Forged cleaver WIP, or How to abuse yourself for fun...

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  1. Oct 8, 2013 #1

    Mike Davis

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    I decided to bring a large bar of W2 to Randy's hammer in to squish and make stuff from. I was chatting it up with Al, ChefLarge, and was playing with his cleavers...I got a wild hair up my ass...I decided i was going to forge a cleaver!!! Now...to give a heads up, forging a cleaver is a metric butt ton of work! I think seriously, there was 3-4 hours of forging involved.
    W2 bar at 2.125" diameter, 11" long.
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    Skipping a lot of squishing
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    Now for the hand forging...
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  2. Oct 8, 2013 #2

    Mike Davis

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    Ok, so i have it roughly forged to shape, i cleaned up the profile a bit. Form this point, it was straightened and Randy Jr. was kind enough to surface grind it for me!
    This is the other half of the boat paddle we forged lol
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    And the cleaver before clay coating for a very crazy hamon...
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    Still undecided on how i am going to do the handle...Will be looking at that all day.
     
  3. Oct 8, 2013 #3

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    Mmmm hamon on a Cleaver, never seen that will be quite special. At some point during grinding it you will think, "no more cleavers":D
     
  4. Oct 8, 2013 #4

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    Looking good. Hope it turns out how you intend or better.
     
  5. Oct 8, 2013 #5

    Mike Davis

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    I am still undecided about what to do with the handle. i am thinking a stubby wa, maybe with some mokume spacers or something. i see a lot if cleaver handles are round, turned on a lathe...not sure if thats what i am going to do or not, but...i assure you it will be cool ;)
     
  6. Oct 9, 2013 #6

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    This should be painfully fun to watch. I think you should do an oval handle, with indents on the sides (sloped towards the spine, on the ferrule).
     
  7. Oct 9, 2013 #7

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    Ohhhhhhhhh, can't wait to see more pics...I think I can speak for all when I say that we were very happy when you got a wild hair up your ass.
     
  8. Oct 9, 2013 #8

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    Much better than when he gets a wild hare up his ass....
     
  9. Oct 9, 2013 #9

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    I'm posting here to give myself an expedient method of constantly checking this thread, as its fecking awesome. Cleaver hamon. Take that awesome.
     
  10. Oct 9, 2013 #10

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    I can't wait to see how this comes out!
     
  11. Oct 9, 2013 #11

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    oh, this is gonna be sweet: Cleaver, W2, hamon... what's not to like?

    and as a side note, if anyone ever had any doubts about the metric system, the fact that it has a until of measure, the "butt ton", specifically dedicated to forging work should make up your mind.
     
  12. Oct 9, 2013 #12

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    Very curious to see how that will turn out!
     
  13. Oct 9, 2013 #13

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    I am always amazed when I see this kind or projects :) I wish I had 1% of the skills you have
     
  14. Oct 9, 2013 #14

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    It's true. We learned "metric butt ton" in school. It's equivalent to...well, it's all very advanced and hard to comprehend for non-metric users....
     
  15. Oct 9, 2013 #15

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    A 'wild hair up the ass' becomes a 'butt ton' and then a 'pain in the ass' and then 'oval shaped with a taper'.

    Man the metric system is confusing.

    I am excited to see how this works itself out!
     
  16. Oct 9, 2013 #16

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    Regarding a Butt Ton, thought this comment was insightful


    I'm not exactly sure how much a butt ton would be, but, probably much lighter after you drop a couple loads. lol. :)
     
  17. Oct 9, 2013 #17

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    Oh boy....... Don't know if Mike will ever talk to me again, after showing him my Chinese knives (cleavers)! :biggrin:

    Looks awesome, brother, can't wait to see the finished product. You, my friend, are frickin amazing.
     
  18. Oct 9, 2013 #18

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    Don't 100 shiteloads make a Butt-ton
     
  19. Oct 10, 2013 #19

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    I first saw a butt ton at Walmart.
     
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    Now that's FUNNY!!!
     
  21. Oct 11, 2013 #21

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    You guys are killing me!! Hahahaha awesome. Hope to have a little more today to show. Going to clay it and get it heat treated. Cross your fingers everyone...I think i will need it lol.
     
  22. Oct 11, 2013 #22

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    Ok...so it may or may not have a cool picture in the hamon....just sayin. It survived the quench, after 2 normalizing cycles, here it is
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    will work on grinding it later, it is getting 6 hours of temper.
     
  23. Oct 11, 2013 #23

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    DUDE!!! :doublethumbsup:
     
  24. Oct 11, 2013 #24

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    nice hamon !:bigeek:
     
  25. Oct 12, 2013 #25

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    I bet that looks cool as $hit once it's ground! :ggodjob:
     
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    So do the flowers mean it's a girly knife? You know, a knife for a girl? :wink:
     
  27. Oct 15, 2013 #27

    Mike Davis

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    It just may be a girly knife!!! so i did a quick amd dirty sand/etch to see (anticipation was killing me) and here she is!
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    Gah...so hard to get a good hamon picture. Pretty happy that it is going where i want it. Thanks for looking :)
     
  28. Oct 15, 2013 #28

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    Pretty sure all the men here are willing to put on a pink skirt to use it.
     
  29. Oct 15, 2013 #29

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    here is a grknd shot. i still ha e a ton of handsanding to do, but this will give you an idea of the grind.
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  30. Oct 15, 2013 #30

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    Wow, that's pretty. Glad I'm a girlie. I can covet it.
     

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