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    Feather Damascus Suji and Gyuto WIP

    Well, nothing knife shaped yet, but work on the materials has begun.
    Had a pleasant, toasty warm afternoon on friday making a start on the damascus. Two largish billets, one for the blades, which will be a feathered W's pattern. Another for the ferrules and endcaps which will be a twist on a w's pattern, literally.
    Some progress in the workshop, billets prepared one to 7 larger layers, the other is 15 layers. Both alternating 75ni8/en42j

    First weld complete and billets ready to be forged down at 90 degrees to crush the layers vertically.

    Layers squished down vertically and billets drawn out ready for the first cut to 4.

    Cut and re-stacked

    Back in the fire for weld and draw number 2

    Mmm toasty
    I polished and etched the end off cuts so pattern development can be seen.
    7 layer billet after forging down layers vertically

    15 layer billet after forging down vertically

    7 layer billet after the first cut and stack to 4

    15 layer billet after the first cut and stack to 4.

    Lots more to do
    I have sketched the pattern development for a W's pattern in my thread, "out of the etch" This explains the beginnings of a Feather pattern.

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    As a casual observer, I have to say, this looks really even. Man I love a WIP.

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    Yeah, I love the way the 4 stack of the 15 layers looks at the moment. I'm thinking what little nic nacs I can make for xmas presents out of a similar billet, maybe bracelets. Just doing a wider billet and cut slices off it.
    This pattern gets a little scary when you have to split the stacked billet down the middle, hope I don't embarrass myself at that point.

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    Actually, my favorite is the plain 7-layer billet. Sometimes less can be more!

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    True, the low layer and higher layer look cool stacked alternately before splitting to make the feathers, almost cartoony. But in this case, the low layer will be forged so they are on the side of a flat billet, then twisted, so hopefully if nothing shears, I will have W's going around in a spiral for the ferrules.

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    I agree with Eamon that the 7 layer pattern looks nice. Sorta looks like a flower, would be interesting to see it on a knife

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    It does look very flower like. I've seen a flower forged in variants of this pattern. By Mick Maxen, looked amazing.
    Had a brief welding session and got another stack of 4 welded, re-stacked ready for the next one.
    Only had time for a light etch today, tricky to photo.
    The 7 layer start billet

    The 15 layer start billet

    Its necessary to over compress the pattern further from here, so it all looks right when it gets tiled up, welded and forged out again with the pattern on the top.

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    Cool

    I'm really enjoying your work in progress! Thanks for taking the time to share!!!

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    Will, are you using the press or hammer to forge down vertically?

    Nice thread.

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