Id like to start this by saying thanks to Will Catcheside for letting me visit him and spend three days in his workshop forging and grinding and being helped through the whole process. Being told when, where and how to hit it was a great learning experience. Without his help I wouldn't have been able to even attempt this, so a big thank you.
This is the third knife I've made and was a Christmas present for my sister, though I really wanted to keep it for myself lol. Was first time forging Damascus as well
I missed out on taking pics during the forging was too busy trying to get everything done in time without messing up, but once back home I've taken some during the finishing that I thought I'd share in case anyone is interested.
It's a laminated blade with 52 layers of en42 and 75ni8 (i think) each side of a Japanese blue 2 (aonoki)steel core. Will took care of the heat treat with a target of 60ish HRC at which the steel is still very chip resistant and will hold an edge for a long time (sister is the best at sharpening though she is learning slowly).
Length 130 mm
Height at heel 40mm
Thickness at heel 2.5 mm
Thickness at tip 1mm (she is afraid of really thin knives, and I get a little bit afraid when she uses them)
Thickness behind edge 0.03mm
Handle is a piece of Thuya burl, not sure of the correct term but half tang seems to describe the construction. Pins are 5mm stainless.
Here are the pics:
In the makeshift pint glass of ferric
Just out of the etch-swirly patterns
Cleaned up a bit
Starting to take shape
Next to her previous favourite knife -global gs-3 which I managed to match the profile of quite eerily as I didn't take it with me to Will's
Now I need to get on and finish the honesuki I blade I made for myself