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WillC
07-07-2012, 08:47 AM
My updates thread is getting a bit much to put all in one place. So I have decided to have a general works in progress thread for WIP pictures and leave the updates thread to keep customers informed as to order progress etc.:D
Here are some progress pics to kick the thread off.
Leading on from here. latest feather billet. This got welded up and drawn out somewhat, into a loaf, which I got 2 big slices and a medium/small slice.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120705_103240.jpg
The soap bar sized chunk of feather dammy is forged out to shape.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120707_102941.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120707_102947.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120707_103139.jpg
The taper is also mostly forged. I stopped forging at about 3.6mm at the back 2mm at the front.
If I am clever and avoid to much scale on the last forging stages its only a few passes on a narrow 36 grit belt and i'm down to clean metal.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120707_113942.jpg
I then give it a run over with a 50 grit belt and make sure the taper is nice and even.
After that I gave the blade a quick test etch to see how it came out. Forging a blade to size and taper is I find a more pleasant process and has structural advantages in a pattern like this with the grain flowing with the knife. Of course more forging means more distortion of the pattern, but this is something I accept and feel its part of my style of working.
Anyway, this is what I had after an etch. The blade is a 300mm Suji Carving knife for my latest carving set commission.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120707_123415.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120707_123407.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120707_123356.jpg
Here is what the taper looks like at this stage, pre HT.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120707_123351.jpg
In feather damascus all the welds cross the edge. Makes for a toothy edge. Great for slicers.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120707_123341.jpg
Have a lovely weekend all.:)

mhenry
07-07-2012, 09:10 AM
That's going to be a stunner, you do beautiful work man!

Eamon Burke
07-07-2012, 11:20 AM
Whoa, you don't do any bevel grinding pre-HT?

WillC
07-07-2012, 11:55 AM
Cheers Mike:biggrin:
Eamon, nope, these big thin beasts are hard enough to keep straight during Ht as it is. So I leave a bit of taper to go and the bevels to grind. The HT generally consists of 3 normalizing cycles, checking for straightness after each, followed by an oil quench, I'll probably give this one a dunk in LN as well as its there, hardness checking. 3 x temper cycles, hardness checking. I normally clamp the knife in between 2 plates in the press after this with part of the spine and tang exposed and torch temper this part back to just over 50hrc. I'll then check the profile again, making sure I take a bit more off where the edge will be, then grind the rest of the taper and bevels.
There are so many advantages to not grinding the bevels before HT, no worries about de-carb, easy to check for straightness, and for hardness near the edge, the ability to plate clamp it during HT or after for a differential temper. If it does move very slightly during HT you can straighten the spine and the edge will come right when grinding.
You would be surprised how much you can hog off an edge with a 25mm wide 36 grit ceramic belt without getting anywhere near overheating it. It gets easy to overheat the tip when its very thin, but you would have that problem still if you had partially ground it prior to HT.:biggrin:

pitonboy
07-07-2012, 02:24 PM
Hi Will: Beautiful work as always. Is this one spoken for already?

WillC
07-07-2012, 03:21 PM
This one is a commission and the Gyuto is as well, but I got an extra lump. Enough for a 180mm fairly deep Petty at least. This Mix of steel is 1080/15n20. If no-one claims it it will be turned into a Hunting style knife which I've been putting off. Now there's a threat:lol2:
The Next commissions in feather dammy will be in 15n20/01 as requested. I've been playing with this mix and it gives crisper contrast. I believe edge holding will be improved in a very close high layer pattern with a higher percentage of 01, in a bold pattern I have not noticed much difference, but it does take a wicked edge possibly less of a toothy edge than 1080/15n20 but the pattern will have to be more subtle and fine to get the most of the mix . I'll see what LN does for it also. So far the 01/15n20 mix also is slower to take a patina, more things seem to turn it blue rather than dark.

TB_London
07-07-2012, 06:22 PM
That's some badass forging,loads of distal taper :D in the third pic I thought you might have been doing a western handle for this one.

Any reason for the narrower belt on the grinder?

WillC
07-07-2012, 06:25 PM
Yep 2hp over 1inch hogs much faster than over 2. I've been using the narrow belt to get the bevels set too.:D

WillC
07-12-2012, 05:54 PM
Well not much WIP it was a bit hectic getting these done in time. But they are done. Some dark phone pics, but my desire to share is strong.:D I'll get some proper pics in the morning for the Gallery.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120712_224105-1.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120712_222708.jpg

WildBoar
07-12-2012, 06:14 PM
Very, very nice. Great-looking stuff!

Crothcipt
07-12-2012, 06:41 PM
lol is that a Kramer D-handle on the fork? Looking good!!

TB_London
07-12-2012, 06:42 PM
Really eye catching set, loving the suji of yours I have, is a carving machine

tgraypots
07-12-2012, 10:46 PM
Will, what is LN?

kalaeb
07-13-2012, 12:16 AM
Will, what is LN?

I believe it is liquid nitrogen.

WillC
07-13-2012, 02:55 PM
Thats right Liquid Nitrogen, doesn't generally do much for carbon steels I don't think, its there for the stainless 14c28n, where it does make a big difference. Also I sometimes like deep frozen cherries on my lunch break. Mmm they stick to your lips:lol2:
Yes certainly a Kramer influence in the handles. The Knife is a "diamond D" and the Fork is more octagonal on the sides with a bit more girth to fill the hand with a side grip and stop it twisting. I delivered these today. They were blown away with them. They will be presented as a present to their Father on his birthday tomorrow. I got some brief pics this morning. I'll pop them in my Gallery in a bit.:biggrin:

EdipisReks
07-13-2012, 04:02 PM
killer stuff!

macmiddlebrooks
07-13-2012, 04:07 PM
That fork is mind-numbing awesome as is the knife...I'm in awe as usual.

WillC
07-13-2012, 04:10 PM
Thanks Fellas. The Forks are so fun to forge, an utter Pita to hand finish:lol2:

heldentenor
07-13-2012, 05:42 PM
That set is brilliant. Reminds me in the best possible way of a set of knives that Devin Thomas made for a forum member who designed his website awhile back. Both yours and his look to me to sit right at the apex where art meets function. Nice work!

WillC
07-13-2012, 06:24 PM
Thank you very much, thats quite a compliment. :biggrin:

WillC
08-05-2012, 05:17 AM
Right, building up some momentum again... In the works we have 3 large billets started in 01/15n20 these will be for 2 huge billets of feather damascus, they will have a solid 01 edge as the end layer is a 15mm piece of 01.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120803_135053.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120803_131328.jpg

Stainless damascus for cladding in 304 and 430, just split open the can, looking good.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120803_135507.jpg

Some extras here, from left over bits of material. Will finish these and add them to my shop. There are 2 Petty/Suji in carbon damascus/01, a small petty in stainless damascus clad blue 2. A little petty in 14c28n and a Nakari in 14c28n. I have something different planned for the grind on this one.:D
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120803_131305.jpg

And I have got myself some recession transport, for blatting on the lanes to my workshop.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120803_130604.jpg

She's a beast:viking:

stevenStefano
08-06-2012, 06:24 AM
Is that a moped? If you'd bought it a little earlier you might have got yourself a job at the cycling in the Olympics

The hekler
08-06-2012, 07:18 AM
Sweet hog! Nice metal in the works too.

Customfan
08-06-2012, 08:46 AM
Wow Will!

I am impressed! Maybe in the future we can start a project! Really like the suji feather and those projects seem promising!

Please keep us on the loop with WIP, ok?

maxim
08-07-2012, 01:03 PM
OMG its Puch i had 2 of those :bigeek: :viking:


Right, building up some momentum again... In the works we have 3 large billets started in 01/15n20 these will be for 2 huge billets of feather damascus, they will have a solid 01 edge as the end layer is a 15mm piece of 01.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120803_135053.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120803_131328.jpg

Stainless damascus for cladding in 304 and 430, just split open the can, looking good.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120803_135507.jpg

Some extras here, from left over bits of material. Will finish these and add them to my shop. There are 2 Petty/Suji in carbon damascus/01, a small petty in stainless damascus clad blue 2. A little petty in 14c28n and a Nakari in 14c28n. I have something different planned for the grind on this one.:D
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120803_131305.jpg

And I have got myself some recession transport, for blatting on the lanes to my workshop.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120803_130604.jpg

She's a beast:viking:

WillC
08-07-2012, 02:21 PM
Lol, yep a Puch, its been a bit tuned, thankfully or it would only do 25mph, this one does 50!!!:bigeek: But the engine does sound like it is going to melt at that rpm, a comfortable 40, which is plenty for the lanes. It has been making me grin in any case.:biggrin:

I have been missioning on with damascus and forging out more blanks.

I had a break from the forging to grind this one, as i'm looking forward to trying it out.
It has a very soft hollow grind behind the bevel, a little Takada esc... but ala grinder. I'm just flatting the bevels now on the stones I'll take it all the way and pop a tiny micro bevel on there. This is forged 14c28n mono stainless @ 62hrc. Small Nakari.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120807_180020.jpg

Mid grind, shows where the geometry was headed better.


http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120807_145540.jpg

Because of the hollow geometry, there is no need for such a dramatic taper over the length. It tapers from just under 3mm to about 1.5mm over the spine. It is a sturdy feeling blade with zero flex, yet I hope it will give that Takeda effect with very little cutting resistance. Proof will be in the pudding of course.:D
Let me know what you think about this one. Cheers
Will

SpikeC
08-07-2012, 03:22 PM
That is very interesting! It should be a great cutter, I think.

Justin0505
08-07-2012, 04:07 PM
That nakiri looks flippin' fantastic. This reminds me of some of the cleaver ideas that we where kicking around awhile back...

WillC
08-07-2012, 04:24 PM
Thanks Spike, will find out shortly, The bevel has been flatted, starting to move up the stones....:D

Justin, yeah I've had this in my head for a while. I've chickened out on forged hollows for the time being. It is going to need some custom die blocks making for the hammer. For my current hammer that could be pricey. I'm hoping to be adding a small spring hammer to my workshop soon, which will be cheap and easy to make tools for and be pretty much perfect for the job, bit like a Japanese hammer with very soft radius die blocks, the top one smaller than the bottom, making it very versatile for drawing the tang, then drawing in all directions, or making hollow parts to a blade.

But I need to sell a big press first....

For now I'm seeing some scope with ground hollows in Nakari and Cleaver. With some nice texture and finish differences in mono....and some interesting reveals on damascus. The hollows would be a great way to reveal the nice bit of the pattern in a multibar twist. That was kinda what I was thinking of for your cleaver......:groucho:

WillC
08-07-2012, 05:59 PM
Flatted and polished the bevel. And had a brief test. Its a very sturdy blade with a nice weight, yet cuts very nice, with very little resistance and sticking. I'll get it finished and shoot a video. May go a bit further with the hollows.
At the moment the hollows are a belt finish, I would like some contrast between the bevel and the hollows. So I think I'll go for a cloudy finish on the hollows and a high polished stone/ near mirror finish on the bevel.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120807_223221.jpg

WillC
08-08-2012, 01:13 PM
Finally got these two feather billets drawn out and well on the way.
After forging and trimming the profiles.
Andrey - 240 mm Gyuto
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120808_140042.jpg

Ben - 220mm Gyuto
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120808_140100.jpg

After grinding the taper and a quick etch.

Andrey
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120808_150810.jpg

Ben
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120808_150941.jpg

And a little carbon group, all heat cycled, ready for HT in the morning.:biggrin:
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120808_151158.jpg

WildBoar
08-08-2012, 01:42 PM
Great looking damascus :thumbsup:

zitangy
08-08-2012, 02:54 PM
Hi Will

Nakiri question: whats the blade height and length of the "nakiri" ? From the pic.. it does seem to be higher than the gyuto in the "group" picture of your present project and thus not a typical nakiri

More information as to the hollow grind wld be appreciated as it seems to be of a different ball game altogether? Perhaps testing a new profile?

Tks adn rgds

D

WillC
08-08-2012, 03:35 PM
Hey David, Yep I think I went fairly tall on the Nakiri, I'll have a measure tomorrow, from memory, 55mm. Its a nice cutter. I wanted to do something like this since trying out a hollow forged Takaeda Gyuto. There is very little cutting resistance. I need to get a handle on to test it properly. I'll shoot a video of some cutting with it.

zitangy
08-08-2012, 04:20 PM
Will..

I like the idea of a taller nakiri.. May be excellent for light chopping and mincing and also a scooper....

curious as to the hollow grind . Unless the blade is fairly thick to start with, it may be too thin.. need to know the thickness of the edge from 1mm above the edge.

Will need to figure out how to effectively sharpen a hollow grind of this knife size.... experience only on my straight razor and an EDC.. cold steel.. could be interesting and challenging...

rgds
D

Eamon Burke
08-08-2012, 04:31 PM
I think he's talking about a shallow hollow forged into the blade face ABOVE the secondary bevel, not the area that you sharpen.

WillC
08-08-2012, 04:40 PM
Yep Eamon has it, the section above the bevel is hollow ground, the bevel is flat, so its easy to thin and maintain. The hollow is there above the bevel to reduce friction and sticking.

zitangy
08-08-2012, 04:53 PM
thanks ... I get it now... its the first time that I come across this type of grind

now pondering with what needs to be done when the regress reaches the flat bevel?.

look fwd to your video and look fwd to the choil picture....if it is not too much trouble..

rgds

D

Eamon Burke
08-08-2012, 07:07 PM
now pondering with what needs to be done when the regress reaches the flat bevel?.


Nothing, it will just get pushed up naturally. If the knife ever got worn down to the point that you are well into the face of the blade(and kudos to you if you ever manage that), then you will end up hitting the spine as a natural extension of the secondary bevel thinning, just like a straight razor, and the hollow will manage itself.

The hollow is VERY slight. As in you can hardly tell by looking at it, pretty much only becomes obvious when you put it to a stone. I polish my Shigefusa with an Ohira Uchigomori fingerstone and I noticed that if I held it horizontally on the blade, I didn't hit the bottom of that slight hollow. Otherwise I may never have known it was there.

Aphex
08-08-2012, 10:54 PM
That is some really tight looking feather you've made there Will, really consistant work.

The grind on the nakiri is really interesting. In my head it seems like a hollow grind maybe more suitable for kitchen knives as it should be easier to combine laser like performance with good food release as taller stuff like potatoes would be less likely to stick to the hollows. With a convex grind it seems like its more of a battle between great food release but more wedging, or average release but more laser like performance. That's what my brains telling me anyway, i don't know though as iv'e never used a hollow ground knife before. It's going to be interesting to see wether the theory works or not.

TB_London
08-09-2012, 03:36 PM
Looking good, the bike's going to be fun when winter hits
Ground in hollows? What was stopping you doing it on the Anvil :D

Looking good though, want me to put a 'normal' nakiri in the post for comparison? Will be interesting to see how it does on higher stuff, though with the extra height you gave it I doubt there'll be much that would hit the spine.

Need to find someone to buy that press off you

WillC
08-09-2012, 04:19 PM
The Hog is for summer use only:D I've been finding myself taking a slightly longer way to work in the mornings, and arriving with a grin. Also zapping down the road to sit somewhere nice to eat my sandwich.
Yay, send me a Nakiri, that would be cool, also for comparison on the video. Got a handle glued together so should be able to test it properly at the weekend.
I will try forging the hollows at some point. Didn't fancy doing it by hand though with 14c28n mono, loving this steel btw.:bliss:

SpikeC
08-09-2012, 06:04 PM
Hey, you Brits invented riding in the rain! Why hang it up when summer is over?

Bulldogbacchus
08-09-2012, 07:58 PM
So, you're liking the mono?

WillC
08-13-2012, 06:13 PM
Sorry Matt, I managed to miss that one, yep i'm very confident of the HT and steel now. Its much finer grained than anything else I have tried, including 01 carbon, which is pretty darn fine. As a result it takes a super fine edge, maybe too fine for some uses, in which case a final stropping with a lower grit stone gives it a bit more bite and bite which lasts. Its very easy to sharpen, only a touch tougher than blue paper 2. And comes fantastic with a few licks of the strop again.
The toughness is very good, it does not chip, and is resistant enough to folding. Though when pushed to destruction, say a fine edge hammered through a nail, yep I had to try it, it does distort rather than chip. Actually damage was quite fixable on this extreme test. I believe that the non-chippyness is also down to the fine grain structure.
Anyway , you will find out soon enough and be able to let me know what you think.:biggrin:

Bulldogbacchus
08-13-2012, 11:20 PM
Anyway , you will find out soon enough and be able to let me know what you think.:biggrin:

:doublethumbsup::doublethumbsup::doublethumbsup::d oublethumbsup::doublethumbsup:

WillC
08-17-2012, 04:56 AM
This batch of blades are being worked through, i'm handle making all weekend. There are two Feather damascus Gyuto commissions, the rest are stock for my shop.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120815_170336-1.jpg
Next week i'll make some more progress on the next feather batch, and the stainless commissions.
On a personal note, I finally pulled the handle off my Massamoto, it is getting thinned and convex ground a little more going into the edge, there is not much material to work with, so softly softly. Then I will hand finish it, i'm going to etch it to see if there is any differential hardening at all on these, you never know:D
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120816_172013.jpg
many thanks.:biggrin:
Will

Bulldogbacchus
08-17-2012, 07:14 AM
Looking good, Will.

WillC
08-17-2012, 02:50 PM
A healthy busy day today, spent hand rubbing, etching logo's, more hand rubbing....and etching damascus...and more rubbing.:D
Here are some sneaky pics up upcoming pieces.
Carbon
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120817_175034.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120817_175049.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120817_175058.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120817_175103.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120817_175119.jpg

And this, Catcheside Cutlery- stainless dammy, blue paper core, with a pure nickel accent.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120817_175934.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120817_175944.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120817_175951.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120817_180014.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120817_180421.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120817_180421-1.jpg

I'm working all weekend to make some progress, so I'll keep you all posted.:)

Eamon Burke
08-17-2012, 02:54 PM
Will, why does your Damascus look so dang clean? Is it the camera? A secret etchant? Different metals?

I noticed on the Slicer I used from you about a year ago that the pattern behaved very strangely, and showed up best at a high polish, which is kind of backwards from what I normally see. :scratchhead:

zitangy
08-17-2012, 03:03 PM
Looks lovely...

I noticed the "over grind" of the Stainless Damascus on the heel..
Another good foutune incident?:D

I like it. I can't help but notice that creative juice is flowing to the metal..

have fun and a a nice week-end

rgds
~D

WillC
08-17-2012, 03:08 PM
Thanks Eamon, my methods have evolved allot since I started, in order to keep the damascus cleaner. As I remember the passaround Suji, was different steels, I had infact muddled up the steels, and used two very similar ones, which is why the contrast was not like these. But of course there was no effect in use, it just made a more subtle pattern. The stainless dammy is fun, the pattern reveals with just polishing, the etch just gives it some extra bite. The 304L in the stainless mix and the pure Nickel will take a high polish and not be effected by the etch at all, giving it lots of bling potential:D The downside is, with buffing, I lost the black in my logo, but I can live with that.:biggrin: Got lots of handles to make now....:running:

WillC
08-17-2012, 03:11 PM
Looks lovely...

I noticed the "over grind" of the Stainless Damascus on the heel..
Another good foutune incident?:D

I like it. I can't help but notice that creative juice is flowing to the metal..

have fun and a a nice week-end

rgds
~D

Your totally right, I had a misshap with the heel on the buffing machine, so it got more rounded off than usual....Glad you like it....was a good warm up for your 2 stainless damascus ones, getting the finish right....:biggrin:

WillC
09-13-2012, 01:08 PM
Feels like I have not posted for ages. I have been plodding on in the workshop, and making the best of the rest of the summer getting out of the house in the evenings.... i'm getting ready for a big push on commissions,,,, :D thanks for all your patience, it makes the work a pleasure rather than a choir.
Here are a few WIP shots, two huge feather billets on the way for commission pieces, need to do one more stack to 4...then the final big stack and split...:viking:
These billets are in 01/15n20 with solid 01 to one side of the W's, so these blades will have a solid 01 edge.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120913_143000.jpg
01 requires more precise temperature control on the welding soaks
Here is the bit off the end of the billet after forging out... testing progress.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120913_154840.jpg
Ready for the next stack of 4 of each
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120821_152258.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120913_160112.jpg
And do it all again:D

Also this one prepped, a tasty sandwich of stainless damascus clad, with pure nickel separating a core of 14c28n...mmmmmmm yummy.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120913_142910.jpg

Thanks All:biggrin:

TB_London
09-13-2012, 04:42 PM
The HC lasted longer than I thought it would without tinkering :D
Is the Nickel keeping all the Carbon in the core of the stainless? Have you got a new camera too?

Burl Source
09-13-2012, 10:36 PM
Feels like I have not posted for ages.

You haven't. It has been nearly a month.
Sure, you have been busy. But we have needs too.

Just teasing you Will.
I have really missed seeing photos of the new stuff you are working on.

WillC
09-19-2012, 07:28 AM
Thank you Fellas, Tom, your right the nickel stops the carbon escaping, I have seen copper used as well for this purpose. It adds a bit of bling, but the 304 is very bright too so really its just a practical measure.
I'm just finishing some knives up, two feather for commission and a couple to add to my web shop, will get some pictures up light allowing later.

DeepCSweede
09-19-2012, 09:32 AM
Glad you are back Will, love to see your WIP's.

WillC
10-24-2012, 02:38 PM
General picture updates.
Thanks Dude, good to be back at it, :D... after more set backs with the hand i'm missioning on, with a combination of commissions and a few extras to put on my site, trying to make up for the down time.
Finally got the next to last stage in these two feather billets done, friday I will reweld and forge each into a nice loaf, to take slices. The billets are BIG, so thats good, and I've managed to keep the solid 01 on the edge, also good:biggrin:
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121024_105806.jpg

WillC
10-24-2012, 02:54 PM
Further to my experiments for Mark's Nakiri, I decided to do a twisty composite Cleaver, to make alongside and add to my Site. I may need some cleaver advise, I think it will be a meat chopper with double bevels, a fairly robust edge and the hollow ground faces, to shed some weight, and work with the pattern more than anything else, its currently, 210mm long by 70mm tall, 4.5mm over the choil and 2.5mm at the tip.
The pattern is pretty involved, Its a 9 bar composite, Top bar is a soft twist is 15n20 and 1080 with pure nickel, then the central 7 bars, a tight twist of 01/15n20 and pure nickel, then the edge bar, which is 01.
Some WIP on that one, I'll HT it when I do Marks next week probably now.
The Stack
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121023_163737.jpg
Welded and cleaned up, interesting to see the pattern clearly from different aspects.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121024_141104.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121024_141058.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121024_141052.jpg
Loads of material, but to get the best of the pattern, its quite wasteful.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121024_141201.jpg
Blank forged, tapered and ground clean...
The Pattern is called Persian Twist btw,old Skool stuff, but a first for me.:bliss:
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121024_182348-1.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121024_182334-1.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121024_182651.jpg
I have some finished pieces done also, I'll get some pics on the morrow. Thanks all:biggrin:

cclin
10-24-2012, 04:47 PM
very nice pattern:doublethumbsup:! I'm enjoy reading your WIP', keep updating!!:lol2:

WillC
10-24-2012, 05:53 PM
Thanks Charles, its an oldie, but one I've always wanted to try out. Will be interesting to see how much the pattern changes in the grind, I think the stars will become more fully formed as its ground closer to the core of the twists.:scratchhead:

barramonday
10-24-2012, 07:36 PM
Interesting, can't wait to see the finished cleaver.

JMJones
10-24-2012, 07:55 PM
Very impressive! thanks for showing.

Bulldogbacchus
10-24-2012, 08:57 PM
That's fantastic stuff Wiil. Bravo!
Keep us posted.

Crothcipt
10-25-2012, 12:18 AM
cool love the work that goes into damascus knives.

kalaeb
10-25-2012, 12:30 AM
Cool patterns.

Don Nguyen
10-25-2012, 02:04 AM
Will, what's your background? I don't see many people doing your kind of thing with stainless patterns, and your work is incredible. Your shop is jaw dropping too.

WillC
10-25-2012, 04:52 AM
Wow, thanks guys,:biggrin: Its fun to work on something different.
Don thanks man, Yes I have a background in hot forge work, after my blacksmithing course at Hereford I did a few years working for someone else, then set up my workshop in hereford, I have made forged gates, railings, and sculpture for the past 10 years, all fairly involved forgings and of my own design, I've had lots of ups and downs financially, but have always been proud of what I produced. I've dabbled with Damascus in the early years and made the odd blade, but only really got hit by the bug around 2 years ago. I only really make kitchen knives, and dabbled with razors, which I plan to explore more....I find Kitchen knives my biggest passion and challenge, as the geometry is so extreme, and these are knives we use every day. Its been a crazy journey and i learn day by day:biggrin:All credit to this great forum, it has been a hub and focus for my learning and continues to be.:doublethumbsup:

Justin0505
10-25-2012, 10:44 AM
Will is BACK!! Great to see that you are operational again and finally getting to that amazing cleaver idea that I know you've been thinking of for awhile.

You always have the best WIP and shop porn...and I guess the knives are nice too :)

Don Nguyen
10-25-2012, 10:53 AM
What do you do with that excess material that you don't use?

WillC
10-25-2012, 03:03 PM
There is very little off cut waste, in mosaic, a little off the end after each 4 stack is cut off as its folded over during forging. These are the pieces I normally polish up to show pattern progress. Other than that, waste is in the form of scale and dust:D I forge blades to size in most cases so there is minimal material to trim back. If I do have reasonable off cuts I hang on to them for bolsters or small knives:groucho:

WildBoar
10-25-2012, 04:19 PM
Glad to see you are healed up enough to play in the shop again. Your WIP pics are always nice to see!

Don Nguyen
10-25-2012, 09:55 PM
Ah, ok. I thought you had a giant billet and cut off half of it as scrap or something.



Loads of material, but to get the best of the pattern, its quite wasteful.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121024_141201.jpg

WillC
11-08-2012, 03:04 PM
The log of progress...:laugh:
From left to right, Billets for ferrules and end caps, Feather damascus blades for commission ready to be ground. And some soon to be finished and available ... Cleaver and two mosaic petty. Feather billet lumps on the end, One will soon be a Gyuto for Robin, will be enough for another full sized blade too. I'm on the Burke blades mostly this week, after that I will get all these rolling.:D
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121108_151820.jpg
This is the end of that big octagonal piece,, based on fire within, this will be for the endcaps. It is 01/15n20 mosaic enclosed in mild steel.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121108_151853.jpg
Quick peak at the feathers, they are fairly fine so wont really do the pattern justice until its all properly finished, These are 01/15n20 with more 01 on the edge. The edges all tested to 65hrc fully hardened so thats good. I have tempered back to 61 hrc.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121108_151912.jpg

brainsausage
11-08-2012, 03:15 PM
I love seeing these WIP pics Will. Glad to hear your hand is doing ok. And I'm VERY excited to get my Burke/Catcheside!!! Christmas is coming early this year:doublethumbsup:

RobinW
11-08-2012, 03:17 PM
How small and insignificant the little lump looks. And soon it will go from the ugly duckling to the beautiful swan.....
Looking forward to seeing it take shape!

WillC
11-15-2012, 07:25 AM
Grinding...grinding...grinding...grinding....and more grinding....hope I dont run out of belts:eek2:
Feathers and cleaver
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121114_154739.jpg
The cleaver is going to be a vegetable one. Its really a giant Nakiri. Still thick on the spine 4mm to 1mm, but with some extreme geometry, a real mans Nakiri:D
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121114_160521.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121114_155433.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121115_102053.jpg
Having given it a test run, I'm going to take the hollows even further, so that was a bit of a waste of the beginnings of a hand finish:(
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121115_102113.jpg
This will be a true one off, I will be making a tight twist 3x3 composite for the ferrule/endcap in pure nickel and 01, i'm even considering putting some copper in the mix. Jade color spacers and nickel silver, with a piece of high grade koa I have been saving.
Sorry for my self indulgence on this, but I get easily side tracked.:lol2:

RobinW
11-15-2012, 07:43 AM
Which one should i be looking at? ;-)

WillC
11-15-2012, 02:31 PM
Yours not forged out yet Robin, It will be though...soon...bit of a juggling going on here:D Your wood however arrived today:biggrin:

RobinW
11-15-2012, 02:45 PM
:bashhead:

WillC
11-18-2012, 06:53 PM
Patience man:laugh:
I've had a long weekend of work, the composite cleaver pics will have vanished, I am organizing them into a single WIP.:biggrin:

RobinW
11-19-2012, 04:04 AM
Don't worry, I'm in no hurry. just pulling your leg
Although i love pics!

WillC
11-19-2012, 04:15 PM
As it happens I forged out your Feather lump today:D
Here is some progress on Robin's Feather Gyuto.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3035.jpg
Blade carefully forged out and tapered.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3033.jpg
There is another lump there too enough for a 240-250 Gyuto, hint hint nudge nudge.
Rough forged profile
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3034.jpg
After a bit of a trim, pretty close to the template, let me know if you want any final tweaks, it can stand a little more drawing out so there will be a little wiggle room.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3040.jpg

RobinW
11-19-2012, 04:34 PM
Lets see what the group says first.
I think it looks pretty nice, but i will relook tomorrow morning.


Ohh, and on the other lump, you offering a 2 for 1 deal?:laugh:

RobinW
11-19-2012, 04:52 PM
Also, what do you think?

And if there is too much material, you could always make it longer right?

WillC
11-19-2012, 06:06 PM
I think it feels good, the taper is currently 4mm to 2mm. It is pickling clean overnight so i'll give it one more light run under the hammer to true the taper and stretch it a couple of mm so we have enough length to play with for final tweaks, Best to leave these complex patterns a bit thicker before grinding down to near final taper, then heat treatment, regrinding again after HT aiming for around 3mm 2mm 1mm on the spine. Taper wise, sound good?
2 for one...mmmmmm.... cheeky monkey:laugh: i need to sell the other bit...I have holes in all my trousers:sad0:
I do like this profile though, If you don't mind I may do the other bit the same profile, there will be subtle differences in the pattern from the forging process so you can then have the pick of either, I'll finish and put the other for sale.
Unless someone wants to jump in and commission the extra bit for something, this material takes a LONG time to produce so it would be a good cue jump. :groucho:

Crothcipt
11-19-2012, 06:18 PM
Just out of curiosity how is my little knife going?

WillC
11-19-2012, 06:24 PM
On its way my friend, I gave it a loving final hone and packaged it up. I'll post it in the morning.:)

Crothcipt
11-19-2012, 06:29 PM
:jumping::excited::thankyou::bliss:

RobinW
11-20-2012, 06:23 AM
I think it feels good, the taper is currently 4mm to 2mm. It is pickling clean overnight so i'll give it one more light run under the hammer to true the taper and stretch it a couple of mm so we have enough length to play with for final tweaks, Best to leave these complex patterns a bit thicker before grinding down to near final taper, then heat treatment, regrinding again after HT aiming for around 3mm 2mm 1mm on the spine. Taper wise, sound good?
2 for one...mmmmmm.... cheeky monkey:laugh: i need to sell the other bit...I have holes in all my trousers:sad0:
I do like this profile though, If you don't mind I may do the other bit the same profile, there will be subtle differences in the pattern from the forging process so you can then have the pick of either, I'll finish and put the other for sale.

Unless someone wants to jump in and commission the extra bit for something, this material takes a LONG time to produce so it would be a good cue jump. :groucho:


Feel free to use the pattern, i am flattered you like it... Also, if i get two to choose from, seems like a win to me.
Taper proportions sounds fine. Basically I like thin knives w/o too much flex and hitting the sweet spot between food release and drop through food. Tall order, i know! but that is the target.

I'll trade you a pair of pants (without holes) for the second one :happymug:

WillC
11-20-2012, 05:21 PM
I only wear solid gold trousers for allergy reasons, But second hand ones would do.:laugh:
Some pics of yours Robin after another quick run under the hammer and a quick dirty grind and etch to check its all looking in the right place.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3065.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3066.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3068.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3064.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3063.jpg
And profile check, little more wiggle room, I probably wont tweak to final size till after HT now.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20121120_161824.jpg

RobinW
11-20-2012, 05:30 PM
Nice! Starting to look really good!

On the pants, will spray paint do?

WillC
11-20-2012, 07:20 PM
Lol I could just spray paint my legs and pretend i'm wearing trousers, or ask everyone else to pretend I'm wearing trousers...Its all gone rather surreal:spin chair:

RobinW
11-21-2012, 03:01 AM
You think? I have a 6 year old that loves a series of books called "Captain Underpants". The hero is a hypnotized principal that flies around in his underwear with a red curtain as cape to save the world.
On your idea of painting the legs, when i was a id there was a story about the kings new clothes. You are right up his alley!


Keep the photos coming though! :laugh:

WillC
11-28-2012, 02:39 PM
Feather blades - Now doing the handles for Ted, Kwong and Daniel's feather blades, and the extra cleaver and a Truffula damascus Petty. Getting Ferrules and endcaps, spacers and fittings sorted.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3146.jpg
Blades will remain at 180 grit hand finish until the handles are done, then I'll finish and etch them.
Daniel, 180mm Petty and a 300mm Suji
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3147.jpg
Kwong, slim profile 230mm Suji
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3149.jpg
Ted's 180mm deep profile petty
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3150.jpg
Robin's and Scots will hopefully progress next week after I get this lot finished. :D
Those waiting for feather blades from this batch, here is a teaser of the fine pattern on a small hunter I did from this batch. Needs a bit longer in the etch, but you get the idea.:groucho:
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3106.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3110.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3127.jpg

RobinW
11-28-2012, 04:47 PM
Nice!
There are more blades heading to Sweden?

WillC
11-28-2012, 04:55 PM
The pair and Ted's are heading to the States and the narrow Suji to Japan ... Then yours, I should send that to Sweden, would be a good start:D And Scot's to to Scotland. A fine distribution of the feathers.:bliss:

RobinW
11-28-2012, 05:22 PM
OK wrong Daniel...

WillC
11-29-2012, 03:37 PM
After a bit of dashing around this morning realizing I had run out of this......and that, I got down to some handles.
The Suji and Petty pair first...
Slots done and fit up on the ferrules..
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3153.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3154.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3155.jpg
With the handle parts dry jigged, parts are ground square with the right taper and close to dimensions, then ground in at 45 degrees with a nice fresh ceramic belt to shift the damascus.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3157.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3158.jpg
With that done and trued up... I carefully shape the front taper.
First the sides.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3159.jpg
Then the corners washed in to match.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3160.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3165.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3166.jpg
Next step Gluing and final fit up and finish..
Looking forward to polishing up that red Koa and of course etching all the damascus parts:D

WillC
11-30-2012, 02:17 PM
More Handle progress on Ted's and Kwong's....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3167.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3169.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3170.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3171.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3174.jpg
Have a great weekend all:biggrin:

Burl Source
11-30-2012, 08:33 PM
I am enjoying watching these come together.
Thank you for posting the photos Will.
I envy the future owners.

statusquo
11-30-2012, 09:58 PM
These are great wip pics of some awesome pieces coming out of your shop. Just a question on those damascus ferrules, are they solid and if so does this dramatically effect the feeling of the knife? I saw that you use a dowel method to move the balance point around but does this still leave the blade with a more substantial feel?

WillC
12-01-2012, 12:33 PM
Thanks Mark, :)
With the dammy ferrules, They are made from a solid piece, drilled through for the dowel, leaving a few mm for the slot to be shaped, then of course more material is removed on grinding, but they do add weight, but the weight is absorbed in the balance of the knife. The big Suji is balanced around an inch ahead of the choil, where as the smaller 180 petty front of handle. But it would depend on the customer, if someone requested a medium size knife with a blade biased balance with a wide diameter handle as they have big hands damascus would not be advised for the ferrule.

WillC
01-14-2013, 11:01 AM
4 Carbon Blades on the bench, hopefully all but nearly finished by the end of the week.
Blades now all rough ground ready to start on the handles before finishing/etching etc.
Robin's feather Gyuto.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130111_151717.jpg
Scot's Feather Suji
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130111_151729.jpg
Murray 01 Gyuto
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130111_151741.jpg
Clayton, 01, Suji/Honesuki hibred, (sorry for the delay on this one)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130111_151753.jpg
Handle parts getting laid out ready for drilling etc.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130114_105343.jpg

Guys waiting on stainless blades, sorry again for the delay, it has much to do with working in batches. So all the stainless will be done at once blades next week. Many Thanks :biggrin:
Will

steeley
01-17-2013, 01:09 AM
Cool pictures Will . Thanks

Chcmuzza
01-17-2013, 10:50 PM
Looking good!

WillC
02-04-2013, 02:39 PM
Thanks Guys, have been a bit slow so far this year I know. seem to have spent allot of time mending things, but i'm getting there, some finished pieces will emerge at last this week. Have also been laminating some bohler n690 between 304L to see how I like it. Sorry for delays, sometimes this is a tricky time of year. Will be flying back into things now.:biggrin:

WillC
02-14-2013, 02:15 PM
Nearly done on these Guys.
A little progress from earlier.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130212_141810_zpse27b1bfe.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130212_141714_zpsd22a4218.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130212_141747_zpsb96bebeb.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130214_125814_zps369cc176.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130214_125820_zps4c7e5771.jpg
Just some final finish and Handle damascus etch to go.:biggrin:

RobinW
02-14-2013, 03:26 PM
Whhhhhhhhhhhooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!:happy mug:

By the way, how many layers?

WillC
02-14-2013, 05:12 PM
Your Handle has come out good too Robin, I worked it on the diamond back to octagonal so as to have a nice top/bottom 50/50 ish of the dark. The balance is a little further forward as its all wood. Its 25mm ahead of the choil as i remember. If this is too far forward i can add a piece of round brass bar drilled into the butt.
Layers, cant remember now, the same as the competition billet. Will be about 15-20 x 6 x 4 x 4 x 7 so 10,000 plus.

I have some more news, I'm sorting some lighting out, but I have a fairly decent camera now, to attach to my head to make a series of videos going through all the knife making processes. Catcheside Cam:lol2:

Stainless mono batch takes priority next, but alongside I am starting the next damascus batch.

Next up on the damascus front is More Feather damascus, a basket weave/micro W's composite and some nice damascus clad san mai in carbon and stainless.

Oh and Spoons!:biggrin:
Thanks all.

knyfeknerd
02-14-2013, 05:45 PM
Gorgeous steel Will.

van Zanten
02-14-2013, 07:48 PM
shiiiit...... that feather pattern is very very very beautiful!!! Did you laminate feather over a core? What's in the core?

RobinW
02-15-2013, 03:20 AM
Your Handle has come out good too Robin, I worked it on the diamond back to octagonal so as to have a nice top/bottom 50/50 ish of the dark. The balance is a little further forward as its all wood. Its 25mm ahead of the choil as i remember. If this is too far forward i can add a piece of round brass bar drilled into the butt.
Layers, cant remember now, the same as the competition billet. Will be about 15-20 x 6 x 4 x 4 x 7 so 10,000 plus.

Oh and Spoons!:biggrin:
Thanks all.

I like the balance point rather forward, so please leave as is.
Glad to hear the wood came out nice, it's a cool piece but it was a little bit risky...

Will there be other than marmelade spoons?

Thanks

WillC
02-15-2013, 06:10 AM
Yes Robin, some forged stainless tasting spoons.:biggrin:

Lefty
02-15-2013, 09:07 AM
Will, they damascus is the best looking I've ever seen. I'm honestly amazed!

marc4pt0
02-15-2013, 09:53 AM
That feather Damascus is unreal. Seriously. Un freaking poopmypants slapsomebody real.

WillC
02-15-2013, 01:54 PM
Thanks Guys :biggrin: Van Zanten, No I don't use a core in Mosaic, I find the pattern gets too lost and distorted. The 01 edge is part of the pattern.

I have given up smoking for 12 days now, also started doing Yoga, yep its some sort of new me:lol2: Honestly though I have a ton of energy all of a sudden.:D

Anyway some pics of these 4 getting finished. Will do the very final touches tomorrow and these will be done.

Murray's Gyuto, had a bit of a mare with this one as we tried to use real jade for the handle bits, which ended up just being impossible with my tooling at least.
So we have Malachite, Jade powder/in epoxy, and the customers provided wood. This was not stabilized but doesn't really need it. Its from New-zealand I forget the names, was a pain to finish but we got there.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_120321_zps48dad441.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_120722_zps1c6c5dac.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_122545_zps3212a83c.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_122552_zpse5224ae2.jpg
Had to stop and add CA glue at this point because of the voids appearing in the eyes.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_124453_zps80961758.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_125629_zps7abd0220.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_145056_zps4eb0fff9.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_144705_zps43780fb3.jpg
Clayton, Long awaited...
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_133832_zps0bb1deb5.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_133912_zpsb73983fe.jpg
Scot's Handle endcap in the etch....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_134019_zps6ecb5ff3.jpg
Those blades and handles are all done now, just to attach and sharpen. All the blades have already been sharpened and tested on food once before final hand sanding. This just helps ensure the edge geometry is spot on on the stones before hand finishing. So final honing is not much more than a kiss on the hone to set a bevel.....then polish it.
Next lot of damascus getting started...
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130215_140034_zps4f293f92.jpg
Thanks All, have a wonderful weekend:)

RobinW
02-15-2013, 03:03 PM
Nice, but Im missing one....

WillC
02-15-2013, 03:12 PM
Need to polish the highs on the dammy ones, I'll get some gallery pics when they are all spangling tomorrow.:whistling:

scott6452
02-15-2013, 04:31 PM
Ok i'm getting excited now :laugh:

Chcmuzza
02-16-2013, 04:02 PM
Hey Will

Looking good, the birdseye Totara has come up well and the kauri doesn't look too bad either!

Cheers

WillC
02-19-2013, 06:23 PM
They are amazing woods for sure, Cheers dude.
Sorry, all these are finished, Gallery pics are done, I'll finish editing and get them up in the morning before I head to the workshop.:)

WillC
02-20-2013, 01:37 PM
Stainless batch now in progress. Profiles are roughly there and tapering on the way.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130220_163852_zpsdadf8e3a.jpg

statusquo
02-20-2013, 07:54 PM
Aaaawww yeah, I think I see mine!

WillC
02-27-2013, 06:04 AM
Heat treatment, Cryo...
The cleaver was obviously not going to fit in the dewar....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130226_152503_zpsc9c6a84e.jpg
So a tray method was employed.

All heat treated
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130226_153838_zps0b5b8750.jpg

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130226_155145_zps08f3525f.jpg
Thanks All:biggrin:

Igasho
02-27-2013, 09:18 AM
sexy, i like the look of frost on them blades

WillC
03-21-2013, 11:38 AM
Ok Mostly all ground. I had a problem with the Cleaver with the hollow grind, it got a bit too thin so will need to do a remake on that one.
Some handle part pondering.......
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130321_112335_zps027522f1.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130321_112348_zpsab6e32ee.jpg
These two are for Matt, we had some amazing Rosewood from Mark for these, but I had not checked the width and they were a bit narrow to drill for dowels, So am using a hidden tang method, should go great with the style of knife and handle in this case.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130321_113827_zpscb927c88.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130321_113844_zps55fd01be.jpg

WillC
04-16-2013, 12:56 PM
A little update from my custom corner. I'm sorry I have been taking so long to get custom work out recently. It is because I have been trying some new things with the utility line and some experimental pieces. I think it is time to make a list of everything currently underway so you can see exactly where we are.
It is my 36th birthday on monday and I plan to have a short break next week. I am going to ride my motorcycle up the welsh coast and eat fish on the beach, and generally chill and see some sights.

So before I go I am finishing of some of the stainless batch this week and over the weekend.

Kurt -ground - handle bits prepped
Matt x2- ground,handle bits prepped
Alan x 2- ground, handle bits prepped.

The rest will have to wait until my return.

These two had to be done again because of a warping issue.:sad0:

John stainless Cleaver - Profiled.
Alberto stainless suji - profiled.

David x3 stainless heat treat and tapered.
David x2 stainless dammy- carbon core- some test pieces made, yet to start on actual pieces.

Jim Trojan - material made, wood received.
Gary Cornell - Feather damascus x2. material under way, wood received.

That is all the stuff that is in progress at the moment and to be completed over the next 2 months or so I would estimate. I really appreciate your patience.:biggrin:

chinacats
04-17-2013, 12:19 AM
Happy 36th Will, hope you have a great trip!

mc2442
04-17-2013, 12:28 AM
Happy birthday! Sounds like a great way to spend it.

scotchef38
04-17-2013, 01:48 AM
Happy birthday Will.Watch out for the Volvos.

WillC
04-17-2013, 02:18 AM
Lol cheers Guys. Range Rover drivers seem to consistently try and kill me mostly, don't know why. I generally just assume everyone is going to pull out on me, just in case:D

theo59
04-17-2013, 03:15 AM
Happy birthday Will. glad all is well, have fun, cheers!

zitangy
04-17-2013, 02:04 PM
Happy Birthday Will...

Have fun and stay sharp...
Rgds David

TB_London
04-17-2013, 02:39 PM
If you're coming by the South wales coast swing by for a beer

ejd53
04-17-2013, 02:49 PM
Happy Birthday Will, have a great trip.

WillC
04-18-2013, 05:19 AM
Thanks Guys, very much. :)
Tom I'm heading to St Davids Via as many wiggly mountain roads as possible....Then up to Snowdonia from there. About Thursday I'm heading south again to go to a bash in Bristol, so if the timing works out a Cardiff stop may work out.

Mrmnms
04-18-2013, 09:45 AM
Take some pix to share Will. Hope you're having great time. Savor every moment.

WillC
05-24-2013, 03:25 PM
Finally, this stainless batch have taken forever, so sorry about that. Will be finishing on Kurts, A.B's and Matts pairs. The rest to follow as i'm starting on forging out damascus san mai orders next week. Then cracking on with the Feather damascus batch...which has grown somewhat:D

This morning,
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130524_114522_zpsb0f63489.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130524_114522_zpsb0f63489.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130524_114702_zpsfd0f87c2.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130524_114702_zpsfd0f87c2.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130524_114711_zpsb76fecd4.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130524_114711_zpsb76fecd4.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130524_114720_zpsbe588d3d.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130524_114720_zpsbe588d3d.jpg.html)

All are finished shaped and shiny now, just have to etch my logo in the morning.

I'm working on some specials over the bank holiday weekend which I have been thinking about for a while. I got the wood for them a while a go, gona bit quite loud:D
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130524_114646_zps6a9e2581.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130524_114646_zps6a9e2581.jpg.html)

WillC
06-02-2013, 08:12 AM
More on these two Stainless clad specials. And some experimenting with the handles...
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130531_092203_zps4cdce0c2.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130531_092203_zps4cdce0c2.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130531_104417_zpscb875be6.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130531_104417_zpscb875be6.jpg.html)

The split Ferrule is Nickel silver a 5 mm stainless spacer and nickel silver. Thought I would experiment with a fuller in the stainless spacer.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130531_120400_zps39142538.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130531_120400_zps39142538.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130531_130148_zpsff089dcd.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130531_130148_zpsff089dcd.jpg.html)

Mid grind

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130531_171655_zps34bd8b7d.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130531_171655_zps34bd8b7d.jpg.html)

Fully ground, ready for final finish and fit up....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130601_150525_zps316e9e0e.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130601_150525_zps316e9e0e.jpg.html)

As I remember they are a 260mm Gyuto and 280mm Suji. Will be finished and available next week.:)

ecchef
06-02-2013, 08:55 AM
Drop dead gorgeous Will! Please excuse me now...I have to hold up a convenience store. :spiteful:

scott6452
06-02-2013, 10:48 AM
I don't need another catcheside suji, I don't need another catcheside suji....do I need another catcheside Suji?!... I need another catcheside suji!!

WillC
06-03-2013, 01:44 PM
Thank goodness for you knife knuts:D Thanks Fellas.

Polishing lots of little bits of steel all afternoon I was. Sometimes it helps to get a bit Zen with your work:)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130603_145606_zpsc5fd59ca.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130603_145606_zpsc5fd59ca.jpg.html)

WillC
06-06-2013, 04:08 PM
Got around to getting these finished today, lots and lots of time playing with the finish. Fully polished out was too much, so settled on a very good even hand finish and a light buff.
You will see lots of activity here, because we have an 01 core then a layer of pure nickel then a very thin layer of more high carbon steel to get some nice frosty activity in the stainless cladding.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130606_112702_zps64edb6f9.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130606_112702_zps64edb6f9.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130606_112731_zps0a06d1ec.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130606_112731_zps0a06d1ec.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130606_113641_zps8697b19b.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130606_113641_zps8697b19b.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130606_121126_zps69630385.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130606_121126_zps69630385.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130606_121206_zpsd602f8f1.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130606_121206_zpsd602f8f1.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130606_122504_zpsb8c02cb9.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130606_122504_zpsb8c02cb9.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130606_135154_zps5768adc7.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130606_135154_zps5768adc7.jpg.html)

Finished articles, now happy with the finish, honed, they cut fantastically, tested on dinner:D Rude not to , Gallery pics to follow.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130606_201416_zpseaf86512.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130606_201416_zpseaf86512.jpg.html)

Mr.Magnus
06-06-2013, 04:15 PM
thay look sick Will. outstanding work!

chinacats
06-06-2013, 04:20 PM
Gorgeous!

scott6452
06-06-2013, 05:11 PM
Lovely! Man that gyuto would really match my suji...

GlassEye
06-06-2013, 05:28 PM
:bigeek:Those are awesome.

WillC
06-19-2013, 01:06 PM
A couple in progress.
Just finishing off this special ground Nakiri.
Gettin the hollows established and bevels flat and even, back and forth several times between grinder and diamond plate getting it right. Then I can move to finishing processes. Its very time consuming, but worth it for the results of cutting.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130619_134042_zpsc62f236c.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130619_134042_zpsc62f236c.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130619_134523_zpsc8fbf01f.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130619_134523_zpsc8fbf01f.jpg.html)

And a quick test piece for stainless damascus clad knives coming up. I may do something a bit different and just do this as double bevel, with very subtle hollows above the bevels, hand rubbed and etched, bevels stone finish..... maybe...what do you think?
After HT and temper cycles
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130619_144000_zps4d6c82cf.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130619_144000_zps4d6c82cf.jpg.html)

After a quick grind and etch, core will come up a fair bit yet....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130619_155439_zps0a242018.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130619_155439_zps0a242018.jpg.html)

Mrmnms
06-19-2013, 01:22 PM
What the core steel Will? Looks most promising?

WillC
06-19-2013, 01:39 PM
carbon, 01 in the middle:D

Crothcipt
06-19-2013, 02:10 PM
looks very cool, and time consuming.

Mike9
06-21-2013, 07:57 AM
Beautiful work Will - really.

WillC
06-26-2013, 12:44 PM
Thanks Guys, some more on these. Then I will be finishing Davids 5 pieces.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130626_152753_zps586eef5a.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130626_152753_zps586eef5a.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130626_154258_zpsc86a0279.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130626_154258_zpsc86a0279.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130626_155535_zps3a934e9f.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130626_155535_zps3a934e9f.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130626_155551_zps6adbe508.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130626_155551_zps6adbe508.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130626_155749_zps576e9cd3.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130626_155749_zps576e9cd3.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130626_155755_zpsb449fd5d.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130626_155755_zpsb449fd5d.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130626_155854_zps749fda4c.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130626_155854_zps749fda4c.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130626_155835_zps4ea3fb5b.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130626_155835_zps4ea3fb5b.jpg.html)

The Stainless damascus clad Gyuto is 245mm and the Carbon Special grind Nakiri is 220mm. These will be up for sale shortly with full details.:biggrin:

WillC
07-30-2013, 02:56 PM
Wood of good, Two pieces chosen by customers for upcoming work.
Ironwood from arizona ironwood, I will be getting some of this fro myself I think ;) and some amazing buckeye from burlsource.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130730_091850_zps42cfede8.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130730_091850_zps42cfede8.jpg.html)
Mid grind, more stainless damascus san mai..... Teaser
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130730_160733_zps671e0380.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130730_160733_zps671e0380.jpg.html)
Finally got my own Dewar, fed up with the terrible hold time and small neck on the rental.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130724_141014_zps24d15e4f.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130724_141014_zps24d15e4f.jpg.html)
This was brand new never opened as the chap said he decided to store his sperm somewhere else.:eek2: second hand price, couldn't refuse. Has a fantastic hold time and decent neck size. Finally got my furnace issue sorted too as it was going though coils every couple of months and leaving me in the lurch often, now sorted thank goodness. :)

zitangy
07-30-2013, 06:46 PM
Finally got my own Dewar, fed up with the terrible hold time and small neck on the rental.

This was brand new never opened as the chap said he decided to store his sperm somewhere else.:eek2: second hand price, couldn't refuse. Has a fantastic hold time and decent neck size. Finally got my furnace issue sorted too as it was going though coils every couple of months and leaving me in the lurch often, now sorted thank goodness. :)

Thats a real sexy Dewar...

Capable holding that many shots ? :)

Congratulations......
D

ChuckTheButcher
07-30-2013, 07:49 PM
I think that's my buckeye. Very exciting.

wellminded1
07-30-2013, 09:06 PM
I think that's my buckeye. Very exciting.


I was hoping it was my buckeye, hahahaha. We both have great taste though.

chinacats
07-30-2013, 09:29 PM
That Ironwood is totally badass! The buckeye is pretty sweet as well.

CB1968
07-31-2013, 04:15 AM
Will that Ironwood looks amazing can't wait to see it with Damascus ferrule and endcap, nice.

scotchef38
07-31-2013, 06:12 AM
Wood of good, Two pieces chosen by customers for upcoming work.
Ironwood from arizona ironwood, I will be getting some of this fro myself I think ;) and some amazing buckeye from burlsource.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130730_091850_zps42cfede8.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130730_091850_zps42cfede8.jpg.html)
Mid grind, more stainless damascus san mai..... Teaser
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130730_160733_zps671e0380.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130730_160733_zps671e0380.jpg.html)
Finally got my own Dewar, fed up with the terrible hold time and small neck on the rental.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130724_141014_zps24d15e4f.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130724_141014_zps24d15e4f.jpg.html)
This was brand new never opened as the chap said he decided to store his sperm somewhere else.:eek2: second hand price, couldn't refuse. Has a fantastic hold time and decent neck size. Finally got my furnace issue sorted too as it was going though coils every couple of months and leaving me in the lurch often, now sorted thank goodness. :)

Thats a big bucket of sperm!

WillC
07-31-2013, 03:21 PM
Here is your piece of buckeye fella,
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130731_121101_zps57db42ac.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130731_121101_zps57db42ac.jpg.html)

Finishing up Davids pieces.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130731_121022_zps120cf8cd.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130731_121022_zps120cf8cd.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130731_121027_zps983c7b35.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130731_121027_zps983c7b35.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130731_163012_zps0d86e18d.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130731_163012_zps0d86e18d.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130731_163018_zps990c6aed.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130731_163018_zps990c6aed.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130731_171129_zpsc90634c8.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130731_171129_zpsc90634c8.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130731_175009_zps55f38850.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130731_175009_zps55f38850.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130731_175106_zps1365b8fd.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130731_175106_zps1365b8fd.jpg.html)

The customer favors a front of handle balance. With all wood handles balance will be a little forward of the choil naturally. Balance on these will be brought back with a brass dowl/stainless endcap combo.:groucho:

I am aiming to have two in stainless damascus clad finished next.
Blanks ready to forge out.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130731_175514_zpsff3fd2e9.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130731_175514_zpsff3fd2e9.jpg.html)
The smaller one will be a good 240mm the big one will be bigger.:) They will be stainless damascus fittings and fullered spacer.
Everything I have to go out in stainless mono is heat treated ready to grind. Sorry for the delays for you chaps. Its been a pain to have both nitrogen and a working furnace at the same time. Problems now sorted.
Next week I hope to finally get around to finishing this latest feather batch of 6 commissioned knives, for the first time there will be none spare all spoken for.:) It is going to be something a bit different again from the last batch and very special.

ChiliPepper
08-01-2013, 05:04 AM
I'm bloody speechless. Came late on this post and had to go through all the pics and WIP in one go... now I have an idea of what Stendhal Syndrome might feel like...

WillC
08-01-2013, 04:51 PM
Thank you CP I had to google that. What an excellent syndrome! If you want even more my old WIP thread is updates from metal land.
A little more, I thought it was wednesday all day today, always dissapointing to have lost a day somewhere:sad0:
Balance achieved with brass dowel and end cap to suit each.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130801_111558_zps42c5c827.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130801_111558_zps42c5c827.jpg.html)
With a little testing http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130801_111635_zps0953d375.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130801_111635_zps0953d375.jpg.html)
All ready to polish and etch
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130801_145659_zps2e165a31.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130801_145659_zps2e165a31.jpg.html)

WillC
08-02-2013, 03:05 PM
These 5 are finished handles fixed on, just need honing, does not take more than a stroke or two to set the bevel on 1000grit stone when they are this thin at the edge. I will work the tips and hone them over the weekend , will ship to you early next week David.

Many pictures to follow hope to get a chance to do some gallery shots of them on sunday/monday. Making a start on the next two is stainless dammy tomorrow.


http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130802_140617_zpsf4666c50.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130802_140617_zpsf4666c50.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130802_140635_zps5014bc45.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130802_140635_zps5014bc45.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130802_140654_zps5a424c05.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130802_140654_zps5a424c05.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130802_140701_zps961046a8.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130802_140701_zps961046a8.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130802_140805_zpsc6fe25a5.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130802_140805_zpsc6fe25a5.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130802_154008_zps901eedfd.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130802_154008_zps901eedfd.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130802_154125_zpsac11c51a.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130802_154125_zpsac11c51a.jpg.html)

WillC
08-02-2013, 03:06 PM
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130802_140600_zps043e31f2.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130802_140600_zps043e31f2.jpg.html)

Mucho Bocho
08-02-2013, 03:36 PM
lookers Will!

zitangy
08-02-2013, 03:44 PM
Great balancing act Will. Tks for the adjustment of the balance point to where I like it..

Hv a nice week-end.

rgds

D

Aphex
08-02-2013, 11:47 PM
Top class work as usual.

Will, has your grind evolved over the past year or so? It looks like the blades have bocome a touch thicker with greater convexity maybe.

WillC
08-03-2013, 01:42 AM
Cheers my dear. Yes in the very start I had a 3/2/1 grind on taper. Usually forged pieces were just over 3mm. Whilst at the moment I have stuck with 3mm stock for mono knives. The damascus and san mai pieces have gone to a shade under 4mm over the year. This as a result of my own testing and customer requests for a firmer knife, or just to do my thing which has tended to be a thicker knife with more convex geometry but so very fine at the edge.

marc4pt0
08-03-2013, 07:36 AM
Want to say something funny, witty and sarcastic too downplay the tremendous talent you're showing us here. But it's too early still. So, meh...

And I'm still saving my coin to get another knife from you!

WillC
08-07-2013, 03:18 PM
You know you want another :D. Some little ones coming up in stainless damascus, and some big ones....

Her big ones forge tapered, profiles tweaked , pretty much ready for HT

Little ones rough profiled wanting a bit more forge tapering prior to HT.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130807_122624_zps93876fa9.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130807_122624_zps93876fa9.jpg.html)

Thats not a knife mate.....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130807_122555_zps57bcc40a.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130807_122555_zps57bcc40a.jpg.html)

Little ones after a bit more forging.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130807_125536_zps39b6c29b.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130807_125536_zps39b6c29b.jpg.html)

All got HT'd today also and got the stainless damascus for fittings drawn out and left to pickle clean too:viking:

Lefty
08-07-2013, 10:03 PM
I need one. Yup...it's official. Man.....

chinacats
08-08-2013, 02:56 PM
Sweet! Looks like you've been a busy man.

Cheers!

WillC
08-10-2013, 11:23 AM
Playing around with the first two, (Smallest) Parers getting the dimension and feel of the handle correct........
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130809_165710_zps93961341.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130809_165710_zps93961341.jpg.html)
100mm one next to an icle 70mm one.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130809_165807_zpsefafc688.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130809_165807_zpsefafc688.jpg.html)
Handle needs and endcap and thinning down..
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130809_171214_zps173c154b.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130809_171214_zps173c154b.jpg.html)
I ended up narrowing down at the choil as well to make it comfortable.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130809_171240_zps65351357.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130809_171240_zps65351357.jpg.html)
Endcap on, now just over 9cm handle and slimmed down.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_100625_zpsc617bb27.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_100625_zpsc617bb27.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_100645_zps12223d23.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_100645_zps12223d23.jpg.html)
Much better
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_100612_zps8518631b.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_100612_zps8518631b.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_100631_zps5449fb01.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_100631_zps5449fb01.jpg.html)
Other smaller ones handle done in the same way.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_135639_zps344e5cc7.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_135639_zps344e5cc7.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_135646_zpsa831c141.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_135646_zpsa831c141.jpg.html)

WillC
08-10-2013, 11:28 AM
Little Dinky ones before fixing the handles on.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_140217_zps50f7640d.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_140217_zps50f7640d.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_140143_zpsf833e53a.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_140143_zpsf833e53a.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_140135_zps956afd41.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_140135_zps956afd41.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_140125_zps3b5519f5.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_140125_zps3b5519f5.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_140111_zps02ca087a.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_140111_zps02ca087a.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_140053_zpsebb73310.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_140053_zpsebb73310.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_140047_zpsf47f5ef6.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_140047_zpsf47f5ef6.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130810_140038_zps6498b8cd.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130810_140038_zps6498b8cd.jpg.html)
Just finishing them up and honing now:D

jigert
08-10-2013, 03:20 PM
They look magnificent, Will! Great work!

ejd53
08-10-2013, 07:38 PM
Boy Will, Damascus San Mai parers. Gotta get me one of them.

WillC
08-10-2013, 07:40 PM
Thank you. Will get some proper pics and put them up for sale on monday. These two are the smallest at just over 70mm the rest are 80-85 and one 100mm.

Mrmnms
08-10-2013, 08:18 PM
They are gorgeous Will.

bahamaroot
08-11-2013, 12:09 AM
Excellent blades!

WillC
08-11-2013, 07:57 AM
Thanks for the Parer love fellas. Will get these done tomorrow, bit under the weather today, having a day of rest :)

Don Nguyen
08-12-2013, 04:08 PM
Those are some of the best parers I have seen Will. I've always been puzzled on how the choil/machi area should look like, especially with a wa, but you have nailed it.

Mrmnms
08-12-2013, 05:27 PM
I dont think I've seen nicer anywhere Will . Feel better

WillC
08-22-2013, 02:53 PM
I am feeling better this week by and large. Many Thanks
Here are some more on these two....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130821_125416_zps5a0c507b.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130821_125416_zps5a0c507b.jpg.html)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130822_154800_zpsace6ab69.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130822_154800_zpsace6ab69.jpg.html)

The Big Gyuto is gona be a 290mm, Its stainless damascus clad again, this time with matching stainless steel damascus split ferrule and endcap. :D

chinacats
08-22-2013, 03:33 PM
Glad to see you feeling better...knives look sweet!

cookinstuff
08-23-2013, 12:31 AM
Nice stuff Will. Killer profiles on those. I received the smallest paring knife today, wow that was fast to Canada, I have never had something come so fast before. I haven't tried it yet, I got it just now after work. Gonna bring it in tomorrow, have a bit of work for it, but Saturday should be a good test, it looks like exactly what I wanted. It's a very short paring knife, with an amazing profile, it's not too short at the heel, and not too tall, like I said, I will have to give it a workout before I know, but just looking at it, it seems perfect.

The fit and finish on this is phenomenal, the polish/finish on the blade is amazing too. The handle has the perfect amount of flaring towards the butt end, even the space from the liner to the next ridge is all even. Been eying this for fifteen minutes and can't find a blemish, which for a knife this small is really something. Balance is just behind the jade spacer, which makes it feel like you have something in your hand even though it doesn't weigh much, it feels right. Thanks alot Will, this is a tool you should be really proud of, I'm honoured to have the oppurtunity to give your work a spot in my kit. Thanks again!

Sincerely,
Adam Bryant

WillC
08-23-2013, 04:29 AM
Thanks Adam for the feedback, glad you love it:)

cookinstuff
08-24-2013, 12:21 AM
Yup, gave this guy a good tryout today, had a fair amount of paring type jobs, it's to me the perfect paring knife. I like a good short blade, it's perfect for shrimp and for coring it's great for in hand work. Gonna call this "Little Willy". If there are any fence sitters out there, I would grab one of these ready mades as Will gets them finished. Or, when he starts taking custom orders I would hop on his list, this man is a pro. Thanks again Will, super sexy stuff here. Took a few pics and put it in my gallery, she is quite the sight.

WillC
08-24-2013, 01:20 AM
Little Willy, lol, Thanks mate :)

Lefty
08-24-2013, 04:47 AM
Adam (and Will), I agree with your comments on Will's work. I'm fortunate enough to have handled two of his knives, and the grinds are beautiful, and the craftsmanship is out of this world. I can't think of a more "perfect" knife than the one I have here, that is in for a saya. Just unreal!

WillC
08-29-2013, 02:23 PM
Thank you my friend, where were we with these....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130828_111151_zps3b31650a.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130828_111151_zps3b31650a.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130828_120027_zps92f52edf.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130828_120027_zps92f52edf.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130828_120034_zps98fabaca.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130828_120034_zps98fabaca.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_114238_zpsbfd78afa.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_114238_zpsbfd78afa.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_114245_zps5947c041.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_114245_zps5947c041.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_114158_zpscee1aca4.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_114158_zpscee1aca4.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_135755_zps3dca2303.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_135755_zps3dca2303.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_135830_zps51a99deb.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_135830_zps51a99deb.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_142553_zpsb89531a6.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_142553_zpsb89531a6.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_142606_zps21423eb2.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_142606_zps21423eb2.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_142613_zps2a0d0802.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_142613_zps2a0d0802.jpg.html)

WillC
08-29-2013, 02:25 PM
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_142653_zps4b5b82f3.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_142653_zps4b5b82f3.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_142704_zps914dddff.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_142704_zps914dddff.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_142646_zps485f2e23.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_142646_zps485f2e23.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_142711_zpscb321a79.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_142711_zpscb321a79.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_145533_zps8899ab6f.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_145533_zps8899ab6f.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130829_145548_zps250b139a.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130829_145548_zps250b139a.jpg.html)

statusquo
08-29-2013, 02:29 PM
Holy sh!t!!!

Timthebeaver
08-29-2013, 02:35 PM
Holy sh!t!!!

This.

jigert
08-29-2013, 03:03 PM
Damn, Will! I'm speechless. I have no speech.

CB1968
08-29-2013, 04:51 PM
Will these knives look amazing your work is beautiful, very well done

cookinstuff
08-29-2013, 11:48 PM
this is crazy stuff, good work Will, keep it up.

Nasr
08-30-2013, 01:09 AM
These are absolutely Stunning!

Justin0505
08-30-2013, 04:12 AM
Those very well might be the 2 most beautiful knives I've seen from you, and you've made A LOT of really beautiful stuff.

ecchef
08-30-2013, 04:38 AM
Don't take this the wrong way Will, but those really should be in an art museum. :ubersexy:

WillC
09-11-2013, 11:28 AM
Sorry for the lack of updates. My time is a little thin at the moment and to make matters worse I have had some returning lower back pain. It really knackers me out being in pain all the time, so I've decided the only way to combat it is to get as fit as possible. Plus im going to need to find super amounts of energy for the upcoming year training someone and making enough to keep us going. So have been in the gym, swimming or doing my bodybalance class nearly every evening. Good news its really starting to work:D
Anyway, some long overdue work finally getting done.
We have some progress on the remaining stainless. In between making damascus the warps are being taken out in a temper jig. So they will be ground next week.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130910_150340_zps568134a6.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130910_150340_zps568134a6.jpg.html)

Catcheside Feather damascus in progress for 6 ordered knives. This is a very special mix with bolder high contrast wity pure nickel on the spine, and a very fine mix of steel on the edge which can be left extra hard and remain stable.

Two billets on the left are fused, on the right stacked ready to be welded.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130910_125743_zps313b1d9c.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130910_125743_zps313b1d9c.jpg.html)
Welded
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130910_125756_zpsff4e908a.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130910_125756_zpsff4e908a.jpg.html)
About to be welded
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130910_125801_zps501bb92b.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130910_125801_zps501bb92b.jpg.html)
New burner from my clever friend, thing is a beast and can hold temperature on a dime in the upper or lower end of the spectrum. I will be getting another one for the big welding furnace I am building.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130910_135934_zps3d81f35a.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130910_135934_zps3d81f35a.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130910_135947_zpse85786a2.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130910_135947_zpse85786a2.jpg.html)
All billets welded
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130911_102421_zps8f867e07.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130911_102421_zps8f867e07.jpg.html)
Drawn out on edge
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130911_102354_zps80f7a099.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130911_102354_zps80f7a099.jpg.html)
All done ready for the next stage.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130911_113600_zps43ab3da7.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130911_113600_zps43ab3da7.jpg.html)

I also did two more billets for a new damascus I am working on, will surprise you with that later. If it works and there is enough could be for the first set of knives.:D

WillC
09-16-2013, 12:46 PM
Feather Damascus, now on the second stack of 4. I will update you on that as I have some more pictures of the pattern development from the next stack.
Got the afternoon on this. It is a fairly traditional basket weave developing at the moment, from two different billets, one with nickel/01/15n20 and the other en42/15n20. Each billet was forged down square then cut in half, Each making up a corner of the start of the basket weave.
Its a huge chunk, it will get even bigger as it will be a composite with something else, not sure yet.....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130916_101835_zps522982b9.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130916_101835_zps522982b9.jpg.html)

This is about 3" square
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130916_144914_zps95a16881.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130916_144914_zps95a16881.jpg.html)
By about 14cm
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130916_144906_zps0ef28f98.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130916_144906_zps0ef28f98.jpg.html)
First set of dies in the press, make the weld and get us down to about 2" square
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130916_150254_zps8e5781e3.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130916_150254_zps8e5781e3.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130916_152134_zps927470d1.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130916_152134_zps927470d1.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130916_154327_zps504259c6.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130916_154327_zps504259c6.jpg.html)
Next dies all ready set up in the hammer take us rapidly now down to about 35mm
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130916_154446_zps9206c695.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130916_154446_zps9206c695.jpg.html)
And there we have it, ready to clean up for the next quartering.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130916_162259_zps8ab1e728.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130916_162259_zps8ab1e728.jpg.html)
I will either keep it fairly traditional and use it in a composite, or take it radial and combine it with another edge material, will see how it develops. ;)

WillC
09-16-2013, 06:25 PM
Soon as i get my software updated i will start to get some more video of these stages. Only real way to capture the excitement. Would be nice to edit a from start to finish knife on film ala pov shaky head cam:D

Don Nguyen
09-17-2013, 10:23 AM
I like the pov shaky head cam!

CanadianMan
09-17-2013, 10:41 AM
+1 I like the POV head cam also

WillC
09-18-2013, 04:02 PM
I hear you, shakey head cam man will return soon. Hopefully I will have someone else around to take some action shots before long;)
In the mean time Dammageddon is upon me:D One more stack of four to do on the feather. I have 4 billets on the go, which will make two monster stacks when it comes to spitting....here is some pattern development from the bar ends....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130918_130240_zps8f5475ae.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130918_130240_zps8f5475ae.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130918_130245_zps7b8fcc30.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130918_130245_zps7b8fcc30.jpg.html)

And my basket weave, I have a plan for it now, for this batch, will need to make another material to combine it with. All will be revealed.... But not yet.
This has also given me a firmer plan on the pattern for the first uber knife set. I will need to draw some profile sketches and do some design work for that on paper first ħI think and for the storage.

Anyway I digress, basket weave......
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130918_135841_zpsf6357f04.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130918_135841_zpsf6357f04.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130918_135857_zpsffbf3e7b.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130918_135857_zpsffbf3e7b.jpg.html)
Last stack of 4, then to compress it a little.....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130918_141649_zps272ccad1.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130918_141649_zps272ccad1.jpg.html)

dough
09-18-2013, 11:04 PM
man i love checking out this thread. depending where all you are taking that shaky head cam id love more action videos.
Will Im sure i have said this before but thanks for sharing its a unique look at the knife making process.

Mrmnms
09-18-2013, 11:46 PM
Part metallurgy , part alchemy . Too cool!

WillC
09-19-2013, 11:55 AM
Thank you fellas, much appreciated. Apple are to blame for the lack of video, as I can no longer update to the new system, its a pain updating video editing software that will run with the Drift HD, but im working it out....

In this Dammageddon instalment we have all the feather billets ready to be cut and stacked. As there are 4 feather billets they will make 2 stacks of 8, the other is the basket weave which will get a stack to 4 , then everything is getting split. I need to do a high layer laminate to feather to be combined with feathered basket weave as the edge material/pretty combo. Also do a square billet of basket weave with a load of pure nickel for ferrule and end cap. This will be for the first knife set combo. I have a very clear Idea for 2 of the sets now, and a pretty good idea about the 3rd. I will make a separate thread shortly regarding that. The sets and storage/board combo will be drawn on paper first.
Anyway, feather dammy is on the last stage, so not long till I forge some blades out of that.:biggrin:

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130919_124526_zpsdf681fad.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130919_124526_zpsdf681fad.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130919_124522_zps44015cc6.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130919_124522_zps44015cc6.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130919_124537_zps3b280810.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130919_124537_zps3b280810.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130919_124545_zps4c505e30.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130919_124545_zps4c505e30.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130919_124558_zpsed709494.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130919_124558_zpsed709494.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130919_135351_zps2d6f834e.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130919_135351_zps2d6f834e.jpg.html)

WillC
09-20-2013, 11:04 AM
Some deep etched nickel/steel forms from the bar ends along the way.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130920_111540_zps02e1e4e7.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130920_111540_zps02e1e4e7.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130920_111636_zps1bd7599b.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130920_111636_zps1bd7599b.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20130920_111712_zps987d9c05.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20130920_111712_zps987d9c05.jpg.html)

Lefty
09-24-2013, 07:54 PM
That looks awesome, Will! You can tell I come from a family of Jewelers; I looked at it and thought, "these would be amazing cuff links!"

WillC
09-25-2013, 12:19 PM
Thanks man. Just to say I have been out of action with a tummy bug this week. Looks like I will recover for friday, (i hope) when i am attending a masterclass using power steel type damascus for 3 days hosted by Doc price with Ed Schempp among others. Will get some pictures.

Mrmnms
09-25-2013, 01:03 PM
feel better Will, cant wait to see what you do with these

WillC
10-01-2013, 04:55 PM
Thanks my friend, well after a fruitful and inspiring weekend am now winding up on many many billets of damascus, so will see some order work and available one of pieces coming very very soon from me.
Feather damascus on the very last stage.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131001_145722_zps7f55ebca.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131001_145722_zps7f55ebca.jpg.html)

statusquo
10-01-2013, 05:38 PM
Nice work Will, any updates on the last stainless batch? :crazy:

WillC
10-01-2013, 05:42 PM
Nearly ground....:biggrin:

statusquo
10-01-2013, 05:45 PM
:waiting::pullhair::begging:

WillC
10-02-2013, 04:54 PM
Just to keep Status-quo, or quiet at least:laugh: Honestly you have been very patient and you deserve an update.
All now tapered and grinds well on the way. I wont tell you how many belts to taper the Cleaver, I had to HT it at full thickness as 14c28n has a habit of warping on HT, then again on cryo then again on temper and often warps during grinding. Its a lovely steel, but there is some art in keepin the bugger straight:viking:
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131002_164557_zpsfeb505da.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131002_164557_zpsfeb505da.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131002_164813_zpsf9b60964.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131002_164813_zpsf9b60964.jpg.html)
Next to do the hollows on the cleaver behind the bevels.

statusquo
10-02-2013, 05:24 PM
Schwing!!

WillC
10-03-2013, 03:43 PM
Freshly baked damascus loaves, mmmm I love the smell of smoking flux in the morning.:D
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131003_151947_zps06b65465.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131003_151947_zps06b65465.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131003_152018_zpsc123b4ba.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131003_152018_zpsc123b4ba.jpg.html)
Heat cycled and annealed these. Will fix my big donkey saw to slice them tomorrow, much less wasteful than thin cutting disc

ChuckTheButcher
10-03-2013, 06:36 PM
I think I
Speak for the ahold forum in saying thank you for posting all these photos. It is really interesting to see how it is done.

Mr.Svinarich
10-03-2013, 06:41 PM
Well done! Feathering Damascus without distortion is tricky.

cookinstuff
10-04-2013, 12:51 AM
Your pics are always great Will, thanks for the insight as always!

Lefty
10-04-2013, 09:28 AM
I don't think you get the respect you deserve. Just sayin'.



And I still think you should make me some cuff links with that.... :D

WillC
10-04-2013, 02:23 PM
Hello gang and thanks for the encouragement. Its a pleasure to do the WIP's over time it has become part of my thinking creative process. It also takes a load off sending e-mails and can all be in one place:) Lefty I will send you some chunks off the end of the basket weave, you can make it your mission to make them into cuff links. The etch is very deep in the end of the bar there, as the bar was pickled clean in strong muriatic, I reccon the deep etch with the nickel is key to the effect;)

First Mission sort out the old Donkey saw, thing is slow but its a beast and gets though eats through big bars while I'm getting on with something else. And much cleaner and less wasteful than a thin cutting disc on my feather loaves.

Not been run in a couple of years.......
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131004_093947_zps1d6100b0.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131004_093947_zps1d6100b0.jpg.html)

After sorting a plug and starter box, a bit of a clean and top up with grease and coolant.....She runs and cuts, but needs a new blade and some shimming to cut square.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131004_111826_zps6a259101.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131004_111826_zps6a259101.jpg.html)

Found some blades locally and shimmed her to cut square.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3828_zpsbb64f352.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/IMGP3828_zpsbb64f352.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/WIP/IMGP3827_zpse5d7f353.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/WIP/IMGP3827_zpse5d7f353.jpg.html)

Still cuts like a charm, this machine is probably older than my old man;)

Slight misstake with the damascus though. This one is as it should be. This is a structurally engineered feather pattern:D With fine carbon damascus for half the blade and more bold with very tiny amounts of pure nickel on the other.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/WIP/IMGP3840_zps169098a4.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/WIP/IMGP3840_zps169098a4.jpg.html) This is of course compressed into 2". On average this will be stretched out x7 when forged into a blade.
The problem is with the other billet.
One piece has been place the wrong way around at some point. however, I think it looks nice, and I am 99% sure the hardness will not be effected on the edge because of the fineness of the nickel and the amount of layers in the pattern, also the nickel does not cross the edge, so we will be fine. Hardness tests will confirm at various points in the pattern. And I think this pattern will look better on the narrower ordered blades, so the other will be used for the Gyuto's and the Nakiri. This one for the Petty and Suji.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/WIP/IMGP3843_zpse50c2567.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/WIP/IMGP3843_zpse50c2567.jpg.html)
Anyway I want to get one forged out to look at this slightly unplanned version of the pattern, Ht and hardness test. So Ed's 270 Suji for his carving set is up first
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131004_161519_zps523b7c2a.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131004_161519_zps523b7c2a.jpg.html)
Forged a little bit over profile so it can be fettled on the grinder from here.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/WIP/IMGP3835_zps2d71e4c9.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/WIP/IMGP3835_zps2d71e4c9.jpg.html)

scott6452
10-04-2013, 02:35 PM
Great stuff Will, I absolutely love the "problem" billet!

WillC
10-04-2013, 02:43 PM
Yeah me too, I also think there will be no real noticeable difference on the edge in this case. However if that is the case it kind of undermines my structural pattern, but hey ho:D In any case both will be able to be left much harder and remain more stable than a standard carbon damascus mix. Like 63 hrc rather than 60/61.

Nasr
10-05-2013, 02:01 AM
Next Level skill on display

WillC
10-05-2013, 11:38 AM
Thank you Sir, well there is probably a saying about pushing the boundaries making mistakes and learning to get closer to perfection.
Ed's Suji from the accidental billet.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131005_123652_zps2801dc7d.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131005_123652_zps2801dc7d.jpg.html)
I heat treated it, cryo to max hardness. There are large differences in hardness between my uber carbon mix and the mix with veins of pure nickel, (Which should be on the spine half only) The super damascus is 66hrc everywhere, the nickel veined parts test uniformly at 56 hrc. I'm surprised tiny veins of pure nickel make that much difference but it does as tested. I will finish this blade to keep with me as an example.
So I have enough of the stuff that works for 3 of 6 orders. it looks great on the blade too but i'll keep you in suspense about that. This stuff will not be wasted, I will mke a composite of it with and edge steel to use for wide blades like special grind nakiri, will look stunning in that format. I will make some more of the feather damascus as planned next week for the other orders. So bit of a set back, but it does all translate to more material and more great knives ultimately.
I got a couple of stainless damascus clad pieces welded up at the end of today also, and a proper test of my new burner. Its the beans ;)
Held upper stainless welding temps to within a few degrees with much less fettling than my previous set up.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131005_143629_zpsfb63c0e2.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131005_143629_zpsfb63c0e2.jpg.html)
Equally accurate control at 800 degrees or so for heat cycling, turned down so much here its just pushing out a visibly slow rolling curtain of flame, bearly running and holding 800 degrees to within 10 degrees or so.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131005_151638_zps4bc9b083.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131005_151638_zps4bc9b083.jpg.html)
Someone clever worked this one out a long time ago and its put together with off the shelf parts, I'm sure you can get something similar out there, here tis
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131005_151715_zps5c4b9b61.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131005_151715_zps5c4b9b61.jpg.html)

WillC
10-07-2013, 12:44 PM
Here we have a 240mm Gyuto from the feather billet which was all the correct orientation. Ed's suji is a write off due to the soft Nickel parts near the edge. Gutting, but thats the way things play sometimes, I not be having any days off for sometime pushing through. But at least when I have finished there will be more damascus than planned.
Anyway this is a 240mm from the good billet. The bolder parts a little distortion but it should look fab all finished and polished.
Profile, this could be Chucks...
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131007_133034_zps48109fad.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131007_133034_zps48109fad.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131007_134205_zpsc875e715.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131007_134205_zpsc875e715.jpg.html)

After cryo, 66 hrc everywhere on the edge half of the blade, 55 hrc spine half. Success.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131007_104310_zps67832f43.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131007_104310_zps67832f43.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131007_111415_zpsdd73db51.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131007_111415_zpsdd73db51.jpg.html)
Plenty of length for profile tweaks....


Out of interest this is the mongrel pattern. Looks ok in places, I have welded an 01 edge on the rest of the billet, will forge it out into a few Nakiri, hopefully will get something decent out of it, or hours and hours of work down the toilet, c'est la vit.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131007_120656_zps521584b0.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131007_120656_zps521584b0.jpg.html)

Im going to coventry to pick up a new grinder for the Apprentice to learn on tomorrow, Something like a Raduis master, complete with guards and meets health and safety guidelines....So will be quite lonely in my shop:laugh:
Anyway the lad starts wednesday, I say lad, he is 40 ;) And quite a skilled man. It will be handy to get some help prepping all these billets at the moment and getting the shop in order. So thats all good. :nunchucks:

Mrmnms
10-07-2013, 02:04 PM
that blank is insane Will! Good luck with the new guy. Looks like we'll be seeing some new Catchsides more often. 2 thumbs up

WillC
10-08-2013, 12:20 PM
Thanks Mike, we shall get there, would be nice to actually finish a knife of some sort this week. Damascus making is going on a bit longer than planned.:biggrin:

WillC
10-24-2013, 03:05 PM
Sneaky peak of some just finished handles are now gluing up will sharpen get some photos and specs for each and add to my site over the weekend.
All in stainless/stainless dammy clad carbon.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131024_172702_zps8e50470f.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131024_172702_zps8e50470f.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131024_172708_zps0fbaed06.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131024_172708_zps0fbaed06.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131024_154408_zpsed7fc439.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131024_154408_zpsed7fc439.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131024_172714_zps3bdd18da.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131024_172714_zps3bdd18da.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131024_181645_zpse469a248.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131024_181645_zpse469a248.jpg.html)

sachem allison
10-24-2013, 03:29 PM
Big Sigh!

ejd53
10-24-2013, 05:56 PM
Boy Will, those are gorgeous. It was exciting to see my "almost suji", but that's the way things go. Only makes it that much better when it finally arrives. The feather Damascus is fantastic.

Twistington
10-24-2013, 06:02 PM
One day... one day you will make a knife for me you talented SOB. :P

WillC
10-24-2013, 06:16 PM
Thanks Guys, yep bit gutted about that billet of feather, The plan is to remake the whole batch as I have a better idea for the the construction with the nickel stuff and the edge material. Then I can use the pick of the lot for the commission pieces. :)

Mrmnms
10-24-2013, 07:03 PM
Boy Will, those are gorgeous. It was exciting to see my "almost suji", but that's the way things go. Only makes it that much better when it finally arrives. The feather Damascus is fantastic.
The almost suji is something else. Love the parers. They won't last a day.

Bacon Bandit
10-25-2013, 12:04 AM
I really like your craft style!!!

Timthebeaver
10-25-2013, 03:01 AM
Next level skill on display

+1.

jklip13
10-25-2013, 09:44 PM
what is the yellow tape for?

WillC
10-26-2013, 12:47 PM
Thank you fellow knife fiends. :D
The Yellow Tape, is simply the prevent epoxy from getting where it dont wana be gettin. ;)

WillC
11-06-2013, 01:41 PM
I have a busy end of week, and weekend getting this lot all done I reckon :) Finally getting the last of the stainless batch out. Laying handle parts out to be cut, prepped etc.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131106_150729_zps31d7b01f.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131106_150729_zps31d7b01f.jpg.html)
I think thin black spacer between damascus parts and end cap here...
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131106_144616_zps8fde7fbc.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131106_144616_zps8fde7fbc.jpg.html)
Buffalo/copper/walnut
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131106_144806_zps8a34aa1d.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131106_144806_zps8a34aa1d.jpg.html)
Not forgetting John's....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20131106_150805_zps22f073d1.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/20131106_150805_zps22f073d1.jpg.html)
Looking good this time around, A little more work to do on the bevel then a final grind in the hollows then finishing......

Got 3 blades HT'd too today, but they will be for next week now...

WillC
11-08-2013, 02:34 PM
Silly little thing stopped progress on these today, I busted my little cutter I use to make the holes for the tang in metal parts and had to order replacements. So In the end I had to busy myself with other things today. But will will have what I need to carry on monday.

statusquo
11-28-2013, 12:19 AM
Hey Will, any updates? :crossfingers:

WillC
11-28-2013, 01:59 PM
Sorry for the pause...I had a terrible flu last week and was away for the weekend.
Anyway, Happy Thanks giving is in order I believe;)
A few pics of some work about to be finished.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMG_0727_zps14a5d275.jpg[/URL[URL=http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/IMG_0729_zps04f1619d.jpg.html]http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMG_0729_zps04f1619d.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/IMG_0727_zps14a5d275.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMG_0730_zps420bcd15.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/IMG_0730_zps420bcd15.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMG_0735_zps76b68c46.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/IMG_0735_zps76b68c46.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMG_0738_zpsc0dc639a.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/IMG_0738_zpsc0dc639a.jpg.html)
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMG_0739_zpsa4b014a7.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/catcheside/media/IMG_0739_zpsa4b014a7.jpg.html)
All the stainless lot will be finally done and out by next week, including the cleaver.
My focus before xmas is to get as much of the feather damascus batch done as possible. I think that will have me tied up until after xmas, when I do have the damascus clad knives to do, before I can crack on with 2014 orders. I will be officially opening orders again soon with the new years menu:D

V1P
11-28-2013, 04:24 PM
Hi Will, been admiring your work for sometime now. I promised myself I would get one of your work one of these days.

What steel is the last one, really like that one. Handle combination is also perfect.

Ferry

WillC
11-28-2013, 05:03 PM
Thanks very much. :)
The last one is the Ladder stainless damascus carbon san mai. It has an 01 carbon core, I made a WIP on this knife, the handle is Flamed redwood and stainless damascus with Jadeite spacer. Should be all finished tomorrow and I can get some proper pics. The finish is close to mirror and Im looking forward to getting some quality pictures;)
These are all spoken for though I will be adding more stock to my site for xmas and and taking orders again for next year very soon.