News and "work in progress".

Please scroll down for more projects that are, or have been, on the bench.

In the picture below are a few projects I currently have on the becnh.
December 6th.

Latest project finally done! Damasteel blade with Koa wood and bronze handle. More pictures of the progress will be added below as soon as possible.
Filing away, still a long way to go...
I reallu should get a proper milling machine...
Cutting excess material away.
Guard drilled out and ready for some timeconsuming filing.
Ready for the handle!
2000 grit sanding and polishing
Straight out from etching.
Ready to be etched.
Guard finally, tediously hacksawed(!!) out ouf an inch thick bronze bar. Blade shows a hint of a wavy pattern that will nicely match the Koa wood!

Pictures of earlier steps:

Another project on the way:

More on this little project soon.

 

Watch this space!

This knife has been finalized and you will see more of it in the near future! :-)

Handle is now 320 grit.
Blade being sanded after heat treat.
Rough shaping the scales and bolsters with a small rasp.
The 7-ish feet tall vacuum furnace of the heat treating company that I use.

Below is a description of vacuume heat treating and why I like to use it rather that getting into heat treating myself.

 

A 7-ish feet tall vacumm furnace would not fit in my  workshop and it costs a fortune, literarlly, and the amount of electricity and cooling water needed is not even a remote option!

 

"By using a vacuum furnace you can heat treat materials, typically metals, to very high temperatures with high consistency and low contamination.

In a vacuum furnace the product in the furnace is surrounded by a vacuum. The absence of air or other gases prevents heat transfer with the product through convection and removes a source of contamination.

 

Some of the benefits of a vacuum furnace are:

 

Uniform temperatures in the range 1000–1500°C (2000–2800°F) Temperature can be controlled within a small area

Low contamination of the product by carbon, oxygen and other gases

Quick cooling (quenching) of product.

The process can be computer controlled to ensure metallurgical repeatability.

 

Heating metals to high temperatures normally causes rapid oxidation, which is undesirable. A vacuum furnace removes the oxygen and prevents this from happening.

 

An inert gas, such as Argon, is typically used to quickly cool the treated metal back to non-metallurgical levels (below 400 °F) after the desired process in the furnace. This inert gas can be pressurized to two times atmosphere or more, then circulated through the hot zone area to pick up heat before passing through a heat exchanger to remove heat. This process is repeated until the desired temperature is reached."

 

My main reason to heat treat like this is simply to get the highest possible quality rather than beeing able to claim "sole authorship"!

(Not that I ever would doubt the quality of heat treat of other makers!)

Pictures of earlier steps.