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I  got my live oak profiled today.  I'll try to get the Spanish moss added tomorrow.  The profile here is of 15N20 .065 bar.  The leaves on the end of each branch are damascus as willl be the moss.

With a few more coats of finish to the oak burl and a final polish to the handle  fittings, I should be ready for final glue up:    

Not the best photo but this may give you an idea:   I'm not totally satisfied with the Spanish moss but it's a little late for changes now.    

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Impatiently awaiting the pattern reveal, Gary ;).

 

Seriously though, cant wait to see this. 

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Am I just not finding it or is there a size of this billet somewhere?  It looks huge! Very excited for the pattern reveal! 

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3 minutes ago, Zeb Camper said:

Oh my! Mild steel border and 1095 trunk!? B)

Everything is either 1084 or 15N20

2 minutes ago, Conner Michaux said:

Am I just not finding it or is there a size of this billet somewhere?  It looks huge! Very excited for the pattern reveal! 

 

Right now the canister size is 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 8".

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Okay, with the disclosure of the dimensions, I believe I'm getting it.  With no size reference in your photos I envisioned it as much larger so just couldn't figure out what was going on.  (I'm slow, but I'm old, so that's my excuse!) :lol:

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Wow, I get busy and stop paying attention for a couple of days while Gary goes all Mr. Miyagi on us!  Very inspiring.

 

Now I have to go practice...

...right hand wax on, left hand wax off...

...wax on

...wax off

 

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Has a very japanese look to it. I love it!!

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17 hours ago, Gary Mulkey said:

Not the best photo but this may give you an idea:

 

I'm not totally satisfied with the Spanish moss but it's a little late for changes now.:)

 

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Maybe not what you wanted; butttt..... DDDAAAMMMNN that's cool.

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FWIW, Gary, I think it's awesome.  Had absolutely no idea where you were headed when you first started this thread.  I'm amazed with what one can do with steel.  Blows me away.

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I apologize for the poor photo quality but it's late and this is the best lighting that I have available now.

 

This blade has become on long, lean fighter type.  Sometimes the steel just tells you what it wants to be.;)

 

Since this one was made primarily  from powdered steel, it has presented it's many of it's own unique problems along the way but I think that I've got it going my way now.  

 

I've got a nice block of oak burl on order to be used for the handle.  (It seemed appropriate.)

 

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I think you have achieved a fantastic result Gary. I feel if the desire is there and the time is put in we all can become proficient at this craft but to achieve true greatness one must also become an artist. You have done this here. Great stuff.

Rob

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I had an intern recently that was fond of saying "Neato Dorito", and somehow that is all that comes to my mind right now...

 

You said you filled the tree with 2% nickel powder.  Does that mean you mixed 1084 powder with 2% nickel powder?  That's what I had assumed, but I didn't expect the tree to really come out that bright.

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10 minutes ago, Brian Dougherty said:

I had an intern recently that was fond of saying "Neato Dorito", and somehow that is all that comes to my mind right now...

 

You said you filled the tree with 2% nickel powder.  Does that mean you mixed 1084 powder with 2% nickel powder?  That's what I had assumed, but I didn't expect the tree to really come out that bright.

Brian,

 

I bought the powder with the nickel already in it.

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Oh My God, Gary.................That is beautiful.  My mind is going a million miles an hour with the endless possibilities that method could produce.  Amazing.

 

Now let me ask a newbie question:  Will that be one of your fully functional, MS level blades or a blade only for a display knife?

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