Sunday, May 27, 2012

Scott's First Billet of Damascus

Scott's been itching to play with Damascus for a long time, but decided to focus on attaining his JS stamp first. Well, the stamp was earned in San Antonio in January, and his first Damascus billet was forged about a month later. Commissions took presedence, however, so it took Scott a while to produce anything from that billet. Two blades were recently completed and another is in progress. Check 'em out! The billet was made from 1080 and 15n20 that Scott attained from Kelly Cupples, and all three knives will be going with us to the 2012 Blade Show

#1. Scott's first Damascus knife and his new everyday carry is a variation on our popular EMc ("Every Man Carry").

Since this is a delicate damascus EMc, I'm calling it the EMc-D2. The picture above is the knife before it was Parkerized, and the picture below is post-Parkerizing and a little use. This was Scott's first experience with Parkerizing and five minutes in the solution (as recommended) was simply too long. Although the solution did a great job of bringing out the pattern, the finish came out a bit blotchy. Scott has since gone to one minute in the solution and his next pattern-welded blade came out much cleaner.

Steel: Pattern-welded 1080 & 15n20
Finish: Hand-sanded, etched, and Parkerized
Overall Length: 9 3/4 inches
Blade Length: 4 1/2 inches
Handle: Maroon Micarta with carbon fiber pins

#2. Scott's second pattern-welded blade is a bird and trout we've dubbed The Kestral. It's Scott's tribute to Jerry Fisk's Sendero. This knife was not Parkerized.

The Kestral
Steel: Pattern-welded 1080 & 15n20
Finish: Hand-sanded & etched
Overall Length: 9 1/2 inches
Blade Length: 4 1/2 inches
Spine Thickness: 0.141 inches
Handle: Flame grain Koa with coined bronze and filed stainless spacers

#3. Scott's first Damascus billet was originally forged in a random pattern, but Scott added some laddering for his final project. The following is a work in progress, and we'll unveil the final piece in Atlanta at Blade, which is just two weeks away. Here's a sneak peak. I'll add a few more shots once we get closer to showtime. This blade was Parkerized.

Just think cooper, bronze, wood, and Damascus. Hope to see you in Atlanta!

1 comment:

  1. Love that Kestrel guys... what a little beauty!