89 thoughts on “Tada!! My first damascus blade! + UPDATE!

  1. Cederq

    It would look nice with Runic and Viking and Pagan symbols on it…. What ya gonna do with it once finished/ hang it over your fireplace mantel?

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      1. Unfuck U

        It’s not my first knife and it’s not the first time I’ve made damascus steel.
        I made some (very poor) damascus before just with hammer and anvil.
        But maybe I will keep it anyway since it seems like I’ve botched the etching process.
        I don’t know yet because I don’t have all the tools for surface treatment at home.

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      1. Ssndy

        I fear that the majority of your male readers only see the industrial, mechanical nature of what you are undertaking. But what you are doing is pure artistry and poetry in motion.

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      2. Unfuck U

        Awww…
        To me it’s akin to meditation.
        What’s funny though are different results when listening to different music or audio books.
        I found that medieval music (especially music from the gothic era) or audio books with stories written by JRR Tolkien inspire me most.

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      3. Cederq

        I beg to contradict you Miss Sandy, “Majority of Male Readers” do indeed see beauty, truth and the power in steel and what a artist in the metallurgical arts can achieve. True, we appreciate industrial applications and witness it’s pure mechanical form and the poetry that of a fine honed appliance, but that is it’s core strength and desirability… You don’t own or possess what man creates you are it’s companion.

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  2. Johno

    Good on you, Unfuck. But what is that hairy thing blocking the view, one of your imported labourers from eastern Europistan?

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    1. Cederq

      What I want to know is why Un has a copper tube coming out of his head hooked to a machine with Angels on it? Is Un a Cyborg now?

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      1. Sandy

        No. I found what you wrote to be quite eloquent and beautifully put. Even if you were chastising me.

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      2. Cederq

        I would never chastise you my dear, agree to disagree yes, know that we have different tastes and beliefs, but never chastise. To be at friendly odds with someone is quite stimulating…. I discovered at an early age to really whoo the girls you didn’t need an Adonis body, not that it hurts but bore down into their inner woman by words backed by deeds and actions, words and how you frame them, how you caress their intelligence, their intrigue.

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  3. Sandy

    I henceforth agree to disagree whenever possible. I too enjoy a lively, spirited discourse and find it stimulating.

    Since I don’t want to hi-jack Unfucks comment section, I leave you with this:

    -safe travels my friend. If you go dark on us, please check in. I was worried about you.

    -didn’t respond to your last comment to me over at Phil’s cause I didn’t want to piss him off or alienate him. Cause you know he’s my main squeeze! Your comment was “fuck you, pay me”. My response would have been “ I got to admit the truth. It turned me on”.

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    1. Cederq

      Oh my dear, you will have to learn you can not piss off our esteemed tool nerd leader… unless you are a slime sucking uber troll that slams him, his acolytes, and is a contemptible jerk off. Other then that it is free willey over there. You ought to see some of the stuff Death and I have posted in the past, make your short and curlys stand tall and proud…

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      1. Sandy

        I do believe I might be a contemptible jerk off.

        Have you checked your email? Might want to check your spam/junk mail.

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      2. Cederq

        An email? You sent one to me? I had a couple hundreds of them by the time I got back and I read every one and yes I do check my spam file in case one shows there and I didn’t get one from you. Did ya click on the dog? Or get it from Death or Phil?

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      1. Johno

        Herr Unfuck, forget the spear for now. I want to see your interpretation of the classical multi-use European edged battle weapon, the halberd. Can you create such an implement?

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      2. Unfuck U

        I did once a restoration for the local museum over here so, yes, I know how that thing looks like.
        Unfortunately I have to disappoint you lad. I can’t yet. I’m still lacking the craftsmanship for creating a halberd the way they did in the 15th century.

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  4. Johno

    Miss Sandy, I had a wasted trip south to Brisbane, no surgery. However, I’m heading back next week to have the retina and macular reattached. So you’d better put out a red alert on the Nurse Network to look out for me. You’re probably not old enough to have seen boys’ comics, or were interested, but up to the ’70s they had ads on the back pages for X-RAY SPECS (complete with cartoon image of a leering boy peering through a woman’s clothes to her undies). I’ll bet at least two of the correspondents here bought some (dirty little boys!). I’m gonna get an implant like that, but one that I can turn off, as there are some things that one just doesn’t want to see.

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    1. Sandy

      Best of luck to you next week Johno. Keep us posted. If I knew any nurses out your way, I would certainly warn them of your lecherous ways. 😉

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    2. Cederq

      I know I got those comics and yes the sick demented sex fiend that I am I ordered the glasses and sadly i was disappointed, no undies or even bare skin…

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      1. Johno

        Herr Doktor Unfuck, you’d better advise your Qld. Health colleagues that yes, I do need ophthalmic treatment. I read ‘seax’ as spear, my vision deteriorates quite quickly when reading much text. Although, maybe it is after reading Nurse Sandy’s titillating comments?

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    1. Cederq

      Yuppers…. it is Kevin Cederquist, hence kevcederquist. I have had that email address for a very long time when you could have only so many lower case letters and no numerals or punctuation. Can you resend it?

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  5. Cederq

    Johno, I know some male nurses that still work at the Behavioral Unit at Oregon State Prison that would lend their tender care and mercies for your convalescence… of course they have their own 4 point restraints, gag cup and spit mask I am sure they would be glad to demonstrate on you.

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      1. Sandy

        Sorry Unfuck! Cederq has sullied your esteemed blog. He’s a very, very, very bad influence.

        Yes Cederq, I just threw you under the bus!

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      2. Cederq

        Well as long as your were naked so I at least got and got an eyeful… But I sullied it long ago, so UnF is use to it and tolerates it. As long as I don’t call him a German I can stick around and make a further ass of myself at his merriment…

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      3. Unfuck U

        The more I read your comments the better I understand your profile picture.
        I bet that creature lifted his leg at every corner just to piss onto something a little more.

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      4. Cederq

        Actually that creature was called Elenior and a female… no lifting of leg, but she did sit a lot and stick her tongue out.

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      5. Cederq

        All my dogs have liked beer. A couple of horses and a mule I rode liked beer too… Elenior just loved chili and would try to steal it away, gave her terrible gas believe me…

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      6. Sandy

        Naked is good. Do that often. We don’t have a naked room, (Failure to launch), we have a naked house now that we are empty nesters.

        And my beloved, esteemed father was half Austrian, so I get that.

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      7. Unfuck U

        geez – now you shocked me.
        But I calmed down fast calculating I couldn’t have left an offspring your age back in the days…

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  6. Johno

    Oh, shame, I do like silky curls on redheads. Miss Sandy, you do realise the damage you’re doing to Cederq? He has probably had to report to the ED, after pulling his stitches, while pulling… As for Deathray, even though he pretends to be out hunting big game, he is now hunting beaver at the North Bumfuck library, after reading your comment. Frau Unfuck is probably saving €$€, not having to buy those blue pills, after Herr Unfuck took time to look in his inbox.

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  7. Johno

    Thanks Unfuck. I hope that I can fly back, I won’t fancy a 1,000 mile trip by rail (if I have gas/oil in the eye afterwards). Queensland is quite a large, sgarsely populated state.

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  8. Johno

    Unfuck, it would help if I had any knowledge of metallurgy, if I knew what I was talking about: with your pattern welding, could you successfully join a carbon steel with a stainless steel alloy? Surely there are such steels that, despite their disparate cosmetic properties, share enough metallurgy to meld together under the pressure that your forge has? If so, this should provide a blade stock of a radical contrast between layers of the steel. It’s just an idea, I’ve no idea how practical, but could make rather a Teutonic statement in steel.

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    1. Unfuck U

      Nickel is the key. Carbon steel containing higher amounts in nickel make that shiny, bright color in damascus steel. The dark color usually is a high carbon steel.
      If you weld stainless steel to high carbon steel you’ll get a disaster – a knife you can literally watch rusting away.
      There is stainless damascus steel though.
      I couldn’t make it because its heat treatment is quite demanding: a long rest at very high temperatures for which one needs a special (and expensive) oven.

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      1. Cederq

        UnF, that oven you mentioned, a long rest at very high temps, doesn’t heat treating, annealing has to have that high temp and then slowly the heat is reduced until the metal is at ambient room temp? Is that what you mean? Do you ever heat treat with salts?

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      2. Unfuck U

        Yeah I just looked it up again. I wrongly assumed the same annealing method like it is used with regular high carbon steel. Heat treatment of stainless steel is quite different and one needs to have very special equipment to do that with some hope for success.
        Since high carbon steel has a far better performance and is so much easier to heat treat I’m not even considering working with stainless steel.
        Regarding heat treatment with salts:
        Nope. I don’t do this and I don’t see me doing it in the foreseeable future.
        I know that molten salt heat treatment gives the blade smith very precise temperature control plus one avoids oxidation BUT these baths do explode quite easily and any leakage of such a bath would be a perfect disaster in my shop.
        Plus it would be something I would also very carefully have to learn – and I really want to become a masterly blade smith and not a masterly theoretician of blade smithing 😀

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      3. Cederq

        While living in Oregon I became friends with an older couple while working as a nurse, they had a sandwich shop the wife ran and in behind the the shop the husband had a Tin Smithery. He fashioned reproduction early 18th century tin appliances and civil war military kits, mess kits, canteens, tin boxes, scabbards, ornaments, oil lamps what have you, anything that was made from tin he could do. I helped in in layout of patterns, cutting tin and he was teaching me tin brazing. He wanted me to come on as an apprentices and learn his trade and my regret to this day that I didn’t chuck my nursing to a back burner and do it. I was heading up a medical unit and was being promoted and thought I could not adequately be a nurse and spend the time learning what I now know would be useful and an rewarding hobby/home business man working at a skill that will be back in demand soon…

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      4. Cederq

        Another question surfaced, what kind oven? electric, induction or some kind of gas oven?

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      5. Unfuck U

        For hardening I simply use my gas forge.
        For annealing I have a small electric oven like you might find in a mobile home.

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  9. Johno

    So Unfuck, when you’ve progressed in your smithy status, are you going to lay on a barbecue for the inmates, with a whole wild boar and haunches of venison taken from the von U forest, and roasted to a turn in your forge? I feel that we deserve an invite to such a feast, after your extended holiday, dabbling with knives and other blades.

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    1. Unfuck U

      hm… alright.
      Come by for a visit any time you like.
      Oh, and don’t forget bringing a sandwich along.
      You can toast it in my small gas forge 😀

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  10. Johno

    So, Unfuck, the Austrians are into cultural appropriation, eh? I’m sure that the Earl of Sandwich would not deny you the use of his intellectual property, so long as you dedicate one of your seax designs in his name. I don’t mind a toasted Vegemite sanger meself, thanks.

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    1. Unfuck U

      If there’s any appropriation it is of the culinary kind – but even that is questionable considering that there’s edible ball bearing fat called Vegemite.
      A culinary cardinal sin.

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  11. Johno

    Truth be told, Unfuck, most of your inmates would be only interested in the river of beer, and the serving wenches providing it. Just make sure they aren’t the sort that you last pictured, frolicking about in your biergarten!

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  12. Johno

    Hah, you Teutons, with your sauerkraut and dodgy wursts, dare belittle our tasty yeast extract. If it wasn’t for your redhead Frauleins, we’d still be using your Stahlhelmen for target practice. Your neighbours to the north, with fermented herring are even worse, yuck! Lucky for them, they’ve some top-heavy blondes, or nobody would play with the Vikings. Your western neighbours, in their sopping wet island, try to copy the Aussies with their pale imitations, Marmite and Parwil. If you want to taste gastronomic abominations, Unfuck, look no further.

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      1. Cederq

        No, the crap that Brits eat that has smoochy raisin in a pudding like substance that I would not call pudding. I am sure dick cheese is what it is really made of… so you may be more right then we both care to agree on.

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      2. Unfuck U

        In Belgium they seem to have the same issue.
        Not to mention Australia.
        Is there anything worth eating besides kangaroo?

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  13. Johno

    It was, was it, Cederq? I’m so glad that you enjoyed a traditional Pommy dish, maybe try some blood pudding next? Our Teuton friend would probably mix jellied tripe with it, pack it into a piece of intestine donated from some Austrian farm animal, and call it Wurst. Mind you, that couldn’t be any wurst than a haggis. The culinary escapades that the Europeans get up to with some animal’s bits and pieces, they’re just offal!

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  14. Johno

    You two prattling on about smegma! Every time I see that somebody has spent up big on the Italian SMEG kitchen appliances, dick cheese comes to mind. Of course, people just don’t appreciate it when you point out that connection!

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      1. Johno

        Considering that women do get it too, I choose not to take unbrage at that. But it was close, Unfuck.

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