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cable damascus knife , first one .

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well iv been reading about cable damascus for ages and never found any , then on a walk the other week i was some sticking out a soil bank in an old quarry . quick look and yep its what i needed .

i tried to cut it with a hack saw and 4 blades later and an hours sold sawing and it was hardly cut at all so , quick ebay session sees me with a cordless angle grinder and 1mm cutting disc .

its weird stuff must have been a crane or winch drot in there 100 years ago or something ?

anyway i got a meter and half of it and set to .

pics say it all really .

my beautiful lady helped me twist it and burned her hair eye brows and eye lashes off helping me !!:o dont worry she is still beautiful !!

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well i rushed it abit and its now been normalised x3 and sat in the forge anealing off for the proper grind and some holes . i was pleased to see some patternation as is , i did think that it would probably be invisable until heat treated !!

weird little miniature bowie /clip point hunter thing .

its not strictly "easier" than normal damascus but its deffo faster . just eats flux!!!!

i had fun any way even if the mrs looks like the fantom of the opera , not really .

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good pattern int it ?

bit snake skin like , good new is is faster to make than normal masucs so cheaper ha ha but i dont have much and when its gone its gone bit like aldi .

if any of you ever find this stuff let me know please , it cant have any sort of galvernised finnish or zinc there all toxic as f**k so i cant use them , but anything with bitchamin or rust is good .

any old files would be good to or wood saw like the hand held ones from B&Q . iv got 20 od kilos of knickel steel on its way so need the carbon dark contrast steel now .

all the best , matt.

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ive seen some of that stuff somewhere :hmm: its going to bug me to death now untill i remember where :laugh:

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i work in agriculture and come across a lot of old metal machinery. . we have an old bench with asorted old files and misc. stuff lying around. do you ever travel up around mid scotland? and what other old stuff is usefull. yis. cs

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and what about buck rake tynes. we use them in work for digging bars they are strong and have a little spring to em?

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they all sound usful !! i have no idea what a buck rake tine is tho ?

i think its called shear steel for that sort of thing !!

i never travel ha ha . to on my arse and the car is not the best !!

maybe other ways to get it tho !

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Another great topic and photos Matt. Very interesting stuff. A very nice knife.

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thanks fellas , iv just heat treated it with a couple of bushcrafters im doing , and it needs more normalising in future its warped a bit but nothing i cant fix . all the those twists want to undo at critical heat , and because they cant the metal gets super stressed and warps . alot of grinding and a destress/ sensative temper will sort that out .

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all done no warps , and reckon it looks great !! its pissing sharp to .

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no warps now and its got a really good grind , and superb temper , i really do like it , its not easy to photo . any one that bought it would see what i mean its a 3d effect you need to see in your own hands !!

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