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A bunch of pattern weld kitchen knives from this year...

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This is mostly what I've been up to of late.  I do still love making daggers, fighter, hunters and folders but the Instagram market has been snapping kitchen knives up this year!
 
I like kitchen knives, because I like to cook and have done so a lot, because of the challenge inherent in these particularly performance-first knives, and because of the large canvas they often afford for the pattern welder!
 
Sorry for the few lower quality pics... sometimes you already have it sold, and only have time for a quick snap before shipping...
 
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And that's all I've got for now!
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Holy crap dude, those are amazing....:o

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@Salem Straub Man have you been busy.. Enjoying our liquid sunshine lol?

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DUDE !!!!!!!...............:o

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Beautiful work!

 

 

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HOLY (insert favorite expletive), my wife walked in and had to pick my jaw up off the floor. 

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Incredible!!!

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Now thats just not fair... any of it... at all...

 

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@Salem Straub your talents are obvious from all your post, it was obvious when you competed in FIF.

I don't understand how a "kitchen knife" can overshadow those daggers you recently showed, but some of these and mind-boggling eye-twisting beyond belief, and all are wonderful.....  

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3 hours ago, Richard van Dijk said:

Told you before you are a show off:D SPECTACULAR STUFF Salim.

Richard

If you can, do it! That one with all the squiggly stuff blows my feeble mind...:ph34r: I know how to do the other patterns, but dayyum, dude! :o

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Yeah, that is some top shelf stuff.  You keep motivating the heck out of me!

Are you still doing s-grinds on the kitchen knives?  Strike that, looking closer at the pics answered the question :)

Edited by Brian Dougherty

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Wow, Salem.  Another impressive display of pattern welding.  I've been a fan of yours ever since another smith and a good friend of mine, Terry Carson, worked with you and Gary Eagle at that free festival out by you a few years ago.  

You aren't looking for an apprentice, are you?

Edited by billyO
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Damn Salem; you never cease to impress.  Your steel is amazing (as is everything else)

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I love the integrals, but am having difficulty with mine.  If it's not a secret, is it easier to forge the tang first then the blade or the other way around?  (Or am I still forging too close to final, thickness for it to matter?)

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Thanks guys for the encouraging feedback!  BillyO, no secrets here.  I always forge the blade first.  I start with a chunk of pattern weld say 3/4" thick by 1.25-1.5" tall.  I  lightly guillotine fuller where the front of the bolster will be, just to mark it really.  Fullering it much to start will curtail your ability to drop the heel right from the bolster later.  I draw on my LG50 mostly at the point to start defining the blade shape, getting it thinner and pointed out at the tip, then start stretching and widening the blade back toward the midsection.  I stay away from the bolster area for now, leaving the material pretty much the original size there.  After the tip and midsection are out of the way somewhat, I use either a top fuller on my #9 Beaudry hammer, or a spring fullering set on my hydraulic press, and stretch the bulk of the steel in front of the bolster out into the feel width of the heel shape.  This shape gets finished and drawn farther by hand with a cross peen.  A hump will form in the spine at the front of the bolster, which needs both prevention and correction by hand or by press or hammer with a set tool.  The bolster is further formed by setting on a bottom block on the press, and upsetting it spine to edge side so as to accentuate the heel drop further.  After the blade and bolster are tuned up, stock is pinched from the back of the bolster to draw out into the tang, with a guillotine fuller and then the LG50 to draw.

 

That's alphabet soup, I know. You know what, I'll post a WIP in here of forging an integral feather mascus chef (it already exists on FB and is of the green handled integral feather chef above.)

Note though, that several of the knives pictured in this thread, certainly the top two, have the bolsters forge-welded on to best preserve the pattern... which is a separate process to get into. 

Edited by Salem Straub
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You have been KILLING it this year! .. thanks for putting that bar HIGH. 

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47 minutes ago, Matthew Parkinson said:

You have been KILLING it this year! .. thanks for putting that bar HIGH. 

+1 to that. I am really digging that wavy twist stuff and the Damascus peeking out from the stainless San-Mai. Your sense of pattern development is way above mine my several orders of magnitude. Thanks for the inspiration Salem.

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3 hours ago, Joshua States said:

+1 to that. I am really digging that wavy twist stuff and the Damascus peeking out from the stainless San-Mai. Your sense of pattern development is way above mine my several orders of magnitude. Thanks for the inspiration Salem.

And that's what this forum is supposed to be about!  We do help the new guys, but we're really here to keep that bar moving ever higher.  B)

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1 hour ago, Alan Longmire said:

we're really here to keep that bar moving ever higher.  B)

Well i think Salem has bumped it up pretty damn high lol.

Stunning work, man. I keep trying to pick a favorite, but theyre all outstanding.  

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Bloody hell Salem. Thank you for posting those. Man oh man those are nice.

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