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M.Gregory Knives/Mad Science Forge Collaboration Blade

Discussion in 'Mad Science Forge' started by Matthew Gregory, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 12, 2005
    This is my second collaboration with Sam @Mecha of Mad Science Forge, and I think this one came together really well.

    Sam forged a profile out of his famous TiNb Titanium alloy for me (I'll let him chime in here to explain the material, if he so chooses), and I tried to work within the already super-clean profile to the best of my ability.


    Once I had it rough ground to my liking, I shipped it back to him for his proprietary heat treatment. Here's what it looked like before HT:


    Sam turned it around really quickly, and made sure to include his touchmark:



    Love that mark. :cool:

    After I had it finish ground, Sam remarked that I hadn't ground into his maker's mark. Apparently this is a big deal for him - sort of a signature. This was a bit of a problem for me, as my grinds were precisely where I felt they needed to be, but I conceded a bit and pushed the plunge back until it scrubbed the edge of his mark. I'm still not sure that he's happy with this, but that's as much compromise as I'm capable of. :D

    From there, it was just a matter of focusing on balance. I chose to skeletonize the handle to reduce unnecessary mass. Normally, I'd taper the tang, but I was concerned about the flexibility that this material displays as it thins, and I also loved the shape as it was. Once it was skeletonized, I bolstered it a bit with a lightweight material to add bulk and shape, and covered the entire handle in carbon fiber cloth. To add a touch of class and drama to it, I added a sweet pair of sterling silver 'ryu' or dragon menuki:


    Held in place with carbon fiber tsukaito:


    ....and the final result, a la @SharpByCoop :


    Specs for the package:
    8” blade of Sam’s Beta-TiNb Titanium
    .225” thick
    5-1/2” long handle in carbon fiber tsukaito over hand-laid carbon fiber
    10-1/4 ounces, with point of balance at the index finger (immediately behind turk's head knot)
    Matched saya with carbon fiber

    Total package weighs in at 14-3/8 ounces.

    Had a blast doing this - it's a unique material, and VERY different from what I'm used to working with. Hope you like it!
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  2. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Nice write-up, M.Gregory! The knife turned out well, and interesting. I hope you enjoyed!

    The thing with the maker's mark was this: it sometimes happens that on one of mine, the mark gets ground off partially, not on purpose, but just by virtue of the spacing of everything - the grinds, the handle, or whatever. If it happens that way naturally, I get a real kick out of it and think it looks very cool. I don't do it on purpose, but if it so happens to be like that I just go with it rather that forcing the blade design around the mark. So on your knife here, I secretly placed the mark in a spot where I thought you might be compelled to grind into it a bit, giving you a conundrum of sorts. I was hootin' and hollarin' because you'd thwarted my maker mark trap! :D
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2019
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  3. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    very nice. a beauty. well done ya two.
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  4. BladeMan

    BladeMan Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 12, 1999
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2019
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