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I forge welded this foursquare billet back together yesterday afternoon. Just nipped off a slice and gave it a quick polish and etch to see what I’m working with. I’m going to foursquare this bar one more time and then give it the ol’ Ferry flip I think. This will keep the pattern density pretty much right where it is. #damascussteel #damascusknife #forging #mastersmith ...

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Instagram post 2228699740451540302_1584534466 Riff billet update: after the last pic, I forge welded, and then bias forged the bar to reorient the pattern by 45° within the square cross section. Here you can see I’ve cut that into four pieces, and the next step will be a foursquare weld as seen in this image. #damascussteel #riffing #workinprogress #mastersmith

Riff billet update: after the last pic, I forge welded, and then bias forged the bar to reorient the pattern by 45° within the square cross section. Here you can see I’ve cut that into four pieces, and the next step will be a foursquare weld as seen in this image. #damascussteel #riffing #workinprogress #mastersmith ...

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Instagram post 2228490028120339018_1584534466 Here is some of the river of fire pattern, peeking out through the fire scale on this forging. I’m VERY happy with the increased density of the w’s! #damascussteel #patternwelded #damascusknife #mastersmith

Here is some of the river of fire pattern, peeking out through the fire scale on this forging. I’m VERY happy with the increased density of the w’s! #damascussteel #patternwelded #damascusknife #mastersmith ...

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Instagram post 2227826805561887095_1584534466 Here is the next progression on this riff billet. Hopefully I’ll be able to forge weld this later today.

Here is the next progression on this riff billet. Hopefully I’ll be able to forge weld this later today. ...

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Instagram post 2227798895052679290_1584534466 One of two billets if dense crushed w’s, now forge welded and ready for feathering. I’ll give it a good long soak at critical temp to make sure it’s metallurgically happy before I attempt the extremely strenuous feathering draw. #damascussteel #patternwelded #workinprogress #steel

One of two billets if dense crushed w’s, now forge welded and ready for feathering. I’ll give it a good long soak at critical temp to make sure it’s metallurgically happy before I attempt the extremely strenuous feathering draw. #damascussteel #patternwelded #workinprogress #steel ...

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Instagram post 2227735273609794305_1584534466 7x stack of 24x 45-layer crushed w’s damascus. I’ll forge weld these firmly but carefully, then anneal them overnight. Tomorrow, I’ll push a wedge down the middle of each one to do the feathering “draw,” and then I’ll re-forge-weld the two halves of each billet back together. Stay tuned, I’ll post more for sure. #damascussteel #handmade #custom #mastersmith

7x stack of 24x 45-layer crushed w’s damascus. I’ll forge weld these firmly but carefully, then anneal them overnight. Tomorrow, I’ll push a wedge down the middle of each one to do the feathering “draw,” and then I’ll re-forge-weld the two halves of each billet back together. Stay tuned, I’ll post more for sure. #damascussteel #handmade #custom #mastersmith ...

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Instagram post 2227254103482725278_1584534466 Some super fine crushed w’s here. This is a 24-stack of a 45-layer crush. Next I’ll stack this 7x and forge weld, then feather. #patternwelded #damascusknife #damascussteel #workinprogress

Some super fine crushed w’s here. This is a 24-stack of a 45-layer crush. Next I’ll stack this 7x and forge weld, then feather. #patternwelded #damascusknife #damascussteel #workinprogress ...

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Instagram post 2227188194860752647_1584534466 This an ESAB four-process welder. I just picked it up today and it is an exciting addition to my tooling. Now...I just need to learn how to use it. #welding #esabweldingcutting #fabrication #tigwelding

This an ESAB four-process welder. I just picked it up today and it is an exciting addition to my tooling. Now...I just need to learn how to use it. #welding #esabweldingcutting #fabrication #tigwelding ...

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Instagram post 2226531734124441495_1584534466 Next step in the process on this riff billet. I think I might forge weld this, draw it out, and then double it or triple it one more time before it’s next tier of distortion. #damascussteel #patternwelded #process #workinprogress

Next step in the process on this riff billet. I think I might forge weld this, draw it out, and then double it or triple it one more time before it’s next tier of distortion. #damascussteel #patternwelded #process #workinprogress ...

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Instagram post 2226311077755275429_1584534466 Here’s the next setup for this damascus billet. I’m kind of riffing here, but so far so good. #forgewelding #damascusknife #mastersmith #tryingsomethingnew

Here’s the next setup for this damascus billet. I’m kind of riffing here, but so far so good. #forgewelding #damascusknife #mastersmith #tryingsomethingnew ...

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Instagram post 2226294078417146896_1584534466 Here is a look at the crushed W’s arrangement I’m using for my next river of fire billet. The first one was a five-stack of w’s and then 5x that for the final forge weld. This is an eight-stack, which I’ll triple, and then stack probably 4x for the feathering cut. So this will be 96x the w’s in the final pattern, whereas the first one was 25x. Long story short, it should be pretty. #damascussteelknife #winter #forge #work

Here is a look at the crushed W’s arrangement I’m using for my next river of fire billet. The first one was a five-stack of w’s and then 5x that for the final forge weld. This is an eight-stack, which I’ll triple, and then stack probably 4x for the feathering cut. So this will be 96x the w’s in the final pattern, whereas the first one was 25x. Long story short, it should be pretty. #damascussteelknife #winter #forge #work ...

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Instagram post 2226265852261321154_1584534466 Here is a look at the stack I posted the other day, now forge welded and crushed. Now that I see it I’m thinking maybe I should have gone with a higher layer count in one area, but I’ll reevaluate after the next forge welding operation. #damascussteel #patternwelding #knifelife #knifemaker

Here is a look at the stack I posted the other day, now forge welded and crushed. Now that I see it I’m thinking maybe I should have gone with a higher layer count in one area, but I’ll reevaluate after the next forge welding operation. #damascussteel #patternwelding #knifelife #knifemaker ...

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Instagram post 2225526153221508904_1584534466 Design is a very iterative process for me. I’ve been working on drawing this piece for weeks, and I haven’t yet discovered satisfaction. I’ll get there. #drawing #drafting #design #notthereyet

Design is a very iterative process for me. I’ve been working on drawing this piece for weeks, and I haven’t yet discovered satisfaction. I’ll get there. #drawing #drafting #design #notthereyet ...

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Laying up an irregular stack for a damascus pattern I’ve wanted to try for a while. Stay tuned. Hopefully it will come out! #damascussteel #forging #mastersmith #patternwelding ...

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Instagram post 2224109687393966181_1584534466 Party foul!! I cracked this blade yesterday while I was trying to straighten out a stubborn warp. It has been YEARS since I’ve cracked something. The good news is that it gives me the opportunity to break this thing off the rest of the way so I can inspect the grain structure of the steel and thereby check in on my heat treating. It’s worth noting that this crack did not start or propagate along any of the forge welds. That’s a great sign. #failureispartofsuccess #learningopportunity #payattention #oops #knifemaking

Party foul!! I cracked this blade yesterday while I was trying to straighten out a stubborn warp. It has been YEARS since I’ve cracked something. The good news is that it gives me the opportunity to break this thing off the rest of the way so I can inspect the grain structure of the steel and thereby check in on my heat treating. It’s worth noting that this crack did not start or propagate along any of the forge welds. That’s a great sign. #failureispartofsuccess #learningopportunity #payattention #oops #knifemaking ...

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Instagram post 2222162614100643656_1584534466 64.5” (164cm) of 45 layer Texas Wind damascus steel. 2” wide and roughly 5/32” thick. It’s not exactly the most difficult thing in the world, but let me tell you, 64” of 1500° steel can be a pretty unwieldy critter. #gobigorgohome #damascussteelknife #damascussteel #blacksmithing

64.5” (164cm) of 45 layer Texas Wind damascus steel. 2” wide and roughly 5/32” thick. It’s not exactly the most difficult thing in the world, but let me tell you, 64” of 1500° steel can be a pretty unwieldy critter. #gobigorgohome #damascussteelknife #damascussteel #blacksmithing ...

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Instagram post 2222102185596779012_1584534466 How many months have I been wearing these @3m ear muffs in the shop with the instructions tucked in one of the cups? Also...why are there instructions? They’re ear muffs. You put them on and the world gets quieter. (By the way, these are the best.) #unnecessaryinstructions #earmuffs #workshop #craft

How many months have I been wearing these @3m ear muffs in the shop with the instructions tucked in one of the cups? Also...why are there instructions? They’re ear muffs. You put them on and the world gets quieter. (By the way, these are the best.) #unnecessaryinstructions #earmuffs #workshop #craft ...

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Instagram post 2221953451004231484_1584534466 A few of the blades I heat treated yesterday. Four paring knives, four small hunters. All damascus. Time for some finish grinding. #knifemaker #bladesmith #hardwork #dust

A few of the blades I heat treated yesterday. Four paring knives, four small hunters. All damascus. Time for some finish grinding. #knifemaker #bladesmith #hardwork #dust ...

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330mm (13.25”) gyutoku in river of fire damascus, with 72” hollow grind. GOOD NEWS, everyone! I have now heat treated this piece, and it has come through with only a minor wobble or two. Nothing I can’t sort out during the tempering process. Yay! #relieved #hardworkpaysoff💪 #knife #bladesmithing ...

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