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Raymond Richard
03-08-2010, 09:24 AM
After I got home from Hammerjamin the urge to do a big knife was pretty strong. After thinking about what I wanted to use for the blade I remembered the damascus that had set my pant leg on fire and thought why not. I took a few pictures along the way and I doubt very much if I can get them all on the same page so I'll do two pages and make sure I can get it all.

I ended up cutting about 5" of the larger bar and first upset it back into itself.
http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2116.JPG

Next I stretched it out with my 6 pound straight peen and its roughly 10" long in this photo.
http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2117.JPG

Then I took a break.
http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2120.JPG

After I forged a tang on one end I used my new Tia Goo hammer to spread it out even more.
http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2123.JPG

After I spread it out width wise I began stretching it more and working on a little distal taper.
http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2125.JPG

Raymond Richard
03-08-2010, 09:28 AM
Working on the preform in this photo.
http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2127.JPG

More working on the preform.
http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2129.JPG

Now I've got the bevels forged in and I'm just truing the profile with the hammer.
http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2130.JPG

This is what I looked like after I got it all forged.
http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2131.JPG

Mike Barton
03-08-2010, 10:03 AM
This is what I looked like after I got it all forged.


Wow Ray you look like one of your beautiful knives :p:D:eek:

That is really coming along well. Makes you kind of glad you lived through the pants leg fire doesn't it.

BlueSkyJaunte
03-08-2010, 10:47 AM
Lookin' good Ray!

How big is "big"? That walrus ivory-handled bowie you brought down was pretty sizable!

Aaron

Raymond Richard
03-08-2010, 11:02 AM
Lookin' good Ray!

How big is "big"? That walrus ivory-handled bowie you brought down was pretty sizable!

Aaron

Aaron, The bowie you saw at Tai's was just a medium. :D The blade on that one was around 9". This blade should finish out at 11 1/2". Now if I break it during the heat treating and straightening process I'll get two blades just under 6". The larger the blade the better the chance of getting one good blade out of it. :D I've got the blade ground now and did a quick etch and its looking pretty good. I've got an even larger blade I've been forging on out of buggy spring. I plan to heat treat both blades later today after I get my tax stuff together.

Mike Barton
03-08-2010, 11:09 AM
Ray,

Just finished my taxes this weekend, you have my sincerest condolences.

stabber
03-08-2010, 11:15 AM
Good lookin Blade Ray.

Raymond Richard
03-08-2010, 11:47 AM
Ray,

Just finished my taxes this weekend, you have my sincerest condolences.

Mike, I do remember the day when I got my taxes done and got some change back. I'm going to head out to the shop and clear my mind. :confused:

Marc C
03-08-2010, 02:47 PM
Very nice indeed Ray.

What steel did you use in making your damascus?

Peter Killgore
03-08-2010, 05:38 PM
Lookin' good!!

How do you like that new hammer? It looks like it would do a nice job of peening with all that weight behind it.

Raymond Richard
03-08-2010, 06:16 PM
Marc, The damascus is L-6 and 1084.

Peter, I'm still getting use to the hammer. I still prefer my big straight peen when I'm working heavy stock.

Marc C
03-08-2010, 09:58 PM
Thanks Ray,

I look forward to a "close up" of the blade once its completed. ;)

One
03-09-2010, 06:51 AM
Ray, you're really styling with that "Tai" hammer!

The blade looks great!

v-6
03-09-2010, 07:10 AM
Ray you do nice work on every thing you do .
now lets see how your doing the back part of the blade.
I'M interested in seeing how your doing the offsets.
vern

BlueSkyJaunte
03-09-2010, 10:20 AM
Ugh, taxes. Well, at least with the new kid in the house we'll get another deduction. That should ease the pain somewhat.

Blade profile looks great, gonna be a nice "little" fighter. :D

Fletch Helical
03-09-2010, 10:51 AM
Nice looking blade. I really loved the "break" photo, made me laugh. :D

Raymond Richard
03-09-2010, 11:45 AM
Nice looking blade. I really loved the "break" photo, made me laugh. :D

Glad you appreciated the "break photo". It was a photo I snapped by mistake. Its kind of like a shop tour without the head machine. :D

Arron, I got my taxes done! No little ones for me to deduct and they won't let me write off the cows anymore either. Guess they never did but I have tried. The day before I get my taxes done I always find myself in a deep state of depression I think mainly from thinking the worst for an outcome. Once they are done I am so full of relief and 99% of the time there no where as bad as I always seem to expect. Good feeling to have them out of my thinning hair. :D

Phil Dwyer
03-10-2010, 03:21 PM
Looking good grandpa! Oh, the knife is too. :D

BlueSkyJaunte
03-10-2010, 04:39 PM
You know, if you size your browser window properly and hit pagedown really fast, this thread becomes a Ray Richard flipbook. :D

Raymond Richard
03-11-2010, 08:28 AM
I'm happy to announce this blade has survived unless it melted over night while in the heat treating oven. The plan is I don't have one but I will take a picture of the blade sometime today just to prove it is in one piece. :D

Mike Barton
03-11-2010, 10:33 AM
Ray,

I had faith in the blade surviving all along.

After all it's only 11 1/2" long...not really big like your super sized short sword from last year :eek::D

Raymond Richard
03-11-2010, 03:21 PM
Ray,

I had faith in the blade surviving all along.

After all it's only 11 1/2" long...not really big like your super sized short sword from last year :eek::D

Mike, Here's a not so nice photo of the blade. The trick is to take the worst picture possible so when the knife is finished and I take a better picture it looks so much better. Now the next thing to do is hand rub the blade but my hands were hurting so bad I decided to forge a new blade instead of rubbing this one out. :D

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2135.JPG

Lorien
03-11-2010, 08:19 PM
sweet looking steel there Ray2thumbs
That hammer is a beast!

Peter Killgore
03-11-2010, 08:34 PM
Looks nice!

Eli Gautreaux
03-13-2010, 06:48 AM
Can't wait to see this one Ray.

If nothing else, just for the "uniqueness" of it --- I just haven't seen many Raymond Richard damascus pieces...

Raymond Richard
03-13-2010, 09:50 AM
Can't wait to see this one Ray.

If nothing else, just for the "uniqueness" of it --- I just haven't seen many Raymond Richard damascus pieces...

Eli, This will be a rare bird for sure. I've taken a detour on this blade for a few days. Pretty sure when I put this knife together its going to be on the dainty side. I've been working on a barter piece the last few days. One huge dagger blade without the hint of being a sissy. :D

mofretwell
03-14-2010, 02:19 PM
Oh how you love to tantalize us! A huge dagger that makes this bowie look dainty? I can hardly wait to see it. I love daggers <drool>.

Raymond Richard
03-14-2010, 03:17 PM
Oh how you love to tantalize us! A huge dagger that makes this bowie look dainty? I can hardly wait to see it. I love daggers <drool>.

Marvin, This new dagger blade I guess could be considered a short short sword. Actually you had something to do with it since I forged the blade from a piece of the leaf springs you dropped off awhile back. Here's a shot of the blade after I just forged it out. The other piece of steel is the same size as what I started with. I used half of one leaf for the blade. I'm about to head out to the shop and start putting it together. The blade will be 13 1/2" long. Its going to remain forge finished.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2142.JPG

Lorien
03-14-2010, 11:44 PM
:eek:COOL!

mofretwell
03-15-2010, 05:07 PM
Wow! Way cool. When does a long dagger become a short spear? Can't wait to see how you finish the handle on this baby.

joeshredd
03-16-2010, 05:01 PM
When does a long dagger become a short spear?


My thoughts exactly!!! :eek: I was thinking "SPEAR" when I saw this! Just watched a piece on Discovery Channel about the spear that pierced Christ - a Roman spear tip - thought that when I saw this...

Would love to see a finished pic of it! And the Damascus knife - have never seen your Damascus, Ray! You didn't use a Little Giant or a press to weld the Damascus, did you? Just hammers?

See ya in Eugene! :D

Raymond Richard
03-16-2010, 06:43 PM
My thoughts exactly!!! :eek: I was thinking "SPEAR" when I saw this! Just watched a piece on Discovery Channel about the spear that pierced Christ - a Roman spear tip - thought that when I saw this...

Would love to see a finished pic of it! And the Damascus knife - have never seen your Damascus, Ray! You didn't use a Little Giant or a press to weld the Damascus, did you? Just hammers?

See ya in Eugene! :D

Hey Joe, I did the damascus at Ray Coon's with both LG and press. I've had to many failures trying to make it by hand. Once I get the spear dagger blade or sword done I will turn the damascus blade into a knife. Will I see you in Eugene?

Dusty One
03-19-2010, 06:41 AM
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This is really lookin good...Cant wait to see more !2thumbs

Peter Killgore
05-08-2010, 01:11 PM
Ray, anything happen to this guy lately? Did you ever get it straightened after the heat treat?

Raymond Richard
05-08-2010, 02:40 PM
Ray, anything happen to this guy lately? Did you ever get it straightened after the heat treat?

This is one I have forgotten about. I looked at it the other day. Just don't have any interest in it right now.

Peter Killgore
05-08-2010, 02:52 PM
I know what that's like. I have about 5 such blades on my bench......somwhere

Raymond Richard
05-09-2010, 11:07 AM
Peter, This blade changed so much from what I originally had prior to heat treat. It developed a few deep pits during heat treat. After I ground the pits away I also removed what I liked about this blade. The excitement was gone.....