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  1. Donation knives and culinary knives

    You sure are busy, nice work! I particularly like the profile on the paring knife!
  2. Presoak for cable damascus knife

    He does the same process in a lot of his videos, including ones from freshly ground, stacked steel and even a billet made from screws welded together, which is why I think it's to prevent oxidation more than anything else. Whether it actually works is another matter but I can't think of another reason why you would soak a billet of clean steel in liquid before putting it in the forge.
  3. Coffin handle Sheffield Bowie in damascus with hamon

    The pattern on the blade is cool, but the handle is just stunning, great choice of materials!
  4. Presoak for cable damascus knife

    I've seen this guys videos before and I always assumed it was kerosene. I think the idea is that it burns off using up any free oxygen in the forge before it can oxidise the steel, protecting it until its hot enough to apply flux or even allowing you to weld without flux. Hopefully a more experienced smith will chime in and confirm this or tell me I'm talking rubbish.
  5. 5 bar broken back seax

    Thanks for the feedback guys, I appreciate it. I wanted the bolster to tie the handle into the blade so used wrought iron which I etched fairly deeply. I love using bog oak for my handles, it's nice to work with and native to the UK which I appreciate.
  6. 5 bar broken back seax

    I finished up this knife over the weekend. The blade is made up of 5 bars forge welded together. The spine is wrought iron, the next two bars are twisted 15n20 and 1095, then 15 layers of 15n20 and 1095 with an O1 edge. The handle is bog oak with an etched wrought iron bolster. The overall length is exactly 12" with a 7 3/8 blade. It's just over 1/4" at the broken back and 3/16 at the bolster. Next weekend I hope to make a start on a sheath for it. This is it next to a 3 bar langseax I made two years ago which I'm tempted to re-grind and re handle as I've never been quite happy with the etch or handle on it but it's nice to see the progress between the two.
  7. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I would imagine shipping might be prohibitively expensive, yes :P. I was pleased with the contrast, after three 3 minute dips in ferric chloride with 1500grit hand sanding in between I buffed the blade with metal polish (autosol) and then left it in hot, cheap instant coffee for an hour which really boosted the contrast, it's almost blued the 1095. I've seen coffee recommended a few times before and thought I'd try it without really expecting much from it but for me, on this blade, it really worked. I've read stories from smiths who have spent hours working on wrought items before only to be disappointed by the lack of grain when they etch their work, that's partly what influenced my decision to use the lower quality iron! I hope to make the handle next weekend but it's set to get pretty miserable here in the UK and I'm a fair-weather smith as my set up is entirely outdoors and un-sheltered at present. I also need to decide between wrought iron or brass for the handle fittings, and whether to use figured ash or bog oak for the handle material. I've also got some buffalo horn for spacers, decisions decisions...
  8. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Thanks, the spine of the blade is just over 8mm at the broken back and tapers away from there, down to 5mm at the handle with a full flat grind down to the edge which is around .25mm at the moment. Blade length length is 185mm (7-1/4") and 36mm (1-3/8") wide. The spine is some poorer quality wrought iron, I have quite a bit of highly refined wrought from church bell clappers but I wanted rougher grain in this piece so used a piece that I think was probably from a tie rod from a wooden bell frame. The twists are 7 layers of 15n20 and 1095, the laminate is 15 layers of 15n20 and 1095 and the edge is O1. Location is London, England.
  9. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Thanks for the comments, I was pleased when it came out of the etch. The pattern is simple and easy to produce for those of us with no mechanical helpers as there's no folding involved. There's just a single forge weld on the three patterned bars followed by drawing out to length, twisting two of them and then forge welding them together with a wrought iron spine and in this case an O1 steel edge.
  10. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Amazing doors for the forge, I love the texture from welding, it's really effective! The hammer handle looks great, I like to char my handles too, they always end up charred in patches anyway! I finished grinding/polishing my seax blade yesterday, next job is handle and sheath.
  11. Damascus with only hand hammers?

    Yes it is possible, and remember that you don't necessarily have to fold to a high layer count to get an impressive pattern. A tight twist of 10 or so layers can be very striking or 3-4 bars welded together of low layer twists (I use 7 layers) alternating the bars clockwise/anti-clockwise twist can produce great chevron patterns for relatively little effort.
  12. Cable Damascus Bowie, With a Hammon?

    Then the credit goes to you! It's a clever solution to the problem, thanks for sharing it!
  13. Cable Damascus Bowie, With a Hammon?

    I have no critique at all, that is a beautiful knife and sheath, excellent fit and finish, one to be truly proud of. I've seen it suggested on these forums that if you want tidy plunge lines and don't have a suitable grinder you can file the plunges in with a file guide and a chainsaw file and then just grind into them afterwards. I've not tried this myself and I can't remember who suggested it but it seemed like a good tip so I stored it away for later use.
  14. Luckily here in the UK anvils are relatively cheap and plentiful so therefore less desiresble to would-be thieves. That being said, when I was moving my forging equipment to my new house last year a scrap metal collector drove past and asked if I wanted him to take all that "junk" off my hands. That junk was my 125lb brooks anvil 5 1/2" post vice and all my hammers and tongs. I declined his generous offer to take it away free of charge!
  15. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Thanks! Learning is the real reward, the hooks (coat rack?) are a bonus, everything looks very neat and uniform, good job, one to be proud of!