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,