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HHH Knives
10-24-2011, 11:22 PM
Hello everyone!! Were about to embark on a epic adventure here at HHH Knives. And I want to bring you guys along with us..

Were going to be forging some Meteorite damascus! Yep that is the "out of this world" reference. I just received a 4 lb. piece of Meteorite and with a little luck at the end of the process we will have a couple of extra amazing and beautiful billets of SPACE STEEL!
Theres a really amazing and cool story as to how I came across the piece of Meteorite.. But Ill just say this..... God is GOOD! and it never ceases to amaze me how he orchestrates stuff!

This is something Jr and I have not tried yet. But thats the awesome part of this great adventure I call knife making. Trying new stuff and working with new materials. As well as meeting new friends and learning new tricks. Then sharing in each others successes as well as our set backs and straight up flops!

The PLAN.. We will start the process to forge this space rock into something resembling a bar of steel.. Then turn that into a billet of damascus! And followed up by making it into a sweet kitchen cutter!

Also wanted to add a Thanks you to Mr. Delbert Ealy, who took a few minutes of his busy day to talk to Jr and I about the forging process giving us a better chance of this working out.. right out of the gate. Thanks Del!!

First a few quick facts, This piece of Meteorite we have is called a Campo del Cielo. This stuff has been used as tools and weapons as far back as history records. Here is a little info from Wikipedia " In 1576, the governor of a province in Northern Argentina commissioned the military to search for a huge mass of iron, which he had heard that Indians used for their weapons. The Indians claimed that the mass had fallen from the sky in a place they called Piguem Nonralta which the Spanish translated as Campo del Cielo ("Field of the Sky")."
They estimate that it fell to earth in the year 2,700 BC..
The average composition of the Campo del Cielo meteorites is 6.67% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P, 87 ppm Ga, 407 ppm Ge, and 3.6 ppm Ir, with the rest being iron..

This is gona be a AMAZING, AWESOME, and PHENOMENAL experience for us, Which I hope you will enjoy watching.

Enough talking, Lets get to the action!

The slice came off a 55lb piece and is 4+ lbs. Slicing a 55 lb chunk is no small task. Heres a quick video of the first slice coming off. This stuff is TOUGH! and was hell on band saw blades!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QgbChbJzTQQ

Here is the piece we are working with Its about 1/2 inch thick and roughly 10 inches wide.
http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2126&d=1319508280

DAY 1 Today was the day.. I have been waiting for what seemed like forever to start this. Randy Jr. and I both were brimming with excitement this morning as we headed into the shop, Meteorite in hand! First we had to cut the slab into pieces. The plan was to cut it into 3 fairly equal pieces. http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite014.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite024.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite034.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite042.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite047.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite059.jpg

So far so good!! :)
Next Jr. Stacked the 3 piece on top of one another And spot welded them. Then added a handle.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite160.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite168.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite171.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite184.jpg

tk59
10-24-2011, 11:28 PM
Nice pics! There's no carbon in it? What percentage of that stuff are you putting into the mix?

kalaeb
10-24-2011, 11:42 PM
Thanks for getting a wip, I have been anticipating this.

Eamon Burke
10-24-2011, 11:47 PM
:coolsign:

HHH Knives
10-24-2011, 11:50 PM
The mood in the shop was well? Magical. not 2 weeks ago, We have never even thought about using meteorite on a project! Let alone thought we would be cutting one up and starting this amazing process! So.. we did what ever guy would do.. Sat back and talked about it! lol Admiring Jr's handywork with the saw and the weld job. Smoked a cigarette and talked about the what if's and how to's and how awesome this is gona be!!!
:pirate1:

We are past the point of no return! Its do or die.. (figuratively speaking!) So lets DO IT!!!! :thumbsup:

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite194.jpg http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite195.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite209.jpg

Fluxed and into the forge! :cool2:http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP014.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP004.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP015.jpg

When it reached temp. It was the moment of truth, time to see if this was going to work. Jr. pulled it out of the forge and straight to the press!
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP022.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP023.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP025.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP035.jpg

So far so good. till it fell of the handle and hit the floor!!! LOL At which time it broke into two pieces! :scared4:
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP036.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP040.jpg

Yep it BROKE! like a piece of concrete it hit the floor and broke!

All in all. The first weld went better then we could of hoped for. From what Del told us that "COULD" happen compared to what did happen we felt pretty good about it! :EDance2:

HHH Knives
10-25-2011, 12:32 AM
Nice pics! There's no carbon in it? What percentage of that stuff are you putting into the mix?

tk59, Thats a good question and observation. Ill try and explain a little better. We started adding carbon to it from the very first heat. As we weld this and refine the meteorite. we will continue to add carbon. This is a slow process and will take many days of forging. Then we will combine it with High Carbon steel, slowly adding more and more Carbon to the mix till we reach our desired layer count/pattern/percentage of carbon to meteorite . I estimate that the final carbon content of the damascus billet will be around .85 to .95 and the meteorite will have taken all the carbon it can gain from the refining and forging process.. This is our first time doing this. and by no means do I want you or anyone to think were metallurgists. we are learning as we go. But I will say this, Randy Jr. is a Steel Wizard and the finished damascus will be awesome!!! :) Im very thankful to have Delbert's guidance and wisdom to help guide us throughout this process.

HHH Knives
10-25-2011, 12:52 AM
Next we cut the large piece in half.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3011.jpg

This stuff is like nothing we have forged B4. Its WILD! Soft yet so hard! fragile yet so tough! Heres a shot of the end of the stack after the first weld!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3013.jpg

Jr. cleaned the scale off the pieces and re stacked them. welded them together and welded the handle back on to them! :P

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3036.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3040.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3080.jpg

About that time a buddy dropped by and dropped off a special treat.. Its a BURL! http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3059.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3063.jpg

OK Back to the forging. :D

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3087.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3071.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3073.jpg http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3097.jpg

Thats it for tonight. Thanks for taking a minute and checking out the thread! Were just getting started! Please feel free to ask any questions. and let me know what ya think of the WIP so far!

God Bless and good night.

sachem allison
10-25-2011, 01:32 AM
awesome!!!!!! good job JR.

JohnnyChance
10-25-2011, 03:43 AM
Cool stuff. Nice photos. Usually I save my powdered sugar for fried dough or pierogies, but if it works for your meteorite, by all means, enjoy!

HHH Knives
10-25-2011, 07:51 AM
Last night I got a call from Jr. he was like do ya see it!!?!?! After a few seconds he told me to go outside and look UP ^^. Which I did. All I can say is WOW. the sky was lit up red with white is blueish streaks! The entire sky was glowing and swirling.. The best light show I have EVER seen! My youngest son Hunter and I really enjoyed seeing it and stayed outside watching till it went away! :D Good times!

Back to our regularly scheduled programming!!

Eamon Burke
10-25-2011, 08:31 AM
Last night I got a call from Jr. he was like do ya see it!!?!?! After a few seconds he told me to go outside and look UP ^^. Which I did. All I can say is WOW. the sky was lit up red with white is blueish streaks! The entire sky was glowing and swirling.. The best light show I have EVER seen! My youngest son Hunter and I really enjoyed seeing it and stayed outside watching till it went away! :D Good times!

Back to our regularly scheduled programming!!

You know what they say, red sky at night...GET BACK TO WORK!!


Just kidding. The initial failure makes this all the better. This is going to be very interesting.

Salty dog
10-25-2011, 08:56 AM
I missed it but this was taken near Milwaukee.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f296/sebcat/northern_2.jpg

Randy Jr
10-25-2011, 10:28 AM
Thats awesome salty, it looked very similar to that. It was nice to finally see it for the first time.

Salty dog
10-25-2011, 11:08 AM
I've only seen it once in my life. I'll never forget it.

HHH Knives
10-25-2011, 01:51 PM
Thats how Hunter and I were feeling and Im sure We will never forget that night the sky went RED!! :) Thanks for sharing the pic Salty..

I cant help but wonder if its a sign from above that were on the right track.. As we looked out last night. I seen a large shooting star with a small trailing piece behind it! Looked like a meteorite more then a shooting star. Too cool!

JohnnyChance
10-25-2011, 01:55 PM
Clearly, the gods are upset you are cutting up one of their rocks.

Customfan
10-25-2011, 01:58 PM
Thank you for sharing those pictures Randy! :biggrin:

HHH Knives
10-25-2011, 10:16 PM
Are we having fun yet? We left off yesterday 3 weld heats into the process. With this crazy looking chunk of meteorite on a handle!! lol
Today its really alot of repetition. Heating the piece and slowly forging it into a bar. All the while adding trace elements of carbon and slagging off the impurity's in the meteorite! By the end of the day its a 12 inch bar, approximately 1 1/2" wide X 1" thick martian steel!


Looking good so far!! The forge is humming like a jet engine and the press is smashing this Meteorite steel to smithereens! As it should.. After many hours, lots of forging. Its starting to resemble something that looks like a billet!! By the end of the day we are only 4 weld heats into the process.. Randy Jr. is starting to look and feel more confident. The bar is moving under the press more normally. and were set up and ready to start tomorrow of strong!

The best part of it all is Jr and I are still smiling and having a blast forging this massive meteorite together!

Thanks for looking, comments and questions are welcomed. After many hours, lots of forging. Its starting to resemble something that looks like a billet!! By the end of the day we are only 4 weld heats into the process.. Randy Jr. is starting to look and feel more confident. The bar is moving under the press more normally. and were set up and ready to start tomorrow of strong!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4003.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4014.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4032.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4037.jpg

Randy Jr, checking out the progress!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4043.jpg

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4054.jpg

Back into the forge!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4062.jpg


Smashing steel!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4063.jpg


Starting to look more like what Im use to seeing!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4076.jpg
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4081.jpg
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4084.jpg

Many hours of forging to get to this point! Go Jr. GO!!!!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4086.jpg
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4088.jpg
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4103.jpg
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4110.jpg

Looks like Jr. has it under control..

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4115.jpg




Cutting the rough ends off then splitting the bar in half, prepping it for the next re stack!http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4122.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4134.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMet4135.jpg

Eamon Burke
10-25-2011, 10:32 PM
You guys have serious stones to take a weird material like this and straightaway make some dammy with it.

That picture of the sky is insane.

hoop
10-26-2011, 12:08 AM
Incredible thread and a treat to get to watch this process unfold!

What was the steel you were sandwiching (not sure if there's a more correct term?!?!?) between the meteorite slabs in this photo:

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPmeteorite209.jpg

-ah

99Limited
10-26-2011, 09:17 AM
You guys have serious stones to take a weird material like this and straightaway make some dammy with it.

I was wonder about that. Is a meteorite just plain ole iron or is it one of those "it depends" kind of things.

HHH Knives
10-26-2011, 09:22 AM
hoop, Its great to here you are enjoying the WIP.

The thin layers we are adding at this point are carbon steel. Its serves 2 purposes. 1st it aids in the refining process as were forging.. And second it starts adding carbon to the meteorite.

Eamon, It was EPIC! Im still amazed at how bright and how much of the sky at my house was lit up!

My mentor has always told me to think outside of the box in regards to my knife making. Using meteorite is about as far outside the box as I think we have ever actually gone!!

Thanks guy for the encouragement.

ajhuff
10-26-2011, 09:23 AM
It is an alloyed iron but it is not steel.

-AJ

HHH Knives
10-26-2011, 10:01 AM
This is great! I really am enjoying all the posts and excitement about this. That's what Im talking about! This is by far, one of the greatest adventures I have ever embarked on, this crazy thing we call Knife Making.. The people I meet along this journey are often greater then the final destination. I really am blessed to be able to share these experiences with you knife nuts!!

It is a Iron, and from Iron we make STEEL!!! The process we have chosen to work with this meteorite material is to refine it into Space Steel! Then add it to a stack of High carbon steel and turn that into our "Out of this world Damascus" Jr. is also thinking of doing at least 1 laminated, or san mai billet for me to play with! :)

The pattern that most associate with a meteorite, will all but disappear. Its sort of a trade off.. To make it usable as a knife it must be refined. So with each time its put into the forge. The material is being refined. By that I mean that we are using intense heat and massive amounts of force to remove impurity's and at the same time we are adding carbon and making it more pure and stronger and more durability. Sort of HHH Tamehagane billet.

The composition of the material has already changed from the composition chart I put in the beginning of the thread. And its still changing..Getting better and better!! Pretty cool..

Mike Davis
10-26-2011, 10:21 AM
Awesome stuff Randy/Randy Jr.! Looking great!

ecchef
10-26-2011, 11:24 AM
2147

HHH Knives
10-26-2011, 11:30 AM
2147
http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2147&d=1319639019

LOL to funny!

sachem allison
10-26-2011, 01:58 PM
i was wondering if you were going to do some san mai. wooohhhhooooo!!! another challenge

HHH Knives
10-26-2011, 02:28 PM
Yea buddy! I keep pushing Jr. to stretch his skill set! And he delivers again and again! Im VERY proud of my boy!! :) I mean young man!

I have a feeling this wont be the last time we work with this far out material!! I already have a BOX of Rocks heading this way for the next round of OUT OF THIS WOLD DAMASCUS!!! Again Its a Wild story thats almost to good to be true. God just keeps blessing us and the work of our hands!!

Talked to Clay today, were trying to set up a day for him to come over to our shop and watch some of the progress. Maybe he can bring his Vid camera and get some live footage! :)

HHH Knives
10-26-2011, 11:04 PM
Another great day in the shop! Things are really coming together and this is looking like its gona work!! This was our first time working with this space stuff. Based off what I had heard, there is a HIGH risk of catastrophic failure!! lol So having it work out as well as it has to this point is a real blessing! I have a feeling this wont be the last time we use meteorite on our knives!

Today was only a half day in the shop. And we will be taking the rest of the week to move Randy Jr and his Girl.. Seems I am going to have new neighbors! Yep, Jr. and his girlfriend are moving in to the house right next door! Im very excited for him and proud that he is able to get his first house!! And that with his garage being almost the same size as mine, HHH Knives just doubled in shop space! Time to look at the CnC mill and a a roller mill and, and, and... lolol Ill add pic of his new house and you can see the red forge cart in front of the garage door.. that's my house! Welcome new neighbor! But along with everything else good, there's the dreaded move. So the rest of the week will be spent doing the moving shuffle!

Back to the far out rock from outer space! Jr managed to get two more welds. today.

first he welded the 2 pieces together then added a re-bar handle. I love these welding pics.. There so, electric! and awesome!!!!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5001.jpg

First weld of the morning.. You can see the flux squirting out as he apply's 24 tons to the aprox. 2200* F billet the 2 pieces become one!!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5007.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5012.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5015.jpg

adding flux to the billet this help stop the steel from oxidizing between the layers. which would cause a bad weld. Often times the problem wont be seen durring the forging process and will rear its ugly head later when your grinding the blade.. or during Heat treating..

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5017.jpg

Back into the forge! and draw the steel to repeat this process again for the next weld. :)

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5019.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5020.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5027.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5031.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5035.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5037.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5041.jpg


Jr grinds off the scale from forging and cut the billet again in half. and re stacked then forge welds them back together again. :) This is refining the material and making it better suited for out needs.. A awesome damascus blade!!!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5078.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5043.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5049.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5051.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5066.jpg

HHH Knives
10-26-2011, 11:18 PM
Again the 2 pieces become one.. We have added trace amounts of carbon and refined it further!! :knight:

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5072.jpg

Grinding off the welds that temporarily held them together. :bliss:

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5083.jpg

These pics are of Randy Jr's new house!! :D see the forge cart next door? Thats my house!!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoriteWIP3026.jpg

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5100.jpg http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5092.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5075.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5094.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5098.jpg

Thats it for today! :surrendar: Finished strong with a great looking pieces of Space steel!!!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5105.jpg

Heres a pic of the inside of the forge after we turned it off. Talk about HOT!!!! Love it!!! :EDance2:

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetWIP5114.jpg

Thanks Guys for checking this out.. Were having a blast and feel very blessed to be able to work with this material and to share it with you all!! Till next time, Be Blessed!

Vertigo
10-26-2011, 11:26 PM
Dang man. This is seriously cool stuff you got cooking right now.

echerub
10-26-2011, 11:53 PM
Verrrry cool stuff. Thank you for sharing the experience with us :)

HHH Knives
10-27-2011, 10:08 AM
I couldn't be happier with the progress so far this week..Thanks for checking out the WIP.. Glad your enjoying the WIP.. :)

obtuse
10-27-2011, 01:13 PM
I can't wait To see the finished blade!

WillC
10-28-2011, 02:58 PM
Mmmm this is great thanks for doing the wip. At one point when I couldn't find any nickel steel for my damascus, I though I was going to have to smelt some meteorite/cast iron wootz. I found a source of steel eventually, which was the cheaper option, but i'd still like to give wootz a go sometime.
Have fun
Will

HHH Knives
10-28-2011, 05:45 PM
WOW, Im still beside myself about this, I have not been able to whipe the smile off my face this week! Its been a Great week. Jr's gona be my new neghbor and is just about done with the move, I secured more meteorite for future projects. and Scored more of that SICK Cocobolo burl! And Oh yea,!!!! WE FORGED A METEORITE!! :EDance2: !! It just couldnt get much better!

A few more days in the forge and this will be just about ready to add to a billet of High carbon steel! To make our OUT OF THIS WORLD DAMASCUS!!

Thanks for checking out the WIP. I hope your enjoying the progress shots and descriptions. If you have any questions I will do my best to answer. And comments are always welcomed.

I cant wait to get my grubby paws on a finished bar of Space steel damascus.. So I can start playin around and working a few blades

Were still trying to decide what pattern damascus to make first from this material, My heart is set on a random pattern, to stick with the natural feel of the material.. And Jr.. he hasnt decided what pattern he wants to do. and said it will depend on what the customers want and you guys want to see.. He also said something about how the meteorite acts after its forged in a bar of damascus.. :) Yada Yada yada.. LMAO!! So we will have to wait and see what he comes up with!!

Stay sharp!
Randy

Eamon Burke
10-28-2011, 06:05 PM
Lol your son sounds like the disciplined one!

HHH Knives
10-28-2011, 06:32 PM
Lol your son sounds like the disciplined one!

Ya think?!?!? :punish::laughat:

heirkb
10-29-2011, 12:07 AM
This is really awesome. I mean I know everything that's here on Earth was floating elsewhere in space at some point, but with that meteorite, that idea seems much more real. It was out far in space much more recently than the things we see around us.

Randy Jr
10-30-2011, 06:24 PM
Hey everyone thanks for checking out the wip, its been an awesome experience so far. And now that the move is out of the way i will be able to get back at the meteorite tomorrow morning! shouldnt be long now till dad can get some knife pics up for you guys:D

HHH Knives
11-01-2011, 01:22 PM
We finally got back to work on this one and had a very productive Monday!
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIP777004.jpg

Today we started out with the Meteorite cut into 3 pieces. then re stacked then and forge welded the 3 into one! No matter how many times I see this I will always be amazed and in awe of it!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIP777029.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIP777032.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIP777038.jpg





Jr, sets the weld 2 times. bringing it up to temperature, then running it under the press with light hits.. If you use to much pressure when setting a weld. It often will slide and or shear. Causing a weak or bad weld.. Fluxing the billet both times and eve a few more as it is heating up and reaching welding temp!

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Drawing it out and refining the material. Here he is drawing the bar out so it can be cut again and re stacked.. Refined. an worked into something AWESOME!!! http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIP777102.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIP777131.jpg




At this point we started to add more carbon by rubbing it and setting it into piles of wet plant matter. By burning it with straw and leaves and adding charcoal dust and small amounts of graphite etc.. we are adding small amounts of carbon to the mix.. From this point till when we are done refining we will be doing this on every heat, after working it with the press it gets this treatment, then back into the forge.. This step was repeated MANY MANY times yesterday and throughout this process.
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Cut and re stack them. And repeat the process yet again. I added a pic of the billet with the flux on it.. i have been trying to get a good pic of this all along. Flux is added after the billet is warmed up in the forge. It sticks better and starts to melt. The flux serves to stop oxidation between the layers when it being heated up to welding temp..

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continuing to burn stuff.. lol adding carbon and smoking up the shop! I love the smell of leaves burning. Just not in my shop! lol Ok so were making good progress. and after a couple more draw outs and re welds.. I think we will have a piece that ready to be used in our damascus..





Cut it in half again and re stacked it . Heated up enough to hold flux. Then back into the forge! I lost count of how many refining draws and rewelds we have done to this point its somewhere between 10 and 12. Either way, This is the last refining steps for this piece of space steel B4 we start adding it to a billet of High Carbon steel to make our damascus!
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIP777128.jpg




Setting another weld! Were getting close to having this refined to the point where we will add it into a billet of 1095 and start making DAMASCUS! This process of refining has been a long one.. But very cool.. Jr. is learning as we go. and I am confident that by this time next week.. Ill have a billet of amazing Meteorite damascus setting on my bench!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIP777114.jpg


Were still burning straw and leaves and stuff inbeween each heat cycle. To continue to add carbon to the bar.. and just because its kinda fun! lol http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIP777128.jpg

Thanks for checking out the WIP. and stay tuned for more as we get this into a bar aof damascus!

HHH Knives
11-01-2011, 01:28 PM
Back at it.. We continue to burn leaves and straw all afternoon. as we work the steel.

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Jr and I agree its time to draw this out into the final pieces that will be used for our Billet of damascus.

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Back into the forge. then repeat the process. For the sake of space and time. Im gona only show a few shots of this process. But it was many heats and a couple hrs time.

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At the end of the day, We have a Bar thats 24+ inches long and is 1 1/2 wide.. Im very Proud of Jr. and happy he has gotten to this point.. The bar will be cut up cleaned and de scaled. Then added to out bar of OUT OF THIS WORLD DAMASCUS!!! Im getting excited!! and Jr and I have a PLAN.. lol

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Clay, if your watching, you had better get over here to see this B4 we get it done! lol No worry's, Jr is out of the shop today but we will be back at it tomorrow or later tonight when he returns! The next step is to build a stack of Meteorite and 1095. We were talking about this and decided not to use any 15n20 in this billet. So when the bar is done, anything that looks like nickle. will be the Meteorite steel. For those who dont know, when you see damascus and there are dark areas and light shiny areas. These are the different materials that were combined to make the bar.. Normally the dark areas are High Carbon steel, and the light bands running through it are a high carbon steel with high nickle content or even pure nickle in some damascus.

Our goal is that when our finished Meteorite damascus is done.. Because of its High Nickle content in the Meteorite, . it will take the place of the 15n20 in our bar.. So when its done. The new owners of the knife can say.. See...(pointing at there knife) this part, the shiny part of the blade.... Thats a Metiorite!

Thanks for checking this out! God Bless

kalaeb
11-01-2011, 01:44 PM
Man oh man, this is getting exciting. And its not even my knife. Thank you for posting the WIP!

zitangy
11-01-2011, 04:05 PM
"Our goal is that when our finished Meteorite damascus is done.. Because of its High Nickle content in the Meteorite, . it will take the place of the 15n20 in our bar.. So when its done. The new owners of the knife can say.. See...(pointing at there knife) this part, the shiny part of the blade.... Thats a Metiorite! "

PM sent

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Eamon Burke
11-01-2011, 08:12 PM
That is so cool! Especially with the burning grass. That's just so strange that you can be doing something so industrial and improve the process by cooking leaves and straw. Amazing!

I'd like to see a knife made out of this stuff in monosteel, just to see how it performs. You guys are certainly going through enough steps to refine it!

HHH Knives
11-01-2011, 09:00 PM
Eamon. A mono steel knife out of this stuff!! That would be crazy! From what I can tell so far, This stuff is TOUGH. Jr. tried grinding it with the Dewalt and said its HARD! and didnt want to budge under the grinding disk! Then he changed to a new grinding disk thinking it was clogged up or something.. Only to find it its still not grinding! So its some VERY TOUGH steel!

AWESOME NEWS!!!!! I just spoke with a friend and hes gona come over tomorrow with his VIDEO CAMERA!!! So we will have some footage of the forging coming soon!

Tomorrow the plan is to add the refined meteorite with 1095 starting the forging process of our actual damascus billet!

Thanks guys for your encouragement and looking!!

Randy

ajhuff
11-01-2011, 09:01 PM
I have very strong doubts that you have added very much carbon. Not a criticism, just a statement. Regardless, it will still be a very cool final product. I suspect though your meteorite layers will be quite soft.

-AJ

Ratton
11-01-2011, 09:05 PM
I am really enjoying watching this process!! I too love the smell of burning leaves. :wow:

HHH Knives
11-01-2011, 10:07 PM
Thanks Guys, Were havin a blast!!

AJ. This is a first for me, and you may be quite right? We have been adding trace amounts of carbon to this from the very first time I put it into the forge. The meteorite will be combining it with 1095 High Carbon steel. and there will be even more carbon transfer.

I believe that we have done everything we can to improve the meteorite into Space steel. Including raising the carbon content. Otherwise I wouldn't of refined it like we did.. Thanks for your input Its always nice to hear from ya! :D

Have you done this B4? What do you base your statement on? This is a first for us, so please share your knowledge or experiences of forging meteorites. I always try to learn as much as I can from wherever I can.. I have sought the advice of others on this process, and have been advised about forging this stuff by 2 different metal smiths. Combined they have more years forging steel then I have been alive. Both were very kind and gave us info and guidance as to this process and for that I am blessed.







God Bless
Randy

DwarvenChef
11-02-2011, 03:16 AM
A straight razor out of this stuff would be so cool.... WHAT AM I SAYING!!!! (runs and hides...)

WillC
11-02-2011, 03:55 AM
Really interesting stuff you 2. What a great buzz. The leaves and charcoal to get some carbon in the iron reminded me of this Rich Furrer's video on making blister steel. Then folding it to make sheer steel/double sheer/triple sheer etc. They don't mention what the compound is, I guess something like crushed charcoal. He has some great video's on making wootz too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gSU4kx_fqc

HHH Knives
11-02-2011, 04:09 PM
Today has been AWESOME! We have been forging Damascus and hanging out in the shop, Clay stopped by this morning and took some video of the first welds of the Damascus billet! :D

Im on a roll, so I cant stop to upload pics yet. But will keep you guys posted ASAP!

ajhuff
11-02-2011, 08:30 PM
Thanks Guys, Were havin a blast!!

AJ. This is a first for me, and you may be quite right? We have been adding trace amounts of carbon to this from the very first time I put it into the forge. The meteorite will be combining it with 1095 High Carbon steel. and there will be even more carbon transfer.

I believe that we have done everything we can to improve the meteorite into Space steel. Including raising the carbon content. Otherwise I wouldn't of refined it like we did.. Thanks for your input Its always nice to hear from ya! :D

Have you done this B4? What do you base your statement on? This is a first for us, so please share your knowledge or experiences of forging meteorites. I always try to learn as much as I can from wherever I can.. I have sought the advice of others on this process, and have been advised about forging this stuff by 2 different metal smiths. Combined they have more years forging steel then I have been alive. Both were very kind and gave us info and guidance as to this process and for that I am blessed.







God Bless
Randy

Hi Randy,

Nope, I'm a founder not a forger. But I have had a few classes. ;)

-AJ

HHH Knives
11-02-2011, 08:32 PM
Cool video. Thanks for posting, lost of good info. :) I learned from it.. Thats what Im talking about!! :D

mr drinky
11-02-2011, 08:36 PM
...reminded me of this Rich Furrer's video on making blister steel.

I love Ric's stuff. One day I went on his site and two hours later I was still on it watching things and looking at steel.

k.

ajhuff
11-02-2011, 09:24 PM
Really interesting stuff you 2. What a great buzz. The leaves and charcoal to get some carbon in the iron reminded me of this Rich Furrer's video on making blister steel. Then folding it to make sheer steel/double sheer/triple sheer etc. They don't mention what the compound is, I guess something like crushed charcoal. He has some great video's on making wootz too.


Neat video. I struggle sometimes because I don't understand the trade jargon. BTW, wrought iron is a misnomer, it is steel, not iron. Wrought iron is a low carbon plain steel like a 1010 or 1020. This was a good example of pack carburizing akin to case hardening. Again, pretty neat.

-AJ

HHH Knives
11-02-2011, 10:57 PM
Today was a AWESOME day! Yep one of the best days EVER!! OK Im easily excited and sometimes over state stuff just a little. But it really was a AWESOME day!

We started early on the Meteorite. First the space steel bar was cut and then Randy ground off all the scale and cleaned them, prepping them to be added to the stack of 1095. I didnt get any pics of this because I was grinding a blade.. Sry.

The refining process is finally done and the bar was cut into 4 pieces!
We started with over 4 lbs of meteorite. After refining, the total weight was about 2lbs.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIP888011.jpg


Next we built a stack using 1095 and the meteorite. We used some simple math and used aprox 80% 1095 HC to 20% Metiorite By weight. to make our stack. These were staced up and welded, a handle added for ease of forging. Then Into the forge! When it starts to show color, Its fluxed. then brought up to welding temperature.. Then Welded. No matter how many times I see this I am still amazed. Then right back into the forge and repeat. Jr. always does at least 2 weld heats B4 drawing out the bar.

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Next the welds that held the stack together are ground off! You dont want to leave welds this on the billet.. just trust me on this one, Weld embedded into a damascus blade looks bad!! (dont ask!!) LOL

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Then its back into the forge and Jr. starts drawing it out.. Stretching out the stack into a long billet.

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Now its cut into 5 pieces and stacked back up. Again its fluxed and brought up to welding temperature. and pressed. Again, Jr. does this twice.. :D

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Next the bar is drawn out again.. This takes quite a bit of time and many heats in the forge..


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Thats it for today guys! I think its coming along nicely! currently were at 49 layers on this billet! Tomorrow we will continue to bring the layer count up.

HHH Knives
11-03-2011, 01:12 AM
Clay, Thanks for doing the video, very cool! I had to share it here as well! :)

It was great having you over working with us this morning! And the Anvil is AWESOME! Ill take good care of her till you find it a home. We continued after you had to go, and made good progress.. We should have a finished piece of damascus tomorrow!! Yea BUDDY!

You have a OPEN INVITATION!! Im looking forward to your next visit brother!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4VKDtjhiBM&feature=youtu.be

HHH Knives
11-04-2011, 09:45 AM
OK so its been a great week and were gona finish it off with a BANG! Heres the final days of forging and stuff! This has taken two weeks in the shop and over 40 hrs of actual time. not counting coffee breaks and moving Jr. All building up to a finished piece of what we will be calling Galaxy damascus.. OK Im getting ahead of myself here..

So Jr is now cleaned the scale from the bar and cut it again and re stacked it.. I missed most of this stuff with pics.. But its alot like the last steps in the previous post. Heres the pics I did manage to get. first welds and a shot or 20 of his grinding the Temp. welds off the billet!! :D

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Our target was 200 layers for this billet. You can see the layers. Drawing it out

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Jr drew out enough of the bar to the specs that I asked for for the first knife! Its took some time and many heats.. Heres a few more pics of the progress.

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Here it is.. Im so proud of Jr. He is such a perfectionist.. And is doing some cool stuff with steel! This piece is over 2" wide and is about 1/8 inch thick. This will go into the WIP knife.

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The piece was cut off of the main billet and cleaned up, and surface ground..

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Thats it for now.. I have the billet in hand and will take some pics of this amazing piece of Space steel, were calling Galaxy Damascus today and will post it up as well as all the info for the WIP knife! Thanks guys for the encouragement and hanging around to see this come together!

Mike Davis
11-04-2011, 11:27 AM
Great stuff Randy's!

HHH Knives
11-04-2011, 01:29 PM
Thanks Mike.. The billet is not surface ground and I did a quick etch to show the pattern.. DRUM ROLL PLEASE! :D

HHH Knives
11-04-2011, 01:41 PM
Heres the 1st piece from this billet of meteorite damascus!! This is going to be a 240 Gyuto with fossil mammoth ivory handles and damascus bolsters. There will be another first for us. The knife will come with a handmade, highly figured wood presentation box.. To add a little bit more "cool" to this It will come with a piece of Meteorite and a piece of fossil ivory in the box with the knife!! As well as a certificate of authenticity!!

I mean how cool right.. To be able to have a piece of the actual meteorite and mammoth ivory included to play show and tell. :) and examine closely in the raw!

Ok, So back to the damascus, Here it is guys and gals! 2 3/8 wide and just under 1/8 thick. random galaxy damascus

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2266&d=1320424600http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2269&d=1320424607http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2267&d=1320424602

Andrew H
11-04-2011, 01:56 PM
That's amazing. Can't wait to see the finished product.

JMJones
11-04-2011, 01:58 PM
Very Cool!

Eamon Burke
11-04-2011, 02:52 PM
How fitting to put a mammoth part on a meteorite knife! Very cool.

SpikeC
11-04-2011, 05:06 PM
So very cool! But you should call it Nebula!

HHH Knives
11-04-2011, 07:11 PM
Spike, I like it, I may name one of the knives Just that! :) Thanks for the input!!

HHH Knives
11-04-2011, 10:15 PM
That's amazing. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Thanks Andrew! Im STOKED!! I cant wait to start on this one myself!!! :) Its gona be a few B4 I can start on it. I have a couple orders that I have to finish up B4 I can start to dedicate my time to this one!! :)

kalaeb
11-05-2011, 03:10 AM
Nice pattern. What sort of precident is there for HT on meterorite? Work it like 1095?

JohnnyChance
11-05-2011, 05:46 AM
Damn, thats a cool pattern. And I like the meteorite/mammoth tooth combo.

HHH Knives
11-05-2011, 10:08 AM
How fitting to put a mammoth part on a meteorite knife! Very cool.


Damn, thats a cool pattern. And I like the meteorite/mammoth tooth combo.


I thought it would be really awesome to also include a piece of each with the knife in the presentation box. I mean really, who wouldnt want to be able to show the actual materials that were used to make the knife? Just adds that "IT" factor to the whole project in my opinion.. :) Im almost as excited about the addition of the box as I am about the knife.. I have a feeling this wont be the last box we make for our knives. :D

Thanks Guys for taking the time to look at our progress and posting!

God Bless YA!
Randy

Customfan
11-07-2011, 06:06 PM
:biggrin:Good idea Randy... the combination sounds fantastic!

Cant wait to look at the pictures of the finished work of art!!

Mike Davis
11-07-2011, 06:11 PM
Great stuff Randy 1 and 2! Great contrast in the pattern....Should look Out of this world when finished! I fully agree with the fossil ivory! Now to figure out which one is older!!!

Keith Neal
11-07-2011, 07:29 PM
Randy:

You have a tough decision:

Does the meteorite damascus remind you more of a galaxy:

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/nealkeith/SombreroGalaxycrop.jpg

or a nebula:

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/nealkeith/eaglenebula.jpg

Keith

99Limited
11-07-2011, 08:17 PM
Nebula just sounds cool. I think the pattern actually looks more like a galaxy, but ... Nebula Nebula Nebula

HHH Knives
11-07-2011, 08:20 PM
Nice pattern. What sort of precident is there for HT on meterorite? Work it like 1095?

After talking with Delbert Ealy I will follow the same Heat treating process that I use for our 1095 15n20 damascus. Delbert has forged hundreds if not thousands of pounds of damascus with meteorite in the mix.. So I asked his advice on this.. I had suspected that this would be the case. But a wise man seeks the counsel of his friends. and I am blessed to call Delbert just that! :)

Thanks for checking this thread out! I hope you are enjoying it as much as we are being able to do it!

HHH Knives
11-07-2011, 08:25 PM
Hi Randy,

Nope, I'm a founder not a forger. But I have had a few classes. ;)

-AJ

AJ, As I said, You may be right. And after thinking about this and Talking with Delbert in more detail about this very thing, I will just say this. What we did during the refining/forging process to try and add small amounts of carbon.. Probably didnt amount to much. But we tried. :)

Thank you for your input. and If my comment was at all offensive.. I apologize.

Randy

The hekler
11-07-2011, 08:39 PM
Wow don't know how I missed the pic of the Damascus till now.... Stunning, what I would give for a meteorite and mammoth knife!

HHH Knives
11-07-2011, 08:57 PM
Hekler, there is enough steel off this billet to make you one!! :D If you would like, shoot me a email from my contact me page of my web site .

We can start the process!! :thumbsup:

Heres a link (http://www.hhhcustomknives.com/contact-us/)

HHH Knives
11-07-2011, 10:29 PM
Randy:

You have a tough decision:

Does the meteorite damascus remind you more of a galaxy:or a nebula:

Keith

WOW, :coolphotos: Thanks for making this harder then it had to be! lolol :scratchhead:

OK so Im sticking with this billet being Galaxy.. Because a friend suggested the name and I told him thats what I will call it.. and that really made his day.:EDance2: So this billet is Galaxy damascus.. :biggrin:

The next piece of the Mother Bar will be called Nebula!! After seeing your pics and this image from Google!! :eek2:

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2319&d=1320717847





And to add even more COOL!!!!! :thumbsup: The other day I received a small package in the mail from Mark our resident Burl pusher.. And beings I was not expecting a package from Mark. It was a cool surprise to open it up and pull out
THIS!!! :jawdrop:












http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2320&d=1320718405


Mark said that this was his contribution to the WIP/Meteorite project! .. So looks like we will have to do another WIP when I use the piece!! :) :thanx: Mark, That was Very generous of you! Made my weekend 4sure!! God Bless YA!

heirkb
11-08-2011, 06:42 PM
I'd really go with something simple to let the blade stand out. It would be like surrounding a beautiful stained glass window with a bunch of colorful tapestries. It's not my knife, though...

I'm looking forward to more WIP shots. Thanks, Randy.

ThEoRy
11-08-2011, 08:14 PM
WOW, :coolphotos: Thanks for making this harder then it had to be! lolol :scratchhead:

OK so Im sticking with this billet being Galaxy.. Because a friend suggested the name and I told him thats what I will call it.. and that really made his day.:EDance2: So this billet is Galaxy damascus.. :biggrin:

The next piece of the Mother Bar will be called Nebula!! After seeing your pics and this image from Google!! :eek2:

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2319&d=1320717847





And to add even more COOL!!!!! :thumbsup: The other day I received a small package in the mail from Mark our resident Burl pusher.. And beings I was not expecting a package from Mark. It was a cool surprise to open it up and pull out
THIS!!! :jawdrop:












http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2320&d=1320718405


Mark said that this was his contribution to the WIP/Meteorite project! .. So looks like we will have to do another WIP when I use the piece!! :) :thanx: Mark, That was Very generous of you! Made my weekend 4sure!! God Bless YA!

Redwood burl?

mr drinky
11-09-2011, 01:22 AM
I love this thread and whoever is taking the photos (Randy maybe?) is doing a great job...but the file sizes are making the thread really cumbersome to open. I takes forever to load when you open it at the end of a page. Just food for thought.

k.

Vertigo
11-09-2011, 01:27 AM
I love this thread and whoever is taking the photos (Randy maybe?) is doing a great job...but the file sizes are making the thread really cumbersome to open. I takes forever to load when you open it at the end of a page. Just food for thought.

k.
Yikes, I didn't know people still rocked 56k modems! :razz:

mr drinky
11-09-2011, 01:36 AM
Hey, hey. I have a 128k modem through a start-up out of Minot, North Dakota. That defines speed.

But seriously, my wife is a radiologist and reads thousands of high def imagines from our home daily. We have the highest speed internet offered. Am I the only one who has to wait for the scroll bar to sink?

k.

sachem allison
11-09-2011, 02:00 AM
nope, it happens to me too.

HHH Knives
11-09-2011, 10:11 AM
Hmm,??? thats not good!!?

Most of the photos are hosted off site. Through Photo bucket. Which I just payed them CASH.. To updated my account last week. To gain unlimited space on there site.

It seems normal on my end, Im not having a problem. .. But Ill ask Dave and see what he thinks can be done to fix it, If any? Any other suggestions are welcomed.

Thanks for letting me know.

Andrew H
11-09-2011, 10:36 AM
Hey, hey. I have a 128k modem through a start-up out of Minot, North Dakota. That defines speed.

But seriously, my wife is a radiologist and reads thousands of high def imagines from our home daily. We have the highest speed internet offered. Am I the only one who has to wait for the scroll bar to sink?

k.

No problem at all for me. Try testing your internet to see how fast it is (speedtest.net is good).
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1582332711.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

99Limited
11-09-2011, 11:57 AM
Wow Andrew, your upload speed rocks. My download is about the same at 21 - 22 but uploads are never above 2.5mbs. Since I never upload anything, I guess it doesn't matter.

HHH Knives
11-09-2011, 12:42 PM
OK, guys... I asked Dave to look into this.. First I gota say.. Dave is right on top of things here, as he fixed it and got back to me quick and in a hurry!!!

It should be better now. and if not. it may be a issue with your computer.. Possibly cleaning or updating will help.. All I know is I would hate to have you all stop withing this because it loads slowly. :D

Let me know if there is a improvement..

HHH Knives
11-09-2011, 12:47 PM
Heres my test results. :) I never was very good at tests.. lol But I got a C


http://www.speedtest.net/result/1582579807.png

Dave Martell
11-09-2011, 01:05 PM
I'm not having trouble loading the images myself so this is a tough one for me to troubleshoot. I'm on a crap connection too.

http://www.speedtest.net/result/1582614733.png

mmingio2
11-09-2011, 04:14 PM
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1582980699.png

mmingio2
11-09-2011, 04:33 PM
My speed rocks....damn firewall won't let the pictures in. Probably because you all throw around "knife porn" too much and it filters it out!

SpikeC
11-09-2011, 04:38 PM
No problems on my end.

SpikeC
11-09-2011, 04:40 PM
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1582980699.png

HHH Knives
11-09-2011, 05:47 PM
Glad we got that figured out!!! :) It ended up costing me 30.00 But the software that cleans you computer out seems to be working, My stuff has been faster now that the 80 warnings were removed and the defrag and file cleanup was done!!

Mr Dinky is is better now that Dave tweaked it? Or is your stuff still moving or loading slow?

DwarvenChef
11-09-2011, 06:38 PM
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1583188375.png


Thought we had a better connection... this peeves me off...

Vertigo
11-09-2011, 07:26 PM
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1582980699.png
Show off. :razz:

Andrew H
11-09-2011, 08:08 PM
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1582980699.png

Fastest upload speed I've seen in awhile. Go Ohio Health Corporation?

Craig
11-10-2011, 10:17 AM
Using a work connection is cheating.

http://www.speedtest.net/result/1584259197.png

(yes, I'm a cheater)

mmingio2
11-10-2011, 11:19 AM
Then I am a cheater...but an efficient one!


Using a work connection is cheating.

http://www.speedtest.net/result/1584259197.png

(yes, I'm a cheater)

dbesed
11-10-2011, 11:25 AM
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1584377864.png

No problems here at my dormitory :)

GLE1952
11-10-2011, 03:30 PM
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1584377864.png

Since we're braggin

99Limited
11-10-2011, 06:51 PM
Hold on there Speed Testers.... Let's get back to Randy's W.I.P. and save the speed test results for an Off Topic thread.

HHH Knives
11-10-2011, 07:24 PM
LOL, Thanks 99. I wish I had something to update on the WIP.. But its been put on hold while I finishing up a few other projects..

I do have some other really cool stuff going on and wanted to share, Rather then starting a new thread Ill just throw it out there on this one!

Today My friend dropped by and brought me a few goodies for us to play with.. MORE METEORITE!! Which some will be made into art knives.. Not damascus, Just straight up meteorite knives! These will be basically art pieces.. and wont be Heat Treated.. so although they will be sharp. They wont be meant to be used.. Unless you were being attacked by a zombie's or aliens..

He also had some other cool stuff that we are hoping to use some day on something cool!! CRAZY GOOD STUFF!!!! Another really amazing thing that he brought over was a bar of Molybdenum.. Google it.. Because I really dont know alot about it yet, and plan on doing my homework and trying to figure out what it could be used for and if we can incorporate it into a knife. Its some crazy steel thats commonly used in some of the super powdered stainless stuff we use for knives. Im not sure what the heck were gona do with this stuff.?. But some of this steel (from this bar) was used for a Mars project you know that NASA stuff.. It was used as a heat shield for a part of one of the Mars Rovers or something like that.. I dont know for sure. But do know its COOL! I was like WOW and my jaw had to of hit the floor pretty hard!

Also this week I received a package from one of our members with some cool new handle materials.. It was a box full of Hippo Teeth! Yep. HIPPO ivory!!! These will be used on a special project that will be announced as soon as I get caught up enough to think about it. lol All I can say so far is were thinking Suji. :) So far Im thinking Meteorite damascus and hippo tooth suji.. But havnt gotten much farther then that yet.



We are also gona be starting to make some key chains with smaller pieces of meteorite damascus, and even a few with raw meteorite ones! A limited number of these should be available in time for Christmas.. If anyone is interested, PM me.

Thats the 411 here at HHH Knives this week! There is actually another real awesome new addition on its way to my shop. But Ill wait till its here to start talking about it! :D

Thanks guys for checking out the WIP and Ill update it as soon as possible. Till Then HAVE FUN. and test your speeds etc.. lol Its all good! :)

HHH Knives
11-29-2011, 04:43 PM
Hello and good day. We have been super busy in the shop these past few weeks. But Im back in the groove and will be working on this project again. So far I have made a little progress. And will be cutting the ivory for the handles and starting on the blade.. :happy1:

Here are a few pics of the presentation box. Its not finished yet. Im going to modify the inside of the box to hold the knife and also a piece of meteorite and a piece of wholly mammoth ivory. These pieces will be able to be picked up and examined, passed around if you may. and then returned to the box for safe keeping! :D

Heres a few pics of the Box its made up of Curly maple, Lace wood and cocobolo. with brass hardware.
I also attached a pic of the ivory that I will be cutting into for this knife!

As always, Thanks for checking out the thread. and stay tuned. Ill be updating it as I can with more pics and info till ths knife is completed!

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2708&d=1322599278

echerub
11-29-2011, 10:51 PM
I love the visual texture of the wood, and the decorative triangle in the middle definitely makes all the difference. Are you sure the knife is really gonna spend much time in the box though? :D

HHH Knives
11-30-2011, 09:16 AM
Len, I totally agree. :thumbsup: Best part is, no matter how nice the pics of this wood look. Its so much better in person! :) Its like holographic or 3-D :bigeek:

Ya know I hope your right and this knife rarely sees the box. :D

JohnnyChance
12-01-2011, 03:30 AM
That curly maple looks great. Nice work!

Keith Neal
12-07-2011, 09:30 AM
Any news, Randy? Your photos got us all excited and we are ready for more!

Keith

HHH Knives
12-08-2011, 10:00 PM
Kieth, Hey buddy, Thanks for the push. I mean Kick in the pants.. lol Yep I should have some new stuff to show you guys soon. Hang in there guys.. It wont be long now!

Thanks Johnny. Its gona work perfectly for this knife and complement each other well!

sachem allison
12-24-2011, 10:27 PM
Kieth, Hey buddy, Thanks for the push. I mean Kick in the pants.. lol Yep I should have some new stuff to show you guys soon. Hang in there guys.. It wont be long now!

Thanks Johnny. Its gona work perfectly for this knife and complement each other well!


Well!!!!:spin chair::detective::waiting::cliffhang::pullhair:

Eamon Burke
12-24-2011, 11:56 PM
haha srsly.

HHH Knives
01-01-2012, 12:13 PM
OK, So Its been WAY to long, Thanks of the friendly reminders..

Ill be cutting the ivory and profiling this blade out and finishing this WIP in the next couple of weeks. God Willing! :)

HHH Knives
01-09-2012, 05:05 PM
GOOD NEWS!!

I started work on this billet today. Ill post some photos and update the progress ASAP. :)

Eamon Burke
01-09-2012, 06:41 PM
Did you cut the ivory yet?

DeepCSweede
01-09-2012, 06:42 PM
Really looking forward to the next WIP status on the billet. This has been a great WIP to follow.

HHH Knives
01-09-2012, 09:23 PM
Did you cut the ivory yet?

Nope, Not yet.. Ill do that when the blades are in the temper cycle. or sometime soon.. Plan on taking some pics and showing my process :)

HHH Knives
01-09-2012, 09:23 PM
Really looking forward to the next WIP status on the billet. This has been a great WIP to follow.

Thanks Its been alot of fun so far.. and this one is shaping up to be a sweet Gyuto! :)

HHH Knives
01-09-2012, 09:39 PM
After some delay, and having to finish up some orders. I finally was able to get back to this Meteorite damascus billet!

Just to bring everyone up to speed on this project. Lets review, This is a billet of the Meteorite damascus Jr. forged from a slice of Campo meteorite and 1095 steel.. Im planning on turning it into a 240mm Gyuto/chef knife. That will have Damascus bolsters, and Ivory handles.



Today I made a little progress, Im in the middle of a 12 knife order. and working this billet and another Gyuto made from Damasteel.

So first I surface ground the billet to thickness and re etched. Then very scientifically drew the pattern onto the billet with a sharpy.
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto006.jpg


Next we used the porta band saw to rough out the profile.
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto009.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto012.jpg



Cleaning up the blank and adjusting the profile.
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto033.jpg



Both blades roughed out. At this point I take them to my small 1 X 42 grinder and clean them up even more.. fine tuning the profiles.
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto034.jpg




After I get them just the way I want em.. I set the drill press up and punch some pole through the tang for my pins.. In this case Corbys.

Next I set up my flat platen and tapered the tang.. I use a welding magnet to hold the knife and run a set of scribe center marks around the back half of the handle to use as a visual guide, Then the rest is free hand setting the taper evenly on both sides.
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto082.jpg
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto080.jpg



A quick pic showing the taper
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto057.jpg



Here are the 2 blade just about ready for heat treat.. I scribe center lines on then and knocked the hard corner off on the Grizzly grinder at roughly a 48* angle.. .

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto053.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto066.jpg





Thanks for checking out the WIP, Ill continue with the next part of the build ASAP.

Oh yea, Heres a few other blades that are on the bench.. Some in stainless and some San Mai. and a couple in High carbon, the rest in damascus. Its a KNIFE LIFE!!
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto023.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMetioriteandDamasteelGyuto016.jpg


Stay tuned Im gona be posting updates as often as possible, Jr is here till Friday so he can help get a few pics of the stuff.. It wont be long now fellas! :D

bcrano
01-09-2012, 10:20 PM
Really cool post Randy! Great to see all the cool blades you got coming up.

WildBoar
01-09-2012, 11:45 PM
Wow, you guys are busy up there!

HHH Knives
01-10-2012, 07:40 AM
Really cool post Randy! Great to see all the cool blades you got coming up.

Thanks for checking out the thread. Yep, theres some cool stuff coming down the line here. Im very excited for 2012. :)

K-Fed
01-10-2012, 11:12 AM
Looks awesome. The profile is killer. Have you noticed any differences in the meteorite damascas while grinding compared to the materials you typically work with?

HHH Knives
01-10-2012, 12:21 PM
K, No difference really, Its grinding clean and easy like annealed damascus. :) I have already made 1 knife from this steel right B4 Christmas. and it was awesome. Hardened perfectly. and looked amazing!

HHH Knives
01-11-2012, 11:06 AM
Im glad to here you guys are enjoying the WIP..

Yesterday was a Heat Treating day.. In total I Heat Treated and Tempered. 11 kitchen knife blades. And this one was in the mix.. This was the only Carbon blade so it was all alone in the oven.


http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/OOTWWIP003.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/OOTWWIP009.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/OOTWWIP012.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/OOTWWIP014.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/OOTWWIP020.jpg



The blade came out amazingly straight. I was concerned that with the tapered tang that it would allow for a bow.. But in fact, it seems that it was just the opposite effect..

After quench. I tempered it and were ready to move forward..

I have to put this one back on deck for a couple days. But it wont be long and Ill be able to continue on it!

Thanks guys for checking out the WIP.

Its a KNIFE LIFE!

HHH Knives
01-15-2012, 11:50 PM
Seems I lost your interest a little with the extended delay in progress, Maybe this will get someone excited again.. If not... Your probably on the wrong forum!! LOLOL

Alright, I made some great progress on this blade today. I was all alone in the shop. Just me and Smile Fm Radio.. :) All in all a very peacful afternoon at the grinder.. The only problem with this was there was no one there to take action shots of me grinding, So close your eyes and imagine a old fat guy with a beard and a dirty face, sitting on a stool in front of a grinder throwing sparks!! lol Naa.... Now that I think about it, You had better not go there.

Anyways, Here are some shots, I took pics as I worked through the belts, Starting with a 50G, then to a A300, then A100, A45, A 30, A 16, and finally A6

I dont know if it will show really well in the photos. But Its all I could manage for action shots! lol

But the PAYOFF was in the finished etched blade. Im SUPER jazzed about the look of this Galaxy Pattern. Its so cool! and the name fits it so well!!

enough talking how about some photos!!

A few of the blade as I was working the bevels and taper.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetioriteWIPBladegrindandetch022.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetioriteWIPBladegrindandetch042.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetioriteWIPBladegrindandetch050.jpg

And now the moment of truth.. I etched this baby.. And all I can say is WOW!!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetioriteWIPBladegrindandetch095.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetioriteWIPBladegrindandetch091.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetioriteWIPBladegrindandetch093.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetioriteWIPBladegrindandetch094.jpg
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetioriteWIPBladegrindandetch088.jpg


And here it is after cleaning and adding a light coat of oil.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetioriteWIPBladegrindandetch112.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/MetioriteWIPBladegrindandetch111.jpg

The meteorite is super bright, and its got GREAT contrast!! Jr did a great job refining the material and making this billet.. Im really happy with how the pattern looks and just as proud of him as a Daddy can be! :D

SpikeC
01-15-2012, 11:57 PM
Wow! That is amazing looking. It's really different looking from your other stuff and is downright "Galactic"!!

Johnny.B.Good
01-16-2012, 12:00 AM
That is wild Randy!

Eamon Burke
01-16-2012, 12:03 AM
:eek2: Holy mackerel! That is some POP to that pattern!

Andrew H
01-16-2012, 12:04 AM
Wow!

echerub
01-16-2012, 12:17 AM
Holy cow! That is truly funky cool! :)

Hermes7792
01-16-2012, 12:28 AM
VERY awesome. Imagine that in feather pattern!

WildBoar
01-16-2012, 12:36 AM
if there ever was a kitchen knife to mount on the wall for display only, this is probably it!

HHH Knives
01-16-2012, 12:44 AM
Alright. I cant seem to put this blade down, do you know how hard it is to type with a 240mm Gyuto in you hands??!?!? lol :D

Really, Its awesome, and the weight and balance is different, because of the tapered tang.. Now its only a slight change.. But its noticeable to me right now. The weight is shifted slightly because of it.. It feels super awesome. Its hard to explain.. Its sorta, "FAST" and well.. I LIKE IT! Its frikin awesome!

Depending on how this one feels and where the balance point is, as well as customer feedback, etc.. I may start doing tapered tangs on more of my chef knives..

Heres the specs on this blade. They shouldn't change much if any from this point on.

OAL 14 3/4" , 374mm
Blade 247mm, 52mm tall at the heel, 2.5mm thick above the heel.
Steel, 1095 High Carbon, and Meteorite.
Tapered tang and blade.

kalaeb
01-16-2012, 01:46 AM
That looks great. Congrats!

sachem allison
01-16-2012, 01:52 AM
damn fine! damn fine!

WillC
01-16-2012, 05:46 AM
You've really nailed a spacey pattern there. Looks fantastic.:D

Keith Neal
01-16-2012, 10:58 AM
Randy:

Spectacular!

Keith

Dave Martell
01-16-2012, 01:25 PM
That sure is out of this world - congrats!

Mike Davis
01-16-2012, 01:52 PM
Randy, That looks amazing, Give Jr. a pat on the back for me...Great job!! :doublethumbsup:

ajhuff
01-16-2012, 02:29 PM
This will be very interesting to see how it performs. I think you mentioned already that it sharpens well? Interesting since in essence this is not a steel knife. The 1095 layer of course is, but the meteorite part is not. I need to ponder on that and what that means. :scratchhead:

-AJ

WillC
01-16-2012, 02:38 PM
It is steel now, that was the purpose of all the folding. They say after 4 folds the carbon is equalized, not to mention all the other tricks these guys used to get a little extra carbon into the iron.

ajhuff
01-16-2012, 02:47 PM
kind of. If you had 3 inches of meteorite welded up with 3 inches of 1095 and complete diffusion occurred, at best you'd be looking at an alloy with a final carbon content of about 0.45%. But not that much diffusion occurs in my opinion. Still thinking...........

-AJ

ajhuff
01-16-2012, 02:48 PM
And I imagine that carbon diffusing into the meteorite layers is very low. So yes, now a steel with the addition of carbon but it would be very low, maybe even ultra low.

-AJ

WillC
01-16-2012, 03:06 PM
Check the process, these guys were adding 1095 to the refining process from the beginning, as I remember. After a number of refining stacks, they stacked the refined meteorite with 1095 about 20% meteorite. This would then have been folded x amount of times. I would say there would have been complete carbon diffusion and they should have something deemed high carbon. Meteorite is about 4-6% Nickel so you don't need allot for the pattern.

ajhuff
01-16-2012, 03:31 PM
I didn't see where they pack carburized the blade so it would be impossible to drastically raise the carbon content. I am not criticizing the work. I am fascinated with how hard the meteorite has been reported to be and the fact that it is taking a great edge. I am just wondering why since carbon is not playing the typical role here I don't believe. I am wondering if it is the phosphorus? And if there are any future applications.

-AJ

JohnnyChance
01-16-2012, 04:07 PM
And if there are any future applications.

Gold and meteorite damascus, naturally.

HHH Knives
01-16-2012, 09:26 PM
I been away for the day to help a friend move. (big fun) and come back to all these great comments. Thanks Guys for taking interest in this project .

AJ, I understand your a educated man and mean no disrespect.
Sometimes, for me at least :D .. Things don't have to work on paper or even in my mind.. To "work" This may be one of them times. I appreciate your comments and opinion. Feel free to PM me and we can chat more about this.. There may be pieces to this puzzle that you are missing.. I would love to chat with you and maybe we both can learn something new from it. :)

What I can tell you guys is this, The blade skates a file. and seems to have hardened perfectly. I dont know exactly what the final carbon content is, nor do I care in this case.
My main concern as a knife maker and in this project is that the finished blade is a serviceable kitchen knife. That would take and hold a edge.. And to this point. I believe I've nailed that on this knife!!

This blade is going to one of our members, and I hope after he has had a chance to use and test in agents other knives in his roll. I will ask him to give me some feedback on things like edge retention, edge toughness. As well as the other things that make a good blade like grinds and tapers and balance and how board friendly it is.. etc. When he does with his permission I will gladly share the info here.

This was a great success IMO and Im super happy with the outcome so far!! Thanks again guys for the comments and encouragement..

Johnny.B.Good
01-16-2012, 11:19 PM
What kind of handle are you going to put on it Randy? Pics, pics, pics!

HHH Knives
01-17-2012, 01:42 AM
Johnny, Im going with a beautiful Golden caramel colored Ivory, and damascus bolsters. The ivory is a amazingly cool piece that the outside, or bark is super textured. and super clean, no cracks to speak of.. And well.. Its awesome.. and has deep pits almost like little craters on the surface of the ivory. so the handle will be textured feeling almost like the way great stag has a texture.. Its gona rock! :)

Ill try and get some pics of the processing.. Its currently a almost 3 lb chunk that I have to process down into scales. I love my job!! :D

Bryan G.
01-17-2012, 01:57 AM
Come on Randy, what the hell are you doing, I've been here almost 20 minutes and still no pictures??? Spock to Captain ...

HHH Knives
01-17-2012, 02:10 AM
Sry, I didnt know you were waiting!! lol

Here are a few pics of the Chunk ill be cutting for the scales for this one!

Johnny.B.Good
01-17-2012, 02:15 AM
Can't wait to see this one finished Randy. Good stuff. Thanks for the quick camera work. :)

Bryan G.
01-17-2012, 02:34 AM
Holy grail! Man Randy is the man! Gotta keep my eye on this guy and be careful what I ask for. Gotta stop making friends with so many makers, I'm going to have to expand my personal vision to be able to afford knives from all you guys. That is some of the best damascus I have seen Randy. I cannot wait to see the finished product and hear the feedback on the blade. Awesome work my friend

-Bryan

bieniek
01-17-2012, 03:31 AM
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Don Nguyen
01-18-2012, 03:42 PM
Wow, the contrast is absolutely unbelievable. What makes it like that, where it clearly is black and white, rather than gray and darker gray?

Is it the actual steel, or the etch, or process? All of the above?

HHH Knives
01-18-2012, 04:23 PM
Yep Its BOLD! and Beautiful!!!!! The blade is 1095 and Campo Meteorite. Im sure its my process of prepping and etching the steel that contribute alot to the final look. As well as the materials. So "all of the above" would be a accurate answer.

The Light area is the Campo. This type of space rock is about 6% nickle.. And we refined the stuff alot. Actually lost about 50% of the weight from when we started with from the refining process.. So I imagine the actual nickle content of the material was much higher. Possibly 20% nickle or more? :scratchhead:
The Dark, Is the 1095 High Carbon steel. And would normally be the darker areas in the damascus mix.

Thanks guys for the comments and following along throughout this process, Its been a REALLY awesome experience for us. and Im just as proud as ever to be able to share the journey with you guys!

HHH Knives
01-22-2012, 09:23 AM
I finally got in the new band saw blades so I can cut and process the ivory for this knife! I scored this chunk of mammoth ivory a few months back. Its the most solid piece of mammoth I have had the pleasure of working with. I could of cut this one a few different ways. It was so solid I could of taken slices off of it like a loaf of bread, Or I could of took long slices off off it. Both would of yielded alot more scales or slices then the way I cut it.. The main reason I cut it like I did was that not only was it solid, It has the more amazing texture bark with nice deep pits and craters similar to how awesome stag has that great texture! (as you will see in the pics) I cut this like a pie first.. making 4 wedge pieces.. Then I took slices off from the back side leaving me with 4 large scales that have that great golden color and awesome bark figure I was telling you about!


Here is the chunk and bolster material we chose for this knife. Its mammoth ivory and meteorite damascus
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY001.jpg


Changing the band saw blade
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY006.jpg






Because of the shape of this, Its free hand cut.. so Im lining up my cut, and psyching myself up to make the first cut!
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY011.jpg

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY018.jpg

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY023.jpg

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY033.jpg


http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY039.jpg


http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY047.jpg



http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY058.jpg



http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY061.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY062.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY066.jpg


It was about right here where I started feeling good about the choices I ade in cutting this chunk!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY073.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY079.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY101.jpg


This pieces was about 80% solid. which is almost unheard of for mammoth ivory, In my experiences. Normally its the other way around.. and 20% solid and 80% fractured and pithy. Heres my scrap box from cutting a couple other tusk sections.. I only added a few small piece to the box from this piece!! :D

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY107.jpg


Here are the 2 sets of bark.. These are totally solid and the large set id 7" X 1 1/2 X 3/8" Theses are gona be awesome on this knife! and on whatever else I use them on!!
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY108-1.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/meteoritewipIVORY112.jpg



Thanks for checking out the WIP and for your comments and encouragement!

God Bless
Randy

HHH Knives
01-22-2012, 09:57 AM
I also worked a bunch on the blade yesterday.. Getting the tapered tang tuned in. which caused me to have to resand the entire blade.. and re etch.. Now The first etch was super dark. And thats what I wanted for this blade!! This thing fought me for 5 hrs yesterday! lol But after everything I got it!

My makers mark and the final etch is done. Ill be fitting the bolsters and handles next.. Wont be long now!! :D

Adding the Makers mark.
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMakersmarkandetch003.jpg

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMakersmarkandetch004.jpg

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMakersmarkandetch024.jpg

Candlejack
01-22-2012, 10:22 AM
That just looks fantastic.

HHH Knives
01-22-2012, 11:32 AM
Thanks much! Im very pleased with the way this one is shaping up!

Eamon Burke
01-22-2012, 11:54 AM
Very cool

Keith Neal
01-22-2012, 11:59 AM
Randy:

This is going to be spectacular!

Keith

HHH Knives
01-22-2012, 12:33 PM
This baby really fought me hard yesterday!! :spankarse: But after everything was said and done! I WON! :pirate3:

Its ready for me to start fitting the handles. I was planning on using black white black spacers for this one. But now Im on the fence and may just use solid black between the scales and tang. and a B/W/B between the ivory and the bolsters.

Any suggestions or comments are welcomed! :thanx:

sachem allison
01-22-2012, 12:37 PM
copper!

Keith Neal
01-22-2012, 01:05 PM
Randy:

In the beginning of this thread, you gave us some really interesting historical information about the meteorite. Is there any historical information about the ivory?

I think thin black spacers in both places would match the elegance of this knife.

Keith

mr drinky
01-22-2012, 01:13 PM
That looks amazing. How did you plan for the perfect space for the maker's mark ;)

k.

HHH Knives
01-22-2012, 01:51 PM
Hmm copper.. I have been doing a lot of knives in copper lately. Im thinking Black on this one but I may go Copper on the pins! lol :)

Keith, Heres some info.. from Wikipedia, and then some side info from me!! :)

The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius), also called the tundra mammoth, is a species of mammoth. This animal is known from bones and frozen carcasses from northern North America and northern Eurasia with the best preserved carcasses in Siberia. They are perhaps the most well known species of mammoth. This mammoth species was first recorded in (possibly 150,000 years old) deposits of the second last glaciation in Eurasia. It was derived from the steppe mammoth (Mammuthus armeniacus).[1]

It disappeared from most of its range at the end of the Pleistocene (10,000 years ago), with an isolated population still living on Wrangel Island until roughly 1700 BC.

Woolly mammoths are common in the fossil record. Unlike most other prehistoric animals, their remains are often not literally fossilised - that is, turned into stone - but rather are preserved in their organic state. This is due in part to the frozen climate of their habitats, and to their massive size. Woolly mammoths are therefore among the best-understood prehistoric vertebrates known to science in terms of anatomy.
Woolly mammoths lived in two groups which are speculated to be divergent enough to be characterised as subspecies. One group stayed in the middle of the high Arctic, while the other group had a much wider range. The Bering Land Bridge likely played an important role in structuring woolly mammoth populations, acting as an ecological barrier. Recent stable isotope studies of Siberian and New World mammoths has shown there were also differences in climatic conditions on either side of the Bering Land Bridge, with Siberia being more uniformly colder and drier throughout the Late Pleistocene.

Woolly mammoths were not noticeably larger than present-day African elephants. Fully grown mammoth bulls reached heights between 2.8 m (9.2 ft) and 3.0 m (9.8 ft) while the dwarf varieties reached between 1.8 m (5.9 ft) and 2.3 m (7.5 ft).

Woolly mammoths had extremely long tusks — up to 5 m (16 ft) long — which were markedly curved, to a much greater extent than those of elephants. It is not clear whether the tusks were a specific adaptation to their environment; mammoths may have used their tusks as shovels to clear snow from the ground and reach the vegetation buried below. This is evidenced by flat sections on the ventral surface of some tusks. It has also been observed in many specimens that there may be an amount of wear on top of the tusk that would suggest some animals had a preference as to which tusk on which they rested their trunks.

Extinction

Most woolly mammoth populations disappeared during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene, likely due to the combined effects of climate change and hunting by humans. A 2008 study by scientists at Spain's Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales estimated that changes in climate shrank suitable mammoth habitat from 7,700,000 km2 (3,000,000 sq mi) 42,000 years ago to 800,000 km2 (310,000 sq mi) 6,000 years ago. Although woolly mammoths survived an even greater loss of habitat at the end of the Saale glaciation 125,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age humans likely hunted remaining populations to extinction, the same fate that befell many other large Pleistocene animals.

A small population of woolly mammoths survived on St. Paul Island, Alaska, until 3,750 BC, while another remained on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean until 1700 BC. These animals were originally considered a dwarf variety, much smaller than the original Pleistocene woolly mammoth. however after closer investigation, Wrangel mammoths are no longer considered to be dwarfs

History of discovery
A mammoth tusk with Eskimo carvings of scenes on the Yukon River, 19th century
Indigenous peoples of Siberia had long found what are now known to be woolly mammoth remains, collecting their tusks for the ivory trade. Native Siberians believed these remains to be those of giant mole-like animals that lived underground and died when burrowing to the surface. During the 17th century, reports of these finds would occasionally reach Europe. Europeans generally interpreted the stories based on biblical accounts, as either the remains of behemoths or giants. The word mammoth first entered the English language during this same period, derived from the local Russian word for the remains.

Meanwhile, woolly mammoth remains were also being unearthed for the first time in North America. Mark Catesby noted several large teeth dug up in North Carolina in 1743, which African slaves identified as the molars of an elephant. In 1806, William Clark (on a fossil-hunting expedition ordered by President Thomas Jefferson) collected several woolly mammoth specimens from Kentucky. Incidentally, Jefferson (who famously had a keen interest in paleontology) is also partially responsible for transforming the word mammoth from a noun describing the prehistoric elephant to an adjective describing anything amazingly large. The first recorded use of the word as an adjective was in a description of a large wheel of cheese given to Jefferson as a gift.

Mammoth remains have been found from Michigan to Florida and everywhere in between. They found 3 in my town.. 2 on one site a mom and baby, and another large male about 5 miles from my house. No I didnt get any of it. lol They closed down a construction site for a new home for over a year.. the guy was so bummed by the end of it all. That when he finally was able to start digging again.. He found another and didnt tell anyone and continued his build and just burred the bones. Thats the story I heard..

The tusks and teeth, gain colors from the minerals and stuff in and around the area where they fell for the last time.. Over the last 10000 years slowly the minerals seep into the bones and ivory creating the colors we have come to know and love seeing on a knife handle!

I love working with these materials. and have been very lucky over my knife making carrier to use and process quite a bit of it. Its so cool knowing that the stuff is at least 10000 years old and in most cases more then double that age. Its a honor. and a privilege.

Please feel free to add comments or other info about this subject! Its just TOO COOL not to!

HHH Knives
01-22-2012, 05:32 PM
OK So its bee decide, Galaxy damascus bolsters with simple black spacers. Its gona have a very clean and classy look!

Thanks guys for looking, Comments and or questions are welcomed!

HHH Knives
01-25-2012, 08:02 PM
OK Guys, Im almost done with this piece and after this post there will only be one more.. That will be the finished photos!! This one was alot of fun to make. and Im getting even more excited about it as it comes together. Here are more photos, of the process.


Heres the pile of stuff for the handle. Im going with stainless corby style fasteners, Galaxy damascus bolsters, Black G-10 liner spacers (thanks boss) and The Crater covered mammoth ivory!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPandHOLYCRAPnewpatter003.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPandHOLYCRAPnewpatter002.jpg




Shaped the bolsters

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPandHOLYCRAPnewpatter010.jpg
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Cutting the scales to length.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/BUCRLFRIENDmysterypackage002.jpg



Sanding the backs of the scales. The tang on this is tapered. So I sanded the scales to match the taper and meet the bolsters.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMeteoritedamascusandivory001.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMeteoritedamascusandivory007.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMeteoritedamascusandivory015.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMeteoritedamascusandivory011.jpg


Etched blade and bolsters to show the pattern, and attached them to the blade.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMeteoritedamascusandivory055.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMeteoritedamascusandivory054.jpg



Sanded and shaped the scales and attached then to the blade.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMeteoritedamascusandivory059.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMeteoritedamascusandivory071.jpg


Sanded and shaped the handles.. The ivory has deep craters in the bark which when I shaped and sanded the scales really show and look awesome!!!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/WIPMeteoritedamascusandivory105.jpg


Thanks for checking out the WIP, Stay tuned, It wont be long now and Ill be posting some Finished photos!

tk59
01-25-2012, 08:10 PM
That turned out very nicely!

Eamon Burke
01-25-2012, 08:26 PM
OO the handle looks nice.

How do you deal with the tops of the rivets on a surface like that? Are you going to round them off and sink them like is sometimes done to stag handles?

HHH Knives
01-25-2012, 08:51 PM
Thanks Guys! The pins will be sanded and shaped or flushed out similar to what you might see on a stag handle.. :)

Taz575
01-25-2012, 09:08 PM
That is awesome!!! The ivory and craters really looks like the moon and just ties it together! I can't wait to see pics of the whole thing done!!!

Andrew H
01-25-2012, 09:14 PM
That handle turned out really well, Randy! What are you doing with the scraps of mammoth tooth :wink:

Don Nguyen
01-26-2012, 12:19 AM
I'm kind of a newbie, so I don't know much about bolster stuff. How are you attaching the bolsters with those hidden pins - epoxy?

Keith Neal
01-26-2012, 11:11 AM
incredible

DeepCSweede
01-26-2012, 01:25 PM
Looks fantastic - Can't wait to see the finished product.

HHH Knives
01-26-2012, 01:55 PM
Thanks guys!

Im hoping to make some progress today on this. Fitting the knife and other pieces into the box just so.. and final sanding and polishing of the blade and handle!

HHH Knives
01-27-2012, 02:09 AM
Alright, I know I said the next post would be pics of the finished knife.. I lied! lol :) But the next post will 4sure!! :D

Worked today making the pieces that will complete the presentation box. I am adding a couple of pieces in addition to the knife.. First a chunk of the same mammoth tusk used on the handles. And second a piece of the same meteorite that we used to forge the blade!

I love both of these materials.
The Meteorite is so cool. It has a 3D effect that has to be seen to be appreciated. As you move it it changes, and areas that are dark become light and visa versa. Its well, Out of this world amazing! I took a chunk and shaped it into a oval and faceted the edges.

The Ivory is also a amazing material. Its hard to describe. Theres a silky smoothness that is a pleasure to feel and a warmth that only comes from natural materials. Upon closer examination there is a grain in the ivory, That is faint yet very visible. and looks like a matrix of cris crossing lines is spectacular. Its the ORIGINAL spirograph! lol

Enough talk,:yammer: How about some pictures!! :)


http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/NewdamascuspatternWIPivoryandmetiorite128.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/NewdamascuspatternWIPivoryandmetiorite118.jpg
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/NewdamascuspatternWIPivoryandmetiorite167.jpg
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/NewdamascuspatternWIPivoryandmetiorite151.jpg http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/NewdamascuspatternWIPivoryandmetiorite154.jpg


Thanks for checking out the thread and for all the comments and encouragement.

The Edge
01-27-2012, 02:48 AM
It's been a pleasure seeing this WIP. Not only can I not wait to see the finished blade, but the presentation box and extra pieces all together. I can almost see this whole setup being enclosed in glass in some museum, but then again, where would the fun be in that :). Thanks for sharing the process with all of us, and best wishes on your future projects. I have only one question left: How are you going to top this?

sachem allison
01-27-2012, 03:13 AM
It's been a pleasure seeing this WIP. Not only can I not wait to see the finished blade, but the presentation box and extra pieces all together. I can almost see this whole setup being enclosed in glass in some museum, but then again, where would the fun be in that :). Thanks for sharing the process with all of us, and best wishes on your future projects. I have only one question left: How are you going to top this?
Wait and see! somethings coming! mystery!

HHH Knives
01-27-2012, 11:14 AM
Wait and see! somethings coming! mystery!

HE HE HE HE! :knight:

sachem allison
01-27-2012, 12:26 PM
HE HE HE HE! :knight:

thats perfect!

Don Nguyen
01-27-2012, 03:05 PM
This is absolutely just unbelievable. Stunning.

Would this be one of your most satisfying projects?

HHH Knives
01-27-2012, 06:28 PM
Don, This project has been great fun! I am very pleased with the way this knife and materials came together. Its so much different, yet even better then I had envisioned when I first started planning this project! :) I couldnt of scripted it better. It was like all the materials knew where they belonged.. :D

To answer your question, I cant say this was more satisfying then any of my other knives. .. I strive for the best on them all.. Which makes them all very satisfying and rewarding! How can I explain it better?

Finishing this knife or any of my knives.. For me, is like getting to the end of a awesome book, written by your favorite author. Your pleased by the outcome or story, satisfied so to speak, yet sad the book is finished... And left somehow waiting and wanting for the next new book (or knife as it may be).

Each knife to me is another new adventure, and there is often a cool story and always a part of me in each one of them.. Now that this one is done, Im ready to start the next one with great anticipation and expectations!! I hope this makes sense to someone other then me! lol:spin chair:

Thanks guys for checking out the thread. I took some photos of the knife and will edit them and see if there presentable! :D

HHH Knives
01-27-2012, 07:29 PM
R you Guys ready to see this knife?

Twistington
01-27-2012, 07:34 PM
R you Guys ready to see this knife?

Yes! :)

Johnny.B.Good
01-27-2012, 07:40 PM
We have been ready since October 24, 2011.

On with the photos!

Oh, and not sure you ever shared how you got your hands on the meteorite material, but inquiring minds would like to know.

HHH Knives
01-27-2012, 08:58 PM
Alright, I kept you hanging long enough! :D

So I took about 150 pics and almost all of them didn't turn out good. The red in the box seemed to mess with the camera. and all the colors were way off! So tomorrow, Ill mess around and try a few lighting changes and camera adjustments and stuff and try and get some better photos of this beauty!!

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHHKnivesCustomDamascusChefknife046-1.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHHKnivesCustomDamascusChefknife048-1.jpg

Andrew H
01-27-2012, 08:59 PM
Wow!

SpikeC
01-27-2012, 09:07 PM
What a cool piece!

Johnny.B.Good
01-27-2012, 09:32 PM
That is pretty spectacular Randy (and Jr.). It will be a conversation piece for whomever ends up with it for sure.

Customfan
01-27-2012, 09:42 PM
WOW! Randy... stunning! simply stunning! :coolsign:

HHH Knives
01-27-2012, 09:45 PM
Thanks guys!! Im pretty darn happy with the way this one came together!! This one is going to one of our KKF members. and I know he will cherish it.. But I fully expect it to be used and enjoyed for generations to come! It was a honor to be able to make this knife! a honor to be able to use such amazing materials.. and a honor to share it with you Knife Knuts!

WildBoar
01-27-2012, 09:49 PM
eh, I ran out of compliments in a lot of the previous threads on your knives. Not sure I can come up with words better then I used before for 'lesser' knives, so they will not do it justice. You and Jr. should be very proud of this work. You two have managed to make incredibly stunning knives that still hit all the 'mandatory' requirements of a fully useable kitchen knife. You two should take a day or two off from work and just sit there admiring this knife and congratulating each other.

The Edge
01-27-2012, 09:53 PM
Stunning knife! Maybe we should do a pass around with it, so we can all see it in person :D!

Customfan
01-27-2012, 09:54 PM
I second that!

Te sitting and admiring part! Well I guess a pass around to admire would be cool as well! :trickydicky:

HHH Knives
01-27-2012, 10:04 PM
We have been ready since October 24, 2011.

On with the photos!

Oh, and not sure you ever shared how you got your hands on the meteorite material, but inquiring minds would like to know.

That in itself is a WILD and amazing story.

A few months back, I was surfing on another forum and seen a guy post about having a meteorite. Which being, well... ME! lol I shot him a PM and asked him about the piece and if he would consider selling some..

Thats same day, at about the exact same time, Randy Jr. was sitting at his house talking to one of our fellow KKF members, PM messaging back and forth talking about possibly forging a blade from a meteorite.. weird, as Jr and I had not talked about it EVER.

After I shared a few emails with the guy who has the space steel.. I come to find out, he lives about 20 minutes from me.. After a quick phone call, we made a plan! The very next day, he came over to my place to meet me. And when he got here, along with the 4 lb pieces of meteorite he brought some cool hammers that he makes and a few other things he makes. Hes quite a artist in his own right. and makes some amazing stuff!

When he left my place about 4 hours later.. I had not only acquired the piece of meteorite, that we used to make this billet of Galaxy pattern damascus! But more important, a new friend and brother! Its WILD how God weaves the fabrics of our life, and puts just the right people, at just the right time, in just the right place!! :)

Anyways. This piece of space steel has touched many lives already. And Im just happy to have been a small part of it!

One thing I would like to add. I am now offering this damascus as a option when you order a custom knife. So if someone is wanting to do something awesome! Please feel free t contact me any time!

GLE1952
01-28-2012, 11:07 AM
Thanks for this thread, it's been fun to follow and a spectacular ending!

Glen

Mint427
01-28-2012, 11:34 AM
Beautiful result...presentation is awesome!

Twistington
01-28-2012, 11:34 AM
This w.i.p has been awesome, the knife and presentation box turned out super nice and I can't wait for your next project-thread. :)


Btw, this looks like a piece of candy:

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/NewdamascuspatternWIPivoryandmetiorite151.jpg

Mike Davis
01-28-2012, 11:19 PM
Randy(s), that is pretty damn amazing!!! Fantastic for sure!!!

Taz575
01-29-2012, 04:42 AM
Really awesome work! I like the case, and the pieces of the meteorite and the Mammoth in with the knife, too. Classy set up there and it just matches the theme!

Keith Neal
01-29-2012, 05:19 PM
Randy:

That knife and presentation are beautiful works of art.

Keith

HHH Knives
01-31-2012, 08:35 PM
Thanks Keith. I hope to talk the new owner into letting me send it to COOP. Argualbly he best knife photographer in the world today.. Then putting together a group of pics from the WIP as well as COOP'S photos and sending them to every cooking magazine and knife mags. and home and garden mags, and well EVERYWHERE.. so this one can be seen by the WORLD!!! :D I think the knife and story behind it would get alot of interest and from more then one venue! Heck, I may even have a coffee table book made of the WIP.. How cool would that be?!?!?

Keith Neal
02-01-2012, 04:46 PM
I may even have a coffee table book made of the WIP.. How cool would that be?!?!?

That would be seriously cool. Sign me up for Copy #1!

Eamon Burke
02-01-2012, 07:00 PM
HOW DID I MISS THIS?!?!?

W T F ??

Anyways, that is spectacular. I haven't seen a knife with a pattern that striking that hasn't been parkerized. Very cool.

HHH Knives
02-02-2012, 11:46 AM
This one has been sent to get some PRO photos taken.. I already miss it being here! lol :) Ill post up the photos ASAP. Thanks guys for checking out the thread and all the great input and encouragement! This one has been super awesome to do. and alot of fun to share with you KNIFE KNUTS!! :)

Here is the last photos I took of it in its presentation box. :) Im sure Coop will really capture this one in a great way! I cant wait to see the photos he gets of it!!

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4141&d=1328195834

Mike Davis
02-02-2012, 12:27 PM
Still i say fantastic Randy. Coop will bring out all the subtle details that we can never seem to catch with a picture lol. I will shoot you a call later...I know a place that does good quality book, for a great price!

HHH Knives
02-02-2012, 02:26 PM
Mike, Yep. I know he will really be able to show off all the details I could not seem to capture in a pic on this one... I cant wait to see what he comes up with.. I gave him free reign to do what he does best! :) Ill be around today. feel free to shoot me a call. Remind me about the printer when you call.

Randy

HHH Knives
02-07-2012, 10:57 PM
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/orig4.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/orig7.jpg

sachem allison
02-08-2012, 12:20 AM
Nice!!!

HHH Knives
02-18-2012, 10:25 PM
Thanks Son!

DarrenSwerid
02-19-2012, 10:57 PM
Amazing WIP Randy. Gives us noobs somehing to stride for! :D

HHH Knives
02-23-2012, 08:33 PM
This one has been alot of fun, And I would even say its was a "EPIC" build!!! It was a real pleasure being able to share the experiences with you knife Knits!!! :)

Thanks for all the great comments and following along on this WIP.. Stay tuned. I have a few more Galaxy damascus billets already forged out and projects on the books!! :D

ThEoRy
02-24-2012, 12:15 AM
Can I call first dibs on any future galaxy knife pass arounds? :D

barramonday
02-24-2012, 12:25 PM
Really enjoy your creativity and passion, the whole thread was great.

Props to you both

Rowan...

HHH Knives
03-01-2012, 04:38 PM
Thank you barramonday.. We are having a blast! Thanks guys for your encouragement, and support!

Jr. has forged another bar of Galaxy pattern damascus. So we will be able to offer more knives of this material to all you knife Knuts!!! :)

I just got off the phone with a guy. He commissioned me to make a CRAZY Martian knife set! Yep.. LMAO!! A fixed blade and folder set with crazy burl wood and a presentation box.. and well. He had some WILD Ideas, which I added my warped and twisted ideas to. and we have come up with some things that will take the set to another level!!

Its a KNIFE LIFE!
Randy

HHH Knives
03-01-2012, 04:39 PM
Can I call first dibs on any future galaxy knife pass arounds? :D


Your first on the list.. IF I ever do a pass around! :)