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Cable blacksmith's knife by Mitchel-Jacobsen Cable blacksmith's knife by Mitchel-Jacobsen
Forge welded out of steel cable ;)
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jackaction Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Exceptional!
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! 
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MagnusEdvarsson Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, this is beautiful!
How long did you etched it?
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
I etched it in 1-4 ratio of Ferric chloride - water. I did about 10 minutes, then took it out an polished it a bit. I did about three of these cycles.
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MagnusEdvarsson Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
I was using pure chloride and way less time. I'll try your recipe :)
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Hope it works well!
You should be able to get ferric chloride online, or possibly at an electronics store (it's used in etching circuits)
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MagnusEdvarsson Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm an electronic technician, so I had plenty at home =)
I tried as you said, but still couldn't get the same results. Perhaps it's a different steel in the cable?
I'll upload pics of the blade next weekend, so you can see.
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Hum, that's odd indeed! Maybe the cable you have is low carbon.
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MagnusEdvarsson Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hum... perhaps. I'll try again next week. I'll make a piece mixed with iron and another one with high carbon steel and see what happens. I'll let you know as soon as I get it done.
Thank you for your advice!
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Okay!
You're very welcome :)
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Californianinja Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Whoa...holy hell that looks cool.
How does it compare to a regular piece of steel in terms of toughness and hardness? It looks like there are issues with getting a consistent edge with some of those prominent seams, is that so? Also, do the seams weaken the blade, or is it more like fold-welded steel where the blade is actually strengthened by having many layers?

Either way, it's beautiful...
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

I am testing it, but it seems pretty similar to 1080-1095 in edge retention.
It's not really an issue, but there is a little divot in the edge where there was a big groove in the cable.
It's exactly like pattern welded or damascus steel. It is welded very well, so there is no strength issue, but it is purely aesthetic, there is no increased strength.

Thank you again.
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Danelli-Armouries Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hello, good job! Did you use borax for welding the cable wires or the heat was enough?
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Well, I used borax, but you can get it hotter than hell and it won't get the scale off. The borax is used to prevent scale from forming. So the heat is kind of irrelevant.

Thanks though!
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Samurai-Akita Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, that looks pretty awesome! The pattern on the blade is so cool!

By the way, what's the forge doing? Is it done?
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I like the pattern too :P

It'll never be fully finished, I'll always be adding new tools and furniture, getting rid of old ones, etc... but I do have a bench and a vice now! :)
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Samurai-Akita Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
x3 haha, I can imagine. It's just like with the artists themself. No matter how much they improved, how good they are... they allways want to become better.
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
So true!
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AnacondasSuck Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I've seen that before it's really cool!
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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Isentosamballerer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Uuuh niice. :)
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Second forge weld I did in my gas forge :)
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Tozetre Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Oh man, that's a really pretty pattern.
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Gotta love cable! It's like spider webs :D

Have you tried cable damascus?
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Tozetre Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Nah, since I switched to propane I haven't done much welding. I think I've got some cable lying around, though. I may try it in the future.
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Some propane forges can get to welding temperature. (I welded this in a propane forge) Have you checked yours?
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Tozetre Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
The setup I had wouldn't get to forging heat, but the setup I'm making in the next little while will. Also I've been working on stuff besides forging.

Ugh, so little time for smithing this year. :T At least my port-a-forge project is coming along smoothly and I might get a little more done during the week.
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Pretty cool!
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Smokey-Doodle Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Whoa!
So cool!
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Whoa! Thanks!
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Smokey-Doodle Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
It just boggles my mind how amazing it is and how simply it looks. But knowing (vaguely) the real process it seems so complicated!
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
To be honest, it's not that complex, cable damascus is fairly simple compared to regular pattern welding. Thanks!
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Smokey-Doodle Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
^-^
It's all greek to me~
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Haha, I just re read my last comment and it would seem like jibberish to someone who isn't into knife making :P
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Smokey-Doodle Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student General Artist
XD
lol, but that makes it even more cool and mysterious to us not in the knife making business~
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Mass-Murder-Refrain Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Damn, that's awesome. Is it sharpened? It doesn't look it.
How long did it take you to make?
Are you planning on wrapping the handle, cause that would be very neat.
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! It is fairly sharp, but it could use a bit of stropping. I made it in a day, and that included welding the cable. Also I wasn't working the whole day :P
I'm not, but I may in future knives like this, thanks for the suggestion!
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