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    Did a three day Damascus Knife making course at Tharwa Valley Forge over the long weekend and managed to mix up 8 pieces of 1075, 7 pieces of 15N20, a piece of Queen Ebony and a piece of Huon Pine and turn the whole kit and caboodle into these:











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    damn those look nice larks
    i mean really, not just the pattern, the profiles, grinds, handles, everything really
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    A few pics from the weekend:














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    I'm just going with wow really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    damn those look nice larks
    i mean really, not just the pattern, the profiles, grinds, handles, everything really
    thanks Paul, I must confess that I’m pretty chuffed with them as my first ever forged knives, first ever forge welding and first every "Damascus” pattern

    (not sure why the pic’s are coming out so large though...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Smith porter maine View Post
    I'm just going with wow really nice.
    thanks Chris - cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    damn those look nice larks
    i mean really, not just the pattern, the profiles, grinds, handles, everything really
    absolutely. Really sweet - great job.
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    You arsey bastard And I mean that in the nicest way That knife looks like it came straight from a high end Japanese workshop. Definitely something to pass onto the kids. Well done Sir.
    I just paid $45 for a short length of D2 tool steel to make a blade for my antique Dixon plough gauge (for cutting leather belts). Tempering needs to be quite precise for this stuff so fingers crossed. JayInOz

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    absolutely. Really sweet - great job.
    thanks Tom, much appreciated mate
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayInOz View Post
    You arsey bastard And I mean that in the nicest way That knife looks like it came straight from a high end Japanese workshop. Definitely something to pass onto the kids. Well done Sir.
    I just paid $45 for a short length of D2 tool steel to make a blade for my antique Dixon plough gauge (for cutting leather belts). Tempering needs to be quite precise for this stuff so fingers crossed. JayInOz
    cheers Jay, possibly less arse and more a very well constructed course I think - the Tharwa Valley Forge really have their ducks lined up with their courses and the guys who both work their and instruct there are really top of their game. It was a very slick, very full but very enjoyable three days
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    Beautiful, wow and any other word that could describe your work.
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    Beauteous!

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    Very nice work, Larks. You have every right to be chuffed. Good on ya, lad!
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    My grandson is a knife maker so I know nice work when I see it.. Well done mate!!
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    Great work Greg, quite spectacular.

    Peter would have been very interested.

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    Thats is awsome work, thanks for sharing. My wife says she doesn't like you and reminds me that it took me 20 heats to cast a set of bronze oarlocks… She suggest buying a knife if I need one. SO I wait til next year before I bring it up again...

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    fantastic. i envy the experience and the knives. geez.

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    Spectacular work!
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    What a pleasant surprise to find at the top o the bilge.

    Very cool, thanks for sharing.
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    Wow.

    I mean WOW!!
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    Good job. They look great.

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    I have PMed my address.

    Also, I just now threw away both of my latest knife blanks.

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    cocobolo scales? Or micartia?
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    Beautiful work! The pattern is crisp and clear, blades ground clean and the furniture ,not pretentious, and functional.

    Just beautiful, Thanks for this!

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    One of my son-in-law's family is really into that 'Forged by Fire' show on History Channel, so I started watching it every now and then. There is definitely an art to making forged blades. It's very interesting.

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    Envy.
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    Beautiful job.

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    Nice work!

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    Man, those are stunning! Great work, Larks!

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    Too nice to express with words, Larks. It's stuff like this that keeps me coming back.

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    Well i reckon when you have made a few more they will be getting really good!

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    Really nice. I just sent the first picture to my son. He was into this for a while but was limited to a charcoal-fired, vacuum cleaner-blown gas bottle forge and hand-hammering on a 25 KG anvil.

    We did manage to forge weld a tiny ingot of 4 layers of leaf spring and file blade, but that nearly burned through the bottom of the forge and we had no charcoal left to try and beat the resulting ingot out into any kind of useful shape for a blade.
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    Nice work!
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    Wow! Impressive work!
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