Who is up for this?

Discussion in 'The Forge' started by Bruno, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    This is a damascus kitchen knife blank. It is a left over from a project that fell through.

    It is fully annealed. It needs to be ground thinner. And there is a weakness in the tang that doesn't hurt the tang really but it means you need to grind away some of the heel to make sure the transition into the handle is solid. After doing tbat the blade will still be 4"

    I have no time or inclination to finish this so i would like to give it away.

    It is simple. You get the blade for free. I will even pay shipping. But i want to see progress pics here, and you need to do everything yourself: grinding ht and handle. I will advise for the ht and etching if required.

    So that's it. The first one to say so gets it.

  2. verndahl

    verndahl AKA tintin

    Wow! what a deal, wish i had the equipment to do it. Look forward to seeing the new owner complete it.
  3. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    Bruno, could it be further forged to get more length out of it and make more material for the tang? Not sure I understand what the weakness in the tang it. Looks like it would have to be hidden tang? If I was further along, I would jump on this, but afraid I would ruin a usable blank.
  4. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    There are 2 layers coming apart in the tang. That doesn't really have an impact on the tang if that piece is an inch or so in the handle, because then the forces on that spot will not be sideways.
    Forging that par of the knife is not a good option because forging anything that has an open weld risks the weld opening further.

    Yes it's a hidden tang knife.

    And don't be afraid to run a usable blank. I know I ruined laminated steel when I first started out.
    At this point, I don't have plans for it.
    So really, if you don't mind to put in some effort in removing stock, you either end up with a nice little damascus knife (a small kitchen knife, neck knife, or something else) or you learn some stuff about working with damascus. :)
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  5. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    Thank you Bruno for your generosity. If it is available still I will give it a try. My heat treating facility is a toaster oven with a thermocouple in it. will this be beyond my ability to temper?
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  6. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    No it should be fine. You can HT using your forge, and temper using your toaster.
    Plus you have to remember this is not a razor. Razors are much more sensitive, but for a knife, the limits are much less strict.
  7. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    So yaay! the damascus blank will become a knife, we will have pics, and you will have a damascus blank to play with. Wins all round :D
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  8. Shawn

    Shawn New Member

    See! I told you that you would be making knives before you knew it Mike. :p

    Very nice of you Bruno! ;)
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  9. RezDog

    RezDog Member

    Standing by. I have so many half finished projects it’s silly. I think this will be a great learning opportunity for everyone.
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  10. petercp4e

    petercp4e Focus to Win

    I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses.
    This really made me wish that I was equipped to take on the task.
    I would love to do something like this in Texas, under expert guidance of course.

    Pete <:-}
  11. Substance

    Substance New Member

    Looks good,
    if the lamination is only behind the finger on the right you should be fine,
    look forward to seeing the WIP Mike
  12. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    It's between the ring finger and the pinky. Should be fine if the shoulder moves up an inch.
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  13. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    As kitchen knives go I'm partial to the gyuto profiles and I think I can see a nice petty in there. So a wa handle would be in order. can the tang be straightened to follow the prolongation of the spine?
    Not to put too fine a point on it Shawn, I said I have not "forged" a knife yet. I have done a few stock removal knives.
    And Bruno is very generous.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
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  14. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    Thanks Bruno. One thing that I am happy about my forge (amongst others) is that it is stable from 1 psi up to about 22 which is the top for my current regulator, so I can choke it down while idling and create reducing atmosphere to keep oxidation to a minimum. I don't know the minimum stable temp I can run, but it has to be down there. So what ever that temp is up to welding temp and anywhere in between, I should be able to create in a fairly stable way.
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  15. Gasman

    Gasman Show me that again!

    Very nice of you Bruno. Like others, I would have loved to jump on this opertunity, but donthave the tools needed to finish the blade. It will still be fun to watch the progress.
  16. MotoMike

    MotoMike New Member

    the progress for this thread was foolishly continued in my Surprise in Today's Post thread. I was not thinking when I posted it there.
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