View Full Version : Single bevel WIP

Mike Davis
01-12-2013, 02:43 AM
I decided to really try my hand at traditional style single bevels. Figured i would start with a 240 mioroshi deba in a traditional style construction. First we need steel....2 pieces of 1018 back to back with a piece of W2 on one side. Dimensions of each piece is 5x2x3/8
Time to get it hot and squish it!!!

Finally getting thinner and longer :) I noticed with this construction, it wants to warp as it is cooling, i would assume the steels have different expansion/contraction rates.

Wiping scale and flux off as much as possible

And finally i am happy with where the billet is for now. Billet dimensions are 13 inches longx2.2 inches widex10mm thick. Tomorrow as time permits, i will get it forged to shape and hopefully get it HT'd. It is soaking in vinegar overnight to hopefully eat away the scale and leftover flux.
More to come, stay tuned folks!!

El Pescador
01-12-2013, 02:49 AM
This is going to be good.

01-12-2013, 03:46 AM

01-12-2013, 08:35 AM
Sweet !!! WIP it good!

Mike Davis
01-12-2013, 01:19 PM
Should have more on this today, as i get shop time until i go back to work. :)

Burl Source
01-12-2013, 01:59 PM
The amazing thing is that Mike is doing all of this in the kitchen of a studio apartment.

01-12-2013, 03:08 PM
That. Skeleton. Looks. Amazing.

This should be fun!

01-12-2013, 06:31 PM
What REALLY amazing is his wife just had a baby and he gets to play in the garage.......You are a STUD!!!!!!

Mike Davis
01-12-2013, 07:02 PM
You guys are funny lol. So...got a little more work done today. Some more forging and a ton of grinding( 10 mm thick doesnt grind very fast!!)
so this is where it is sitting right now. HT tonight and maybe even get this monster ground! I think it is about 2 lbs right now lol

01-12-2013, 07:06 PM
10 mm thick doesnt grind very fast!!

That's because you need a roller. You could have it rolled out to two knives.

01-12-2013, 07:47 PM
Nice shape Mike.

Mike Davis
01-12-2013, 08:40 PM
Thanks. From what i understand( which is not much) 10mm is not an uncommon thickness for a 240 mioroshi deba. I figure when all us said and done, it will be between 8.5-9mm at the spine. It also has a pretty good distal taper.

01-12-2013, 09:13 PM
tuned in!

01-13-2013, 01:40 AM
Hey Mike, I'll measure my 240 Sakai Takayuki mioroshi when I find my calipers, sitting here with a ruler it looks like a slim 7 mm at the handle. Looking forward to this one, mioroshi gets alot of use for me up here in Salmon land.

Mike Davis
01-13-2013, 02:19 AM
Heat treat went well, no warps or pings, no delaminations. Tempered to 62 rc. Down to about 9mm, going to thin ot a little more, so it doesnt feel like you are cutting with a novel lol.also started cutting in the ahoulders.

01-13-2013, 01:56 PM
Ok, that skeleton is still amazing, but is that Katie Holmes in her Dawson's Creek days???

Mike Davis
01-13-2013, 04:20 PM
Hahahahaha no that is my wife :) she did some modeling before we got married.

01-13-2013, 11:41 PM
Hot damn! :D

01-13-2013, 11:44 PM

Thanks for posting these WIP photos... Its looking very promising!


01-15-2013, 12:18 AM
Matt, those small rolling mills are not as easy to come by as you might think. We ALL need one, but they are rather thin on the ground. Mike, are those deba's actualy that freakin thick!!!! :eek2:
That's because you need a roller. You could have it rolled out to two knives.

Mike Davis
04-27-2013, 03:29 PM
Finally getting in some time on this. Working on Bulldog's scimitar, needed to give the eyes a break for a few lol.

Will get some spine/ choil shots in a few...heading to the er right now, doc thinks i have an infection pocket where my wisdom teeth were taken out monday....oh joy

Mike Davis
04-27-2013, 03:59 PM
Starting to get the urasuki ground in.

Mike Davis
04-27-2013, 04:03 PM
First glimpse at the core :D this site made me happy in the pants!!!

Mike Davis
04-27-2013, 05:12 PM
I have it down to 8.2mm right now. Gonna bring it down to about 7.5 and call it good. Should have a decent distal taper also. Might try to do a kasumi finish...if i suckbat it, will polish/etch it

04-27-2013, 09:08 PM
That grind looks clean, Mike! Really nice work.

Mike Davis
04-28-2013, 11:22 PM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2013-04-28_22-17-45_661_zpsbf968d69.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/2013-04-28_22-17-45_661_zpsbf968d69.jpg.html)Getting some cleaning on the stones, taking it to sharp
Also, starting to get a handle mocked up. So far, Blackwood ferrule and Waterfall Bubinga
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2013-04-28_21-21-28_224_zpse21d33df.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/2013-04-28_21-21-28_224_zpse21d33df.jpg.html)
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2013-04-28_21-21-55_529_zps406813b2.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/2013-04-28_21-21-55_529_zps406813b2.jpg.html)
Hoping to get some more done tonight, but have more engraving work to do.

04-29-2013, 12:27 AM
Hell Yeah!

04-29-2013, 01:12 AM
Wow man, hope your wisdom is doing well. The blade is looking great can't wait to see how the handle comes out.

Mike Davis
04-29-2013, 03:31 AM
So i got a few minutes to do some shaping on the handle. This thing is a tank...I seriously think it could be used to take down trees. I dont have dimensions on the handle yet, as i am still polishing, only at 1000 and soaking in oil so far. I have to say, of all the wood i have used, the depth and chatoyance of waterfall bubinga is easily among the best. I used a piece of mammoth ivory for the spacer, and decided to do a butt cap also but wanted to do something kinda cool and did the bark on the butt.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2013-04-29_02-09-47_162_zpse17a1add.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/2013-04-29_02-09-47_162_zpse17a1add.jpg.html)
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2013-04-29_02-10-32_629_zps852eb072.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/2013-04-29_02-10-32_629_zps852eb072.jpg.html)
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2013-04-29_02-09-27_491_zpsc3b516f5.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/2013-04-29_02-09-27_491_zpsc3b516f5.jpg.html)

Von blewitt
04-29-2013, 03:47 AM
That's so sweet Mike! I love that handle, the mammoth bark looks really cool! Great Job

04-29-2013, 11:47 AM
I want 10

Mike Davis
04-29-2013, 12:26 PM
Hahahahahahaha! Deal!
Stuck in side for a while( another damn appointment with the oral surgeon) so i have been tinkering with sanding.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2013-04-29_12-20-06_196_zpsde595e6f.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/2013-04-29_12-20-06_196_zpsde595e6f.jpg.html)
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2013-04-29_12-20-26_532_zps33b66cee.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/2013-04-29_12-20-26_532_zps33b66cee.jpg.html)

This will be like a mirror when i am done!

04-29-2013, 12:48 PM
Holy crap that's a beast!

04-29-2013, 04:59 PM

Mike Davis
04-30-2013, 12:20 AM
It sure is a beast. No work on it tonight, i am medicated and going to sleep...funny thing, i am on norco's, they keep me going crazy for 2 days...then i crash real hard lol.

Mike Davis
05-01-2013, 09:52 AM
I have my engraving stuff out, carving the hell out of a scimitar. Figured it would be fun to do this...wanted to as soon as i started doing single bevels.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1040382_zps3f1f07f5.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/P1040382_zps3f1f07f5.jpg.html)
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1040383_zpsf033220b.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/P1040383_zpsf033220b.jpg.html)
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1040380_zps3c8f6e84.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/P1040380_zps3c8f6e84.jpg.html)
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1040384_zps65c06a34.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/munky2/media/P1040384_zps65c06a34.jpg.html)

Guess it is time to get cracking on a saya ;) Whatcha guys think?

Mike Davis
05-01-2013, 09:54 AM
Oh, and for clarification, the handle is not glued on, that is why you see gaps. It is hammer fit, and when i fill'er up with epoxy, it will be hammered into place all nice and tight like :)

05-01-2013, 09:55 AM
Well, I sure like it. Thank you very much, Mike. It's beautiful.:bliss:

05-01-2013, 09:58 AM
That is amazing, really nice work! I've never seen a deba that thick before

Mike Davis
05-01-2013, 10:01 AM
Well, I sure like it. Thank you very much, Mike. It's beautiful.:bliss:
That was the hope lol. I am forging out some saya chisels, and will mill it out mostly, then use the chisels. Have some cool plans for the saya as well ;)

El Pescador
05-01-2013, 10:05 AM
The engraving really sets off the knife. Fantastic Mike! Totally unique!

05-01-2013, 10:06 AM
Killer engraving Mike. Dude, you've gotta do a passaround!

Mike Davis
05-01-2013, 11:18 AM
I will make another and do a passaround.

Burl Source
05-01-2013, 02:42 PM
Good engraving Mike!
Maybe instead of a makers mark, we will start seeing the Davis Dragon on your blades?

05-01-2013, 03:16 PM
Beautiful knifemaking and engraving Mike

Dream Burls
05-01-2013, 03:23 PM
Nice work Mike, very nice.

Mike Davis
05-02-2013, 02:26 AM
Thanks guys :) still pitting thoughts together on the saya. I am leaning toward either redwood or a walnut and quite possible some design aspects of the knife flowing into the saya...

05-02-2013, 02:58 AM
Mike, Beautiful deba and engraving(is that sakura??)can't wait to see your saya work!!

05-02-2013, 06:37 AM
Wow!!!! That engraving is unbelievable! Too late for mine? :D

05-02-2013, 06:58 AM
Beautiful work-did you use a stencil for the engraving or a stencil?

05-02-2013, 09:59 AM
Home run!


Don Nguyen
05-02-2013, 01:01 PM
Wow, those tattoo skills really shine through here. Incredible stuff Mike.

Mike Davis
05-02-2013, 01:05 PM
Wow, thanks guys!! No stencil, all freehand, Tom...we will talk

05-03-2013, 10:30 PM
I think the saya should have just a branch, similar to the one on the knife. But just a different season. Like early winter, with more leaves and some snow. Or late winter with no leaves (kinda boring if you ask me).

Dave Martell
05-27-2013, 05:51 PM

I just saw this on Son's FB page, somehow I missed it here......I'm blown away! Seriously Mike - WOW! :doublethumbsup:

Mike Davis
05-28-2013, 04:07 PM
Thanks Dave :)

05-28-2013, 05:11 PM
What did you do with the saya??

05-28-2013, 09:41 PM
I missed it too. Hats off....

06-02-2013, 01:20 PM
That just looks like it is fun to use, awesome!

06-02-2013, 01:53 PM
very impressive!

06-02-2013, 10:18 PM
Wow, I want this knife, love a 240 mioroshi. This is a serious salmon killer right here. Great work Mike!

07-06-2013, 10:31 AM
Frickin SICK,,,,,,, pass around...... pretty please :cheffry:

07-12-2013, 01:32 PM
That engraving is amazing! Maybe you should start engraving knives people send in. I would be happy to be the trial run:biggrin: