Im no expert, but force welding a bolster might be done and then you don't have to use the same bar of steel as the rest of the knife.
The one thing Ive heard about force welding is that you can see where its welded on after etching.
Eh, thanks. My english is not that good sometimes :)
Will be interesting to hear from Devin, either way it's a stunning knife
You guy's are nuts.
Yes the bolsters were forge welded on. There are over 300 welds in the blade. The bolsters are not glued on, they are not pinned on, they are not soldered on, they are not tig welded on, they are an integral, cohesive part of the knife. Whether you forge weld them on, forge to shape, or upset the bolster, it is an integral bolster and any method is difficult to do.