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[video=youtube;_asvZ2X8ErQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_asvZ2X8ErQ&feature=share[/video]
 

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When I first made this blade I left it in the coal too long and melted a big bite about 2" away from the tip. Luckily I had enough material to draw out a decent length and I completed the blade and move on. Shortly after I wished I had kept the melty part and just made the blade around it.

A few months went by and I decided I wanted to try and quench a hot blade in black powder and this is when the two ideas merged. I didn't really want to make a new blade just for the purpose of melting the back, seemed too contrived an idea. Without the risk of ruining a good blade, the concept had no teeth and the finished product would lack some depth. It had to be an already finished blade that I would destroy in an effort to improve its aesthetic. Sort of a creation through destruction ideology.

The black powder idea was just an experiment to see what would happen to soft melty steel when it interacts with an explosive. I might try thermite next time. Here's what happened.




after some normalizing and a polish with steel wool.



I will likely make a Santoku shape out of this and make it my travel knife.
 

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this is after heat treating. Can't quite see the hamon as it's behind a layer of scale, but it's there and I may bring it out over time. I've already re-profiled the choil and brought the shoulder up 4mm.

 

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Is that how Moritakas are made?
 

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Small update. Got the mokume and the hande rough shapped.

 

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I glued the thinner mokume to the handle then ground it flush. Ive been shaping the concaved upper portion separately. The two will be separated by a african blackwood spacer. Ive never used jb weld before but i did on this one. Really impressed by how well it holds up to heat.

 

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Very cool project. Keep the photos coming :)
 

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I'm not sure I understand what you do here, but the steel looks like "burnt" ....
 

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I love the exposed knot on the handle. I have a piece of knotty cocobolo that I can't wait to use for a handle!
 

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Extra crispy! That's cool...

Its the handle new wood on top glued to a piece of the old handle on the bottom?
 

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It's a new piece of amboyna burl with a natural inclusion i wanted left in to mirror the blade. It looks burnt, but it's just the colour of the wood.
 

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Very nice man. Love the finish on the blade, not so much the big chunk missing from the handle. Little too severe for me but then it's not my blade!
 

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She got some chubby gams but she tapers nice to the tips if you know what i mean. More of an all purpose veggie prepper
 

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You are surely not shy to experiment. That is the best way to learn and to have fun :) This is another very cool project of yours.
 

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Thanks matus. Little details like this where the spine is rounded from when the knife was previously finished but reheating has left a nice texture which is both soft but offers grip.

 
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