Melbo's Damascus and Snakewood

Discussion in 'Blades' started by Valkman, Nov 14, 2005.


  1. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    This is an old thread. I'm selling the knife below $250, Shipped.
    (melbo)
    CRC?[ROFL]


    Since I lied and said I'd send 'em today and didn't I figure I better post pics to make up for it. ;)

    This one turned out pretty nice - the snakewood is concrete-like hard!

    Then there's the green micarta skinner - turned out pretty well also. I told Melbo I'd use mosaic pins, but not what size :p , so I used my new 1/8" pin material and they look great.
    damas_snakewood3_110. damas_snakewood2_484. damas_snakewood1_203. grnmicarta_melbo1_157.
     
  2. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    what's all the squiggly stuff on the blade? :eek:
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    That is just incredible Valkman![hrt] [hrt] [hrt] [hrt] [hrt]

    I believe I have a new dress belt knife!
    Hell, for $50, I'll take 5 more :D
     
  3. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Uhh, what's with the hearts next to my name? [haay]

    Don't go gettin' all frooty-tooty on me!

    b::
     
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Crap, I meant to click on the skulls...
    I just lost a few man points there didn't I? I'll gain them back when my dudes see this knife :D
     
  5. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Valkman, that looks like your best work ever. Beautiful work man! [winkthumb]
     
  6. TLynn

    TLynn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Beautiful work as always Don!
     
  7. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    WOW! That's nice.... Great work Valkman.... [winkthumb]
     
  8. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Thanks! Wait 'TIL you see the giraffe bone handled one for my neighbor - my first try with this expensive stuff and it really turned out great.

    That Damascus came out nice too since I remembered to etch it this time... :eek:
     
  9. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I cannot wait... Just PP'd you some Moolah..
    Wait TIL minuteman sees this one!!! :sneaky:
     
  10. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Very nice work Valkman.
     
  11. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Wow that is amazing to me...

    I simply have to get you to make me a combat knife, Don. I can make the design and base it on my own experience with using combat knives.

    Anyway. Awesome stuff. :D
     
  12. BigUglyOne

    BigUglyOne Monkey+++ Founding Member

    That Damascus is beautiful !!!! A class -A- job!!

    Do you heat treat it yourself? If so does it treat different than O1 ?
     
  13. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Thanks guys!

    Brokor, I could probably do that especially if we make it out of 440C or ATS-34 since then I'm not limited in blade length. In tool steels I'm limited to 5" blade since that's all I can heat treat.

    BigUglyOne, it heat treats the same as O1. In fact everything about is just like making a O1 knife except you etch it before putting the handle on. Once you have the look you want, make the handle, then I used a Q-Tip to apply etching solution on all he edges to make them match the blade. :p
     
  14. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Well. They arrived today. Valk takes great pics but "live" is so much better. That snakewood feels like some kind of dense composite. Hard stuff and it took a real nice 'hand rubbed' look. Wait, It prolly was hand rubbed.....

    Thanks Don. These are some fine knives. I may set the two OD aside and use the Snakewood.... [beer]
     
  15. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I'm glad you got 'em! They always look better up close, that's for sure. I'm interested in how the edge holds up on the Damascus one especially. That wood is soooo hard. Oops opened it up for hard wood jokes now! :)
     
  16. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    The Damascus pattern on the upper 3/4 of the blade is "standing out" and the 3/8" towards the edge is smooth. Is this from tempering or polishing the edge? Not a complaint, just fascinated by the process.
     
  17. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Ah that's because of the temper line. The bottom part is what was hardened so it doesn't take the etching as well. I thought about hardening the whole thing but function comes first and that knife should bend 90 degrees without breaking since it's got a softer spine.
     
  18. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Yeah, I can see the temper line in the other ones as well... Doesn't take away from the knif. I was just curious.

    I think I may change my name to snakewood b::
     
  19. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member


    What was that about heartwood? (Well, you opened the door, snakeman. Or, uuhhh --supmpin like dat, ennweigh. Hard snake? Well, it IS 6 AM --)
     
  20. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    So dose the snakes wood dig a grove and slow him down? That would have to be painful. :eek:
     
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