Pattern welding

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  1. Nolan Wilder

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    Pattern welding is a process where you start with two different types of steel and stack pieces of them on top of each other alternating the steel with each layer. Then, you tack weld them all I'm place, and pit them in the forge. Once the steel has reached 2,900°-3,000° F, you forge weld the entire thing together. Then you draw out your "billet" and cut it into two or more pieces, stack the peices, and repeat the process. This adds more layers of steel to the billet each time. After that you forge the bike into a knife. Once the heat treat is finished, you polish the blade and acid etch it. The acid eats away at one of the steels more then the other, and you are left with a beautiful woodgrain like finish.

    I am very excited about this knife, and pretty happy with this attempt at pattern welding. I'll be doing more of this in the future, if you have any interest or questions about a damascus knife, let me know!

    This one is forged from 21 layers of 1095 and 15N20. The blade is 5" long, 3/16" thick and the OAL is 9.5" long. The handle is made from natural canvas micarta with copper pins.


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    Just got my first commission for a damascus knife. It's going to be 21 layers of 1095 and 15N20. I got the billet finished and forged into a blade today. Next it's on to grinding, heat treatment and etching!

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    Here's a knife I just finished for a customer. 21 layers of 1095 and 15N20. The handle is made from hickory with stainless pins. The blade is 4.5" long and the OAL is 9.25".

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    That is very interesting. I like it - beautiful work!
     
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    Wow! Now that is a good looking knife!
     
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    Thanks guys!

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    ...the panhandle...and loving it!
    Does the process do anything for strength?
     
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    Nice looking work.
    And thanks for not calling it Damascus !
     
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    When the process was first developed it was used to mix low and high carbon steels so the better steel would go farther. It doesn't really make the steel stronger than a modern alloy knife steel.

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