Making a Damascus kitchen knife

Bruno

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I am making a damascus kitchen knife for a friend from which I buy most of my fossil materials. I figured this would be a nice opportunity to make some videos on Youtube.

This is the first one, where I turn a small stack into a 13 layer billet.

 

Bruno

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Yeah I noticed that too. The valve is mounted to a plate but with all the wiggling, they've come a bit loose. I should probably add tension washers.
I've also decided to redo the base for holding the dies.
 

Bruno

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Part 3.

The billet I made in the 1st part is cut in 5 pieces, restacked and drawn, cut in 2 pieces, and twisted 8 times each.
Around the 13:40 mark you can see the twistinator in action again. I chose to use a 18 mm diameter this time which is 6/8" and at high temp I could twist it easily. It's funny how much difference 2 mm can make.

 

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This is after 7 rounds of forge welding. I cleaned it to verify all welds have taken properly. Its still 3/16 thick. Now i need to flatten it and make it wider, and then I'll have something to fiddle with in tje holidays.

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Bruno

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No, the tang itself was just carefully forged by hand to make sure it didn't split as it was the end of the bar. The bolster is made from 2 pieces I cut from that same bar, and forge welded to the sides.
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It's a precision job. Make a smooth seamless transition without touching the spiral grooves any more than strictly needed. Also no pressure but there is only one shot. I am going to regret sending this away. And i think i just got addicted to narwhal...
 

32t

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Is that a right or left handed twist..... :)

I think that this would be for a right handed person but if you did a 180' on the scales it would be for a lefty?
 
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Bruno

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Most beautiful knife I ever made, imo.
Sadly, I think it's caused an addiction to Narwhal handle material.
I was talking with the guy who sent me the handle, and he had some more fine pieces.
And I am sorely tempted to buy them despite the fact that I cannot sell them to Americans who are my biggest customer base.

As a rule, I never get attached to things I make. But in this case I really regret having to let this one go. That handle was just made for my hands.
 
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