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Project by sapwood posted 12-06-2018 08:13 PM 730 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Alabama Damascus blade (I did not forge). Desert Ironwood scales, ebony bolster, red spacer and mosaic pins. Wet sanded with 50/50 sanding sealer/denatured alcohol at 120, 220, 320, 400 grit. Then sanded to 2000 grit, 6 coats 50/50 pure Tung oil/mineral spirits. Let cure then micro mesh to 12000 grit. Hope this helps maintain the great grain detail as it ages. Made the sheath (Saya) from some scrap I had. Lamanated edges with veneer to pick up details in bolster. Same tung oil finish. Old guitar bridge pin to hold sheath on knife. This is my third project using blades from Alabama damascus and I just love their stuff. Can get a wicked sharp edge that lasts. May someday venture into trying to forge my own blades, but that looks like too much work (and new tools) for me at this point.





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#1 posted 12-06-2018 08:29 PM

gorgeous,that knife is a work of art,even though you didnt forge the blade the handle and the work you did to make the finished knife is fantastic.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 12-06-2018 08:59 PM

That’s a great looking knife!

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#3 posted 12-07-2018 12:35 AM

Awesome knife! the finish looks fantastic.

I am intrigued by what it is setting on though.. is that a hide?

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#4 posted 12-07-2018 01:58 AM

that’s beautiful

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 12-07-2018 02:56 AM

Thanks for the comments. Fun project for Christmas gift. The leather hide is ostrich, as I have many scraps and samples from upholstery.

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#6 posted 12-07-2018 11:53 AM

That’s a pretty knife!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 12-07-2018 04:41 PM

that is a beautiful knife.

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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#8 posted 12-07-2018 05:06 PM

sapwood youve inspired me with that gorgeous knife,ive checked out their website and your right they make some beautiful blades so i think thats a project on my short term to do list.im planning on a chefs knife,any tips you can give me would be appreciated.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 12-07-2018 05:39 PM

Thanks Pottz. For advice on your first blade: Be sure to order the “blade” and not the “blank” unless you intend to heat treat and anneal yourself. I got a lot of ideas and advice by looking at bladeforums.com. Find Stabilized scales unless using a really dense wood like the ironwood and/or ebony that I used in this example. Use a good epoxy (T-88 or West System) to attach scales to tang after scuffing up the mating surfaces really good. Then….alot of sanding!

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#10 posted 12-07-2018 05:52 PM



Thanks Pottz. For advice on your first blade: Be sure to order the “blade” and not the “blank” unless you intend to heat treat and anneal yourself. I got a lot of ideas and advice by looking at bladeforums.com. Find Stabilized scales unless using a really dense wood like the ironwood and/or ebony that I used in this example. Use a good epoxy (T-88 or West System) to attach scales to tang after scuffing up the mating surfaces really good. Then….alot of sanding!

- sapwood


yeah im definitely getting a finished blade,im like you not into forging.ill check out that forum and a lot of you tube vids and hopefully i can come close to what you achieved.thanks for the tips.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#11 posted 12-07-2018 06:46 PM

Beautiful knife. How are you ever going to actually use it? Way to nice!!

-- Just make the cut

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sapwood

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#12 posted 12-07-2018 10:40 PM

Cool thing about this damascus, is that it is formed from 4 types of high carbon steel (416 layers). The contrast comes out during the etching process (ferric chloride/white vinegar). When it gets scratched and worn you can easily re-etch the surface and bring back the contrast. Key to everyday use is to wash/dry after use and coat with an oil or wax so it doesn’t rust. Helluva onion slicer. I’ve made handles for an earlier chef knife out of VG-10 stainless damascus (Woodsmith?) and it’s held up really well to everyday use. It is a Japanese style blade which is much thinner than this damascus.

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#13 posted 12-08-2018 01:25 PM

Very Nice!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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