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Damascus Cable knife update and mill sheet

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by Ghostman3, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. Ghostman3

    Ghostman3

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    Jan 12, 2016
    So I work for a drilling company and have 1.125" drill line readily available to me and requested a mill sheet on it. I know some people are interested in making cable Damascus and I am as well. I thought this info might come in handy to some. I picked up a few pieces so I'm going to try it in the near future. Looks like a fairly simple medium-high carbon steel??

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  2. Ghostman3

    Ghostman3

    185
    Jan 12, 2016
    So I spent some time today forge welding the cable together and trying to get a knife out of it.

    https://vimeo.com/182254243

    I turned my forge up with both burners running as high as it will go which is 20 psi. The steel just won't get any hotter than this. I feel like it's barely got enough to forge weld. Although this is basically my first time so I could be wrong. I did get it to weld together some but welding cable isn't the easiest it doesn't seem.

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    https://vimeo.com/182254375

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    The edges were very hard to try to weld. Basically they wouldnt weld together and I cut the piece off into a rectangle.

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    This is how far I got.


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  3. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Did you twist it as you heated it? That is important in welding cable,
     
  4. Ghostman3

    Ghostman3

    185
    Jan 12, 2016
    Yes sir. Before hammering I twisted it as much as I could. I welded the ends together with a mug gun and I found that I had to flatten and spread the ends before I could hit the cable. I tried hitting the cable first and they would try to pop loose or out.


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  5. Ghostman3

    Ghostman3

    185
    Jan 12, 2016
    Seems the core welded ok-ish together. Here pictures after I cut it.
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  6. Greenberg Woods

    Greenberg Woods Wood Fanatic and Rosewood Addict

    Dec 27, 2013
    Interesting stuff. I've been looking for good cable for a while.
     
  7. Ghostman3

    Ghostman3

    185
    Jan 12, 2016
    I can ship you a piece if you want?


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  8. Greenberg Woods

    Greenberg Woods Wood Fanatic and Rosewood Addict

    Dec 27, 2013
    Shoot me an email.
     
  9. Ghostman3

    Ghostman3

    185
    Jan 12, 2016
    So here is the knife from this. I know all the welds didn't set but most did and I still think it will be functional so I'm going to finish it. This was and still is my most successful fully forged blade; not that I've forged a ton lol. I etched in vinegar and it's kind of hard to see but you can see the pattern. Going to do a small brass guard and some type of wood handle.

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  10. Ghostman3

    Ghostman3

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    Jan 12, 2016
    Working on the guard

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