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Chris
12-19-2011, 11:06 AM
I just finished the latest knife project. I haven't forged anything since we moved into this house so I been making the occasional knife with blades that I either forged before we moved into this house, or blades made by others.

This blade is a Damascus laminate blade from a Danish smith who signs just F; I can't remember his full name; it was a gift from some guys at my old knifemaking club in Bergen.

The handle is birch, reindeer, leather, and nickel silver.
I had some bad luck when I set the handle to cure. I think the pressure was a little uneven, because I wound up with a gap on one side, just below the pommel. I filled it in with a few nickel-silver bits and more epoxy. Other than that little cosmetic issue, I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out.
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/noonejc/DSC01819.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/noonejc/DSC01820.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/noonejc/DSC01821.jpg
Thanks for looking!

solocanoe
12-19-2011, 11:09 AM
congrats - that seems pretty great. and a lot of work with different materials!

Toddler
12-19-2011, 11:12 AM
I don't think I've ever seen a damascus puuko before! Great depth in the birch wood! :4:

Looker
12-19-2011, 11:31 AM
Nice work, I like it!

Looker

Bucketosudz
12-19-2011, 11:49 AM
That style of knife and Leuku's have become some of my favorite knives. Your's is a Beauty!

borumas
12-19-2011, 01:05 PM
She's beautiful, great work! I've been wanting a Damascus knife for a long time myself, bet she hold's a nice edge.

Chris
12-19-2011, 01:30 PM
She's beautiful, great work! I've been wanting a Damascus knife for a long time myself, bet she hold's a nice edge.

It should hold a good edge. These laminate blades usually have edge steel that pretty hard. We'll find out. I plan on using it like all my others, nothing heavy though, just things like carving and food prep.

I just finished making the pattern for the sheath -- typical Sami-style. I'll post a shot of that when I get it made.

jontok
12-19-2011, 01:56 PM
Beautiful! :dblthumb:

Great work Chris!
What did you treat the birch with?

jstalljon
12-19-2011, 01:58 PM
A beautiful piece! Well done.

hellhammer
12-19-2011, 02:15 PM
Nice work with such different materials. I like the reindeer a lot.

woodsinfire
12-19-2011, 02:57 PM
Nice lookig knife.

Chris
12-19-2011, 03:03 PM
Beautiful! :dblthumb:

Great work Chris!
What did you treat the birch with?

Thanks man:50:! After sanding it smooth I colored it with Narvsværte, 3 different colors: first yellow, then red, then brown (the order is important). After the third color dries I sand again starting at about 240 grit and going up to as high as I have in the house, 1200 this time. This gets all the excess color off the surface of the wood, and gives enormous depth to the pattern. For the finishing step I used Danish oil.

jontok
12-19-2011, 03:13 PM
Thanks man:50:! After sanding it smooth I colored it with Narvsværte, 3 different colors: first yellow, then red, then brown (the order is important). After the third color dries I sand again starting at about 240 grit and going up to as high as I have in the house, 1200 this time. This gets all the excess color off the surface of the wood, and gives enormous depth to the pattern. For the finishing step I used Danish oil.
I'll have to try that! (Gotta get me some narvsværte first)
Wonder how that will look on flamebirch....?:33:

Theron714
12-19-2011, 03:14 PM
Yep really nice...

Chris
12-19-2011, 03:15 PM
I'll have to try that! (Gotta get me some narvsværte first)
Wonder how that will look on flamebirch....?:33:

This was valbjørk; what's flamebirch called in english?
EDIT: I meant "in norwegian"

jontok
12-19-2011, 03:23 PM
This was valbjørk; what's flamebirch called in english?

Don't know... It's the stuff I used in my last knife.

Chris
12-19-2011, 03:45 PM
Don't know... It's the stuff I used in my last knife.

I meant to ask what's it called in norwegian.

jontok
12-20-2011, 12:19 PM
I meant to ask what's it called in norwegian.
Aaaaahhhh....
Flamme bjørk... :D:D:D

snakedoctor
12-20-2011, 12:25 PM
That is beautiful! Great job on that. That would look good on any mans belt (even IZ)

Easy_rider75
12-20-2011, 12:38 PM
OH WOW just drooling at that knife she's purdy man very nice work

Chris
12-20-2011, 03:19 PM
I don't think I've ever seen a damascus puuko before! Great depth in the birch wood! :4:

Some of the Scandinavian smiths are doing some wild stuff with damascus. Check out this one

http://johanknives.com/

Ironwood
12-20-2011, 04:27 PM
Wow, I am really growing fond of these scandi style knives. Yours is really nice. I like the nickel.
I want to embark on handling a few blades but it still seems foreign to me how to get it all tight and peined.

That birch is on fire. I thought it was a piece of amber, would never have thought birch. How deep does that coloring sink into?

Chris
12-20-2011, 04:53 PM
Wow, I am really growing fond of these scandi style knives. Yours is really nice. I like the nickel.
I want to embark on handling a few blades but it still seems foreign to me how to get it all tight and peined.

That birch is on fire. I thought it was a piece of amber, would never have thought birch. How deep does that coloring sink into?

Thanks:50:! The way I do it is to epoxy it all together in a long clamp, then peen it down tight after that.
The color seems to get inn there pretty deeply. After the third color I sand down thoroughly and have plenty of color to spare. I detailed the process in one of the earlier posts in this thread. Good luck with it!

.338WinMag
12-21-2011, 10:55 PM
Yes that's a fine looking Saami style blade ,looks very user friendly the pommel looks to be well shaped for mitt use but won't pinch when used bare handed ..338winmag

foxfire
12-21-2011, 11:11 PM
Beautiful looking blade.

Tor Helge
12-22-2011, 04:18 AM
The knife looks very good. Nice coloring/pattern in the birch.
I can`t wait to see it finished with a sheath.

Chris
12-22-2011, 05:22 AM
The knife looks very good. Nice coloring/pattern in the birch.
I can`t wait to see it finished with a sheath.

Thanks man. I'm heading out to Jørn Jensen later on to get some leather for the sheath. I need a little project to do during christmas vacation:50:.

Dadio
12-22-2011, 08:38 AM
That wood really glows. Beautiful work!