Hello everyone!! Were about to embark on a epic adventure here at HHH Knives. And I want to bring you guys along with us..
Were going to be forging some Meteorite damascus! Yep that is the "out of this world" reference. I just received a 4 lb. piece of Meteorite and with a little luck at the end of the process we will have a couple of extra amazing and beautiful billets of SPACE STEEL!
Theres a really amazing and cool story as to how I came across the piece of Meteorite.. But Ill just say this..... God is GOOD! and it never ceases to amaze me how he orchestrates stuff!
This is something Jr and I have not tried yet. But thats the awesome part of this great adventure I call knife making. Trying new stuff and working with new materials. As well as meeting new friends and learning new tricks. Then sharing in each others successes as well as our set backs and straight up flops!
The PLAN.. We will start the process to forge this space rock into something resembling a bar of steel.. Then turn that into a billet of damascus! And followed up by making it into a sweet kitchen cutter!
Also wanted to add a Thanks you to Mr. Delbert Ealy, who took a few minutes of his busy day to talk to Jr and I about the forging process giving us a better chance of this working out.. right out of the gate. Thanks Del!!
First a few quick facts, This piece of Meteorite we have is called a Campo del Cielo. This stuff has been used as tools and weapons as far back as history records. Here is a little info from Wikipedia " In 1576, the governor of a province in Northern Argentina commissioned the military to search for a huge mass of iron, which he had heard that Indians used for their weapons. The Indians claimed that the mass had fallen from the sky in a place they called Piguem Nonralta which the Spanish translated as Campo del Cielo ("Field of the Sky")."
They estimate that it fell to earth in the year 2,700 BC..
The average composition of the Campo del Cielo meteorites is 6.67% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P, 87 ppm Ga, 407 ppm Ge, and 3.6 ppm Ir, with the rest being iron..
This is gona be a AMAZING, AWESOME, and PHENOMENAL experience for us, Which I hope you will enjoy watching.
Enough talking, Lets get to the action!
The slice came off a 55lb piece and is 4+ lbs. Slicing a 55 lb chunk is no small task. Heres a quick video of the first slice coming off. This stuff is TOUGH! and was hell on band saw blades!
Here is the piece we are working with Its about 1/2 inch thick and roughly 10 inches wide.
DAY 1 Today was the day.. I have been waiting for what seemed like forever to start this. Randy Jr. and I both were brimming with excitement this morning as we headed into the shop, Meteorite in hand! First we had to cut the slab into pieces. The plan was to cut it into 3 fairly equal pieces.
So far so good!!
Next Jr. Stacked the 3 piece on top of one another And spot welded them. Then added a handle.