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Project by Ken Reed posted 09-07-2009 07:52 PM 2220 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a bit of fun with this. The steel is Damascus steel which is formed by pounding iron and steel together. The handle is big leaf maple, the sheath is elk. Made as a birthday present to one of my hunting buddies.





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#1 posted 09-07-2009 09:14 PM

Nice job on the knife. Great gift!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 09:56 PM

Jack,

Thanks! He’s a real nice guy and lets me hunt behind his very talented dog, so I think he deserved something more than a birthday card. Metal work is not my forte, but this was small enough to be manageable.

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 09:57 PM

Very nice knife. How well does that kind of metal hold an edge? Wood looks good, where would one go to find out how to make knifes and where to get the parts? Now you have me thinking about it. Looks like a great How to do for the blog?

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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Ken Reed

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 10:25 PM

Hacksaw,

Thanks! The metal holds a pretty good edge, but it’s not the best in my opinion because you have to grind away all of the iron bits to expose just the layer of steel you want. Since I blued the blade to bring out the pattern the knife is mostly for pretty anyway. Damascus made legendary blades centuries ago, but apparently it was because there were traces of vanadium in the iron ore in that region. It’s all been used up now. The virtue of the Damascus process is that you get the strength of steel and the ductility of iron. Shotgun makers used this technique for years to construct their barrels. I’ve owned several and they are lovely and strong.

Straight knives like these can be actually pretty simple. The difficulty comes when you get to harder steels and folding knives. I’ve made tools from files and planer blades and now you have to anneal the steel, work it, and then re-temper. This means heat and a lot of it, plus some knowledge of how to read the color of hot steel.

The only part you really need other than the blade steel and something for the handle are the rivets. I got mine at jantzsupply.com. They sell a bunch of other supplies for knife makers and is a fascinating site.

Have fun and let me know if I can help.

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#5 posted 09-08-2009 12:00 AM

Very cool! I used to be a blacksmith’s apprentice in college. We never got to laminated steel though. That’s a lot of work. JantzSupply.com is a great place to get all kinds of knifemaking supplies. I may even look for parts for my Fibonacci gauge there. That handle reminds me of the old addage that there’s no better finish than the oil from the hand that uses the knife.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#6 posted 09-08-2009 12:42 AM

Nice job Ken

I am sure your buddy will love it.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 12:42 AM

Capt.

Thanks for your kind words and your input. My father-n-law, now dead, was a metal sculptor of some repute. I loved to go out in his shop and watch. He taught me a little….just enough to know how little I know and to get me in just a bit of trouble now and then. (grin) The Damascus is pretty, especially after it’s been etched, blued and then highlighted with a bit of steel wool.

I can’t believe what some of those Damascus blades go for! This non-folder is $2,100.00: http://www.knifeart.com/winmosdamcar.html

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 01:28 AM

Did you do the damascus with those little curls? Looks great:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Ken Reed

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 01:39 AM

Innovator,

He does like it…that’s his hand in the photo!

TopamaxSurvivor,

The little curls are a result of the way Damascus is made. I just highlighted them by etching the blade in acid after it was shaped, then bluing the steel, then burnishing with fine steel wool to bring out the grain. Sorta like sandblasting softwood, the acid eats the soft iron faster than the hard steel.

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 02:54 AM

I’ve never seen that pattern with those little curls before. I am wondering how you made it??

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Ken Reed

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#11 posted 09-08-2009 03:40 AM

TopamaxSurvivor,

Oh! I didn’t make the steel…the Damascus. I bought a piece already made from an outfit in India. You can get all sorts of different patterns. Sorry, I didn’t mean to lead you astray…..I guess I figured everybody knew that the steel was a commercial item and I just shaped it and added the handle. Sorry for any confusion!

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#12 posted 09-08-2009 03:48 AM

Do they have a web site. Most of the patternes I have seen are various wavy lines:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 09-08-2009 05:49 AM

No, no web site that I know of. I bought the Damascus through my neighbor, who is an iron monger. I’ll ask him next time I see him.

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#14 posted 10-06-2009 04:30 PM

Great job on this. Beautiful workmanship.

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#15 posted 10-14-2009 04:27 AM

Wow, I love the Damascus blades…such a pretty blade deserving of a special knife. I think it was started with some really old-school middle eastern blades back in the day. Apparently the still can’t make them like they used to (i.e. the process is unknown). Nice work, another idea for something fun.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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