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Joshua States

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This is a chef knife I recently finished. In applying the clay for a hamon (1095) I decided to scratch some petroglyphs into the clay. I thought they might show up after sanding. They did show up, but not very clearly. I think the next time I try this I will finish the blade a lot further before HT. Anyway, here it is.

 

Off side.jpg

 

Name side.jpg

 

In Stand.jpg

 

Hamon.jpg

 

 

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Pretty cool nonetheless! I think I'm going to steal the idea ^_^

 

That 1095 has some heavy banding. Perhaps if you tried with W2 you'd get more definition and clarity. Also, I noticed some of the details don't show up until higher grits, like 1000 and up. 

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2 hours ago, Joël Mercier said:

That 1095 has some heavy banding.

Or I really didn't sand it down past 800 grit........

2 hours ago, Joël Mercier said:

I think I'm going to steal the idea ^_^

 

Please do. I am anxious to figure out how to make this work

 

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The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Just thinking out loud here but would something like a chinagraph pencil act as a ‘resist’ when claying the blade?

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My tiny brain looks at it this way:

The clay acts as an insulator and keeps a portion of the steel from making the full phase transformation. This effect produces the visual differentiation at the transformation boundry. This can be enhanced though acid etching and polishing to emphasize the two areas. I was trying to remove a portion of the insulation and attain a localized transformation. If your chinagraph pencil, is similar to the china marking pencils we have here, it is basically just a colored wax. In another thread somewhere, someone talked about using wax as an anti-scale coating. Not sure that would produce the same insulating conditions as the clay. @Charles dPare you thinking of using it under the clay, or in an area to remove the clay by preventing it from sticking to the blade?

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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1 hour ago, Bill Schmalhofer said:

Very cool! What's the handle made from?

Water buffalo horn, a 416 spacer, with dyed and stabilized Linden burl. There are a couple of Russin guys on IG that are doing their own dying and stabilizing. I purchased three pieces from one of them. It took 2 months to get here, but the stabilization was excellent.

 

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Handle wood (2).jpg

 

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15 hours ago, Joshua States said:

are you thinking of using it under the clay, or in an area to remove the clay by preventing it from sticking to the blade?


Preventing it sticking to the blade. If it can, it may give you some more control. Of course I have no idea how much control you have when scratching the glyphs into the clay; whether it chips, cracks, etc.

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11 hours ago, Doug Lester said:

That is outstanding looking wood.

 

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I thoughts so too. I was a little leery of buying online from Russia, but when the pieces arrived, I was quite pleased with the quality. The pieces sank like stones in water. I waited until after I had shaped one to pass final judgement. This one was solid all the way through. Not a single void.

 

6 hours ago, Gerhard Gerber said:

I want to steal this idea as well, but I'm thinking rather a pattern of some sort, or tiger stripes!B)

Go for it. The more of us trying different methods, or even the same method with variations, increases our chance of figuring it out.

 

6 hours ago, Charles dP said:

Of course I have no idea how much control you have when scratching the glyphs into the clay; whether it chips, cracks, etc.

I wish I had photographed the claying with the glyphs scratched into it. Just imagine taking a sharp piece of bamboo (a BBQ skewer) and removing clay with the point.

 

Clayed blade (2).jpg

 

After HT and cleaning, the blade looked like this

 

V2 January HT.jpg

 

So i think the process worked. I also think I just sanded through what would have been a more vibrant figure had I sanded closer to finish before HT.

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The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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