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Making Meteorite Handmade Knives

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by FallCreekFreak, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. FallCreekFreak


    Apr 19, 2007
    I got a slab of meteorite, I want to make a show knife out of it. Can I grind it on my grinder without losing the pattern? or do I need to grind it wet? How porous is this material? Should I buff it? Any knowledge about working this material in the raw would be greatly appriciated. Thanks, Roger.
  2. delbert ealy

    delbert ealy

    May 3, 2004
    Grind it slow and keep it cool.
    You don't need to grind it wet, but if you overheat it the pattern will disappear. As far as the finish goes you should etch it.
    Some meteorite has some cracking and inclusions, but I wouldn't call the stuff porous.
    Hope this helps,
  3. george tichbourne

    george tichbourne

    Apr 19, 1999
    Grind it normally, sand smooth and etch with ferric chloride to restore the pattern. It cannot be heat treated because most meteorite lacks carbon.
  4. Caden_Vekk


    Feb 28, 2007
    where do you get meteorite?
  5. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

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

    Aug 20, 2004
    From meteors that hit the ground !

    Or ebay.
  6. Caden_Vekk


    Feb 28, 2007
    how would forging it effect it
  7. Whoever Wherever

    Whoever Wherever

    Nov 17, 2006
    forging meteroite usually causes it to crumble from what I have heard. There is a n article on meteorite damascus in this months Blade. Seems that when coupled with the right steel it forges just fine. Not shure of the technical mumbo jumbo behind said phenomenon. I think all meteorite knives I have seen have the meteorite made into damascus or the meteorite is in the handle. You can get meteorites from ebay, a quick search will turn up a few sellers with 100% feedback that specialize in meteorites.
  8. delbert ealy

    delbert ealy

    May 3, 2004
    Warning! Opinion to follow
    I have forged 15-20 lbs of meteorite down for making damascus. It is definately the most challenging material I have worked. Tim Zowada did write an excellent article on making meteorite damascus, and he has forged alot more of the stuff into damascus than I have. It takes getting used to and at $100+ a pound I would not recommend it unless you have a good deal of experience making damascus.
    As far as the meteorite in the damascus goes, it loses the cool windmanstatten pattern, but it has excellent contrast and its cool to have a usable blade with stuff that fell from the sky. I have been making a billet of it once a year, when the mood strikes me.

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