It was a real journey to make this knife starting at studio of Jerry Greenelsch, good friend and skilled forger and knifemaker. I included shots of the original sketch and billet, through the forged-to-shape blade , stock-reduction & heat treatment.
This knife looked so cool after heat treatment, the temper-cycles leaving a sweet golden tone on the blade, AND...
...the coolest part of experiencing Damascus for the first time in making my own was how the Nickel (that creates the pattern you see) actually was sticking-up like a relief-map after heat treatment. The hardened carbon steels contracted but the nickel did not! So Cool! I did not finish this knife for months since I loved how it looked after HT, but I finally had to finish it and etch it.
The billet was created out of 1084 and 15N20, a real classic material choice for toughness and edge retention.
The OAL of this little beauty is 9 & 1/8" with a 4 & 7/8" blade. The handle is some very rare Westinghouse White-Stripe Micarta, with Westinghouse White Lines Micarta inlay over a blind pin.
I had a beautiful Paul Long Sheath made for it as well.
I hope you enjoy the images of this fine little knife.
I have also included a shot of the Damascus Riflemans Wharny that I also created out of this same piece of Damascus....but you can read more about that knife, and see process images of the making of the Damascus in another post. >>> CLICK HERE:)
Damascus Rifleman's Wharny