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Hwzt all. Another big project with a few firsts out the way for me. It's a 17" total length bowie, take down construction with a copper frame handle. 

 

The steel started out as 3 separate pieces of 1070 that I forge welded into one big billet. I did clay it and differentially heat treat it but no hamon showed up in polishing, so not sure what happened there. 

 

Here are the details 

 

Steel: 1070 (3 layers forge welded together, hada technique I believe)

Riveted langets: copper

Guard: 5160

Spacers: copper and African blackwood 

Frame: fileworked copper

Handle scales: African blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon)

Pommel: copper

Pommel nut: 1070

Sheath: hand carved and stitched veg tan

 

Here is the final shots (also tried my hand at some editing), followed by pics of WIP.

Frame Handle bowie.jpg

Original design work

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Successfully forge welded the 3 layers of 3mm 1070 plate together. Was surprised to get an average of 8.5mm thickness across the billet after setting the welds

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my forging is still very much on the safe side. Forge thick and over scale, grind to final shape and dimensions. I did get some distal taper in at least.20200207_182522.jpg

 

pre heat treat grinds20200208_151954.jpg

 

just after quench. Nice and straight and I thought the hamon took but it never showed up again.20200210_115408.jpg

 

planning the frame and langet combo20200210_171540.jpg

 

blade polished up and langets riveted on20200214_120103.jpg

 

handle pretty much all together but guard not bent yet20200216_175342.jpg

 

guard bent up20200217_124828.jpg

 

handle polishing20200224_092236.jpg

 

Final shots 

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Edited by Ross Vosloo
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Nice work Ross, lots of details and many pieces involved there! And who doesn’t like a giant blade....

 

Clint

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8 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Did you acid etch to try and bring the Hamon out?

Ja I did. There is definitely a difference in etch between the edge and the spine where I played, but no hamon line. It just blends from one to another and not very good looking at all, that's why I just stuck with a plain finish. No idea what may have happened. 

46 minutes ago, clint c said:

Nice work Ross, lots of details and many pieces involved there! And who doesn’t like a giant blade....

 

Clint

Thanks Clint! 

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