Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Damascus Jewelry for the NC State Fair

In October, Scott and I will be demonstrating and selling his hand-made wares in the Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fair. While knives will be our focus, we are bringing some Damascus jewelry as well. Here are some pendants we made last weekend.


Damascus Pendants
Steel: 1095/Nickel
Finish: Parkerized*
*Matte and bright finish on the nickel

The process of making Damascus is extensive and starts with a stack of steel.
For jewelry, we use 1095 interspersed with pieces of pure nickel.


First, the stack of steel is MIG-welded together.




Then a handle is welded on the stack, and the billet is heated to 2315 degrees in the forge. 


It's a hot process.



The hot steel is then forged together using a power hammer . . . 


. . . and a 25 ton hydraulic press.


It takes a lot of pounding, mashing, and grinding, 
but eventually the steel all bonds into one bar.


For this billet of random Damascus, Scott decided to add a pool and eye design to the pattern.


This is done by drilling various depth holes in the billet. 


Then the billet goes back in the forge . . . 


. . . and is hammered and pressed . . . 


. . . until it is once again a relatively flat bar of steel.


You can really see the pool and eye pattern when the steel is hot.


The pendants are simply cut from the bar stock after it is ground to the desired thickness
 on a surface grinder and etched in ferric chloride to bring out the pattern.


We Parkerized the 1095 to turn it black and protect it from corrosion, 
but the nickel stays bright, especially if hand-sanded prior to Parkerizing.

Thanks for looking. 


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rovers and a New Mark

Scott finished a bunch of Rovers this week. Most went to Wilson Combat, several went to clients, and a few will land on the website for sale. 


The grey and black Rovers are unique to Wilson Combat.


Scott mostly made standard Rovers with scalloped Micarta handles.


A few were dressed in wood - African Blackwood, natural maple and dyed maple. 
We call Rovers with shaped handles - Rover Elites.


All come with a leather bushcraft sheath designed and made by Scott.


 All of these received Scott's new stock removal mark 
to distinguish them from his forged blades.


Clean, crisp and to the point.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Another Damascus Zulu from E. Scott McGhee

Scott dressed his latest Damascus Zulu in Koa. See what you think. 


Damascus Zulu
Steel: 1095/15n20
Overall Length: 9.75 inches
Blade Length: 4.75 inches
Guard: Satin finish 416 stainless
Handle: Curly Koa
Sheath: Leather drop




Scott makes his own pattern welded steel and does his own sheath work. 


Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Damascus Native

Scott finished a Damascus Native yesterday. Check it out. 


He fine finished most of the blade and sharped the clip, 
but he left the hammer marks on the flats for a nice rustic look. 


He also blued the spine to darken it . . .


. . . which offset the black palm handle nicely. 


 The Native is a great camp knife that feels wonderful in the hand. 


 Damascus Native
Steel: 1095/15n20
Overall Length: 11.75 inch
Blade Length: 6.75 inch 
Handle: Black Palm
Sheath: Leather drop


Thanks for looking. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Carolina Collection Prototypes

These blades are prototypes for the Carolina Collection knives we plan to offer in the Village of Yesteryear (VOY) at the NC State Fair in October. Scott is one of 75 craftsman invited to show traditional crafts in the VOY. Featuring a hand-forged guard, rustic textured finish, and maple handles, this is Scott's ode to the blacksmith knife of yore.


Carolina Collection Hunter and Skinner 
Steel: O1 Carbon Steel
Overall Length: 8.375 inches
Blade Length: 3.5 inches
Sheath: Black Leather Pouch
*Skinner has more belly and a darker handle


Hope to see you at the NC State Fair in October. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

MS Branded Zulus Hot off the Anvil


Scott finally got to put his new MS mark to work on a couple of Damascus Zulus this week. 
Same billet of Tesla pattern Damascus dressed two different ways. See what you think.


African Blackwood handle with coved spacer and matte guard above. 
Wenge (aka African Rosewood) handle with matte guard below.


Thanks for looking. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Mastersmith Test Dagger Revealed

Scott spent more time making his MS Test Dagger than all four of his other test knives combined. The stress of making the dagger was intense, and he is happy that the project is complete. 


Mastersmith Test Dagger
Steel: 15n20/1095
Blade Length: 13 inches
Overall Length: 19.5 inches
Guard: Parkerized steel with Damascus acorn finials
Handle: Fluted African Blackwood with inlaid silver wire
Pommel: Damascus acorn with spacers


Four flutes and 4 wires - 3 silver strands in each twisted inlaid piece
One ring guard with quillons


Damascus Acorn Pommel with adjacent spacers


Damascus acorn finials on the end of the quillons


400 layers of 15n20 and 400 layers of 1095 forged together
Then twisted 40 times to produce the final billet


                                          Now it's on to Atlanta to see what the judges think.