First Demascus knife

Discussion in 'Knife Dogs Main Forum' started by Gliden07, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Gliden07

    Gliden07 Well-Known Member

    Well against the wishes of my Better half I went to my shop ground out a finished blank and bevels into the piece of Alabama Random pattern Demascus. I was very pleased with the result. I used my Bubble Jig and am Getting the hang of it. Bevels came out nice and clean (my best to date) and the plunge lines came out beautiful thanks to my new carbide file guide!
     

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  2. bladegrinder

    bladegrinder Well-Known Member

    Looks good Gliden. on your next one you should bring your grind up as high as possible, it will show the Damascus pattern more.
    Also, if this is your first Damascus blade...there's somewhat of a learning curve to getting the etch finished to look good, so be ready for it.
     
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  3. Gliden07

    Gliden07 Well-Known Member

    I watched a few videos on YouTube one of them by the esteemed Ed Caffrey. I plan on doing it like he says in his video. But I'm sure I'll learn something along the way of what not to do!! LOL!!
     
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  4. Johan Nel

    Johan Nel Well-Known Member

    Nicely done! I am waiting to see the final product.
     
  5. opaul

    opaul Well-Known Member

    That’s a nice one 07
     
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  6. Smallshop

    Smallshop KNIFE MAKER

    That is a beauty! Nice shape and nice grind.Good job.
     
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  7. Rick Otts

    Rick Otts Well-Known Member

    Very nice you did a great job.When you buy those billets are they as smooth as Aldos steel?
     
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  8. Gliden07

    Gliden07 Well-Known Member

    Never bought steel from Aldo but this stuff is flat and a consistent thickness. This billet was a little thinner than I usually use only .10 figured it was an experiment. I have some 1/4" Old Growth Redwood Burl I plan to use for scales with a 1/16" G10 liner. Should be a good looking knife when it's done? I was gonna use Tru-Oil for a finish. Anybody have any suggtions about finishing the Burl??
     
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  9. Gliden07

    Gliden07 Well-Known Member

    Following your lead Sir!!
     
  10. opaul

    opaul Well-Known Member

    Someone told me to sand to at least 1000 grit and apply tung oil and buff with leather. I think Ty might do something like that with his curly maple.

    Can you post a picture of your file guide.........I'm not using one of those yet.
     
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  11. Gliden07

    Gliden07 Well-Known Member

    I'll post a pic when I get home. This is the gent I bought it from.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sou...DCwQQFghkMAE&usg=AOvVaw0qXvDAAKdD97_UoNQZnoHY

    I bought the Aluminium one. Very nice quality and reaonable for what these go for. They do make a SS version also.
     
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  12. Ty Adams

    Ty Adams KNIFE MAKER

    Gliden07 that's the same file guide I use in the stainless version.
    I have never used burl that is not stabilized. I would sand up to at least 1000 grit and use several (10 or more) coats of truoil. Then buff with carnauba wax and a cotton cloth. I'm sure someone with more knowledge will post.
     
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  13. opaul

    opaul Well-Known Member

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  14. bodam

    bodam Well-Known Member

    I made my own guide using two pieces of hardened steel. Maybe two inches long by an inch wide.

    Drill two holes in them on the ends and use a small bolt and nut to clamp it to your blade. Presto. Cost you nothing, lol.
     
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  15. bodam

    bodam Well-Known Member

    If anyone saw my jigs and guides, they would probably think I'm a lunatic. But they work for me.
     
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  16. Smallshop

    Smallshop KNIFE MAKER

    Lol...Ditto. As long as you get the results yer after who cares!?
     
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  17. bodam

    bodam Well-Known Member

    exactly. If I think of it later, I will try and get a pic of my jig and one of the simple guide I have
     
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  18. Gliden07

    Gliden07 Well-Known Member

    Wicked handy!! You can use them for plunge lines as well as evening up the shoulders on a hidden tang knife.
     
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