanjir Damascus Khyber Knife. Sheath Vid Added.

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My latest finished piece.  It's a khyber knife, of integral construction in composite zanjir damascus, with a hilt of desert ironwood burl.  The blade is 15" long, the overall length is 21", and the weight is 1 lb., 4.65 oz.  It is 1-7/8" tall at the heel.  It features a traditional T-spine, and a false edge in front.  Tang passes fully through and is secured with a twist damascus finial nut suitable for lanyard use.

Ended up making a sheath... here's a vid of that.

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Truly amazing work. that T top I can assume had to be forged in. How did you grind the blade? Perhaps you ground it , then only heated the spine so you could sort of peen it into a T? 

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Now say that 10 times real fast,  Integral Zanjir Damascus Khyber Knife , that is a mouthful!

Wow and the knife is an eye full.

Salem I have followed your work from the time, back when I was frequenting Blade Fourms. Com till now. I think this one may be one of your finest works!! You make an intergals look like childs play and we all know they are not, especially when well executed !! Very fine Damascus! I keep going back to the pics and every time I see something new!!

That is one fine piece!!

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I saw the pictures on IG and was impatiently waiting for you to post them here so I could look at the embiggened versions.  It was worth it.  Beautiful work.  That steel is something else.

I don't know how if it is a secret, but if you don't mind me asking... how did you create the step overhand along the spine?  Did you grind the entire blade vertically along the platen with that part hanging off?

Thanks!

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I love the combination of steel makeup and excecution combined with the spectacular piece of wood so cleverly shaped to beautifully compliment the whole wonderfull piece of work.

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That's the finest bit of craftsmanship I've seen in a good long while!

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I know some members wanted a 'head exploding' emoji some time back. Right now I want a drooling emoji. That is a great knife Salem. Thanks.

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DAYYUM!!!:ph34r:  That's all for now...

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Salem, from tip to nut this just flows. So many interesting and I'm sure difficult parts to this, simply amazing. Thanks for sharing. 

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Now that is Trixy von uber Pixy!

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Wow! This surely is the coolest knife I have seen in a while!

I too, am very interested to know how you pulled off that T-spine.

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Guys, if you want to see the build, here's a WIP album with captions that I did on Facebook: 

 

It includes some detail of the T spine as well as the patterning of the steel.

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Magnificent.

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Been watching this come together on Instagram and Facebook, super impressive to watch. The lines and proportions all flow very well, and I love the look of depth and contrast you got out of your pattern weld!

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Whoa, that is inspiring.  Thanks for the FB wip link as well.  

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Awesome work Brother!!!

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I feel like i could buy this for 2k and flip it for an easy 8k profit :P

 

Amazing work!

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Welded on bolsters? That's hardcore!

*begins slow clap*

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Welding the bolsters on is an effective way to get pattern on the bolsters at the same resolution as the blade... the other way is to build the blade from thick tiles and have the blade tiles "pre-compressed" so that the pattern when drawn out matches the bolster pattern.  That approach wouldn't really apply to multibar.
Believe me, it's always a gamble welding bolsters on when this far into a billet!  They don't always succeed... 

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Oh, and check the sheath out y'all, I think it's an interesting item...

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Simply stunning. The planning and execution... (slow clap) 

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