Gallery- Martell Knives

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  1. Jul 24, 2018 #871

    Dave Martell

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    Here's a 205mm wa gyuto that I just finished up! :)

    Steel - 52100 @ Rc62-63

    Handle - Figured maple & streaked blond buffalo horn


    The customer asked for a darker (brown) wood with lighter colored buffalo horn on both ends. He also mentioned that he could go for burnt wood too. I put forth the idea of staining (a very standard, yet stabilized) maple I have on hand using the old Pennsylvania long rifle technique of using iron and acid to bring out the figuring. The customer said go for it and the results look even better than I had hoped for. The pictures can't show the depth and movement that this process brings to the wood but it's somewhat along the lines of koa. Since the color was still a bit bland I decided to add in the customer's "burnt wood" idea and I torched the maple as well which really made the color come out as well as even more figuring - win win! Hopefully he likes it as much as I do. ;)

    Here it is....

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  2. Jul 25, 2018 #872

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    Wow that looks nice, really like that effect. Can you give a little info on the process.. pretty please?
     
  3. Jul 25, 2018 #873

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    Thanks!


    Iron and an acid are mixed (and soaked for days) then you have iron acetate. When applied to wood, especially maple, it causes a chemical reaction to the tannins. Heat treating the wood makes for an even more dramatic effect and brings out the red/orange color.
     
  4. Jul 25, 2018 #874

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    That really is a cool technique.
    Looks like its got chattoyance for days!
     
  5. Jul 25, 2018 #875

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    Forced patina handle!!
     
  6. Jul 25, 2018 #876

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    Exactly!

    Thanks Dave appreciate that! I think I remember a blip about this when I was doing more woodworking back in the 90's. It really reminds me of the finish of some high end chippendale antiques... beautiful!
     
  7. Jul 25, 2018 #877

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    You guys are great - thanks. :)
     
  8. Jul 25, 2018 #878

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    Beautiful! What an amazing finish on that wood, wow!
     
  9. Jul 25, 2018 #879

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    Thanks Manuel!
     
  10. Jul 25, 2018 #880

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    I think you just wrote the order for the next Forgie conversion; way, way down the road.
    Now that’s creativity and talent right there.
     
  11. Jul 25, 2018 #881

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    Hey that's a good idea Dave!

    Thanks
     
  12. Aug 8, 2018 #882

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    Here's the last of the O1 sujihikis....300mm in length with a wa octagonal handle made out of amboyna burl and streaked blond buffalo horn. :)


    *The sun was blazing when I shot these pictures and as a result the pictures reflect the knife's image poorly. I know that the customer will be pleased to see the knife in person much more than seeing these pictures.

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  13. Aug 8, 2018 #883

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    Super sweet Dave!! Your suji profile is so perfect.

    So the rest of your carbon knives will be 52100?
     
  14. Aug 8, 2018 #884

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    Yes sir, for my carbon offerings it's going to be 52100 from now on.

    Thanks!
     
  15. Aug 9, 2018 #885

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    That k-tip suji profile is killer and the amboyna handle is a great match!
     
  16. Aug 9, 2018 #886

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  17. Aug 20, 2018 at 8:18 PM #887

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    Here's a 270mm gyuto made out of 52100 high carbon ball bearing steel with a wa handle constructed of presentation grade koa paired with streaked blond buffalo horn. I LOVE this handle! :cool:

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