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T: JULY 2017
Photobucket has been my main picture hosting for close to the last 10 years.  They decided to change their policies on linking 3rd party forums.  In order to cope with this (as it is their rights to do so), I am just going to update this thread with the bulk of the pictures here.   Hopefully I dont set anyones modem on fire, or you have unlimited data (for those lurkers on their cell phones)  
 
So prepare yourselves for about 90% of the pictures to be right here. (WILL BE UPDATED JULY 3RD)
 
THE FORGE
 
Daddy's little helpers:
 
A section of 12" sewer pipe




 
 Finished.

Forced air upgrade:


 
 
HYDRAULIC FORGE PRESS:





10HP motor, with log splitter pump.
 
 DAMASCUS RING






 
FIRST DAMASCUS KNIFE



It was very crude, but like all bananna's we all are green at first.
 
SECOND DAMASCUS KNIFE



a simple very low layer count.  Sadly, it developed some cracks during the heat treat.  I keep it around for opening McMaster packages.
 
THIRD DAMASCUS KNIFE - THE EYE OF SAURON
 


Sadly, this blade also failed at one of the welds.  
 
 
FOURTH DAMASCUS KNIFE





Also was my first real leather sheath. 
 
CNC'd FIGHTING KNIFE
Here is where I start to mix the craft of blacksmiths, with modern CNC'ing.  Forging a billet, and putting it on my CNC machine.







 

 
SAN MAI FIGHTING KNIFE
 









 
 
KITCHEN KNIFE:







 
SAN MAI KITCHEN KNIFE:





 
THE CHOPPER:
initial concept:

 
Final design, working 1095 prototype:


 
differential heat treating:


 
Different Handle material:





 
Blanks:



 
 
 FORGED CHOPPERS
 Using tool steel core, and 5160 spring steel jacket makes it sort of a san-mai chopper.

 
Step 1, sandblast everything

 
Step 2, stuff it all in the spring steel



Then weld the ends.  That thin film you see is pure nickle.
 
Initial vertical crush

 
All around crush:

 
Drawing it out into flat barstock:

 
 Just tool and spring steel create a black and gray look:


 
The nickle layer adds a bit of chrome in the pattern:



This was the smaller of the springs.
 
The larger spring yields:
 
THE APOCALYPSE CHOPPER
Just left much of the forge markings in the steel for a gritty looking beast:






Handle is charcoal Spectraply
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I will update finished knives here, but will continue posting on the thread normally.  Start here when you are finished with this post
post edited by nateman_doo - 2017/07/03 09:02:53
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    the_Scarlet_one
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/20 05:10:12 (permalink)
    Both.. i like both... call me difficult, but they both look great.



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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/20 06:21:41 (permalink)
    Very nice. Could you build me a set of adammantium claws Nate and call it a day

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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/20 06:24:17 (permalink)
    Both look just fine to me.  You know Christmas is just over a month away.   j/k
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/20 19:02:30 (permalink)
    one is a christmas gift actually.  As for adammantium... I am not sure carbide would cut it sadly.  If they made adammantium end mills, that would make me happy :) 
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/20 19:53:47 (permalink)
    I would so hit you up in Skyrim!

     
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/20 19:54:17 (permalink)
    Brushed steel with the burl, good choice going with the burl. Very nice work.

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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/20 23:36:03 (permalink)
    They all look good, my favorite is the dark, cold blue. The burl looks really nice. Looks like a fun project Nate! 
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 04:42:41 (permalink)
    honestly I don't play skyrim, so I don't get the reference?
     
    one vote black, one vote brushed steel.  
     
    I have a damascus drop-point hunter I am working on.  Been at it for months.  I will post that when its gets closer.  
     
    so no votes for cord wrapped?  
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 08:56:14 (permalink)
    I like the black one just right of center.
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 08:59:14 (permalink)
    I am not a fan of cord wrapped.
    post edited by bill1024 - 2016/11/21 10:22:10

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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 09:24:03 (permalink)
    I like anything that looks nasty and sharp enough to cut through bone.
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 10:33:38 (permalink)
    I like the 4th one from the left.

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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 10:47:52 (permalink)
    Doubles
    I like the 4th one from the left.


    Yeah, that's the one I was interested in.
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 14:07:14 (permalink)
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    I like anything that looks nasty and sharp enough to cut through bone.



    It has gotten QUITE close already to doing that.  
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 15:45:28 (permalink)
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    Black... or plain steel.


    How about Chrome?I like the bling to blind the victims before i need to defend myself.
    Powder coated paint knife makes it more sexier also

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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 15:55:08 (permalink)
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    Powder coated paint knife makes it more sexier also

    like so?





     
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 15:57:52 (permalink)
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    Powder coated paint knife makes it more sexier also

    like so?





     



     
      Great job Nate 
     
     
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 19:33:17 (permalink)
    thanks!  that was just a test piece to how well it would look to CNC a knife.  I left that knife outside for a month by accident.  Just slight rust on the actual cutting edge that was sharpened.  Alumahyde from brownells.  gun coating.  Its what I use on my waterblocks too ;)
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/21 22:09:59 (permalink)
    Leather and wood combo handle gets my vote.

     
     
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/22 03:59:14 (permalink)
    Ohh that powder coated black one is sexy.

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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/11/22 16:44:28 (permalink)
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    thanks!  that was just a test piece to how well it would look to CNC a knife.  I left that knife outside for a month by accident.  Just slight rust on the actual cutting edge that was sharpened.  Alumahyde from brownells.  gun coating.  Its what I use on my waterblocks too ;)


    Y.w. sir.  PM the price of the powder coated one but with chrome shiny sharp bottom please 

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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/12/01 12:50:50 (permalink)
    Bocote:

     
    yes?  no? 
    its an exotic tropical hardwood.  
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/12/01 13:56:26 (permalink)
    Looks good from here.
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/12/05 19:12:52 (permalink)
    Some maple burl I am trying out.  I put a quick coating of CA on it just to bring out the color and pattern in the wood.  It will look 10 times better when I actually sand it and polish it.

    with flash
     

    without flash
     
    and an update on that san mai one:

     
     
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/12/05 23:04:45 (permalink)
    Nice Nate!  Can you work with stainless steel, for a food safe kitchen prep knife? 

     
     
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/12/06 04:08:11 (permalink)
    that san mai one is stainless over 1095 core, so yea.  stainless isnt a problem. 
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/12/06 04:11:55 (permalink)
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/12/06 13:37:42 (permalink)
    All the woods look nice. The paint is awesome as well. :)
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    Re: Made some more metal things. Looking for opinions. 2016/12/06 19:48:12 (permalink)

     

     

     

     
     
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