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Damascus Hunter WIP


Branick Hess
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I've been lurking in the forums for a while and admiring the incredible works of art, I decided it's time I posted something of my own I am always open to criticism so feel free :D.

This Is my 5th knife and my first try at Damascus. It is low layer 30 or so, raindrop pattern 1095 and 15n20.poOYLNrgj

After many hours of hard work and blisters I got it flat... po7U2W2Xj

Forged/ground to shape pnbneviSj

Flat ground to 120pnnbdEpMjthen looooots of hand sanding to 800 po39xAHQj

Quick etch to check the patternpoq3fuodj 

And that is where I'm at. Currently trying to decide on handle material and I would love some feedback, but I was thinking birds eye maple maybe dyed, I think the spots would match the Damascus really well.

Thank you for checking out my post more to come soon!

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Well done there Branick. Looking good so far. Personally I would use something with less grain/pattern for the handle so as to not to overwhelm the piece. Sometimes less is more. One thing I would mention is to be careful with leaving the tip proud of your work-rest when sanding. One maker (some time ago, I forget who), turned right into his work and got stabbed in the chest.

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Good work.

So, did you drill holes for the pattern?

How thick was the billet, what size bit, and how deep?

Look forward to seeing it finished.

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Looks nice so far, nice work. IMO, that knife is begging for some stainless bolsters and ebony wood handle.

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2 hours ago, Charles du Preez said:

Well done there Branick. Looking good so far. Personally I would use something with less grain/pattern for the handle so as to not to overwhelm the piece. Sometimes less is more. One thing I would mention is to be careful with leaving the tip proud of your work-rest when sanding. One maker (some time ago, I forget who), turned right into his work and got stabbed in the chest.

Thank you for the info about the knife sticking out I never thought about that! As far as the handle I will go with something more subtle. 

Thank you again for the input.

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2 hours ago, Don Abbott said:

Good work.

So, did you drill holes for the pattern?

How thick was the billet, what size bit, and how deep?

Look forward to seeing it finished.

Yes I drilled the holes.

The billet was a little thicker than 1/4 inch, the bit I used was also 1/4 inch. And as for the depth I never really checked I just kind of used my eye, just made sure I wasn't going too deep so I didnt punch through when I drilled the other side.

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1 hour ago, Will W. said:

Looks nice so far, nice work. IMO, that knife is begging for some stainless bolsters and ebony wood handle.

Thank you for the kind words and input maybe I'll go with some bog oak i have heard ebony can be hard to work with but maybe I heard wrong haha.

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Damn nice for a first try at damascus.................B)

My first was a complete disaster, and haven't tried since...

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Ive never had any ebony crack on me, ive only used it a handful of times though. It works alright, definitely harder than some woods, but it gives a beautiful finish when sanded down to 400 grit and buffed. 

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I have had ebony crack (2 months after the knife was finished) and it's heartbreaking.  I personally don't use it unless it's stabilized, and only a few people will even try stabilizing it so I use a lot of African blackwood instead.... That said, it is a beautiful wood and a joy to work with, and I know a few knifemakers who use it on a regular basis and don't seem to have any problems with it.

That's a lovely blade.

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Hey guys the knife is finished I changed some designs only because this knife will now be my mom's I've had this piece of purple box elder that she loves, so had to use that instead of the ebony or bog wood but that just means handles for another project B):D.

Thank you everyone for the tips and amazing comments I appreciate you taking out the time. Anyway here she is and sorry for the bad quality it is phone pics.pmUCV9CdjpmT4yn9Zj

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Very nice. A lot of determination went into it, it shows.

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You have a great looking blade and it needs a certain size to show it off. Why not make the blade that the steel tells you it wants to be and adjust the furniture to suit the blade? 

Just my stupid opinion but when I see a blade that stunning I don't really like the rest of it competing for my attention. It should subtly compliment it instead. 

Just one guy's .02.

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