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That question is wide?   What are you wanting to build and do you have the machines to forge the cans?  .. I can only answer from the small shop perspective. Personally, I find 1.25 inches by 5 or 6 inches plenty for most knives. I can usually get 2 hunters from one can.  I tend to go with thicker side walls and caps.. 3/16 inch. Gives me good material for welding and prevents cap blowouts 

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What I learned to do, and has worked for me, is thin walls (1/8") and thick end pieces (at least 1/2" thick, more depending on the height of the can), with the end pieces being the more important of the 2.  

 

Here's a quick sketch of the difference of what happens during your first couple of squishes with the can:Untitled.jpg


The thick end piece (right) will help to compress the powder from the ends while forging, making a more solid billet.

The thin side walls make removal easy.  

 

 

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Pretty neat trick Billy.  Someday in the near future I'm going to try a can.  Since it'll be hand hammering only, any little advantage will help!

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2 hours ago, Alex Middleton said:

Pretty neat trick Billy

Thanks. Alex, but I think Ed Caffrey deserves the credit for this one.  

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2 hours ago, Jontroutt said:

Is canister damascus easier to make than the other? And if so why? 

Short answer, no it's not as easy as starting with bar stock.

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