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Digs FnK Halloween Build off 2017 - Laminated Cable + 1080 Dagger

Digs FnK Sep 16, 2017

  1. Digs FnK

    Digs FnK Dig it, man Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Usually I start a few months earlier so I can send the blade out for heat treat. With only 6 weeks to Halloween I'm going to have to do the HT myself which I dont do, and work fast which I also dont do. And another challenge will be working with a lamination method and materials I've never worked with before. So this is going to be a real challenge to pull this off.

    So I start with some cable from High Temperature Tools & Refractory to practice.
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    Not bad but definitely a learning experience.


    So today I was able to do this in 2 hours (Forged in Fire style).
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    I started with 2 pieces of 10" cable and 2 10" pieces of 0.75" square 1080 (one piece is about 4' and will serve as a holding bar) welded together at the ends
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    And into the fire
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    Lots of borax and a few light taps to set the welds
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    The power hammer did most of the work, the power hammer was built in 1905
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    Let me tell you that I was drained. I downed 1/2 gallon of water as I worked the steel in sections. It was more that I could handle
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    Last edited: Sep 16, 2017
  2. Digs FnK

    Digs FnK Dig it, man Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I let the billet cool to black heat and I cut a V at the end
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    I also check the welds, looks good
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    And back into the fire
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    A couple of pics of the tools I used so I can remember how I did this if I ever want to do it again. I did hammer the ends first then used the tooling.
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    Now it's time to draw out the billet
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    Last edited: Sep 16, 2017
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  3. Digs FnK

    Digs FnK Dig it, man Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    At this point I'm 3.5 hours in and I realized I bit off more that I could chew. Honestly, I expected a bad weld at the end or the beginning and thought I might lose a good portion of the billet. So I had planned to start off with more than I was going to end with. Since I did better than I expected (beginner's luck I guess) I decided last minute to only work the front half and save the back half as a back-up. So I take the billet home.
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2017
  4. Digs FnK

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    Back at my home shop. The billet is 27" long, so I figure 13" edge is a over-sized dagger and I cut the blade out strategically so I can weld the "forks " together for another large blade.
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    My Italian Greyhound came to check things out
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    The blade was cut out and etched (pics of both sides)
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    I'm actually very pleased with this.

    At a later date I'll forge weld the "forks" of the back half of the billet
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  5. Digs FnK

    Digs FnK Dig it, man Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    So now I have a blade to work with

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  6. cardoso5fr

    cardoso5fr knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Nice to see your work one more time :D
     
  7. BowtownBlade

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    Looked like there was a bit of smoke when you was forging your billet. Not enough ventilation in there ?
     
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  8. Digs FnK

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    The shop is a very large open area with a very tall ceiling but if there is no breeze then we get almost no ventilation.
     
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  9. Digs FnK

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    Did a little bit of grinding today.

    Started with the blade design (the pic on the far right)
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    Knocked off the 90s
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    Two bevels done
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    Four bevels done, and a quick etch
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    And somehow I need to incorportate this guy into the project
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    Last edited: Sep 23, 2017
  10. seandavid55

    seandavid55 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Looking great!
     
  11. Winter

    Winter Rampaging Sausage Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Impressive blade.
     
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  12. XamaX

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    Siiiick- Piece of wood is well Gnarl...Ace WIP - Thanks for all your effort!
     
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  13. Clydetz

    Clydetz Forever straight and true Brigade Member

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    Now that blade is shaping up very nicely!!:clap:
     
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  14. RoyalM

    RoyalM Commando Devil Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Looking good. Great pattern on the blade.
     
  15. cardoso5fr

    cardoso5fr knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Lovely blade. I'm amazed each time :).
     
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  16. Digs FnK

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    I cut these little details
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    Coated the blade to protect from fire scale
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    And time to heat treat
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  17. cardoso5fr

    cardoso5fr knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I hope everything will be ok my friend. I would be very nervous to quench something like that :D
     
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  18. Clydetz

    Clydetz Forever straight and true Brigade Member

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    Amazing what you guys can do with a hunk of steel!
     
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  19. Digs FnK

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    The blade survived the quench. It was in Parks50 so it's pretty safe. The edge measures about 59-60 and the center around 50-55 (after the oven temper) 2x for 2 hours.

    Grinding the bevels to a zero edge
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    And into FeCl for about 3 hours (two cycles)
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  20. seandavid55

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    Wow!
     
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