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W2, first hamon attempt and Box elder burl

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Grayzer86, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    This is my first blade in W2, and my first attempt at satanite coating for heat treat and ferric chloride etching to create a hamon. Steel is 3/32 x 1.5, 4 inches to the front of scales and the handle is just a hair over 4 inches, for a total length of 8 1/4 inches. I learned a few things with this one as my first clay coating was too thick and low, which combined with the oil quench pushed the hamon to the edge in the 1/4 inch at the tip and plunge. Recoated and started over with less clay and had better results. I know its far from the hamons created by guys like Don Hanson but for my first ever attempt i am happy, and i can continue to improve from here. Even being stabilized this specific piece of box elder had a few pretty significant voids or checks but I filled them with super thin CA glue and it worked great. This knife was made for a local welder in trade for all the steel i got from him to build my 2x72 grinder, and his time for cutting all the pieces to length for me. Again, comments and criticisms are totally welcome.

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    My next project needs to be a light box, and a camera upgrade.
     
  2. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    Pretty good looking hamon line to me, don't think it gets much better.:roll::roll::dance::clap2:
     
  3. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    It looks very nice. Well done.

    Perhaps next time you could get some photos of the whole process? It might help anyone else wanting to have a go at it.
     
  4. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Thanks for checking it out guys. And thanks for the compliment Cal, after seeing your work in person your oppinion is highly valuable to me. This one was a trial and error process but when I do my next one I would be glad to take some pictures and do a partial build along. I am by no means experienced but seem to have had good results with this hamon and W2 so anything I can do that may help out another maker is great. It may also show others that have not tried it, that producing a hamon on the correct steel is not really that difficult and can really add a cool look to blades.
     
  5. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Something I forgot to add. I like the overall look of the the knife, but I think a bolster would have really made both the blade and handle stand out --at least for me.
     
  6. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Good point and looking at the knife now i can see that it would have suited it well. Next one in this pattern will get one forsure. I will have to order some stainless. I did have a piece of very dark black died Buckeye i was going to use as a sort of bolster but it got claimed for another project.
     
  7. Rob W

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    Nicely done grayz
     
  8. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    We could use a procedure for the newsletter with some pictures.
     
  9. BigUglyMan

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    This.

    Good looking knife.
     

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