Here is my quandry. I would like to start making W's pattern style mascus for thin blades. I'm not keen on the idea of loosing loads of stock cutting to expose the pattern. So I tend to compress my W's, then do the final stack to 6 or 8 and forge it out so the W's decompress and are on the top and bottom of the billet in the end. Trouble is getting the compression right. I seem to have it fine for 5mm blades, but forging down to 2mm and below is a different matter. Next I want to try this pattern, but forge it down to an inch square, cut it in half lengthways. Cut the halfs so I have 4 pieces for a 4 bar pattern. Then try forging into a thin wide billet for Santoku. Hopefully I will still have some W's left.
Does any one else have these kind of issues with more complex patterns and thin forged blades. Or do you have a few tricks up your sleeve?