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22 minutes ago, Gary LT said:

Ditto here on family use of carbon steel blades

 

I found my mirror-polished 52100 petty sitting covered in tomato sauce in the sink for two hours. Took me half an hour to re-polish the black off...:rolleyes:

 

Seriously cool, Bjorn!  That boxwood was the perfect choice.

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Now kitchen knives really aren't my thing so after I finished the blades and glued the handle blocks on them they just sat on a shelf for months  but thought it was about time to finish them so I can

I really shouldn't be left unsupervised . The dragon is 45 layers of 75Ni8 and 80CrV2 with a 23cm cutting edge and 53mm high at the heel. Starts at a chunky 5mm thick at the bolster and distal tapers

Well, got this finished up and feel a little underwhelmed. Might have needed some dragon heads or something 

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Really lovely knives, nice work! :)

 

3 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

I found my mirror-polished 52100 petty sitting covered in tomato sauce in the sink for two hours. Took me half an hour to re-polish the black off...:rolleyes:

 

I have now re-polished/re-etched the one single damascus knife I made for my partner 3 times after similar experiences. About three weeks ago, I found that knife in the dishwasher several hours after a cycle had completed, it had a completely uniform orange blade and a swollen/cracked/brown/grey "purple heart" handle.

 

I love her tho. :P

 

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16 hours ago, Brian Dougherty said:

Nice one!  If your family is like mine when it comes to caring for carbon steel knives, don't let anyone else use it ;)

 

 

Fortunately my dogs don't really cook even though one of them has stolen knives off the counter before :lol:

 

12 hours ago, Gary LT said:

Ditto here on family use of carbon steel blades. “What do you mean I can’t put this in the dishwasher.”?

And...it’s a beauty Bjorn. Looking at all these kitchen knife blades I am liking the way you’ve welded the different twists as I can’t see a seam or blending line!

 

 

Gary LT

 

 

 

Thank you. They sure didn't look that good after the final forging :lol: fortunately the needed a lot of grinding anyway to reveal the patterns in the twists

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Wasn't completely happy with these so took them back to the grinder and thinned them down quite a bit. Vinegar acid followed by a night in coffee really brings the pattern out.

 

Started on handles and scratching my head a bit on how to decorate them. But think I'll have to make a ring and dot tool 

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Definitely.  If you dont mind sharing, how long did you etch in the vinegar, and how strong did you mix your coffee?

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31 minutes ago, Alex Middleton said:

Definitely.  If you dont mind sharing, how long did you etch in the vinegar, and how strong did you mix your coffee?

It's all very unscientific :lol:

 

My vinegar bucket probably started at 50/50 32% vinegar acid and water but that was months ago and I kind just add one or the other as it evaporates. It seems like it gets better the more I use it and dirtier it gets.

 

If I remember correctly I dumped them in in the morning, left for an hour and then sanded lightly with 1200 grit paper and then left a few more hours before repeating with it the light scrubbing with the same now worn down 1200 paper. All in all probably around 6-7 hours. But it's basically just to the point where I can barely feel the edges of the etching starting to form

 

The coffee was about 60grams of Gevalia instant coffee to two liters of just slightly warm water

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Nice!  Those are a pain to get right, and the bolsters will fight you every step of the way during grinding/polishing (or at least mine do...), but the end result looks great.

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On 4/3/2021 at 5:25 AM, Bjorn Gylfason said:

Keeping the bolster in line with the back and drawing the heel back towards the handle is something I need to get better at

If you missed seeing this live:

Check out the video on the NWBA YouTube site when it becomes public on the 25th of April.  Dave gives a couple of ways to work with this, one of them new to me.

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Excuse the hairs, my dogs are shedding like crazy :lol:

 

But this looks kind of interesting after a bit of etching.

 

It's the endcut of a billet one of the integrals are made from and going to use it as a butt cap on its handle.

 

The top and bottom parts are just plain 80crv2 that I had forged down from 6x40mm strip into a square bar to fit the billet but now after the etch it almost looks like wrought 

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This got me curious so had a better look at the knife itself. It also shows hints of these patterns in the plain steel.

 

And a side note I had never thought of before. I drew the temper in the bolster area back enough to be able to file it and it reacts completely differently to the vinegar acid and gets much darker

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I really shouldn't be left unsupervised :lol:. The dragon is 45 layers of 75Ni8 and 80CrV2 with a 23cm cutting edge and 53mm high at the heel. Starts at a chunky 5mm thick at the bolster and distal tapers to 1mm 2cm from the tip. Handle is of course ebony and brass. Thinking I really need to make a fancy sheath for it as well

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And now back to working on the serving set.

 

Filing in some lines to frame where I'm planning on some ring and dots and experimenting a bit with giving the brass an aged look

 

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Not knives but one was just a test to see if I could make one, the other a commission I got because of the first one :lol:

 

Anything can be made fancier with some damascus 

 

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And a small integral petty with purple heart handle

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And this one was a bit of an experiment. San mai 115crv3 core with 75ni8 cladding. Forged very thin and a fuller on the right side for food release. Ebony and copper for the handle. Grinding such big flats without overheating was the biggest challenge

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And more san mai shenanigans in the works. 115CrV3 core and 85layer C75 and 75Ni8 cladding. Core isn't as centred as I would have wanted but in my defense I drew it out from a 6*4*2cm billet.

 

Bolster is an offcut from the 85layer billet and having a really hard time deciding what wood to go with for the handle, dark or light :wacko:

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