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    Damascus Carving Set WIP

    Hello all, I started on a carving set commission this afternoon. I took some pictures of the fork being forged. I thought some of you may find it interesting.
    Started with a lump of 120 layer damascus, it has some laddering forged and cut which should help the pattern along.
    Roughed out the start shape I need under the hammer.



    I had to regularly remind myself it is damascus i'm working and so do everything forge wise nice and hot.













    I added a twist in the forged octagonal section to make a feature in the damascus later



    Bit more forging either side of the twist and then to the grinder













    Thats it basically roughed out with all the material where I want it. I left it to anneal over night.

    Next to the carving knife, it will be a 280mm profile in damascus and blue paper steel san mai.

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    Wow! What a great set someone will have.

    Thanks for the pictures Will. Look forward to seeing the finished product/s.

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    Looks like you are off to a great start Will. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    Thanks Gents, they are for my friend big Tom, his sister and her husband are moving to the u.s. They will be a going away present. I thought I had better get on with them as it won't be long before they are off. As they know my work in general and I know what they like, I haven't really planned it out, just a few lines chalked on the table. Nice to work like that sometimes.

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    Are you going to surprise them Will?

    Pretty thoughtful (and generous) gift.

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    Looking good Will!

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    Im not that generous, My mate is commissioning it for them. But the fork is kind of a freebie so I guess i'm at least a little generous. I think it will be a surprise, but their brother Tom will be doing the giving. Would like to be there though when they open it. He is going to have a box made for them too.
    They like big meat in that family so they should go down well
    What do you think of a little curve on the fork tines? Most of the carving forks i've used are straight and I often wish there was a bit of a curve to get some clearance.

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    Way way cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillC View Post
    What do you think of a little curve on the fork tines?
    I think a little curve makes sense.

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    Cheers, yep thats what i'll do then. Probably just cheaper to stamp them out flat. No point in me worrying about that after forging it like this
    Thanks Spike, its fun to experiment

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