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Now that my damascus class is over it's time to start thinking about my next project.  This time I'm reverse engineering it and creating a knife to fit the handle scales which in this case are some beautiful mastodon ivory scales.

 

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With the temps what they were this morning, the forge felt pretty good.

 

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I left the tang in line with the blade for the dogbone type hilt.  It will get a frame tang with an internal pommel nut.

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Excellent forging, as usual.  B)

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6 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

Excellent forging, as usual.  B)

 

Thanks, Alan.  I had other work to be done but the shop was so cold that I fired up the forge instead.;)

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Yeah, it was 18 degrees here (that's -8 C for the rest of the world).  

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Looking good Gary. 

It's funny.  Your shop pics have a whole new meaning for me now that I can visualize where everything is outside the frame of pic.

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6 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

Yeah, it was 18 degrees here (that's -8 C for the rest of the world).  

:lol:

 

Need I say more?

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Clean forging. I wish I could somehow speed click a button and squire those skills. In the mean time I'll struggle away. Lol. 

 

Thanks for sharing. 

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10 hours ago, Joël Mercier said:

:lol:

 

Need I say more?

 

It's all in what you're used to, and Fahrenheit is much more precise...:P

I am fluent in all metric/SI measurements except temperature.  They didn't start me young enough, I guess.

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I prefer 256K.  Feels warmer that way...

 

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H/T'ed and in the tempering oven. Hopefully I'll have some good activity here. H/T'ed to 1485 & quenched in Park's 50. 

 

 

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Originally I had intended to give this one a traditional dogbone handle with tapered scales & domed pins.  However, that would have required removing most of the color from these mastodon bark scales.  They have such a nice blue/green color that I decided to leave them natural and not taper the scales.  (the escutcheon inlays will be 416)  I think rather than using an internal pommel nut, I will through pin the tang under the escutcheons.  Since I never do take-down handles it really doesn't matter as both methods work well.

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Good call, sir.  That ancient ivory is too nice to waste.

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I've most of the machine work done.  There's plenty of hand work to go however.;)

 

I've etched this one enough to see that the blade got a secondary hamon in addition to what I had planned.  I'm a little disappointed but you never know with W steels exactly what will happen in the quench.  It's kind of like Damascus patterns, no two will ever be the same.  It will still make an attractive blade though.

 

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This is the first blade that I've etched with ammonium persulfate.  It worked like a champ.

 

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Looks like that new stuff is a good bit stronger than FeCl.  Pretty wild pattern!

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13 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

Looks like that new stuff is a good bit stronger than FeCl.  Pretty wild pattern!

I believe that it may be slightly stronger.  It does need to be warm though.  FeCl is probably better at low temps.

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I've yet to do the final hand sanding & polishing to the hilt but all is now assembled:

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