For this hunter I forged a random pattern Damascus blade. The contrast between the 1095 and 1080 tool steel and 15N20 nickel is dramatic. Ya' just gotta love Damascus, eh?
The customer wanted LOTS of contrast on this knife so I sneaked in a thin stainless spacer between the hot-blued mild steel guard and the blade.
We also wanted some "zing" to it so I mirror polished the blade spine for some sparkle.
The handle is a spectacular piece of Stabilized Missouri Black Walnut.
She's all built in a take-down assembly which is nicely demonstrated in the video included at the bottom of the picture list.
Please watch it!
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I must admit that I really do enjoy making big knives. It gives an opportunity to do different things along a lot of real estate.
I forged this blade from a large round bar of W1 Tool Steel. After grinding, I hardened the blade using a clay coating process to influence the phase transformation while converting to hard martensite in the quenching process. This results in the distinctive Hamon that occures in shallow hardening steels.
I consider this one a success - which sometimes fails!
The fittings are 416 stainless steel and the whole affair is built in a Take-Down assembly.
The handle is a fantastic example of Premium African Blackwood.
Please be sure to watch the video in the provided link.