180mm Feather Gyuto (work in progress)

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John N

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I forged this blade a year or so back as a 210, and snapped the end off it trying to straighten it (got a bit used to compliant san mai!) - chucked it in the 'meeeh' pile until a couple of days ago, when I could look it in the eye again!

Got it re-profiled and am feeling quite positive about it now :) Its flat, true, and thin now - should make a nice knife. Its hand sanded to 80 grit in these pics, with a quick 'vanity' etch to see where we are. It should pop when finished properly.

Thoughts and comments appreciated !









 

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A lot to like there!!
Nice profile, nice asymmetry, nice 'flow' to the damascus...
 

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Thanks for the positive comments ! @Bert2368 - Its a worker Bee (or as close as I could get made into a stamp!) - The bee is the symbol of my home city, Manchester.
 

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Pinched an afternoon this weekend and got her finished up. Pretty pleased with how its come out. Might need to forge more feathers ! Handle is a very dense (possibly Australian) hardwood I cant remember the name of, with a 925 silver spacer.







 

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I think it is Ringed Gidgee. A chef sent it to me as a possible user on a commission a year or so back as an option, and we did not use it.

Ive found a happy middle ground 'time / quality' for etching my PW stuff. I dont take it to a high grit before etching (400 max, this gives the acid something to bite at!) - etch a few times for 15 mins or so in fairly weak ferric, scrubbing with dishsoap between each etch cycle, Then I hit it with 1200 wet and dry, on a hard backing to put a shine on the high layers. Then a polish with Flitz to remove all the oxides from the blade. Works for me anyway!
 
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