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Old 12-05-2018, 08:40 PM
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So I put layers of cable damascus between layers of 15n20....

I made a cable damascus billet for this and cut it in half. Those halves were stacked with some thick layers of 15n20 sawmill blade. I kept it as a 4 layer billet and twisted it as heavily as I could possibly get away with. This ended up being my nephew's 9th birthday present with is parents' consent. I was quite fortunate that I ended up with the edge being in a 15n20 layer so I could leave the pattern on the bevel instead of mirror polishing it. I also posted video of putting the layers together and such on my YouTube channel, the video isn't super compelling. I just thought it would make his present a little more personal. I was VERY pleasantly surprised at what I got out of the process, having not seen anyone else do this I've dubbed it Curiosity Damascus until I either think of a better name or learn that it's an already named pattern elsewhere. I ended up with a little funk in the etch, possibly because my ferric chloride is pretty old or I got punished for not polishing it with the 3,000 grit after the last etch because I was interested in finding out if skipping that step better preserved the oxide layer. I also hot stamped his initials in the top while I was stamping my maker's mark. ALMOST went through the last initial, sadly I didn't have time to redo it as everything was wrapped up the morning of his party.

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Rust spots like the one near the end of the edge usually indicates a "cold shut" were the weld didn't take. The ferric will go in deep to a open and is very hard to kill. Don't feel it affects the integrity of the blade unless directly on the edge. Sometimes you can kill by soaking in a baking soda rich solution, rinsing with windex, completely drying and oiling. Mostly depends on how deep the cold shut goes.

Very interesting pattern for sure. Have done similar with cable that was questionable and some masonry saw blade then used for outside layers of a 1095 core on a large San Mai blade. Lot of work for a small knife.

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