Benjy's KITH BUILD

Benjy

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So, I have started on my KITH project, i started making the metal this weekend. I started out with some 1084 and 15N20. I cut and stacked up 2, 13 layer billets. Forge welded them, drew them out, cut them into 4 pieces, restacked and forge welded them back together.
We now have 2 billets at 52 layers each. I forged them into a 1" round bar, i twisted one clockwise and the other counter clockwise. I then forged them into a 3/4" square bar around 18" long.
Anyone know what Damascus pattern i am attempting?
In the process, i dulled my band saw blade, broke a die clamp on my press and burnt up the motor on my belt sander.
 

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Benjy

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More pictures
 

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Dennis Morland

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Not sure of the pattern but I will be following along. Should be an awesome ride. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
 

Benjy

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Haha, twisted sister, i like it!
This is my first attempt at a turkish twist, this is a far as i could get with all my equipment failures.
I will have to do some repairs next week end so i can finish up the billet.
I hope to have 7 rows/bars of twist. Looks pretty cool afer a quick etch.
 

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Greg Rice

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Wow - so very cool! I would like to think that maybe one day... but who am I kiddin'? I will make 'twisted sister' damascus through watching you! Keep the info coming!!!
 

Benjy

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I have all my equipment up and running, filled up the propane tank, cleaned and welded the billet together. Hopefully, i can get this welded and forged to shape tomorrow! I can't believe how much steel is "sacrificed " with this pattern!
 

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Benjy

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I had a good day, i forged the 5 bar stack and made what appears to be a nice billet. I also forged it to shape. I left it in the forge to anneal it. I put a couple videos on Instagram. I will put some good profile pictures up when the blade cools off.
 

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Benjy

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I cleaned up the profile and ground out the forge marks on the blade, of course i had to do a quick etch to see what the pattern looks like.
Next, a little more grinding, drilling pin holes stamping my makers mark and some file work on the back of the handle. I will do the heat treat this weekend.
 

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Benjy

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I started working on the handle scales, i picked out a nice piece of cherry, fired up the chain saw and shreaded up about 2 gallons of shavings!:oops::oops::oops:
 

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