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    Composite Damascus Kitchen Knife Sets WIP

    At last I have made a good start on these commissions and fired into the damascus making stage.
    To remind you all the design.....



    I've been very exited about making these, they represent my highest end and most complex and challenging pieces this year.
    A composite is a multibar pattern, made up of a combination of twists, or in this case a combination of twisted bars, with mosaic patterns as well as straight laminate which will later be laddered.
    We have 3-5 bars of tight twists on the spine, then a bar of basket weave. All these will include pure nickel in the pattern for maximum effect. For the edge half of the blade we have a wide bar made up as a san mai with a high layer double carbon edge, layers going across the edge. Clad in a lower layer laminate in the same materials. The ferrule and end cap are a tight basket weave with pure nickel, which will be made from a separate billet.
    So altogether five different damascus materials.

    So lots of stock to prepare.....

    15n20.....


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    With plenty of pure nickel....



    I have about seven knives to make so I am making sure I have plenty of material. I may need to go back and make some more billets for twists later, will have to see....

    All billets prepped, all pieces polished, then held in the press with the ends welded for convenience.



    4 billets for basket weave, 2 for edge cladding and two for edge core, then two for twists, one will be twisted one way, the other.....opposing...

    All enclosed for the first weld...









    And repeat....



    Can falls away as if by magic....:loll:



    Solid clean blocks of laminate.





    Now to draw out the edge and clad materials for the first stack....







    Now for the basket weave parts with Nickel..... to be drawn out square...





    Phew, good start, plenty to do

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    Thanks for sharing Will. No point setting the bar so low you can just walk over it. It's all about the challenge.
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    Most of the separate damascus billets are near completion now. By next week I will be forging and laying out the individual materials that goes into each knife.

    Time to Email customers for these regarding wood choice and handle options. I will be making a 24 carrot gold spacer silver soldered to the damascus an option on these, or Silver or nickel silver. Hope someone goes for the gold

    Basket weave for handle fittings and the two bar piece for the knives got completed today.
    Making certain each piece is placed correctly for the last weld on these....



    Mmmmm big chunk pure nickel/high manganese steel basket weave. It is sat on a furnace brick as an idea of scale...... This stuff will bling




    Those are now forged out ready to be sliced into individual pieces.

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    Close up hot Basket weave.....Remembered my snazzy camera today.....


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    Pure Nickel is a wonderful element. It doesn't scale up at all like the steel which forms big flakey bits of steel which shed as you work it. The pure nickel just glows, gives you a really nice feeling of all the dimensions of the pattern as you squeeze it all together in the press.

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    Absolutely fascinating and beautiful work.

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    Thanks Erick

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    This is so cool, it's almost scary. Can't wait to see it as it approaches completion.

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    I went through the scared stage......into a kind of precision trance. Been enjoying it this week as stuff starts to work. Cant wait to show you guys all the different bits that make up the blade. The prettiest and lowest layer count stuff is on the spine with the twists, then the basket weave with the most layers in the core of the edge material, 10,000 layers. Very much a sword type construction influence.

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    Awesome stuff. Great images . Im tuned in and cant wait to see this come together!

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