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M.Gregory Knives/Mad Science Forge Collaboration Blade

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' 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!

    Thanks for looking.
  2. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    love it!
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  3. Scott Hanson

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

    Sep 6, 2014
    Wow! what an incredible job you guys did on the knife.
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  4. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
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  5. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Very cool!
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  6. Josh Rider

    Josh Rider KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 2, 2014
    You are absolutely killing the colabs right now!
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  7. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks for impressing your mad skillz onto that billet, Matt! The knife turned out great, imo. Gives me something to think about regarding potential for the material.

    With the maker mark thing, I tried through placement to entrap you into grinding into the mark in order to screw with your head just a bit, but alas, I failed. HEY but at least an attempt was made! XD

    I hope you had good fun with the project, other than the drilling holes thing, which was quite funny. :D
  8. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    This is so cool and beautiful I actually got butterflies in my stomach when I saw the pictures of it.
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  9. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Wicked light and dangerously sharp. In the right hands it could outperform it's doppelgänger in steel.

    A pleasure to capture, especially because I'm fond of BOTH of these men! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  10. Boggs


    Feb 27, 2007
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  11. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Stunning collaboration....congratulations to you both! :cool:

    And of course those always outstanding Coop photos... :)
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  12. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Another Beauty.....!
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  13. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
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  14. Pavlos


    Apr 20, 2013
    Matthew I just love your knives...

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  15. Matthew Gregory

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

    Jan 12, 2005
    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. It’s rare to work with such an unusual material, and it’s a ton of fun working, albeit long distance, with Sammy.

    Oh, man - that was hysterical. HOLY SHIT this material is resistant to drilling big holes!!! :p
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