02-07-2014, 08:00 AM
Out of this world!
Originally Posted by WillC
02-07-2014, 02:21 PM
Pretty cool isn't it. I finished the Loaf of it today, may have compressed the pattern too much will have to see. From a slice off the end that I heavily etched I also noticed a few voids, where something was trapped and got stuck until the acid removed it. On one particular part of the pattern, so may have been an issue in one of the start cans, will have to see, but we will make something nice out of it.
the powders are not available in the uk, I have to get them sent form the states, but I will be trying some more in the future....
Some pictures coming shortly from todays damascus times. Really getting into the swing again to be honest.
02-07-2014, 03:04 PM
Some stainless steel clad cpm 3v blades forged, profiled and heat cycled. Lots of heat cycling and annealing with these to ensure the 3v is prepared for heat treatment......
Looking forward to trying this steel, I'm really pleased to have cracked the welding of this steel, it was very very heat and soak time critical, I had a fair few failures. But these billets welded up very nicely.
This is my current HT set up, Oven is for materials which need a pre-temper as soon as they have been quenched. The HT over gets used allot for heat cycling and annealing of billets during damascus production too. A very important step in damascus production is heat cycling, especially when you get into anything more spicy than a standard 1095/15n20 mix.
Damascus Loaves get 3 heat cycles followed by a full anneal before pickling then slicing for individual knives on the bandsaw.
I love watching the textures in a lump of damascus as it shimmers and cools. scale forming and popping off revealing luscious textures.
Some pattern development to get an idea of the type of pattern we are looking at for one of the finished billets.
We have two different billets. One with more simple carbon steels and pure nickel, there will be two bars of this pattern repeated across the knife. It will be very pretty with the nickel and will be of medium hardness and more tough.... compared to the edge material, which will be very harder...
This is the edge material with a harder mix. 01 and 15n20, in a finer pattern to get the best out of the combined steels.
Something like this but with a second bar of the nickel pattern, middle and spine. This repeated across the blade. Depending on how good I get the compression etc.....
I think this will be one of the custom 2014 options, see how it turns out....
Material that goes to plan will be offered to those waiting for options on 2014 mosaic...
02-12-2014, 03:15 PM
02-12-2014, 05:35 PM
what is the height on the suji?
02-12-2014, 05:40 PM
By the time it is Heat treated, profile trimmed a bit more and ground will be about 45/46mm Currently 310mm length.
02-12-2014, 05:42 PM
02-13-2014, 12:10 PM
02-14-2014, 03:08 PM
02-14-2014, 03:24 PM
what are the size on the 3v's?