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A couple new knives from the forge

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by BobUrban, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    Darren2.JPG Ron2.JPG DnR.JPG Finally got back into the shop for a little pounding of some steel. I went bear hunting in Manitoba last month and the camp owner wanted a damascus knife made with moose scales from a moose he shot. I did not shoot a bear but it was not the guides or bears fault - they cooperated well as I had bears all around me every evening - certainly close enough for a shot with my longbow. I just did not see the bear I wanted so I was able to be entertained for hours having bears playing below my stand. I will be back there next spring because these guys just did a great, great job. Anyway - my guide, Darren Shipp was great so I was inspired to send him this skinner with micarta scales as a token of apreciation and the moose scaled hunter is for the owner, Ron Dare, another great guy and exceptional guide.

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  2. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Those are awesome. They'll be proud to own them...I know I would be.
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  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Freekin' awesome. When will you be taking orders?==c
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  4. webbie

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    I have a little knife collection in a case in my office.:)

    Those are dang cool....

    Unlike many others here, you deserve the Master of Fire which shows below your avatar!
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  5. BobUrban

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    DSCF0030.JPG Thanks guys.

    Jags - pm me with something you are looking for (size/profile/etc..) and we can talk. I have sold a few - but very few - as I am just a hobbiest but if you are interested I am sure we could work something out. :)

    Personally I prefer simple and hammered this little sticker out of a Ford truck coil spring/5160 for myself - black on black with a deeply cold blued blade.
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  6. fishingpol

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    Fine looking knives, they look well balanced. The damascus is amazing, almost can't take my eyes off it.

    Bob, how do you get your touchmark set in? Etched? Engraved?

    I think you are on your way past a hobbyist level. Fine work indeed.
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  7. BobUrban

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    I either put a vinal sticker on prior to etchent or I have an home brew electro etcher that cuts deeper for tomahawks and heavy use blades that I made from a cell phone charger.
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    Very nice indeed.
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  9. begreen

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    Beautiful work Bob. I love your handicraft with these knives. They are quite unique and special. Well done!
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    Great talent you have, Beautiful knives!!
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    Beautiful knives.
    What kind of steel in the damascus ones?

    I made a few stainless ones from kits
    & one from a piece of 440C which holds an edge thru 2 moose :)
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  12. ScotO

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    there is nothing like a handmade item.....be it furniture, fishing rods, knives, whatever..
    Bob, you have an amazing talent. I know I'd be proud to own one of those knives. I've tinkered around with some smithing before, but haven't gotten serious......

    I know what it takes to pound out a chunk of steel into a nice shape....... you do it very well!
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  13. BobUrban

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    BD - these are 15n20 and 1080 about 50-60 layers, give or take. They start out as a couple inch thick stack of 7-10 pieces of opposing steel that is about 3x1" - then a lot of heat and pounding.
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    Tell me you use a power hammer.

    I've seen tomahawks done in damascus that are stunning.
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    I have a 50 ton little giant and a 60 ton press - both really help with damascus. I think the press is the best "first" tool if you are going to do a lot of pattern welding because it makes setting your initial weld so much more comsistant - almost eliminating cold shuts.
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