another fancy chef knife

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Project by bobasaurus posted 11-29-2018 02:29 AM 1781 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Again, not a ton of wood in this project but I wanted to show it to my wood friends here.

I recently finished this pattern-welded integral bolster chef knife. I started with 8 layers of 1080 and 15n20 steel, forge welded them together, twisted the whole mess as much as I could, then forged to a knife-ish shape before grinding. I did the heat treatment in the forge, quenching in preheated canola oil and tempering in my kitchen oven. My logo is electro-etched on there and then gold plated to look fancy. The handle is cocobolo with a mosaic pin and copper spacer.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 11-29-2018 04:07 AM

Beautiful knife

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#2 posted 11-29-2018 06:45 AM

Bob. Owner of the baddest kitchen utensils out there :)

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#3 posted 11-29-2018 11:12 AM

That blade is a thing of beauty.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#4 posted 11-29-2018 11:53 AM

Pretty blade and handle both, Allen. You do good work!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 11-29-2018 12:36 PM

I’d feel proud to use that in my kitchen. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 11-29-2018 01:29 PM

Man, that’s stinkin’ gorgeous Allen! That handle is one of the sweetest I’ve seen. Killer work man!

How did you plate your logo?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 11-29-2018 01:48 PM

Simply beautiful. Well done.

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#8 posted 11-29-2018 03:42 PM

beautiful looking knife Allen GREAT JOB :<))

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#9 posted 11-29-2018 06:58 PM

That looks amazing, Allen. Fine work sir.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#10 posted 11-29-2018 07:45 PM

thats one of the nicest knives ive seen here or anywhere.incredible craftsmanship allen.

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#11 posted 11-29-2018 08:44 PM

Darn! One Purity knife!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 11-29-2018 10:05 PM

Very nice! I’d love to have one like that. Do you sell them?

-- John D, OP, KS

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#13 posted 11-30-2018 09:26 AM

Extraordinary…both…metal and wood part!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 11-30-2018 07:52 PM

Thanks for the comments. John, I don’t sell anything since I’m just a hobbyist. Ken, after electro-etching my logo (I did it extra deep), I used a jewelers electroplating kit to first plate copper, then nickel, then gold over the whole area. I then sanded back the excess to leave it in the etched valleys. Finally, I coated it in shellac and sanded off the excess to protect it during the acid etch for the damascus.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#15 posted 12-01-2018 12:31 AM

Your work is beyond describing.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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