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WillC
11-18-2012, 06:59 PM
Here we have a 9 bar composite prepped for welding. Alternating tight twist of pure nickel/01 and 15n20. The Top bar is a soft twist in 1080/15n20 and pure nickel. So the spine will be softer after HT and temper. The edge is a solid layer of 01 steel.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121023_163737.jpg

The stack after welding grinding clean and etching. This shows the twist pattern in their compressed state, only the outside of the twists are currently visible.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121024_141043.jpg

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121024_141052.jpg

This shows the details of the different metals. The pure nickel is brightest, then 15n20, the 01 as etched appears black.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121024_141058.jpg

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121024_141104.jpg

Plan for the Cleaver. The plan has evolved as I have worked as it has been that type of piece. it will be a tall heavier build Nakiri, Thick on the spine but full distal taper and hollow faces, a flat bevel each side. Extreme geometry. The handle will be damascus jade and nickel silver with high grade Koa wood.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121115_102113.jpg

The billet now forged close to final taper and ground clean. The Taper is 4mm over the choil to 1mm at the tip. Bevels are not ground at this stage. Blade is now ready for heat treatment.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121024_182348-1.jpg

Pattern details, the pattern now forged out is decompressed. The stars towards the core of the twists are already visible and will become more pronounced as the geometry is ground.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121024_182407-1.jpg

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121024_182334-1.jpg

The blade has been heat treated. The edge tested to 65-66hrc as quenched. This was tempered back to 61 hrc, just a perfect balance for 01. Bevels are now being ground and hollow grinding on the faces of the blade from the spine to behind the bevels.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121114_160521.jpg

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121114_155433.jpg

Grinding is nearly finished, i have put an edge on the blade to test it on food at home. Now I will make final adjustments to the geometry and move to hand finishing.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121115_102053.jpg

ajhuff
11-18-2012, 07:14 PM
Pretty sweet!

-AJ

Dave Martell
11-18-2012, 07:34 PM
Nice WIP, thanks Will

Zwiefel
11-18-2012, 07:47 PM
gorgeous.

brainsausage
11-18-2012, 07:52 PM
Super cool WIP Will. Thanks for sharing! Now get back to work on those Burke/Catchesides :poke1: :justkidding:

El Pescador
11-18-2012, 07:59 PM
Looking good Will!

WillC
11-18-2012, 08:10 PM
Thanks Guys, It's all on the go, I got the rest of the Burke blades HT'd and now straight! while I was indulging in this over the weekend. Next week is grinding...grinding ..grinding....:D

More process here.....Very detailed this time on process. Hope it doesn't send anyone to sleep.:laugh:

Progress over the weekend. Working on the damascus for the ferrule and end cap. i really want it to get the look of the compressed multibar twists in the ferrule, and it should look very tasty ground into on the corners revealing the inner parts of the twists on the octagonal, Thats the plan anyway. Plus this blade is not light, not as heavy as you might think with the geometry but still it will need some balancing.:D

Bit more process detail here for you too, although using various different camera's/phones as batteries kept dying etc, so excuse any inconsistency in image quality.:)

Strips cut to size for the billet.
left to right.
Pure nickel/01/15n20

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_085450.jpg

Pieces ground clean and uniform.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_091933.jpg

Each piece wiped down with acetone and stacked in the order desired.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_094210.jpg

Stack is squared, placed in the press, ends of the stack are held with a bead of mig weld while stack is under pressure.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_095650.jpg

The billet will be welded inside a mild steel can, as the thin nickel must be protected until the weld is complete.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_100639.jpg

Billet top and bottom painted with release agent so the can will not weld to the billet.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_101729.jpg

Stack loaded into the can.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_100656.jpg

The can is purged with pure argon.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_103128.jpg

Billet is soaked at an appropriate temperature for the materials. 1230-1300 degrees c works for me with 01 in the billet.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_105736.jpg

The weld has been made, a gentle squeeze in the hydraulic press.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_105948.jpg

Billet is left to soak in the can at a lower temperature, around 1200 c for 15-30 minutes, allowing grain growth across the weld boundaries.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_110237.jpg

And allowed to cool slowly in the dull heat of the furnace. I'm especially careful to do this when using 01, also a good idea generally after extended soak times.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_111452.jpg

Breakfast time in Rotherwas industrial estates finest eatery!

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121117_114105.jpg

WillC
11-18-2012, 08:13 PM
After a quick brunch the welded stack is released from the can.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMG_0929.jpg

Billet is brought up to heat, lightly fluxed on the edges and drawn out at welding heat.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMG_0930.jpg

Billet is now cut to two.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMG_0931.jpg

Each piece drawn to approximately 15mm square.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMG_0932.jpg

Both pieces drawn out to 15mm square the corners knocked off but not too much.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMG_0933.jpg

Each piece is twisted evenly and tightly, fluxing and cleaning as we go. The bars are twisted in opposite directions. It takes some time to get the twist tight and even doing it by hand.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMG_0935.jpg

Both pieces twisted, the diameter fattens and the bars shorten on twisting. I would say this is a medium/tight twist. It could go a bit further but in this case there is no need I don't think.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMG_0940.jpg

Pieces after pickling to remove forge scale.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3017.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3019.jpg

Bars are now brought up to heat, lightly fluxed and drawn to about 12mm square.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3023.jpg

I need to make some smaller squaring dies for the next stage. I have some larger ones for the press, these 30mm ones will be for the power hammer. I missed 2 heats here, previous to this I half forged the square edge in on each bar individually. But I had my hands full at that point! This is just the final heat squaring the top and bottom on the former, (30mm square bar).

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3010.jpg

Dies as forged.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3012.jpg

Always round the edges on the top and bottom tools or there will be unpleasant pinching of the metal and work will stick in the dies easily.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3014.jpg

Check for alignment as bolted in my hammer tool holder.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3015.jpg

looking good!

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3016.jpg

Ready for the 3x3 twisty ferrule block! Bit long winded but makey tool now savey time later:D

Johnny.B.Good
11-18-2012, 08:42 PM
Cool pics, Will, thanks for sharing them with us.

WillC
11-18-2012, 08:52 PM
My pleasure Johnny, glad you like them. Just realized I've passed 1000 posts and it must be near my year anniversary as a KKF maker, so a full WIP seems appropriate.:biggrin:

steeley
11-19-2012, 12:22 AM
Man great job on the pictures Will and a shot of breakfast very nice.

The hekler
11-19-2012, 01:15 AM
Awesome WIP it's always amazing to see the work that goes into some of the exotic Damascus patterns. Only question though why the plain O1 for the edge and won't that shorten the overall lifespan of the knife? I've never had to deal with it but there's been a few posts here of old knives that have been worn down to a half of their original height through decades of sharpening I can't imagine ever sharpening that often but with this knife at a certain point wouldn't you run out of the O1 edge and have the Damascus patten be your cutting edge?

RobinW
11-19-2012, 04:12 AM
Very cool WIP! Those twisted thingies looks so nice

WillC
11-19-2012, 05:59 AM
Awesome WIP it's always amazing to see the work that goes into some of the exotic Damascus patterns. Only question though why the plain O1 for the edge and won't that shorten the overall lifespan of the knife? I've never had to deal with it but there's been a few posts here of old knives that have been worn down to a half of their original height through decades of sharpening I can't imagine ever sharpening that often but with this knife at a certain point wouldn't you run out of the O1 edge and have the Damascus patten be your cutting edge?

Excellent question and one i've given allot of thought. Firstly it is a big old chunk of 01 on the edge there, it extends right up the bevel a good 20mm of it there, and 01 at this HT is tough as old boots! If you ever wore that entirely away, the steel mix behind it is very serviceable, just a slightly different nature, the nickel layers are super thin, but soft so it would be a toothy edge, 01/15n20 make a tough blend. In a more open pattern like this there are hardness differences between the steels, but still you have something 59-60hrc on the edge, except the uber thin nickel slices.
I think you would have to use this day in day out sharpening and thinning daily for many years to get that far.

The choice of 01 on the edge in this case....I want a uniform, uber fine grain steel on the edge most suited to push cuts. On a Suji or even a big Gyuto the relative toothy edge of damascus is perfect for a slicer.

These are tiny details, it could be damascus on the edge and it would work fine on push cuts, its just little tweaks trying to make something as good as it can be for the specific style of knife, or to the best of my ability/knowledge at this current time.

Lastly with the composites, this is a very old way of making a blade of differential hardnesses. The absolute hardest, toughest steel is on the edge, a hard but tougher mix in the centre, and a softer mix on the spine. Its not something thats really needed unless you got into a Suji sword fight with a rival on the line......but its just nice to work though some of the old knowledge in a kitchen knife. Its mainly for the look and the uniqueness, though its nice that the construction brings more to the table than just looks.

Another bonus is that this knife can be thinned as you sharpen, (as the final bevels are flat) without effecting the pattern. I'm planning on etching the whole thing, then a stone finish to the bevels, which is for the most part 01 anyway, It may or may not have a micro bevel, but it will be kept tiny in keeping with this style of knife. So that allows future users to play with their stone collections, getting that nice hazy finish on the bevel without touching the etch.

So assuming someone does buy a knife like this to use day in day out as an utter kitchen beater sharpening daily and unnecessarily on a course brick:bigeek: - it is designed to be up to the task within reason and I have given some thought to hard use.:biggrin:


Thanks Guys for the comments.:biggrin:

scotchef38
11-19-2012, 09:06 AM
Really interesting to see how it is done,it looks like an immense amount of work.It is cool that you are reviving an old pattern.Thanks for sharing

scotchef38
11-19-2012, 09:07 AM
However I was very surprised not to see any black pudding in the fry up?

WillC
11-19-2012, 06:17 PM
I do love good black pudding, but only the really good stuff, I've even eaten it cold as a bar snack, jolly good. No good in damascus billets though, it just makes everything all sticky:cheffry:
thanks all:biggrin:

RoanRoks29
11-19-2012, 07:17 PM
Awesome Post!! I love seeing the metal work behind the blades, and I love seeing how much thought goes into each step you took! Amazing !! Thanks for sharing !! I cant wait to see the finished Piece!!

scott6452
11-19-2012, 08:18 PM
Stornoway black pudding is easily my fav! Knife looks great, i love the various experimentations that go on!

quantumcloud509
11-21-2012, 05:15 AM
Loving the cleaver.

WillC
11-26-2012, 05:56 PM
More progress on the Cleaver.:biggrin:
For the ferrule and end cap damascus continued...
Pieces clean and laid out for billet assembly.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3042.jpg
Twisted pieces are arranged in a stack of 3 x 3. Each clockwise twist piece is placed next to an opposing twist. 8 twisted bars around the outside, a mild steel bar making up the center one.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3047.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3049.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3050.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3051.jpg

I'll be using the flux method as the pieces are not perfectly square, care will be taken to massage the pieces together pushing out any liquid flux. The piece is held in the press and tacked in a way to allow flux a way out.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3052.jpg

And ready for welding.
Some video's of the forging for you, I will be making a u tube one of the whole build and cutting when its all complete. These are unedited so excuse any gaps.:D

Click on the photo to link to the video.

First stage, gently squeezing the billet together in the press.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/th_IMGP3054.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/?action=view&current=IMGP3054.mp4)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/th_IMGP3055.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/?action=view&current=IMGP3055.mp4)

Keep it all clean!

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/th_IMGP3056.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/?action=view&current=IMGP3056.mp4)

And into the new hammer dies, remember I'm still massaging the piece together, assuming there are still gaps and trapped liquid flux.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/th_IMGP3057.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/?action=view&current=IMGP3057.mp4)

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/th_IMGP3058.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/?action=view&current=IMGP3058.mp4)
Final run in the dies to 30mm square

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/th_IMGP3059.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/?action=view&current=IMGP3059.mp4)

And finishing down to size,

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/th_IMGP3060.jpg (http://s798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/?action=view&current=IMGP3060.mp4)

WillC
11-26-2012, 06:11 PM
The piece now as forged, ready to be cleaned over and cut to more manageable pieces for grinding true.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3069.jpg
Got these pieces out of it, 2 100mm chunks just over 25mm square, and I cut two diddy bits to squash a bit bigger for endcap, I did a spare while I was at it.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3071.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121120_150724.jpg
Little pieces squished for a bit more wiggle room on the endcaps.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/20121120_151112-1.jpg
Here is one of the blocks for ferrules trued up and etched.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3072.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3073.jpg

Now a little more on the blade. Having tested it before, I ground the hollows further making the geometry more extreme. Tonight I gave the bevels a honing to check they are flat and true and gave the blade another test on food.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3141.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/Composite%20Cleaver%20build/IMGP3145.jpg

I'm really happy with it now...I'll do a cutting vid when its all done:D

Thanks for watching folks:biggrin:

chinacats
11-27-2012, 01:10 AM
Very interesting shape on the cleaver, what are the dimensions?

WillC
11-27-2012, 04:38 AM
Think of it as a robust tall Nakiri. Blade dimensions 212mm x 70 mm, taper on spine 4mm to 1.5mm, the taper from halfway down at the apex of the hollow, 2mm to about 0.7mm.

WillC
12-03-2012, 02:32 PM
Bit more on this Fella, :biggrin:
Handle pieces, composite damascus ferrule and end cap, Red koa with nickel and Jadeite spacers.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3176.jpg
Shaping the slot in the ferrule.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3177.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3178.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3179.jpg
Quick check for fit up..
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3180.jpg
Pieces now bolted up dry on my jig for shaping.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3182.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3184.jpg
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Old man dust:D
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3186.jpg
Rough ground to shape..
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3187.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3188.jpg

TB_London
12-03-2012, 04:25 PM
Looking pretty special

zitangy
12-04-2012, 08:53 AM
Hi Will

INdeed an interesting piece..

a) Approx total weight
b) Balance point.

Rgds
D

Think of it as a robust tall Nakiri. Blade dimensions 212mm x 70 mm, taper on spine 4mm to 1.5mm, the taper from halfway down at the apex of the hollow, 2mm to about 0.7mm.

WillC
12-04-2012, 04:41 PM
Thanks Guys :biggrin:
David, I will let you know the weight, balance will be on the heel or just in-front.
I have a few others to polish and etch, final finish etc.... hopefully will get around to finishing this one this week too.:D

zitangy
12-05-2012, 02:29 AM
Looking pretty special


YOU referring to the man with the wood facial powder or the handle?

Will .. I hv always enjoyed your wips and also following yr train of thoughts in designing and making the knife.Some serious tapering going on in this piece .. from 4mm to 0.7 at the end.

Look fwd to your video .

rgds
d

WillC
12-07-2012, 04:28 PM
Well...my mum says i'm special:lol2:
Feels like the cold slowed me down this week, no forging going on so I got pretty frosty:sad0:
However this and a few others just require a little fine finish and etching tomorrow.:biggrin:

WillC
12-14-2012, 12:45 PM
Ok - Still have not weighed it, the balance feels nice on the heel. I have all but very nearly finished it. Still would like to go over the bevels one more time and yet to permanently fix the handle in place. I will likely shoot some video with it as it is then do the final handle fix and any further necessary finishing. Some 80 hour gone into this one.
I couldn't be happier with the way it cuts. The combination of weight and extreme geometry really works for me. It is a laser towards the tip and firmer at the heel but with no hint of wedge and great release all the way along the bevel. Great also to be able to play with the bevel finish or thin without effecting the damascus, though I've found you need to keep the stone washed with fresh water regularly on lower grits or the mud works its way up and can make scratches in the finish.
Really chuffed with the Nickel/15n20/01 damascus its kind of holographic, the nickel gives another dimension and just sharpens it all up. Hard to get accross in pictures - I will do my best to capture some light playing on it in the video.
And the lovely Burl source Red Koa.
Anyway, forgive my self indulgence in a rather large amount of pictures.:D
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP3247.jpg
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scott6452
12-14-2012, 12:53 PM
Wow wow wow! Looks incredible! That choil shot looks very intriguing. So what's the fate of this beasty?

WillC
12-14-2012, 01:03 PM
Thanks Scott:D Well I want to get some cutting footage with it to finish off the whole blog of the making etc. Then I will put it up for sale as a one off piece:groucho:

scott6452
12-14-2012, 01:05 PM
Oh god...not what I wanted to hear :biggrin:

WillC
12-14-2012, 01:16 PM
He hee:biggrin:
I just weighed it - 414 grams :eek2: she's a big girl, but she carries it well:D

Zwiefel
12-14-2012, 03:00 PM
stunning piece Will. Good work.

WillC
12-14-2012, 04:44 PM
Thanks Zwiefel, I've very much enjoyed working on it.:biggrin:
If anyone would be looking to reserve this unique piece, drop me a pm for pricing. I will be releasing details to my mailing list in the next few days. If I remember my tripod from the workshop i'll shoot some video over the weekend and edit the other bits together. :spin chair:

El Pescador
12-14-2012, 05:02 PM
Will, I love the hollow grind. I bet she performs like a a much shorter knife!

WillC
12-14-2012, 05:46 PM
Thanks Judd, yeah it cuts like a much thinner knife but with the food release of a thicker ground knife. I was worried it would be too "fall through" type feeling with the weight and geometry, but it feels very controlled. I'm looking forward to trying it on more food products for the video. I will try some tall cuts on larger veg as well, see how it feels on the spine,and some firmer stuff, this is a very easy one to do the weight of the blade tomato trick with, as its fine grained steel and on the heavy side:D

eaglerock
12-14-2012, 06:03 PM
Amazing !!

Johnny.B.Good
12-14-2012, 06:06 PM
Sensational!

jmforge
12-15-2012, 12:36 AM
Yeah, you could definitely cleft some stuff in twain with that big mutha!!!!!:biggrin:

chinacats
12-15-2012, 12:55 AM
Wow! That is one badass nakleaver(?)!

quantumcloud509
12-15-2012, 04:21 AM
That is the most beautiful cleaver ever. Im kind of scared to know the price on it, because Im kind of scared Ill have to have it no matter what :D

WillC
12-15-2012, 05:57 AM
Thanks very much guys:biggrin:

WillC
12-18-2012, 01:08 PM
Here is the intro video and some cutting with this one. I will make a separate one of "the making" over Christmas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak7-BewboxA&feature=youtu.be
Many Thanks All:)

quantumcloud509
12-18-2012, 01:19 PM
Yay! :) Love it.

eaglerock
12-18-2012, 02:14 PM
Amazing !!!

zitangy
12-23-2012, 09:24 PM
That is the most beautiful cleaver ever. Im kind of scared to know the price on it, because Im kind of scared Ill have to have it no matter what :D

Lovely piece.. asking for `1,800 quid (Gbp) http://www.catchesidecutlery.com/shop.html .Most cleavers comes in the range of 500 to 600 Grams range. This one is slightly above 400grams. Looking for one in 220 to 300grams range for a "chinese Chef's knife".
Merry Christmas..

rgds
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WillC
04-15-2013, 05:14 PM
This one is currently having a nice box made for it to go off to its new owner. I will get some pictures of the whole package before I send it off later in the week. As I will be able to offer a couple of box options in the future.