Knife making continues.

Sandbagger

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^^^ Thanks Matt. :D

The experimental mustard patinas worked out beautifully! One as a random splotch pattern, several layers, the other as a faux hamon, three layers.

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I had some fun forging out a Japanese kitchen knife for my wife for mothers day. This was a different style for me and under instruction from another talented knifemaker. Lots of fun!

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I finally forged out the second half of a 300 layer Damascus billet I made a couple of years back, into a knife. I'm pretty excited about where this knife is leading me. Because of a big stuff up with the acid etch earlier, (wrong acid - lost a lot of metal)I had to reshape the blade style from a hunter to an exotic fighter style. New style, new materials, different processes and techniques. Stay tuned for this fine collectors piece, (I hope.)

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Sandbagger

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Just finished! Set of three, hammered finish, high-carbon kitchen knives. Teak handles with brass and G10 spacers.

Blade lengths are 205mm, 161mm and 134mm.

The teak is recycled bench tops from the Australian National University in Canberra. The reason teak is so valuable is for both for its elegance and its durability. Beyond its beauty, it also possesses some natural properties that other woods don't have. Google, "teak" to learn more. Amazing wood.

These three knives are the last ones to have my Baz stamp on them, so they will be collectors items one day. From now on, my blades will be stamped with the new stamp you see watermarked in the bottom right of the photo.

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Sandbagger

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I really like the idea of recycling bullet cases into something else. Yesterday I smelted a bucket of them down into two solid brass ingots, ready to machine flat and turn into knife guards.

Going to turn this lot into a couple of beautiful blades. Banksia on the right, eucalyptus burl on the left. These have been seasoning in my shed for years.

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Sandbagger

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Experimenting with a leftover Damascus stub. Managed to forge it out without any delaminations into something useable. Handle from a dead branch of a Banksia I pruned a couple of years ago. Brass is recycled bullets cast into solid bar.

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Sandbagger

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It's great to have a passion for creating stuff then get a job doing that very thing!

My boss took this very arty photo of me last week, smashing out a Damascus steel billet.

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Whilst in my free time, I get to smash out some of my own then make a nice big twist-pattern Damascus Bowie out of it. I love this knife already and might not want to let it go...
I gave it a quick acid etch before heat treating for a sneak-preview of the pattern. Lower count and much bolder than I've done before. I like it!

Baz.

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mkshane81

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This is such awesome work to follow, period. The Damascus Bowie and the Japanese style look amazing! I LOVE the hammered finish on the Japanese blades

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Sandbagger

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^^^ Thanks Matt. :D

Working on something a little different now. Deer antler and Damascus steel. Both are rejects/offcuts from work that I toyed with until I could get something useable out of them.

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Damascus blade and guard hardened, tempered and etched. I have a couple more arty things I want to do to it all before I fit up and glue.

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Nearly there. Fit up done with a pre-glue. and all ground together. All the parts are taped and waxed before gluing, so I can pull it all apart and do the finishing touches on the steel before re-etching and re-gluing. Hopefully then it will all line up again.


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Sandbagger

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This little beauty has been a fiddly one, a learning curve and an enjoyable challenge. Deer antler and Damascus steel. I've a couple of little spots to tidy up before releasing it, but it's pretty much done. A lovely addition to any collection and a sharp, handy little blade. I wonder now what to call my little invention?

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