My updates thread is getting a bit much to put all in one place. So I have decided to have a general works in progress thread for WIP pictures and leave the updates thread to keep customers informed as to order progress etc. Here are some progress pics to kick the thread off. Leading on from here. latest feather billet. This got welded up and drawn out somewhat, into a loaf, which I got 2 big slices and a medium/small slice. The soap bar sized chunk of feather dammy is forged out to shape. The taper is also mostly forged. I stopped forging at about 3.6mm at the back 2mm at the front. If I am clever and avoid to much scale on the last forging stages its only a few passes on a narrow 36 grit belt and i'm down to clean metal. I then give it a run over with a 50 grit belt and make sure the taper is nice and even. After that I gave the blade a quick test etch to see how it came out. Forging a blade to size and taper is I find a more pleasant process and has structural advantages in a pattern like this with the grain flowing with the knife. Of course more forging means more distortion of the pattern, but this is something I accept and feel its part of my style of working. Anyway, this is what I had after an etch. The blade is a 300mm Suji Carving knife for my latest carving set commission. Here is what the taper looks like at this stage, pre HT. In feather damascus all the welds cross the edge. Makes for a toothy edge. Great for slicers. Have a lovely weekend all.