1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.


  2. Click here to enter the drawing for your chance to win a Ka-Bar Becker BK5 Magnum Camp , Bladeforums.com swag or memberships!
    Be sure to read the rules before entering, then help us decide next week's giveaway by hitting the poll in that thread! Entries close at midnight, Saturday July 27!

    Once the entries close, we'll live stream the drawing on Sunday, July 28 at 5PM Eastern. Tune in to our YouTube channel TheRealBladeForums for a chance to win bonus prizes!

    Questions? Comments? Post in the discussion thread here

9" Samson-inspired Weehawk Tanto in laminated steel *COOP SHOT ADDED*

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Matthew Gregory, May 20, 2019.

  1. Matthew Gregory

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

    Jan 12, 2005
    As I've mentioned in previous posts, the work of Jody Samson was a very early influence, for me. When I was a teen, I pined for one of the 5" balisong that you could custom order from Pacific Cutlery with the outrageous 'weehawk tanto' grind. My buddy @Dawkind was gracious enough to provide me with an example photo:

    [​IMG]

    On a recent visit to Niagara Specialty Metals @nsm I picked up a sheet of an extremely rare material that Crucible made, and thought for sure it would be a great candidate for a build based on Jody's grind, with my own personal touches to hopefully complement it.

    This blade is just over 9 inches long, and is made of a laminate that consists of a CPM-S90v core (extremely high wear resistant stainless steel), and a CPM-154 jacket (improved toughness over the core, but with far less wear resistance). It is NOT a forge-welded product. This is produced in exactly the same fashion particle metal steels are, utilizing the Hot Isostatic Press method. You can read a brief rundown of the PM process, as per Crucible's website here.

    Where this piece of steel differs is that it's comprised of two alloys, and they achieved this by making a billet of CPM-S90v, grinding it clean and placing it into the center of a HIP canister, and filling the sides with CPM154 powder and running it through the HIP process, producing a billet with absolutely no welds, and therefore no points of failure. I believe this particular combination was the brainchild of Ed Schempp.



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Please forgive the horrible phone photos - I was in a race against time to get this in the mail to a REAL photographer before Blade Show, so hopefully I'll be able to report back here with an improved image. :)




    A small scalloped seppa of black G10 is mounted in front of a matched titanium guard. The handle is just over 6 inches long, and consists of a core made of Terotuf, sleeved in hand-laid carbon fiber, and finished with carbon fiber tsukaito. A matched pair of sterling silver 'Hannya' demon menuki complete the package. All of the edges on the knife are razor sharp.

    The photos are deceptive - this is a MASSIVE blade, and feels so in-hand. Overall length is just over 16 inches, and weighs in at 17-7/8 ounces.


    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    That is WILD.
     
    Matthew Gregory and Dawkind like this.
  3. i4Marc

    i4Marc KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2011
    Great style and execution, Matt.
     
    Matthew Gregory and Dawkind like this.
  4. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    729
    May 3, 2005
    Awesome knife. I appreciate the detailed description.
     
    Matthew Gregory likes this.
  5. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    I'll take it!
     
    Matthew Gregory and Dawkind like this.
  6. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    This knife is great in so many of the details- the profile, the clean grinds, the neat materials, the clean straight hamon-like line exposing the steel layers, the guard, handle shape and wrap, the menuki. So much to like here! Mike
     
    Matthew Gregory and Dawkind like this.
  7. Volkert Forge

    Volkert Forge KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    70
    Nov 25, 2018
    Outstanding!!
     
    Matthew Gregory likes this.
  8. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    Wow! that is extremely cool, very well done Matt.
     
    Matthew Gregory and Dawkind like this.
  9. Carl Colson

    Carl Colson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    940
    Dec 4, 2016
    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
     
    Matthew Gregory and Dawkind like this.
  10. herdbull

    herdbull Gold Member Gold Member

    480
    Jan 30, 2018
    Fantastic and unique! Love, love, love the grind.
     
    Matthew Gregory and Dawkind like this.
  11. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    That thing is nuts. Thanks for posting some pix here - much bigger/better than IG. :)
    Hope to see it at Blade!
     
    Matthew Gregory and Mike157 like this.
  12. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Fantastic piece to show case that steel

    Wonderful
     
  13. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    I’m sure Jody would approve and wouldn’t have minded to have had some of that steel to use.... ;)

    A superlative build my friend, about as good as it gets. :cool:
     
    Matthew Gregory and Mike157 like this.
  14. nsm

    nsm Niagara Specialty Metals Platinum Member Dealer / Materials Provider

    145
    Jun 15, 2009
    Great job Matt! We love seeing your work and thoughts behind the process.
     
  15. bigfish

    bigfish

    22
    Jun 13, 2004
    When does the hurting stop....:(
     
  16. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Super cool, looks so...sci fi.
     
    Dawkind and Matthew Gregory like this.
  17. john april

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

    Feb 27, 2006
    great job matt ! nice tribute.
     
    Dawkind and Matthew Gregory like this.
  18. KCGGBC

    KCGGBC KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    302
    Aug 14, 2012
    That is just stupidly cool!
     
    Matthew Gregory likes this.
  19. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator

    Apr 18, 2011
    Very cool piece buddy, it all works together very well. Can't wait to see the fancy pics!
     
    Dawkind and Matthew Gregory like this.
  20. Matthew Gregory

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

    Jan 12, 2005
    Thanks, everyone!


    Just got the shot from @SharpByCoop


    [​IMG]




    I TOLD you my photos sucked!!!!!:D
     
    Ocelot85, nsm, metaxasm and 3 others like this.

Share This Page