jmccustomknives
There's an interesting story behind this blade.  First it is a composite Damascus that started by stacking 7 pieces of 1/2" cable and band saw steel.  After that billet was forged up alternating "V"s were cut in the the billet was flattened back out putting a wave in the pattern.  Then I had an old file blank that was bought at a flea market in north Alabama, it was perfect for welding on as the edge.  The file steel welded up fine but when I tried to forge the bevel in the steel started cracking from being too hot.  I thought it odd as most knife steels haven't had that problem, not even 52100.  I figured that what ever this file blank was it must be very high in carbon.

Well, a guy on FB posted a test of a older American made Nicholson "Black Diamond" half round file.  It tested out at 1.59% carbon.  It all started making sense.  Years ago there was a Nicholson factory in North Alabama that shut down.  Those blanks must have come from there. 

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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Wow, is that the actual grain of the steel from the file? Interesting.
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Hank Rearden
I love the way that pattern looks. Are you going to enter this in the Iron In The Hat? I have a mower blade and a circular saw blade and I'd like to try to make a billet soon. Thanks for posting.
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jmccustomknives
Hank Rearden wrote:
I love the way that pattern looks. Are you going to enter this in the iron in the Hat? I have call a mower blade and a circular saw blade and I'd like to try to make a billet soon. Thanks for posting


Yes, I'm planning on it.  [thumb]

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Metalmelt
I love the pattern and the edge. Looks great.
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