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[PROJECT] Blades By Baz

Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by Builds By Baz, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. OP
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    It's been a while. I haven't touched the Viper since the first week of lockdown here in Canberra. Ever since, I have been flat out making knives and developing my skills, workflow and tooling. It got us through the worst of it.

    Here's the last few I've been working on. I'm hoping soon, to start spending the proceeds on the Viper. I have a few more things going into it before I start fibreglassing the hull.

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    ...cont'd...

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    I love the look of the pitted finish along the spine of those little square-ended knives, and the others.
    The handle work is also stunning mate, really beautiful pieces. :thumbup:
    Have you considered making something like the last post but with a curved blade, a khukuri style knife? Reckon you could do an awesome job on something like that, with similar detailing to the handle.
    AAA production quality stuff mate... have you made any enquiries about hiring these pieces out for prop work? Could be a nice little Bunsen Burner.

    How do you get that pitted finish? I presume rust converter is involved at some point so it doesn't provide locations for corrosion to take hold?
     
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    The pitted finish is known as textured flats and is the result of scale and texture left over from the forging process. Care is taken not to remove it all in the grinding workflow.
     
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    So no need to convert the oxides/scale left over from forging in those areas?
    Cool technique, thanks for the info. :thumbup:
     
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    No. I can't see why anyone would need to either?

    Baz.
     
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    I'm displaying my lack of knowledge about forging techniques.
    I had a vague idea that the scaled/pitted areas might present a point of entry for moisture to start corroding the underlying steel, hence assuming that using a rust converter solution might be part of the finishing process.
    "Not all oxides of iron are created equal" or somesuch... probably a bit spotty on the chemistry side of things too... :)
     
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    If anything is going to rust on a high carbon steel blade, it's the exposed steel. High carbon blades need a little more education to look after in this regard. That's the trade-off for the quality edge. Yes, it pays to ask the questions mate. Some things are very simple and folks tend to over-complicate them. Other aspects that while may seem simple, are very involved. A little know-how and a lot of practice on the tools goes a long way. Pay no attention to that, "Forged in fire" crap on TV.

    Baz.
     
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    Is this a (steel) crisknife? I considered making the "sword" Aquaman uses in Dune but it looked too boring and I left it too long.
     
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    Yes it is. Forged from scratch, using 5160 high carbon spring steel.
     
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    Latest.

    Damascus steel, forged hunter. Stainless steel guard and domed pin, with dyed and stabilised Maple burl handle.
    Blade length 125mm
    Overall length 245mm

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    Forged high carbon steel hunter, textured flats. Brown Mallee burl handle, Brass guard.

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    Cheese knives. Hand forged, textured flats, high carbon steel with yellow box handles.

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    Made a spotted gum saya for my wife's kitchen knife.

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    Good lord, that's about the most beautiful knife I've ever seen, and I'm not even a knife person. Wonderful work.
     
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    Busy busy.

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    Those are awesome. the amount of time and effort that goes into making those, you must do this from a labour of love standpoint rather than for profit of your time, effort and skills
     
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    Finished another Kensaki-style Yanagiba. 1075 steel, right hand chisel grind. Stabilised Birdseye Ebony and Amboyne handle. Lovely figured Cypress saya with ebony lock pin.

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    Taking on a new project to stretch myself. Japanese Katana.

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    I can't even be bothered painting my retro PC case and here you are building spaceships and some of the most beaut knives/blades I've seen.

    Inspiring mate.
     
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    Japanese Katana WIP

    I am doing as much of this in traditional style, by hand and avoiding machinery where possible. After the initial round bar was belted flat with a power hammer, I stretched it out the rest of the way with the hammer on the anvil, then completely hand forged the geometries. Lots of hand filing then inventing a tool out of whatever I had available to scrape in the fuller. (NOT A BLOOD GROOVE!!)

    In keeping with tradition also, I am using materials from scraps to make the fittings. Scrap copper and steel to make the tsuba, habaki, seppa, etc etc
    Instead of buying mekugi pins from china, I sourced the correct bamboo, made my own and hardened them in the oven.

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    Quenching a Japanese katana.


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