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Knifemaking - Torsioned Damascus Claw
A hawksbill blade from files and ball bearing parts.

Knife Details:
-Damascus made from 2 files (W1) and ball bearing parts (52100)
-4.5" hawksbill blade, 9" overall length.
- Handle in black and white acetate.
- Leather sheath with acetate insert.

Knife making process
Starting from two files (W1) and some ball bearing parts (52100), I decided to make a torsioned damascus and see what patterns would appear. (Picture 1)

After heating the pieces and hammering a bit, the different steels started to get welded together. (Picture 2)

After a long session of even more hammering to rotate the steel and some grinding, I got the final shape of the knife. (Pictures 3 and 4)

After the etching is done, you can appreaciate the full damascus pattern. 4.5" blade, 9" overall length. (Picture 5)

For this handle, I decided to use black and white acetate layers from some Gretsch drums I had from my other job and make one of my now traditional multilayers.
Now I use some cilinders welded to flat pieces of metal to perform this process, as I found that to be really helpful. (Picture 6)

I placed contact cement between each acetate layer prior to be pressed. (Picture 7)

Then I pressed the mix on the horizontal press untill the glue dried. (Picture 8)
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As it comes out of the press. (Picture 9 and 10)

After some filing and soft polishing to prevent abrassion, this is the final material ready to be used. (Picture 11)

For the sheath I used cow leather with a detail of the same handle acetates.
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Finished Knife
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