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Long time reader, 1st time poster. I started smithing in August of 2017. Up to that point, I'd never done anything with fire of metal. I've learned a lot by reading the discussions here. I just finished this knife, about 10 months after starting. I like how it turned out, but more than anything, I know it represents how much I have to learn. Thanks for all the help you've given so far, even if you didn't know it. The knife is an 8 inch Kiritsuke. The Damascus I forged from bandsaw and strapping. The layer count is around 126 give or take a few layers of grinding. I was going for a little higher, but stopped here The handle is ebony and Cocobolo with a hidden tang, a copper spacer, and a single square brass pin.
Had a lot of fun forging this one. The sketch started off as a pretty aggressive blade... ... then I picked up this quickie repair of a fellas grandfather's WWII knife where the pommel had come off (also repolished and sharpened the blade a bit)... ...which made the steel change it's mind in the middle of the forging process... ...and all of a sudden it's a totally different blade. Thankfully the customer loved it, and I got off the hook for taking artistic merit to the extreme. Still applying oil to the handle, was too eager to show off haha. Should have drawn a longer tang to get more curls out of the pommel (I rounded off that point). The black walnut came from a downed tree that was properly cut and seasoned, but unfortunately my cuts came from the surface and had inconsistent/spotty coloration; light brown, reddish in spots, small blotches of black. I need to practice choil and plunge lines... I'm thinking of leaving a little more meat to grind instead of forging to shape. Comment and critique always appreciated, Theo