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My never ending WIP thread.

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by metal99, May 11, 2013.

  1. metal99

    metal99 Member

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    Hey guys, I figured it would be cool to have one thread for all of my work. I will be posting everything knife related that I make in this thread.

    Today I spent a few hours at the forge with my Dad and came out with these two knives. The little one is almost ready for heat treating. I forged that from an old German wood lathe gouge.

    The bigger one is a camp chopper forged from 5160 I want to make for myself. It's far from being done at the forge. I still have to give it some distal taper and forge in the bevels. I might make the profile a little different too.

    Let me know what you guys think!

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  2. Grayzer86

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    Looking good man. Forging is quite an addiction I have found, still hunting an anvil but I now know why many of you forge your blades. The freedom of it all is wonderful
     
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  3. Rob W

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    that's why I'm afraid to start gathering equipment !!!! it's another plague awaiting me !!
     
  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Good stuff! I like the little one.
    I don't forge (yet), but I can really see the appeal of it.
     
  5. metal99

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    Forging is addicting and frustrating at the same time lol.

    Thanks for the complements everyone. They are far from perfect but its a blast to do.
     
  6. Icho-

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    I was thinking the same thing! Lol

    Lookin good Jules. Can't wait to see the progress.
     
  7. metal99

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    It is a plague... I think about it all time time. It's tough on the marriage too!
     
  8. stevebates

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    Looking great...can't wait to see what you do with the little guy! Very unique good job!!!
     
  9. metal99

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    Thanks Steve, I'm going to grind the bevels and leave the rest with the forged finish. The handle is a little to short so I think I might make a little leather lanyard with a piece of antler on it to lengthen the handle a bit.
     
  10. stevebates

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    Nice!!! I just about finished a new Damascus 10" blade but I treated the African blackwood handles with Tru-Oil and apparently that takes about a week to fully dry a cure. Wasn't expecting that so now it's cured but waiting for my custom makers leather stamp to show up before doing the sheath.
     
  11. metal99

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    Awesome man! Did you make the Damascus too? I have never tried Tru-Oil or black wood before but I have used tung oil on ebony. It seemed to dry fairly quick.
     
  12. stevebates

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    I bought the Damascus at a great price $40 for a 12" x 1 1/2" ladder pattern billet 4mm thick. The African black wood looks amazing but being such a hard wood I think it takes a while for the oil to fully penetrate it. I used it on Chechen hard wood it wasn't nearly as hard and seemed to cure in 24hours.
     
  13. metal99

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    That's a pretty good deal on the Damascus! Where did you score that? I bet it's the hardness that slows things down.
     
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    Cool thanks man :) I bought a billet from cutting edge and its no good for blades. It's got some cold shuts. It's also not solid damascus there is a layer in the centre like "San Mai" style but its not consistently the same thickness and in some spots it comes right to the surface. I forged a blade from it last fall but its garbage now. One side of the blade has the pattern all the way through and the other side has a huge bare spot.
     
  16. stevebates

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    Bummer! These billets seem to be fairly good pattern goes straight through would suggest thinning out the billet a bit for the average knife to get a really nice cutting edge OR hollow grind.
     
  17. metal99

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    How thick are they? The billet I bought was 1/4" thick. It's good enough for guards and bolsters but that's about it.
     
  18. metal99

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    Ok so I did some playing around and came up with this. I think it looks awful. What do you guys think?

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    It feels way better in the hand with that little piece of antler on the end but... I think it's funny looking.
     
  19. Rob W

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    Its different Jules but I think I prefer the knife naked....just sayin cause the knife is super cool
     
  20. metal99

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    I think I feel the same way. It looked better in my head lol.
     

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