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opaul

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One of my favorite patterns. a low count basket weave. I'll be flipping this one and facing this out to maybe get 2 or 3 folder size blades.
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I've shown this once but now it's been drawn out again to get smaller dots. I'm planning on Nitre Blue for this one as it has 2 or 3 different metals in it and should color up decent.
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Another low layer that I turned 45 degrees. This will be stacked into a 4 cube with the lines all coming to the center. Then I'll see where I go next with it.
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Kinda meh so far. Definitely will get stacked at least once and probably twice. This was my "rescue" can where the lid popped off and I had to weld a new lid on it to finish is.
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Those are all very nice there Boss!!
 

BossDog

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How long will all that last you Boss?
As slow as I am, probably a long time but for me it's about choices when I go to my personal supply cabinet for the next build. I have a lot of learning to do.
For the canister stuff I use 3"x3x3" cans. That runs out to around 12-14"long by 1.5" square. Mill off the can and you end up around 1&3/8" square. Cutting tiles off that is a lot of tiles and will last me forever. I usually cut half of it for a Ferry flip to do a san mai or a blade billet that will give me 2 or 3 blades worth.

For a traditional stack say 2"w x 4"l x 3"h I will get at couple blades from it and then maybe some small pieces for other things.
 

BossDog

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So you will cross cut pieces off of varying thickness and draw that out into your knife so the pattern shown in the pictures is what you will get?
it depends on the type of Damascus. Most patterns have to be “turned” from the end to the side. There are a few ways to do that. I will try to show some pictures of a couple different methods in the next few weeks.

Generally, after the pattern is developed it is not usually forged other than forge welding to join pieces together. If you forge say a knife from a billet with bevels and profile it will distort the pattern. BUT in some cases you do forge a billet to further shape the pattern like getting a feather pattern to line up with the tip of a knife depending on blade shape.
 

BossDog

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Made this twisting jig this morning. I will need to add a jam bolt to each socket if it slips.

How it came out. This can be better I think with water to control the twist in spots to keep it more even.
 
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