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About bobasaurus

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  1. 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.
  2. That's pretty neat-looking, Theo.
  3. I always thought packing was BS. I hear about it all the time online and in old texts, but it never seemed right.
  4. Twisting up some damascus today. Thought it looked cool with the scale popping off.
  5. 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.
  6. Thanks a lot. I thought about it, but it seemed too busy with stripes everywhere.
  7. 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:
  8. Ah, I must be seeing the reflected light. Looks great, I'm impressed at the results.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Thanks. I'm not super happy with the shape, but the fit is tight and it works well. My father used it for anticlastic raising last weekend and it worked well.
  12. Thanks. It was 4 layers each of 1080 and 15n20. The 1080 was 1/8" thick, the 15n20 a bit thinner. I ended up with about a square cross section after forge welding.
  13. Here is a small integral bolster chef knife I made from the remainder of my low layer count damascus billet. Still needs a handle.
  14. Thanks. The handle ended up a little small, I might wrap it with something on the grip area.
  15. I finished it up today with a mahogany handle. Came out a bit small on the gripping end, might have to wrap it with something. More pics: