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Spider Damascus Bowie WIP

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by KHall, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. KHall

    KHall KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 17, 2009
    Here is a work in progress of a big bowie that I have been working on for the last six months. I am working on the sheath now and hope to finish it in the next week. I took enough picture with my cell phone, to hopefully result in a nice WIP. Hope you enjoy.

    The Damascus has a spider design, but it is the result of a Laddered W pattern.

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    I started with 21 layers of 15N20 and 1095. I used 1/8 inch thick layers of both steels, however I used ¼ inch layers of 1095 for the outside of the billet.

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    Billet wielded up, sprayed with WD40 and cover with Borax.

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    In the forge.

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    This picture is the results of several steps. After the first weld I cut the bar in two and forage welded the two sections to create a bar with 42 lays. The bar was turned on its side and forged to begin the development of the W pattern.

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    Then the bar was drawn out and cleaned up with side angle grinder.

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    Then cut into four sections and prepared for welding.

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    The results.

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    Drawn out, cut into four sections and welded.

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    The resulting bar.

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    My next step is to cut groove with my side angle grinder.

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    The results
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    More to come.
     
  2. coldsteelburns

    coldsteelburns

    Aug 2, 2010
    Awesome! I'm looking forward to seeing more. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Paul
    [HR][/HR]My YT Channel Lsubslimed
    ... (It's been a few years since my last upload)
     
  3. KHall

    KHall KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 17, 2009
    Back into the forge.
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    Here is a drawing of the knife to be made.
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    The billet forged out to the general shape of the blade and some additional sections for the guard and the frame handle. The blade was cleaned up with the side angle grinder.
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    Cleaned up on the surface grinder.
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    Cut out to the final profile. I did not forge to the final shape because I did not want to distort the pattern of the Damascus.
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    At the grinding
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    Checking in with the drawing.
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    Heat treating – after the quench.
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    Into the oven for the temper.
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    Grinding in the clip.
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  4. jbarsquat

    jbarsquat Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 22, 2017
    Very cool concept! Thanks for sharing. I'm interested to see what kind of handle you put on it and to see the pattern on the final product.
     
  5. KHall

    KHall KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 17, 2009
    Post 3

    Finish grinding complete
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    Hand Sanding
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    Finished Hand Sanding
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    Right out of the etch
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    The results of sanding at 2000 grit
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    Milling the tang slot on the guard
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    Guard fit up
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    Working out the finial overall guard profile on paper
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    Cutting the ferrule slot
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    Parts laid out. I was going to use some copper spacers. I decided they just did not fit in with the overall design.
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    More tomorrow.
     
  6. Steve Nuckels

    Steve Nuckels

    Aug 18, 2009
    Very nice project! Thanks for sharing the WIP.

    Steve
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    Member, W.F. Moran Jr. Foundation
    ABS Apprentice
     
  7. KHall

    KHall KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 17, 2009
    Layout of the tang on the frame.
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    Cutting out the tang slot.
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    Frame handle with the slot cut out.
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    I ground down the end of the tang so I could thread it.
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    The threading process.
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    The cut slot for washer for and end of the tang.
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    Frame handle attached.
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    Drilling pin holes in the frame handle.
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    Stabilized Giraffe Bone scales cut to shape.
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    Fitting the scales to the ferrule.
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    Handle layout
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    Sanding the handle scale.
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    Forged to shape the guard
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    Fitted guard
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    Hand sanding the guard
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    Etched guard and frame handle
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    Cutting the slot on the ferrule.
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    Parts together
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    Handle pined together
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    More to come.
     
  8. Craig Daniel

    Craig Daniel

    Feb 17, 2016
    I'm happy you shared the wip, I really love the pattern of the blade.
     
  9. KHall

    KHall KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 17, 2009
    Here are shots of the finished knife and sheath. Thanks for stopping by.

    Details:
    Steel – 1095 & 15N20
    Laddered W Damascus
    Handle – Stabilized Giraffe Bone
    Guard – 1095 & 15N20
    Pin – Stainless

    Knife dimensions:
    Overall length – 16 5/8 inches
    Blade length – 11 1/2 inches
    Blade width – 2 1/8 inches
    Blade thickness – 1/4 inch
    Weight – 1 lb 11 oz


    First we have all the happy spiders lined up. Interesting how the laddered W pattern turned out.
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  10. Lycosa

    Lycosa

    Aug 24, 2007
    You had me at, Spider.
    Absolutely Gorgeous!!
    rolf
     
  11. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Great looking blade!
     
  12. NTAD

    NTAD

    2
    Apr 6, 2017
    Wicked!
     
  13. john april

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

    Feb 27, 2006
    fantastic. thanks for showing the WIP !
     
  14. BP_

    BP_ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2015
    What an absolute beauty!
     
  15. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    That turned out great, thanks so much for taking the time to show us your techniques...[emoji106]


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  16. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Beautifully done and Thanks for the wip and great pics.
     
  17. Geppetto

    Geppetto

    6
    Mar 29, 2017
    Outstanding job, well served lesson from beginning to end!!!
     
  18. Craig Daniel

    Craig Daniel

    Feb 17, 2016
    Excellent package!
     
  19. KHall

    KHall KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 17, 2009
    Thanks everyone for the positive comments.

    Ken
     
  20. Affe.R

    Affe.R

    32
    Oct 26, 2016
    Realy nice knife outstanding job, well served lesson from beginning to end :)
     

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