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About bobasaurus

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  1. That looks awesome. Never tried a cube twist before, I might have to give it a go.
  2. That is absurdly nice, well done. I wish I had your forging skill.
  3. Thanks. I'm getting a little better now, but not much. My arms are still surprisingly weak.
  4. Thanks a lot everyone. Dave, I did stamp it on the bottom (though it's light). Moemdown, the handle is one piece. I drilled a row of holes then drilled and chiseled out the areas between them to get the mortise for the tang. I used west system g/flex epoxy to hold it in.
  5. (I couldn't really figure out the right category for this, so we'll call it a "Knife".) I forged this pattern-welded damascus spatula for my Mom’s birthday gift. I offered her a knife or any other thing I could forge, and this is what she chose. Never made one before, it was lots of flattening work with a cross pein hammer and a ton of grinding. 1080 and 15n20 steel, hardened then tempered at about 550 deg F for extra flexibility. The handle is redheart, one of my favorite woods. It’s pretty, really easy to work (hand planes beautifully), and doesn’t have large pores so it finishes smoothly. I hand planed the block to size, then bandsawed out the shape, and block planed everything smooth and roughly to the final shape before sanding.
  6. I forged a low layer count damascus billet from 1080 and 15n20, then made this knife from half of it. It's a thin chef knife with a Tasmanian myrtle wood handle. The x pattern comes from the core of the twisted billet, which I cut into and exposed before re-welding the pieces. Even 1/2" back from the tip is only 0.010" thick, including the spine. I had trouble with it warping in heat treatment, but was able to straighten it.
  7. That's pretty neat-looking, Theo.
  8. I always thought packing was BS. I hear about it all the time online and in old texts, but it never seemed right.
  9. Twisting up some damascus today. Thought it looked cool with the scale popping off.
  10. Thanks. That was a touchmark I messed up. The concave area underneath it caused the metal to squish rather than stamp normally, then the stamp was crooked when it actually contacted the anvil. I need to practice with it more.
  11. Thanks a lot. I thought about it, but it seemed too busy with stripes everywhere.
  12. I just finished this damascus integral bolster chef knife. I forged the low-layer damascus billet out of 1080 and 15n20, then shaped the knife. The handle is padauk, with a brass and silver spacer. More pics here:
  13. Ah, I must be seeing the reflected light. Looks great, I'm impressed at the results.
  14. I don't have a lot of grinding equipment, so I mostly used a 3/4" dia sanding drum on my flex shaft grinder. I honed it with a dowel in my wood lathe coated in green chromium oxide compound.
  15. That's interesting, I'll have to finish reading the set. The washer idea is clever, I just made an integral bolster knife where this trick would have been useful.