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    Well I was welding up a new anvil today. And when I finished (almost) I had a length of flat stock with a short piece of 5160 welded to the end, left over from a previous knife blank. I decided that, maybe after all this work Ive been doing, maybe now I will be able to get a forge weld to take. So, I heated the bar up and folded it over onto itself. Then I heated again, fluxed the stock where it was folded, reheated and BANG BANG BANG! HOLY COW! It Took!!

    So, then I decided to see if I could do it again. I heated the bar and folded it once more. I repeated the previous steps, and.... BAM! It took!

    This primal instinct took over and I couldn't stop. Fold, hammer weld. Fold, hammer weld. Fold, hammer weld. Fold, hammer weld. and on and on, Before I knew it I had been doing this for an hour. Mind you, this piece of "Damascus" is only 1/8" x 2" x 1/2" But. it is no less.

    To see if it had really made a difference the chemical makeup of the steel, I heated it to critical and quenched it in water. IT HARDENED! A file skates over it, while just behind the forge welds - the file digs right in.

    Oh boy. Matt has a new addiction I'm going to grind it down and see if I can etch it now. I just had to share it!!

    To think, I planned on not doing any forge work today...

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    pics or it didn't happen Sounds good Matt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by upthecreek View Post
    pics or it didn't happen Sounds good Matt!
    I'll take pics but I'm not sure if it will show up with an etch or not as its only mild steel and 5160 not 15n20 and another steel... The high nickel steel is what gives the contrast, to my knowledge. But i'll try it anyway

    Quote Originally Posted by petrifiedwood View Post
    Awesome bro! I wanna see pics too. I know a lot of makers will sell flat billets of pattern welded steel to other makers who don't have forging capability...
    It sounds like I may have a profitable venture here
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    Yep - We need pics!
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    you guys ever see the sunday morning show, I think it on youtube, about the famous maker, who has the learning disability, but makes kickbutt and high dollar damascus cutlery. He had an oven as big as all get out and a power hammer with a REALLY BIG weight on it.

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    Awsom! Can you bend the bar without the layers delaminating?

    Forge weld some tool steel edges on some cheap axes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upthecreek View Post
    you guys ever see the sunday morning show, I think it on youtube, about the famous maker, who has the learning disability, but makes kickbutt and high dollar damascus cutlery. He had an oven as big as all get out and a power hammer with a REALLY BIG weight on it.
    Nope. But I'll have to look it up.

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    Awsom! Can you bend the bar without the layers delaminating?


    Forge weld some tool steel edges on some cheap axes.
    Yes Sir! Or make my own axes

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    Yep - We need pics!
    They are comming

    It's etching in hydrochloric acid now. It seems to be showing up.
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    You rock.

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    Crap and here I come on waiting to see new toys to drool over that's teasing us Bro LOL

    Very cool though can't wait to see it

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    BadaBing!!!!

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