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. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hot Blued Damascus Tusk - Mastersmith Test Knife

Scott made a Damascus Tusk for his MS Test Set. Then he dressed it in Desert Ironwood and a Damascus guard, and hot-blued the steel for an amazing effect. 

Steel: 15n20/1095
Damascus Pattern: Twisted W's
Blade Length: 8.75 inches
Overall Length: 15.25 inches
Handle: Desert Ironwood

This is Scott's first hot-blued knife, but it will not be his last. 

Blade Show Table 13P.

Zulu for Mastersmith Test Set

The Zulu is one of Scott's most popular designs so it was a natural choice for his MS Test Set. 

Steel: 15n20/1095 Mosaic Damascus
Blade Length: 4.75 inches
Overall Length: 9.75 inches
Guard: Damascus, coved black spacer, Damascus spacer
Handle: Desert Ironwood

Blade Show Table 13P. Hope to see you there.

Damascus Mamba - MS Test Knife

MS Test Knife #3 is a Damascus Mamba with Damascus guard, peened bronze spacer, 
Damascus spacer, and African Blackwood handle. 

Steel: 15n20/1095
Blade Length: 8 inches
Overall Length: 13.75 inches

The Mamba is a tad longer, thicker, and deeper at the throat than our popular 
Cottonmouth model. Put simply, it's a handful.

Blade Show - Table 13P. Hope to see you there. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Story of my MS Test Dagger

The Steel
400 layers of 15n20, 400 layers of 1095

Forged into twisted W's, then twisted 40 times to make the final billet

The number 40 symbolizes hardship, judgement and testing

This dagger represents my greatest test as a bladesmith so far

The Trinity
Three Damascus acorns

Three silver wires in each twisted inlaid strand

Three textures - Parkerized steel, peened bronze, and Damascus

The balance of three strengthens the one

Blade Show - Table 13P. Hope to see you in Atlanta. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Quest for Mastersmith Begins

In less than two weeks, we will arrive at Blade Show in Atlanta where Scott will test for ABS Mastersmith. Here's a teaser shot of his test dagger and some pictures of the 
smallest knife in the set - a Damascus Sparrow Hawk. 

Damascus Sparrow Hawk
Steel: Twist Damascus 15n20/1095
Blade Length: 3.875 inches
Overall Length: 8.5 inches
Ferrule: Penned bronze and coved black spacers
Handle: Curly Koa

We'll post a new knife ever couple of days as we approach show time. 
Hope to see you in Atlanta - Table 13P.