Now available for sale is a Turkish Twist pattern Gent’s Knife.
This knife is made from 1084 and 15n20 high-carbon steels, forged by me. The inset handle scales are of fossilized Mammoth Ivory. Note that while screws were used on this piece for aesthetics, is it not a take-down construction. Comes with a custom wet-formed sheath and lanyard by Brett Smith of T-STAR Leather that make for a very slim and elegant package. The lanyard is not currently attached so that the new owner can set it to their preferred length.
My apologies for the poor quality of the pictures, I’m a good knife maker and a poor photographer.
Price is $750 delivered within the United States, international shipping will be extra. Email me if you would like to own this beauty!
This is gent’s knife in 1084/15n20 Turkish Twist Damascus with Mammoth Ivory scales. 3-3/4″ of blade and 8-5/8″ OAL. While it is assembled with screws for appearance, it is not a take-down. It’s headed off toBrett Smith at T STAR LEATHER to get something nice to wear and then it will be available.
As promised, here’s a look at the finished billet:
All forged out
A quick grind and etch of a window
Another closeup with a flash to bring out more detail. Weird how the flash sort of inverts the colors…
There’s more fun inside! This end cut shows the difference between the two wrought iron pieces that were used. I made sure to alternate them in the final stacking to add some visual interest to the final pattern.
Stay tuned for our next episode, where I’ll start actually forging more than barstock!
So, over the weekend I forged out a billet identical to the first (so I skipped taking pictures of that…).
Today I took the two billets and combined them into one larger one. I only got a few photos though since my cellphone battery died on me…So, all the secrets of making a random pattern are still mine!
I had to fire up the temporary “big” forge since the final layup was just a little too tall for my normal forge.
All prepped and ready to get welded. With the added 9 layers of nickel in this layup this yields 99 layers. this left my brain to come up with a lot of song references while I was working on this. I still have “99 Luft Baloons” stuck in my head…
Gettin’ hot in here…
Then my battery died….
The final billet is 3/4″x2-1/4″x12″. There was a surprising amount of material loss putting this billet together. It started as 1 piece of 1/2″x3″x11″ wrought and then I added a piece of 3/4″x2″x10″. Sure, there was a bit of grinding things clean, but no more than usual. Lots of scale generated by the wrought though. I’m just not used to this much material loss on something as (relatively) simple as a random pattern…
I’ll post a picture or two of the completed billet tomorrow. Next step is to start making it into something…
Go check out the store for new steel I just posted for sale.
I can finally announce that I will be a contestant on season 2 of The History Channel show “Forged In Fire“. Season 2 premieres on February 16th, 2016 at 10PM/9PM Central on The History Channel. My episode will be later in the season, but I encourage you all to watch the whole season. If my episode is any indication, it will definitely be worth tuning in for!
Got another little bit of time in the shop and kept going on this one. Here’s what’s new!
9 layers of wrought iron and nickel
Welded up and ready to go into the forge
I just love taking pictures of the forge….
Squished and forge welded
From every blade a little scale must fall…
Drawn out to 2″x17″x3/8″
Welds look nice and clean. The flash makes the colors look backwards though
Terrible picture, but the colors are more accurate
I was recently fortunate enough to meet Robert Burns from Wilderness Ironworks, and as always happens when bladesmiths get together, ideas started flying. So, we’re working on a collaboration project. After a little planning, I’ve gotten started on this project. So, we figure that we’ll share with folks as it progresses. To keep it a little fun though, I’m starting the work in progress thread without telling you all what we’re making. I think it will be kind of fun.
Starting with a big hunk of wrought from my special stash. I bought this quite a while ago from Karl B. Anderson. I started with one of the pieces on the left. 3″x1/2″x11″.
Look at that wrought goodness!
Into the forge!
Look at the strings of slaggy goodness as it gets forged down….
3″x1/2″x11″ becomes 2″x3/8″x22″
All cleaned up and shiny! Bet you can’t guess what’s coming next!
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So I got the remaining rings polished and etched today and couldn’t wait until they are silver lined to post them. I tried to get some decent pictures, but these are only “so-so”. Click on the pictures for the full-sized … Continue reading
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It’s been a long time in coming, but I’ve been out in the shop a bit recently. I’m not working on knives at the moment, but I’ve been playing with something that I’ve been meaning to work on for a … Continue reading