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    More progress on the Cleaver.
    For the ferrule and end cap damascus continued...
    Pieces clean and laid out for billet assembly.

    Twisted pieces are arranged in a stack of 3 x 3. Each clockwise twist piece is placed next to an opposing twist. 8 twisted bars around the outside, a mild steel bar making up the center one.





    I'll be using the flux method as the pieces are not perfectly square, care will be taken to massage the pieces together pushing out any liquid flux. The piece is held in the press and tacked in a way to allow flux a way out.


    And ready for welding.
    Some video's of the forging for you, I will be making a u tube one of the whole build and cutting when its all complete. These are unedited so excuse any gaps.

    Click on the photo to link to the video.

    First stage, gently squeezing the billet together in the press.





    Keep it all clean!



    And into the new hammer dies, remember I'm still massaging the piece together, assuming there are still gaps and trapped liquid flux.




    Final run in the dies to 30mm square



    And finishing down to size,


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    The piece now as forged, ready to be cleaned over and cut to more manageable pieces for grinding true.

    Got these pieces out of it, 2 100mm chunks just over 25mm square, and I cut two diddy bits to squash a bit bigger for endcap, I did a spare while I was at it.


    Little pieces squished for a bit more wiggle room on the endcaps.

    Here is one of the blocks for ferrules trued up and etched.



    Now a little more on the blade. Having tested it before, I ground the hollows further making the geometry more extreme. Tonight I gave the bevels a honing to check they are flat and true and gave the blade another test on food.



    I'm really happy with it now...I'll do a cutting vid when its all done

    Thanks for watching folks

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    Very interesting shape on the cleaver, what are the dimensions?
    once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    Think of it as a robust tall Nakiri. Blade dimensions 212mm x 70 mm, taper on spine 4mm to 1.5mm, the taper from halfway down at the apex of the hollow, 2mm to about 0.7mm.

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    Bit more on this Fella,
    Handle pieces, composite damascus ferrule and end cap, Red koa with nickel and Jadeite spacers.

    Shaping the slot in the ferrule.



    Quick check for fit up..

    Pieces now bolted up dry on my jig for shaping.



    Old man dust

    Rough ground to shape..


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    Looking pretty special

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    Hi Will

    INdeed an interesting piece..

    a) Approx total weight
    b) Balance point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillC View Post
    Think of it as a robust tall Nakiri. Blade dimensions 212mm x 70 mm, taper on spine 4mm to 1.5mm, the taper from halfway down at the apex of the hollow, 2mm to about 0.7mm.

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    Thanks Guys
    David, I will let you know the weight, balance will be on the heel or just in-front.
    I have a few others to polish and etch, final finish etc.... hopefully will get around to finishing this one this week too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TB_London View Post
    Looking pretty special

    YOU referring to the man with the wood facial powder or the handle?

    Will .. I hv always enjoyed your wips and also following yr train of thoughts in designing and making the knife.Some serious tapering going on in this piece .. from 4mm to 0.7 at the end.

    Look fwd to your video .

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    Well...my mum says i'm special
    Feels like the cold slowed me down this week, no forging going on so I got pretty frosty
    However this and a few others just require a little fine finish and etching tomorrow.

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