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Here's my latest effort.  I think this is my 6th knife overall... maybe 7th.  With all the hammering, I've lost count.  I started this one as a commission for another Jeep guy.  He wanted a knife made from steel off of a Jeep, so I got a deposit and started a billet.  He ran into some financial problems a couple of days later, so had to cancel his order, but I got to keep the deposit and since I was already well on my way, I just decided to finish it.... maybe I can sell it to some other Jeep guy.

Its a total of 283 layers.  I made the billet from the leaf springs and 15n20.  Every time I cut and folded, I sandwiched another layer of 15n20 between, just so I wouldn't have to deal with trying to weld the leaf spring (5160?).  When I got to 140 layers, I gave it a good twist, then I treated it like sort of like a san mai blade and put a layer of  1080 between two layers of 15n20 and then the leaf spring billet on the outsides.  So, with the 1080 running down the center, it should have a pretty decent cutting edge.

 The handle is from a tiger wood flooring sample from Lowes.

Its not my favorite pattern that I've done, but the overall shape of the blade along with the fit and finish tell me I'm making some pretty good improvements.  On to the next, I guess.

 

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3 minutes ago, orange said:

Its a beautiful knife and nicely made.  Are you worried about the thin piece of wood coming past the finger guard. Looks like a bump would chip it off.

Yup, very worried... hindsight being what it is, and all.  I'm still learning though, so chalking that up as a mistake that won't get repeated in the future.  

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if  you can remove the scales,  add a 10 gage or so guard, along the leading edge, so it wont take away from the looks , but will help support the wood, before it gets broken off, which would be a shame, has good lines.

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I really like the shape you've got there. The layering is looking great; seems like the san mai core drifted but it shouldn't matter since the whole blade is made of good steel.

These last couple knives of yours have been real leaps and bounds, keep on forgin :)

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Nice I like the bold clean stitching on the dark leather. Also the pattern on your knife is really cool with the inner complex patterns surrounded by thick borders. Is the billet welded under power hammer, press or by hand.

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6 hours ago, Jonah k said:

Nice I like the bold clean stitching on the dark leather. Also the pattern on your knife is really cool with the inner complex patterns surrounded by thick borders. Is the billet welded under power hammer, press or by hand.

Right now, its all done on the anvil.  If I keep improving to the point where I could reliably sell some knives, I might invest in a press to save my arm, but for now, its all by hand.

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So decided I didn't like any of the pictures I took of this knife, and have been watching a ton of videos on photography.  Put a little of that new knowledge in to practice and came up with these.  Still not perfect, but much like my forging, certainly headed in the right direction.

 

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I really like this knife, as I said in my previous post, but have to add a comment about your sheath. The scalloped edge is almost a mirror image of the spine of your knife. Interesting and unexpected. Well made sheath.

Robert

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