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Blended Style

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by StephanFowler, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. StephanFowler

    StephanFowler Well-Known Member

    Had a customer ask for a mix/match of a couple of my more popular styles.

    He wanted the Blade shape and size of my "Slim Fighter" with a guard like my S Guard stag pieces, with an Ironwood handle

    whaddya think???

    8" 1084 Blade w/ Hamon
    Wrought S Guard and Fileworked spacer
    Ironwood handle.

  2. 7X57chilmau

    7X57chilmau Well-Known Member

    Very nice work! Looks like you filled his wishes nicely.

    I'd have preferred a slightly smaller guard, mayb 3/4's the size, but that's what Custom is all about, right?

    Very nice work. I'd love for you to describe in detail your heat treatment process that yeilds that hammon, but would understand if you preferred not to divulge.

  3. StephanFowler

    StephanFowler Well-Known Member

    nothing particularly special about the HT except you need to be pretty careful with your temperatures.

    I normalize several times, depending on how "dramatic" I want the hamon,

    I quench using Parks #50 and 1084 will through harden VERY easily due to the manganese content, this batch even more so because it has vanadium in it, even with thick clay.

    So what I do is use Multiple normalization cycles to lower the hardenability of the steel by refining the grain a LOT

    other than that it's pretty much a standard HT for a Hamon

    forge to shape
    normalize 3x
    grind clean
    (for this one I normalized 3x again to lower the hardenability and shrink the grain)
    apply Satanite clay to define hamon
    heat to 1450 Deg F
    quench into Parks #50
    temper 2x at 450 Deg F (gives me around 59 RC)
  4. I think that I want one; nice! :eek: :)
  5. 7X57chilmau

    7X57chilmau Well-Known Member

    Thank-you! I assume you're doing your HT in an oven, not open forge?

    I'm gonna have to get me an oven one of these days...

  6. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Beautiful! About perfect for a small fighter...

    (Yes, I know it's not small in most folks' book.)

  7. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    Agreed! Someone was very wise and you did a wonderful job. Beautiful!!
  8. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    Think I want a Bootstremph Bowie!
  9. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    I just ordered his S guard fighter like the green micarta handled one shown in his gallery. I want Ebony scales however. I am excited about this knife, he looks like he makes knives after my own heart, which means Carbon steel, hand forged blades and mountings, flat ground,hamon, NO: sub hilts or weird blade geometry(chisels and linoleam knife designs) or round or wound grips ect.
  10. StephanFowler

    StephanFowler Well-Known Member

    I've done a couple subhilts, but only on request, I don't care for the limited grip positions.

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