Name: Frost Blade Length: 4 1/2" OAL Length: 10" Blade Material: 360 layers of 1080/5160 formed in ladder pattern design Handle Material: Blue dyed and stabilized giraffe bone Fittings: Stainless steel guard and pins
Currently posing as my favorite knife of all time. I'll be throwing this knife to the wolves at the Arkansas Knife show in a few weeks, for the Best Giraffe Bone knife of the show. Doubt it will win, since it's all artsy and stuff. ;_;
If it does win then professional pictures of the knife with the award will be taken. If it doesn't win and I don't sell this very expensive piece, then I may have it sent off for pictures anyway. All of that is up in the air at the moment though. Even though this is one of the best knives I've ever created, I have two more in the works that have a good chance of surpassing this one by a mile or two. Different angles ->
And finally the price she is at is $300.
I know and that's not even monopoly money I'm talking about. >.<
I was just bored and had some time to kill. So I decided to butcher her up and put it with a different background.
The knife gave me some trouble. It was seriously an emotional roller coaster because one hour it would look amazing and then the next it would look like crap. I blame it on terrorist, but you know.
The carving of the handle wasn't so bad. It was actually more enjoyable than finishing the blade. The new acid I've been using isn't the same concentration as what I'm use to, so I'm probably going to go back to the one I was using before.
In retrospect the knife didn't turn out horrible, but it certainly didn't come out as good as I had wanted. Given my time frame I won't be able to make the one I designed for the AKA show. So I'm stuck with this one. It is the worst of the ones that I am taking, but its a lot better than most of what I had last year.
Luckily, my next few are super awesome, so I'm not really let down by this one. I knew when I started that there was no way I would have a chance in the Fighter contest of the AKA show, so I was really doing it for practice and fun.
I'm super excited for my Frost knife to be finished.
Part of my damascus rose knife that is similar to: only this one is even better. A lot better actually.
However, I'm not going to show the whole knife yet. Not until I have the stand finished. I did want to send photos of the finished product to the client. I really liked this picture so I figured I'd put it on here before I do all the other pictures of it with the blade and everything.
It ends up being 5 alternating layers of stainless steel and brass. The sepal itself is 360 layers of 5160/1080, which you can barely see from the photo. The leaves are twist pattern damascus which is the same as the stem and blade, since the blade and stem are the same piece. In all it's 10 different pieces of steel. With three different layered or patterned damascus pieces.
This will be one of my last ones, I think. At least as far as the damascus goes. I'll probably make cheaper non-damascus rose knives later on. Once I fill the orders of the next two, I think I'll take a break from them, because its a lot of work. >.<
If you haven't noticed, I like to mix my knifemaking with just about everything. Whether it's blacksmith or jewelry techniques. I'm always trying to make a functional piece of deadly art. This was the first rose knife I made that led me to make [link] which I've since improved.
So it was a learning experience. Like all of my other failures, I usually don't let it see the light of day, but they are always close at hand.
OAL: 12" Blade Length: 5" Blade Material: 5160 Handle Material: Twisted 5160. The leaves, sepal, and petals are all from 1/16" saw blades. The leaves are pinned onto the stem with brass pins.
I attempted to do some carving on it...which was the main reason I feel it was a failure. The other side is worse. >.< I came up with a much more simple design, which I will probably make later when I get around to it.
It was a fun knife to make and this will be my last rough/failed knife post. My next three knives will be a frontier style knife, a tactical style knife, and a sculpture-ish type knife. All three of which I'm currently working on. Hopefully by the time I'm finished posting all my crappy jewelry and chopsticks up, the three will be finished.
Rumor about this knife: If you close your eyes, it becomes invisible.
Name: Mako Blade Length: 4 1/4" OAL: 9 5/16" Blade Material: 5160/1075 Ladder Pattern Welded Steel Handle Material: Green Dyed and Stabilized Brain Coral Notes: Took away about a weeks worth of my life carving this with hand files.
This design was once Twisted Wing; but then I realized after making that knife, that it didn't have the same look and feel as it's sister Avatar. So I modified it a bit and now it looks like this. An upgrade that I like, because blue and green are both my favorite colors, but green is my super uber favorite color.
This is the younger sister of
Since 'Yes' won the poll, you get a preview of my precious before I send it off to get professionally photographed. Hopefully they can do a better job of capturing the awesomeness that I fail to do, because this picture does not do it justice.
I might be toning down the layer count a bit after this one. I need to use a different types of metal. I'm considering a three different metal billet so that I can capture black, gray, and silver colors in my damascus. All I know is this one, in the light will daze you for a second. >.< Which wasn't really what I was going for. I wanted darker colors, but I still love this knife.
Oh and love me on Facebook pleeease! Some of my other knifemaker friends have been threatening to add my page and stuff. I look like a total n00bsteak with only 100 people when they have like hundreds. ;_;
That is the way I feel when I'm nearly finished with a lot of my knives. They go through a lot of stuff to get to this point. They have a rough life and then when they are finished, it's like it should be over. Then! They are sent off and well you know.
The blade is 2" wide. I etched flames into the blade. I wanted them to be deeper, but my only acid bath is too weak to do it in a timely fashion.
It was a fun one to make and one that I wasn't as likely to screw up. With that being said, I'm picking up the pieces of my art knife and I'll know for sure on Tuesday if it is a complete bust or not.
When researching all the different varieties of Tracker and other WSK, I found 3 or 4 of them that had this type of blade, which I found to be rather appealing. I thought it would be a good blade to do some experiments on. I like to match the 1080 with the Ebony, when I use that for the handle.
Mainly, because 1080 is one of the few blade steels that I use that will turn black while being etched after being hardened and keeps a dark color even after polishing. It's one of the reasons I use it for my tantos. This time I wanted to focus only on that line, nothing above or below it. In the end I got a decent result, which makes the hamon look like a deep vein of sorts. It's not only visible, but has a sunken texture of its own, when touched.
I will be doing a few more large blades before diving into my higher grade works. I'll also be throwing a tutorial up in a few weeks, if everything goes right. And! I'm still making a list of tutorials to do in the future, so if you want to see something, then let me know and I'll try to make sure I do it.