Extremely Easy Pattern Welded Blade

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Have you cried blood when attempting your first pattern welded blade?

Here is something easy that will get you started and boost your confidence..

This instructible assumes a working knowledge of pattern welding.

This is a recyclable instructible as well as a knife making tutorial.

Step 1:

Materials list.

4 x Black square section spring washers
2 x Large uncoated brite steel nails
Borax
Ferric chloride (or the acid you normally use)
Bicarb soda
Black tie wire (stainless wire will work too, but costs more).

Step 2:

Heat up all the spring steel washers in the forge, and straighten them.

You will also need to clean the washers to remove the fire scale.

Bind with the tie wire in alternate layers the two brite steel nails, and three black washers.

Keep one washer in reserve, this will be the cutting edge.

The nails are naturally scarfed.

Step 3:

Forge weld the stack, fold as many times as you like, these materials forge weld easily.

Amalgamate into a single billet.

Heat and twist the billet.

As there is not much material you need to slightly flatten the spirals, and then grind until flat.

Step 4:

Take the reserve washer, the welded billet, bind and forge weld.

Step 5:

Forge the the billet into a rough blade.

Grind the knife into the desired shape.

Sand and polish the blade.

Heat treat, then sand and polish again.

Step 6:

After acid etching you get this.

There's not that much to write, it's a very easy project.

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    kalboon

    1 year ago

    Hey great knife, I'm curious though all the black square spring washers I can find turn silver after cleaning them, they seem to just be powder coated black, any suggestions where to get ones that are actually dark?

    Wow, you know i tried this once and it was failed attempt one after another. I RANDOMLY came across this on google, and tis has to be the BEST instructable i've seen on this site. Even thought you didn't write all that much, or show many pictures, you made the coolest thing ever with the easiest way possible. This is DEFINITLY going to be my next project, and i gotta hand it out to you; great work. Keep it up!

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    vistamachine

    2 years ago

    it looks like we have the same gas foge, a whisper momma. I have had trouble getting the steel hot enough for forge welding in mine. do you have any tips?

    thanks,
    Max

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    Lungtar

    3 years ago

    Wat a grate way to get people to try damascus. Brilliant i must say.

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    charlesian2000Lungtar

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you, its also good if you are having trouble with some difficult steel. It builds confidence :-)