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    OUT OF THIS WORLD W.I.P.

    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.

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    Inspired by God, Forged by Fire, Tempered by Water, Grounded by Earth, Guided by the spirit.. Randy Haas

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    Nice pics! There's no carbon in it? What percentage of that stuff are you putting into the mix?

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    Thanks for getting a wip, I have been anticipating this.

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    The mood in the shop was well? Magical. not 2 weeks ago, We have never even thought about using meteorite on a project! Let alone thought we would be cutting one up and starting this amazing process! So.. we did what ever guy would do.. Sat back and talked about it! lol Admiring Jr's handywork with the saw and the weld job. Smoked a cigarette and talked about the what if's and how to's and how awesome this is gona be!!!


    We are past the point of no return! Its do or die.. (figuratively speaking!) So lets DO IT!!!!



    Fluxed and into the forge!

    When it reached temp. It was the moment of truth, time to see if this was going to work. Jr. pulled it out of the forge and straight to the press!


    So far so good. till it fell of the handle and hit the floor!!! LOL At which time it broke into two pieces!


    Yep it BROKE! like a piece of concrete it hit the floor and broke!

    All in all. The first weld went better then we could of hoped for. From what Del told us that "COULD" happen compared to what did happen we felt pretty good about it!

    Inspired by God, Forged by Fire, Tempered by Water, Grounded by Earth, Guided by the spirit.. Randy Haas

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    Nice pics! There's no carbon in it? What percentage of that stuff are you putting into the mix?
    tk59, Thats a good question and observation. Ill try and explain a little better. We started adding carbon to it from the very first heat. As we weld this and refine the meteorite. we will continue to add carbon. This is a slow process and will take many days of forging. Then we will combine it with High Carbon steel, slowly adding more and more Carbon to the mix till we reach our desired layer count/pattern/percentage of carbon to meteorite . I estimate that the final carbon content of the damascus billet will be around .85 to .95 and the meteorite will have taken all the carbon it can gain from the refining and forging process.. This is our first time doing this. and by no means do I want you or anyone to think were metallurgists. we are learning as we go. But I will say this, Randy Jr. is a Steel Wizard and the finished damascus will be awesome!!! Im very thankful to have Delbert's guidance and wisdom to help guide us throughout this process.

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    Next we cut the large piece in half.



    This stuff is like nothing we have forged B4. Its WILD! Soft yet so hard! fragile yet so tough! Heres a shot of the end of the stack after the first weld!



    Jr. cleaned the scale off the pieces and re stacked them. welded them together and welded the handle back on to them! :P



    About that time a buddy dropped by and dropped off a special treat.. Its a BURL!

    OK Back to the forging.



    Thats it for tonight. Thanks for taking a minute and checking out the thread! Were just getting started! Please feel free to ask any questions. and let me know what ya think of the WIP so far!

    God Bless and good night.

    Inspired by God, Forged by Fire, Tempered by Water, Grounded by Earth, Guided by the spirit.. Randy Haas

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    awesome!!!!!! good job JR.

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    Cool stuff. Nice photos. Usually I save my powdered sugar for fried dough or pierogies, but if it works for your meteorite, by all means, enjoy!
    "God sends meat and the devil sends cooks." - Thomas Deloney

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    Last night I got a call from Jr. he was like do ya see it!!?!?! After a few seconds he told me to go outside and look UP ^^. Which I did. All I can say is WOW. the sky was lit up red with white is blueish streaks! The entire sky was glowing and swirling.. The best light show I have EVER seen! My youngest son Hunter and I really enjoyed seeing it and stayed outside watching till it went away! Good times!

    Back to our regularly scheduled programming!!

    Inspired by God, Forged by Fire, Tempered by Water, Grounded by Earth, Guided by the spirit.. Randy Haas

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