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How To J.D. Smith, WiP

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Lorien, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    It all started with a sketch, which I finished up mid December 2013 and then sent to Boston.

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    I was going for a kard/jambiya/khanjar/pesh kabz hybrid type thing, with a little Kabar thrown in. The main thing I was going for was a nice, broad blade to showcase J.D.'s mesmerizing damascus, in a form that I thought might jive with his artistic language.

    Never felt that I got this pattern completely nailed down, and looking back on it from the distance of time, I can see so many problem areas and lost opportunities.

    Fortunately, J.D. follows the beat of his on anvil...
     
  2. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    the layers of steel have been forge welded, crushed, squished, squeezed and hammered into a billet of what is known as 'Damascus steel'. You will watch this steel billet get forged into a pretty large knife.

    Here's a little explanation that J.D. provided;

    You see the arrows I've indicated on the billet? those were to orient me to the edge bar on the billet. I cut the tip to allow me to bring the edge around with the curve of the blade as I forge it to shape.


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    If you want to see how Damascus steel is made, I highly recommend checking out Mareko Maumasi's Instagram page.
     
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  3. john april

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

    Feb 27, 2006
    this will be fun to watch ! thanks for posting.
     
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  4. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    I like where this is going.... :D
     
  5. JParanee

    JParanee

    Dec 23, 2006
    Tuned in
     
  6. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    I hope you all get the point.
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    keep your anvil clean for better hammering.
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  7. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    I recently watched the Forged in Fire episode with J.D. in it.

    The thing that I noticed the most was how keenly he was watched by the judges while he was working, and how respectful- almost deferential- they were to him when they had to tell him that he didn't make the cut. Forged in Fire is a unique situation in bladesmithing, and shouldn't be taken as an indicator of what is wheat and what is chaff. It's educational and entertaining for the viewer, but it is a game show and gameshows require things from their contestants other than just skill and knowledge.

    By every real measure, J.D. is one of the best bladesmiths alive today.

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  8. J. Doyle

    J. Doyle Bladesmith/Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 17, 2008
    Entertaining, yes. Educational?....questionable, at best. ;):D


    Couldn't agree more. Very pleasant and intelligent man and insanely talented. :thumbsup::cool:
     
  9. Zidfeldts

    Zidfeldts Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2010
    I find him to be one of the most inspirational humans on this planet.
     
  10. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    added some text to post #2, fyi
     
  11. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    Pesh Kabarz? ;) Looks pretty cool so far.
     
  12. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    bolster bashing. J.D.'s description;


    "I've selected an area to upset and thicken to become the 'integral bolster'. It will need to have enough mass to net the kind of shape the final form will have."


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  13. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Lorien, I'm loving this thread. Thank you.

    I don't know how he does it. Here's a photo of JD taken almost 18 years ago (2002). He hasn't aged a year.

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    Jeez. Must be all that dancing he teaches. :)
     
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  14. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    input from J.D. added to post #12

    here's another photo of the man, from the '14 Seattle show. The other guy is Andrew Meers, and if you haven't seen his work you are missing out

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  15. parfums95

    parfums95 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Beautiful drawing, Arnold, can not say why but I love the work of JD, the association of the two of you is superb, congratulations .
    Pic with Andrew is TERRIBLE (terrible translated into French means even more than superb, explosive :D)
     
  16. jdsmith02115

    jdsmith02115

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    Aug 5, 2002
    Ha! Andrew and I were having a laugh about how I snuck off with David Lisch's 'stash!
    Andrew was a star pupil I never saw anyone learn so much, so quickly!
     
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  17. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    NEW AND IMPROVED! NOW WITH J.D. SMITH CAPTIONS!

    I have pushed the tip downward in preparation for forging the edge

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  18. VashHash

    VashHash

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    Aug 11, 2009
    Very nice thread. JD does some beautiful forging. I'd like to get a piece from him one day. WIP threads are some of my favorite ones.
     
  19. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
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    Forging the blade to be a bit more slender.

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    Blade is taking it's final shape

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  20. gudspelr

    gudspelr

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    Jul 1, 2013
    This is killing me.... I love these threads and jump each time I see another update. Then the waiting begins for the next posts... Can’t wait to see how this one ends up :thumbsup:.

    Jeremy
     
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