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My first Damascus blade

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Jason Fry, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Jason Fry

    Jason Fry KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2008
    Over the years I've used other folks' Damascus steel quite a few times. This blade is the first one from my own Damascus. This is 21 layers of Aldo's original 1084 and some 15n20. The guard is wrought iron wagon rim that belonged to my great great grandfather, George Kromer. The handle is curly maple. Overall length is around 12 inches. It was built with a threaded rod through the handle, fastened with a corby head that was then covered with a Texas mosaic pin. I'll have it on my table for the Silver Spur show in Abilene Feb 24/25. Although this is a regular "gun show", we've worked with Kim the promoter and will have around 10 knifemakers from the Texas Knifemakers' Guild there, as well as Terry Dunn with three tables of stabilized wood handle material of the highest grade. We'll also have educational seminars at 1:00 both days.

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  2. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Great job on the Damascus and the knife.
     
  3. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Great looking work !
     
  4. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    Nice work, Jason. Are you forge welding by hand?
     
  5. Jason Fry

    Jason Fry KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2008
    I stuck one billet by hand, then decided that was for the birds. I called a buddy who has an Anyang 25kg and an Uncle Al press.

    That said, I'm in the process of building a dedicated welding forge, and have located the materials (free!) for a helve hammer. Should be hot and heavy by summer time.
     
  6. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    Are you sure that you need a dedicated welding forge? What kind do you have now?
     
  7. Jason Fry

    Jason Fry KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2008
    I don't have to have a dedicated welding forge. I've got a 15" horizontal with about a 5" round opening, running a 3/4" mikey burner. I'm working on a vertical with a blown burner, because I want one. My current forge stuck the welds I did in this batch, running 12-15 PSI.
     
  8. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    congrats on your own first damascus !
     
  9. Robert Erickson

    Robert Erickson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 2, 2014
    Great looking knife Jason. I love the use of the old wagon wheel from your great great grandfather.
     
  10. sal61

    sal61

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    Sep 4, 2005
    Very nice!!
     
  11. Craig Daniel

    Craig Daniel

    Feb 17, 2016
    Very nice job!
     

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