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I started with a billet that was nine layers of 1084 and 15N20. Not a very large billet (1.25”W by 2.5”L by a little over 10 thick), but I figure it’ll be enough for a decent little edc blade. 
 

I tried to learn from my mistakes with the first one I attempted and made sure to get a good soak at welding temp and also forged it down at or near welding heat until it was at least 3/8” thick or so. 
 

Throughout the drawing out process I watched very closely for indicators of failed welds or delaminations, which I haven’t seen. So hopefully with all the extra time and scrutiny I put into this billet it oughta be just fine. 

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I know this is by no means groundbreaking or even noteworthy to anyone outside myself, but I am proud to have gotten solid welds and been able to get to this point. 
 

Now I just gotta figure out what I wanna make out of it

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Good job!  Kinda self assuring when you pull it off for the first time.  Be careful though, Damascus gets addicting!  

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I just got my second pattern weld to stick...

So, I get it!

 

And I think it came out awesome, good deal man.

 

Waiting to see what the blade looks like when done.

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5 hours ago, Alex Middleton said:

Good job!  Kinda self assuring when you pull it off for the first time.  Be careful though, Damascus gets addicting!  

 

Haha I believe it! I haven't even done any yet and I feel like I'm addicted to it! I know that the instant that I get a damascus piece done, it's going to be an endless hole :lol:

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Thanks for the comments everyone. I have the blade forged roughly to shape and about ready to grind. 
 

And yes, I’m already studying up on patterns and techniques. My arm and wallet are gonna pay I suppose :P

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2 hours ago, Eric Morgan said:

My arm and wallet are gonna pay I suppose :P

Yup.  Now you're going to "need" a power hammer, press, bigger grinder, surface grinder................etc.:D

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On 5/4/2021 at 11:27 AM, Alex Middleton said:

Yup.  Now you're going to "need" a power hammer, press, bigger grinder, surface grinder................etc.:D

Well, if it's truly the damascus bug, then I'll say you'll need a press first, then the rest....;)

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  • 3 weeks later...

Finally got some time to work on my own stuff, and did some rough grinding on the Damascus blade. Had to do a quick etch to see how she is gonna look... 

 

now to clean her up and get ready for the heat treat

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That's gonna look sweet when you get it done.

 

200+ layer is pretty cool... but I have a fondness for the low layer bolder patterns, simple and clean.

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It’s been a hot minute since I updated this, but I got the blade quenched just a bit ago and it’s now in the oven for tempering…

 

The pattern isn’t even from side to side, but I’m still extremely pleased with myself for getting this far on this one. Can’t wait to finish her up and show it off to you guys. 

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