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Layered / laminated / multi-alloy titanium blades

Discussion in 'Mad Science Forge' started by Mecha, May 14, 2019.

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  1. BladeMan

    BladeMan Gold Member Gold Member

    526
    Feb 12, 1999
    Yea it is sort of a welding bead i guess. The welding bead is Ti15V so it is actually three different types of Titanium. I am sure Sam will chime in and tell more about it.
    What i can tell you that this welding bead is only visible, you can‘t feel it. And it looks way cooler then on my crappy pic.
     
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  2. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    I hate you...only because those laminated blades make my mono-alloy integral Turbine blade look like nothing;)
     
  3. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    That's correct. The parts (hardenable blade edge and softer body) are shaped through cutting and forging to match a curve, then welded with a highly dissimilar beta ti alloy. In the axe, it was welded and there was only a little forging on the weld itself after that (most was concentrated on the cutting edge), while on the katana the billet was straight and was hand-forged a lot directly on the weld, which "smeared" it around for more of a hamon look. Which was then mostly ground off, HA!
     
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  4. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    I like the pic. Yep you can feel it for sure, it really grabs on the grinder belt. That alloy is only 75% titanium! The reasons it looks so different, but it's a strong, heat-treatable alloy.


    You have the only jet engine sword-chete there is; that's not too shabby. :D
     
  5. BladeMan

    BladeMan Gold Member Gold Member

    526
    Feb 12, 1999
    Not true, your falcata type integral Turbine blade is a killer piece.

    To be honest with you, personally i'd pick a "mono-alloy" Ti blade over a laminated one, every time. If Sam would be able to make a 100% TiNb or BT23 axe or any sword shape i'd all over it instead of a laminated blade. Why? Because it's the most rare and exotic Ti with the best properties. Since this does not work simply because the TiNb is a small square stock and the BT23 comes in rather thin sheet form and both are very limited quantities, the lamination is the next best thing. Also it saves the precious TiNb and BT23. It all makes sense to me, just saying.

    That said, i love each of my other mono-alloy Mecha blades. :D
     
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  6. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013

    Aye, there is nothing the laminated blade will do that the mono blade can't do...except being bigger or more wildly shaped. It allows me to make more eccentric (erratic?) pieces. It conserves the the special blade alloys. And it looks ultra cool. It's worth the extra work, but there is something special and raw about a fully mono-ti blade.
     
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  7. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    The katana as of now:






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  8. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    ^damn, now that is nice there. well done. very well done, Sir.
     
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  9. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thankoo! :D
     
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  10. wongalex07

    wongalex07

    5
    Jul 7, 2019
    Hei Sam, how do I place an order for a katana with you? Thanks!
     
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  11. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Wow the sword blade especially is just beyond amazing.

    Congratulations because your skill just seems to get better and better.
     
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  12. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks Lapedog! Always trying to make them better. Doesn't matter what it's made out of if the sword isn't designed well, you know.
     
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  13. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Usually just send an email. I'm out of town at the moment and will get back to them shortly, in case you already did and I haven't responded yet. :)
     
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