05-02-2012, 01:35 PM
Looks very good
05-02-2012, 02:08 PM
Wow,really really nice! Love the extra patterning on the ferrule, but it all looks good.
05-02-2012, 05:32 PM
Thanks Fellas, its nice to have these all together, the next pair will follow shortly....
05-02-2012, 06:09 PM
I haven't looked into this thread in a while, clearly a mistake - great work, Will! Just curious about the damascus ferrules since I had been thinking about that for a while - are they from a massive piece? How does that affect the weight of the handle? I would love to be able to do some more metal work - I am from an old metal worker family, after all - but that's not going to happen in the near future. But I can live vicariously through your work here
05-02-2012, 06:40 PM
Hey Stefan, thanks for stopping by and admiring Yes for the ferrules I forged a large W's pattern billet to about 27mm keeping as square as possible, then I cut the bar into more manageable lengths about 6' long to grind as flat and square as I can on the belt grinder. Surface grinder would be ideal here, but we work with what we have.... Then I chop to just over the ferrule length to allow for further squaring on the ends. I drill the little damascus block as centrally and square as possible, 12mm for my dowel, but stop just short of coming out the other side. I then run a 2mm drill through and shape my slot from there to be a nice tight fit on the tang.
The balance will want to be further forward, but as I grind the bits dry bolted on a jig, I can then play with my dowel material, where as for a handle with little weight I would use a slotted 12mm brass rod as the dowel to get the balance on or just ahead of the choil, for one with damascus I will use either aluminium or if it needs to be lighter still, hard wood for the dowel. I suppose I could use titanium as well, but no-one would ever see it
On these the balance works out just on the front of the choil. I just weighed the little Gyuto, its coming in at 228 grams, plus a bit of epoxy after i've stuck the handle on. Its a 220mm blade, so its not exactly a feather weight.
You know...I think damasteel do rounds and squares in different sizes, they even do the layers forged like rings on a tree, can't get my head around how they do that...must have a clever machine
And I expect they do their patterns in tube stock for machining gun barrels, could be another way to have a hollow damascus collar/ferrule...
05-02-2012, 10:00 PM
Great info, thanks Will. I never even thought about damasteel, have to look into that... Other than that, your method sound very similar to what I do except that I only use a short dowel because I most often don't know what the tangs will look like.
05-16-2012, 02:12 PM
05-16-2012, 02:17 PM
How long is the the big Suji in the group picture?
05-16-2012, 02:20 PM
Vivid red on the top. Gives the knife a nice flow from handle to blade.
05-16-2012, 02:23 PM