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Took a shot at making damascus

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by ATSknives, Oct 15, 2016.

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  1. ATSknives


    Jul 24, 2015
    Hello everyone, I have been a lurker here for awhile and thought I would share a post.

    I have been doing stock removal for about 4 years and about 4 months ago located an anvil for a decent price.

    I thought I would try and make some damascus, and now I want to make a lot of damascus haha.

    39 layers 1084/15n20 twist.

    Please critique and let me know what you think.





  2. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    I really like the nice bold pattern, looks comfortable in the hand too :)

  3. Stark Knives

    Stark Knives

    Mar 19, 2010
    Beautiful work!
  4. JeffreyFogleboch


    May 13, 2009
    Looks awesome! Did you do this all by hand? How long did it take you?

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  5. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Very nice looking!
  6. ATSknives


    Jul 24, 2015
    Thank you everyone, yes this was all by hand, it took around 5-6 hours to get the damascus and blade forged.

    Started with 13 layers, cut into three and stacked, then twisted.
  7. john april

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

    Feb 27, 2006
    looks really good, nice knife all around.
  8. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

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

    Aug 20, 2004
    Really nice! Is that ringed gidgee?
  9. ATSknives


    Jul 24, 2015
    Thank you very much, the handle on this one is actually walnut. I need to pick up some ringed gidgee, I haven't used it yet but it usually looks beautiful.
  10. quartertime


    Feb 16, 2013
    Beautiful knife!
  11. kuraki

    kuraki Fimbulvetr Knifeworks

    Jun 17, 2016
    That's really nice work. I like everything about it.
  12. Flat Rock Forge

    Flat Rock Forge

    Feb 7, 2016
    beautiful knife!
  13. Icehawk


    Aug 9, 2008
    I think it looks great - a cool pattern for sure and overall nice design. I'm also a fan of walnut :)

    Is there any design on the butt? Might be cool to inset a disk of the damascus.
  14. totkst1


    Oct 14, 2016
    Beautiful beautiful knife

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  15. ATSknives


    Jul 24, 2015

    No design on the butt cap on this one, just smooth. Maybe on the next one though hah.

    Thanks a lot everybody, I have made a couple more since this one, I am hooked on damascus at the moment haha.
  16. EliteBlades


    Nov 16, 2016
    That came out extremely well!!
  17. W Stelter

    W Stelter

    Feb 29, 2016
    Looks fantastic, I just hand forged some damascus myself, took about 12 hours hand forging and I lost about half the billet over all, but its currently at 160 layers, ready to be shaped into knives. I think I'm going to go with a lower layer count next time.
  18. ATSknives


    Jul 24, 2015
    Very nice, I lose about the same as well.

    I just did 132 layer, I ended up with a good amount left over for some knives and guards. I did 2 billets and then ended up combining them on the last weld to get more material before the twist.

    Still working on the etch but here was a quick pic I took.

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