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Knifemaking - Bowie Blade from Ball Bearings
Bowie blade from two 3" diameter ball bearings and 1010 for added effects.

Blade Details:
-7" from this damascus.

Blade making process
To make this blade I used 2 ball bearings with a 3" outter diameter. The electric welding not only fixes the supporting rod, but also prevents the inner pieces from moving. (Pictures 1 and 2)

On the oven until they reach 850C (Picture 3)

Flattening them. (Pictures 4, 5, 6 and 7)

First step finished (I'm only showing one, but I did this to both of the ball bearings) Now it's ready to get forged. (Picture 8)

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After heating it on the oven, I place some borax on the piece. (Picture 9)

Place it on the oven til forging temperature (about 1300C) (Picture 10)

Using the forge, I completely forge the different elements that compone the ball bearing (inner and outter containers, bearings and spacers) (Picture 11)

Once I have both pieces forged, I place on on top of each other to forge them together too. (Picture 12)

Again, after heating it on the oven, I place some borax on the piece and then I place it on the oven til forging temperature (about 1300C) (Picture 13)

Using the press again, I forge both pieces together. (Pictures 14 and 15)

I cut the resulting piece in two. (Pictures 16 and 17)

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I weld the pieces together on one side using an electric welder. I also add two pieces of 52100 separated from the ball bearings ingot with a layer of 0.5mm thickness 1010 (to get a different color later) (Pictures 18, 19 and 20)

Adding some borax. (Picture 21)

Press forging. (Picture 22)

Press forging to the desidered blade shape. (Picture 23)

Finished blade (7" blade and 4" tang) (Pictures 24 and 25)

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One side of the blade already ground flat (no bevels yet) (Picture 26)

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Finished Forged Blade
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