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Raymond Richard
01-15-2010, 01:32 PM
Never had much of an interest in making damascus but having the ability to forge weld at least for me has its benefits. Lots of saw steel and some of it does some pretty neat things except most of it is to thin for larger blades. Now I can use it up. Here's a couple pieces that I forge welded and then forged this blade.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2013.JPG

jkf96a
01-15-2010, 02:22 PM
Is that a hamon/temper line, or a line between welded layers? Either way, looks great!

Denny Eller
01-15-2010, 02:50 PM
Nice Hamon on an equally nice blade, Mr. Richard. Hope to see it finished.

Raymond Richard
01-15-2010, 04:09 PM
Nice Hamon on an equally nice blade, Mr. Richard. Hope to see it finished.

I was almost going to go ahead start putting this one together but pretty nippy in the shop. I just welded up a larger 3 piece billet from from the same steel. It will make this blade look like a baby if it turns out. This blade is right around 9". Besides this steel producing super hamons it has another surprise. :D

Semper708
01-15-2010, 04:37 PM
Very Nice hamon....nice size blade also....I love big blades!

Peter Killgore
01-15-2010, 05:58 PM
Make nine inches look like a baby?!?!?!?!?:eek: Now this one I am REALLY excited to see!

That nine inch "baby" sure looks nice!2thumbs

Raymond Richard
01-15-2010, 07:04 PM
Make nine inches look like a baby?!?!?!?!?:eek: Now this one I am REALLY excited to see!

That nine inch "baby" sure looks nice!2thumbs

Peter, Now this 9" blade is big. Seems like everytime I go with 3 layers of steel bubbles form. Everything went fine and appeared to be welded up real tight. I ended up turning the second billet into a bar that was 12" X 1/4 X 1 1/4. Forged a tang on one end and then forged a preform. Right in the center was a bubble so I cut that piece of steel in half and will do two smaller blades now. That's if more bubbles don't show up. I'd have been better off just going with two piece of steel. Story of my life. :D

Peter Killgore
01-15-2010, 11:30 PM
Sorry to hear that billet had a bubble.
I had to scrap a blade today. I forged a second one out of rebar(to replace the first one that cracked) and this one cracked when I hardened it also. :mad: I didn't find the crack till all the heat treating was done so I went ahead and tested this one. The edge held up pretty good at whittling Black Walnut(it's not 1095 but it did fairly well) and it flexed to darn near 90 degrees before it broke. Not to bad for a 3-1/2" piece of shiny rebar I thought. :D

stabber
01-16-2010, 07:53 AM
:eek:Damn Ray, That sure looks great!2thumbs So it's an L6 mix?

What might the other "Surprise" be? Inquiring HammerHeads wanna know!!;):p

Raymond Richard
01-16-2010, 11:44 AM
:eek:Damn Ray, That sure looks great!2thumbs So it's an L6 mix?

What might the other "Surprise" be? Inquiring HammerHeads wanna know!!;):p

Ricky, Absolutely not L-6. Now if there was no hamon that would be a sign that it might be L-6. Pretty sure its a real simple carbon steel. It wouldn't be a surprise if I didn't make you wait, now would it? :D

stabber
01-16-2010, 06:01 PM
OK, I'll wait2thumbs

Eli Gautreaux
01-16-2010, 07:16 PM
Wait?!?!

You're using one of the most dreaded knifemaker tricks, secrets and surprises... That can be dangerous for those of us with OCD :D

stabber
01-16-2010, 08:27 PM
And HH= HammerHeads!!:D

murphda2
01-17-2010, 02:22 PM
Raymond, have you be taking teasing lessons from Les?

Raymond Richard
01-17-2010, 03:27 PM
Raymond, have you be taking teasing lessons from Les?

I learned everything I know from watching TV. Its all about suspense......

Peter Killgore
01-17-2010, 08:10 PM
I'm about ready to do this computer smash 1 in anticipation of whatever this surprise is. Couldn't you at least give us a hint?

Phil Dwyer
01-20-2010, 11:11 PM
Haven't you guys figured Ray out yet? ;) He probably doesn't know either...yet! :p

Phil Dwyer
01-22-2010, 03:02 AM
Or...maybe he's just holed up around the fireplace taking it easy for a while. Considering he prefers to do his forging with his pants off, he may just be waiting for things to warm up to suit his style better. :eek: :D :sleeping dog:

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_1485.JPG

Eli Gautreaux
01-24-2010, 07:08 PM
Hey, I recognize that knife ---- and those pants!

I think Ray gets to go to Jury Duty this week, he's an honorable citizen :D

Raymond Richard
01-25-2010, 12:28 AM
Hey, I recognize that knife ---- and those pants!

I think Ray gets to go to Jury Duty this week, he's an honorable citizen :D

I've been trying to find some vanishing cream for my jury duty day on Tuesday. Actually I've been testing it for the past week. I just vanished. Hopefully I'll have something interesting to share in a few days. Tired of the cold also.

Raymond Richard
01-25-2010, 01:14 PM
I was planing on having this knife completed today but I ended up taking a couple steps backwards instead. I did have another guard done but I didn't like the looks of it so I decided to add one of my grooves to improve the look. While I was busy grooving I ended up cutting into the slot for the tang so that put a stop to that. Very seldom will I screw up a guard more than one time so there is hope with this one. Next thing I will do is cut out the blackend area and start shaping the guard.

If you haven't noticed I lost control of the grinder and changed the shape of the blade considerably.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2019.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2013.JPG

Mike Barton
01-25-2010, 02:38 PM
I was planing on having this knife completed today but I ended up taking a couple steps backwards instead. I did have another guard done but I didn't like the looks of it so I decided to add one of my grooves to improve the look. While I was busy grooving I ended up cutting into the slot for the tang so that put a stop to that. Very seldom will I screw up a guard more than one time so there is hope with this one. Next thing I will do is cut out the blackend area and start shaping the guard.

If you haven't noticed I lost control of the grinder and changed the shape of the blade considerably.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2019.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2013.JPG

Hey Ray,

I wish my stuff with full control would turn out as good as yours does when you lose control. I think I might like the out of control version better :D

Raymond Richard
01-25-2010, 03:37 PM
Hey Ray,

I wish my stuff with full control would turn out as good as yours does when you lose control. I think I might like the out of control version better :D

Mike, I agree with you. This blade shape would have been fine if the blade was 6" or less although the new blade shape does look similar to other times I lost control. :D So far the guard is turning out like I had planed. I usually don't wreck them until I'm almost done. Not quite there yet.

Eli Gautreaux
01-25-2010, 07:09 PM
You're amazing Ray, that's some nice work, even if it's not what you originally planned!

Raymond Richard
01-25-2010, 07:54 PM
I've had enough for today. Its pretty close to being done now.


http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2022.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2023.JPG

Peter Killgore
01-25-2010, 10:09 PM
Wow that looks nice! You know, you can always pass your knives that "get out of control" on to me if you want. :D

Phil Dwyer
01-26-2010, 12:27 AM
Dang, last thing I hear you're darn near frostbit with the cold of winter and waiting for things to warm up. I don't even get to turn around three times, and you've finished the bloody thing. Thanks for sharing it all with us! Good luck with jury duty.

Stuart Willis
01-27-2010, 05:46 AM
Wow ,I am liking this one!

Dusty One
01-27-2010, 12:29 PM
Ray another Beauty....I like everything about it.....Great job !

Raymond Richard
01-27-2010, 02:22 PM
Ray another Beauty....I like everything about it.....Great job !

Hey Mark, Thanks for dropping by! I made a few minor adjustments on the guard and just started to epoxy it together. Should have it 100% tomorrow morning. I'll get a few finished pictures then.

Raymond Richard
01-28-2010, 12:34 PM
Here's a few finished pictures.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2024.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2025.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2027.JPG

Peter Killgore
01-28-2010, 10:37 PM
2thumbs Me likey! How longs is the blade?

Raymond Richard
01-28-2010, 11:10 PM
2thumbs Me likey! How longs is the blade?

Peter, The blade is 8 3/4", 14" overall.

Here a couple more pictures. I finally got a decent picture of the pattern that's in this old saw steel.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2050.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2052.JPG

Dusty One
01-29-2010, 06:59 AM
Another piece of Art....A real Beauty...........

Mike Barton
01-29-2010, 09:42 AM
Another Great Knife!!!

But that's what we've all come to expect from you Ray ;):D

BowtownBlade
01-29-2010, 03:53 PM
That is a beautiful knife Ray

mofretwell
01-30-2010, 12:24 AM
Spectacular! Great lines. And I love the finish on the crown handle. It glows.

Chuck Brooks
01-30-2010, 05:45 AM
Ray that is NICE! Any chance you can bring that to the HAMMERJAMIN? I would sure like to see that up close.
Chuck

Raymond Richard
01-30-2010, 10:12 AM
Ray that is NICE! Any chance you can bring that to the HAMMERJAMIN? I would sure like to see that up close.
Chuck

Chuck, Remind me and I'll put it in my carry on. :D Unfortunately the flight that I am taking changes planes one time so that alone will stop me from putting it in my luggage. Been thinking about sending a few things down and I may still do that. You need to come to the OKCA Show this April for a first hand look. 2thumbs I sure would like to bring a few finished knives with me but everytime I fly and have to change planes red flags appear.

Eli Gautreaux
01-30-2010, 06:20 PM
Chuck,

Just have Ray whip another one out while in Arizona --- he's fast!

Denny Eller
01-30-2010, 06:47 PM
That's better than gooseberry pie.

Chuck Brooks
01-30-2010, 07:09 PM
Eli,
That's probably a better idea, see it take shape,from start to finish, whatever they have planned, I'm sure it'll be a real learning experience, I'm looking forward to it.

Chuck