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Last year at the Ashoken seminar  Kevin Cashen started a New tradition by donating a knife to raffle off in support of the Saturday night whiskey Tasting/ Memorial

I volunteered to continue the tradition and to do this years knife.    This is an experimental pattern weld I did for my donation , the steels are 15n20 1080 and 1075, the handle is stabilized Koa and the bolster/ pin are bronze, the edge bard is 150 layer the spine 1075 the rest is mosaic tiles of 1080/15n20. 

the Idea is a moon lit tree line with a roaring camp fire, the image in my mind, represents some of my fondest memories of the fellowship I have felt attending Ashoken..  

There is a more detail build through forth coming on my Pateron but i am happy to answer any question on how i did any of this. I will not be about to make ashoken this year (double booked with a teaching job) but the knife will be there and will be raffled off.. Tim Nue already mentioned how he is looking forward t it being in him kitchen :) I suspect he will be buying more than a few tickets. 

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Holy shit man. That's so cool. 

 

 

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That is truly amazing.

I wanted to ask, based on my recent noob experiences, if you need some luck to pull something like that off.

Feel free to correct me, but I reckon your skills must take luck out of the equation completely.

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5 hours ago, Gerhard Gerber said:

That is truly amazing.

I wanted to ask, based on my recent noob experiences, if you need some luck to pull something like that off.

Feel free to correct me, but I reckon your skills must take luck out of the equation completely.

 It is mostly skill, sometimes the steel just hates you and doesn't cooperate. I figure that's fair i burn it and hit it will hammers. 

In fact this is very planned and based on experimentation and control in the forging process, parts of this did things I didn't expect (though looking back I probably should have) so going forward I will likely change my methods. This is still early in the concept, wail a successful piece it is not the vision i have in my mind, but it is a step toward it. 

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Once again, you have astounded me.

 

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I LOVE it. Great jigsaw puzzle action, and awesome theme. I am bringing my kid this year, he is making a ka-bar inspired knife for a high school project. Thus, I am dragging him to my favorite gathering of my favorite people. 

I will surely join that raffle.

See you there :)

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