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Mammoth Tsunami Chef

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by LeclairKnives, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. LeclairKnives

    LeclairKnives Active Member

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    Its been quite awhile since I posted here. Now that photobucket is back to normal I'm able to again lol
    13.5" overall length with a 9" blade that stands 2" tall at the heel. Made from HHH Knives Tsunami pattern damascus steel with Mammoth tooth handle stainless bolsters and white G10 liners.
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    Please let me know what you think.
    StaySharp
     
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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Wow, the patterns in the blade and handle combine to make a very eye-pleasing knife. I had to google HHH. Nice billet. How is it working with mammoth tooth?
     
  3. LeclairKnives

    LeclairKnives Active Member

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    Thanks Dan.
    The mammoth tooth isnt too bad to work with. I'd say it's like very hard bone with striations of stone through it. I glue G10 liner material to front and back sides before cutting or drilling. Use sharp belts, bits, and blades. I use drill bits made for drilling ceramic tiles, cut with my portaband and start shaping on the belt grinder at around 120 grit. Rougher grits can tear out/break chunks off. CA glue is your friend.
     
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    Griff Active Member

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    @LeclairKnives Jaw dropping good man! Is it the photo, or does this Damascus usually etch that dark? I’ve never worked with pattern welded steel, so genuinely wondering if that’s par for the course for all Damascus, a technique you used, or unique to this billet.
     
  5. LeclairKnives

    LeclairKnives Active Member

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    The steel is that dark. This blade I did a hot coffee etch. First you etch in ferric chloride (or hot vinegar like I use) once I get the depth of etch I want, I buff off all the oxides untill its all shiny again but can still see the raised pattern. Then I take a jar of the cheapest instant coffe I can find (has to be instant coffee) and mix the whole Jar with 4L hot water and stir untill all the crystals have disolved. Then I just hang the blade in the coffee untill it is as dark as I want it. Rinse it in cold water then I soak it i a jar of mineral oil overnight.
     
  6. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Wow... beautiful. Just beautiful. And, when you're done with the knife, you have a gallon of coffee to drink. : )
     
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  7. LeclairKnives

    LeclairKnives Active Member

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  8. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Yeah, a gallon of strong coffee likely isn't great for working on sharp tools. You don't see a lot of knife makers with the jitters. Unless they have a lot of bandages on their fingers maybe.
     

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