All the bold pattern knives are to commission. Some of the others will be available as well as some san mai this month. I have to move workshop at the end of the month! So will help with the couple of weeks downtime during the move. To be fair I give my mailing list first priority of any extra knives before they hit the store. You can get on my mailing list here,
And you can get an idea of pricing from blade size from my custom order page. Thanks.
Damn Will! Those aren't kitchen knives, those are work of art!
… I'm seriously considering robbing some bank or selling a kidney in order to get myself a nice damascus Catchside knife :)
You can't do this to us Will... you're killing me!
Sweet knives mate. But seriously, i want that spoon..
San mai I say!
Yes we have progress, after the move, I shuffled around in there for a while, realising I had run out of this and that, and lost this and that. Then my back started playing up, finally all sorted and really happy working in there now.
Anyway a few different things so Ill put them here in general updates.
A couple in san mai. One damascus clad 01 one plain clad.
This is the plain clad before the weld, thats all 01 in the middle, will be a nice high weld line as the customer would like an almost hazy hamon like effect, which is what I will go for on the finish.....
This is the Dammy clad after the weld.
The workshop is actually not unbearably hot despite the heatwave.....it helps that I have this chair to sit for a second.....
With a 2hp forge blower pointed directly at me ;)
So here are these 3 about to be heat treated........ the third is another blade in the powder damascus....
Last week I also made a sort of start for the first composite set in getting the Ladder made and set up. I needed to do a test piece in a simple laminate before using it on a mixture of 6 different damascus billets that will make up each composite blade.......
The press tool...... I've made it for a deep, tight ladder, may not need to be this much, will only be able to tell from the finished test piece....
Here was a test bar in 600 plus layers of double high carbon. I have already ground one side off, but it was like this both sides, and staggered...... You loose half the thickness of the piece to the workshop floor!!!
This is where a big Mill or a surface grinder help the grinding tedium...... I ground the lumps down with a 9" grinding disc by hand then, ripped it down flat with a 36 grit belt on my big horizontal linisher.....
We have left a still rather sizeable blank.....
From which I decided to make a nice big meat slicer....
Blade length 360mm,
She is beefy!! Will get a tad more taper but lots of meat left in, will have a wide double bevel, should look great with the tight ladder.
I played around with the profile a bit, will probably fiddle some more after HT.
And something western style will be happening, but will have to take my time over that..... The main goal for now is to see what the steel looks like then get on with the first set commission.
And `i think I settled on the wood for the powder, one of the hardest knives I have chosen wood for for some reason ;)
Cheers all, more updates next week, and any advice on the slicer/carving knife/mini fish sword??welcome. The plan is to use my damascus at normal hardness, 62/63 hrc, take it thin but leave a little of a wider steeper. edge bevel than usual. I know these steels are super tough together even at this hardness, together they make a steel capable of greater stability at a higher hardness, which is why I love the combo......here I have to allow for being used against bones etc, a slightly wider bevel I think will allow for that......will see.... Will be as hard and thin at the edge as I dare go given the use..... To be honest I feel if the HT is right I am more worried about chips from against the fork. But if I make the fork softer, and give it a slightly more robust edge geometry you will just have notches in your fork instead:)
Would be very invested to hear on what your all out carvers are like, hardness, and the geometry you like to maintain for working around large boned joints and fish.
Congratulations on getting things going in the new shop.
I can't wait to see how these turn out.
Looking good so far.
Love these threads from you, Will. That Western will be really cool to see.