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Some random action shots (just 'cuz)

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by NickWheeler, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. NickWheeler


    Dec 3, 1999
    I've been taking pics of making a knife... there's tons of them, but I just thought I'd throw some in here because I like crap like this when other people do it. :)

    These are just some random ones taken from the sketches I started with to getting two bars that are ready to be twisted for a Turkish-ish Twist.

    Okay, I should have labeled them, sorry! LOL

    The engineer part of me always wants a plan... so a pencil sketch is where I start

    21 layers of alternating 1084/15N20 stacked up and MIG welded together with a classy rebar handle. The 15N20 is all doubled up because I wanted to be about the same thickness as the 1084

    Billet in the forge

    Rotating the billet, basically just checking on it to see if the flux is flowing and where the temp is.


    Initial drawing of the billet under the hydraulic press

    Drawing (stretching) the billet on the 100# Little Giant

    Close up of above

    The billet has been take up to ~60 layers (the initial billet cut and stacked 3 times (21)) Then drawn to two square bars. One will be twisted clockwise and the other will be twisted counter clockwise. That initial billet was 6" long, these two bars are 35" and 50" in length.
  2. Sam Salvati

    Sam Salvati

    Aug 6, 2007
    JEEBUS!~ Nice work Nick! Great shop you got, i got a wicked case of tool envy.
  3. Mace


    Apr 8, 2003
    Oh yeah! I want a poster of the pic of you in the Italian tuxedo on my shop wall!:eek:
    Cool pics!
  4. bryce


    Mar 27, 2002
    Cool stuff you have a hell of a shop,

    proof hardwork pays off

    I wish I understood 100% what is going on and what is happening to make it all come together.
  5. Will52100

    Will52100 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 4, 2001
    Cool pics Nick, but it looks like your doing some forge work without safty glasses, can't tell for sure, your hat may be blooking them. If so don't do it anymore, after nearly loosing an eye I won't be doing anything without safty glasses again! I love your shop set-up, any forging I have to hope it doesn't rain!
  6. T Blade

    T Blade

    Aug 25, 2003
    Very Slick Nick :D

    Yup definately got tool envy on this one :eek:, mostly from the hammer, cause I ain't got one.
  7. indian george

    indian george

    Feb 15, 1999
    Loooking good Bubba.:thumbup::cool::D
  8. adammichael


    Sep 13, 2004
    Who did the welding in that 2nd picture?:D
  9. Barkes Knife Shop

    Barkes Knife Shop

    Jan 2, 2006
    Looks Hot and Nice, Great looking Knife Shop. :D
  10. Jose Reyes

    Jose Reyes

    Nov 14, 2001
    Jeez, Nick, talk about safe forging, you put a condom on your anvil! Looks like you got a new Schempp cap... :thumbup: :D
  11. Sam Salvati

    Sam Salvati

    Aug 6, 2007
    You don't want him getting to the other anvils without one! You'll have tons of little anvils all over the place!
  12. Alden Sherrodd

    Alden Sherrodd

    Oct 12, 2004
    :thumbup:Thanks for sharing with us Nick. It's nice to see some live action here. It looks like you work as neatly and methodically as your completed knives. I hope you'll post the rest of the construction of this knife.
    You are a good source of inspiration.

  13. Karl B. Andersen

    Karl B. Andersen

    Jul 27, 2003
    Back to more serious stuff, Nick, I really like that small knife in the drawing!
    And, what tonnage is your press?
    You have too much fun.
  14. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    WOW!! So im pressed witht he shop, and can't wait to see more pics!
  15. B . Buxton

    B . Buxton

    Jul 8, 2001
    Holy Crap, you get your JS and then you let yourself go, where's the dress suit. :D:D
    Nice job Nick, keep them comin.

  16. John Frankl

    John Frankl

    Oct 16, 2001
    Yes, definitely keep em coming. And tell us about that hunter and the integral in the sketches too!

  17. Justin.Mercier


    Oct 21, 2006
    Thanks for the tool pron Nick =) I'm seriously jelous !

    Looks like you're well on your way to working on a changing that J to an M too!
  18. indian george

    indian george

    Feb 15, 1999
  19. fitzo


    Aug 14, 2001
    Nick, it looks like you've added some more muscle mass in the last year? Hopefully it's not just from donuts at breaktime. ;)

    Nice pictorial. Did you find another forge pixie to take fotos?
  20. Sam Salvati

    Sam Salvati

    Aug 6, 2007
    That LG is amasing, the dies are like two anvils!

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