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Salem Straub

NewVeau Dagger

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My newest work...
 
Composite damascus dagger, art nouveau fittings of parkerized 4140 steel with anodized titanium spacers. Relief carved blackwood grip, takedown construction.  8" hollow grinds with swept plunges Warenski style on a roughly 12" long blade.
To elaborate on the steel, it's crushed c's turned onto the side of the billet, welded then rolled up jelly style with 15n20 layers top n bottom, forged out and tiles ferry flipped off the end, then surrounded with edge bars of twisted w's.  To elaborate on the pommel, the stack of spacers are screwed up into the bottom of the pommel with 2x56 screws, which traps the hidden socket head sex nut that draws the whole works tight onto the tang.
 
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Very Pretty.    Awesome work.

Thanks for sharing.

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Amazing, wonderful......until that last photo where it becomes utter filth......knife porn at it's best! B)

 

Truly stunning work Salem.

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This is incredible!!! I am blown away by your work. Did you hammer this out on your Beaudry?

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Wow that steel is cool! I also love the blue spacers 

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I loved seeing this one come to life on Instagram. Fantastic work as always. 

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WoW! I just cannot even imagine how you achieved such pattern. It is beautiful!

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Jeremy, I did hammer this out on the Beaudry!  It was amazing, as if the hammer of the mighty Hephaestos himself melded the steel... but seriously, to be able to knock together a billet like this...
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Went amazingly with the big flat dies and quick speed/control, better than the press would have been.  You can capture and weld a large piece of real estate at once as long as it's all hot and flat, and hit hard.  Kerosene was used as flux except for when welding the jelly roll to square, that needs borax.

Raymond, this one won't be there, as it was an order... I'm hoping to be able to bring some other fancy piece and a few more common works.  Be cool to meet you!  Come find me please if I don't manage to find you!

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Awesome work Salem. The relief background is really nice and flat even where the design is quite narrow and the edges look nice and sharp. Mind sharing your secret?

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Hey Salem,  if I remember right you promised us a video on your new hammer when it was done WTF !!    ;):D

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Salem, I feel redundant slobbering over your work all the time. When I saw this one, I wasn't even blown away (should've been), but my expectations are through the roof with you. I just can't come up with anything original to say....

Salem, YOU are awesome for being able to make these extremely awesome blades! :lol:

 

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Yowza!

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Man, just beautiful. It flows so well from tip to pommel. And i love the little window in the guard to reveal more pattern. Awesome work!

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You absolutely nailed it with that one!  Can't get over the pattern.

Doug

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7 hours ago, Charles du Preez said:

Awesome work Salem. The relief background is really nice and flat even where the design is quite narrow and the edges look nice and sharp. Mind sharing your secret?

Thanks, Charles!  Well I'm certainly only a beginning carver, and an even background is something I find challenging.  It looks flat because I fussed with it for a long time...
I have a couple sets of basic little carving chisels, and several that I've made, as well.  I actually cut with the chisels just enough to define the outline and remove some background, and then I begin using the chisels up around 90 degrees to scrape with to remove the rest of the background and even things up.  The smaller the area, the smaller the chisel, until I'm really using a narrow flat graver to scrape the background even in the smallest areas of the carving.  In many ways, blackwood responds to being worked from a metalworking approach, and this is another of those areas.  I finish up with 100 grit paper on various backing sticks and some small rubber backings made of baler belt scraps, going back to scraping from sanding if it still looks uneven in various angles of light.  Blackwood is tough because it's so shiny and greasy naturally at high grit levels.  Anyway that's my method for now, but like I say I've only actually put a couple pieces out as of yet with this type of carving...

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Thanks Salem. I’ve tried on some oak and it was chippy as anything. I also really struggled to try to get the background flat. Then the handle sat for a couple of weeks and got a several small cracks. I got some small chisels for Christmas but I’ll try to make some finer ones when the back garden dries out. Keep up the good work.

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Wow, you continue to set the bar high.  Beautiful work as usual.

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On 3/8/2018 at 1:09 PM, Clifford Brewer said:

Hey Salem,  if I remember right you promised us a video on your new hammer when it was done WTF !!    ;):D

Your wish is my command...

 

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 That hammer is a beast!  Nice work on bringing it back to life Salem.  And that dagger is gorgeous.  I love the black fittings with those small touches of blue titanium.  

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Amazing as always, love the little window in the guard!

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