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Question On Damascus...

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by Tom Stegner, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. Tom Stegner

    Tom Stegner New Member

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    I ordered some 15N20 and it is only 1/16" thick. (sorry, I'm old school and never did catch on to the metric system) I have 3 different types of carbon steel to try and bond with but they are all a different thickness from the 15N20. Will it still work? Can I double up the 15N20 to make 1/8 and layer like that? The rest of my stock is 1018 @ 1/8", 1045 @1/8" or 1084 @ 1/4". I recently made 4 throwing knives. The first 3 were made from Nicholson files and I broke the tip off all of them when I used them. I been playing with heat-treatments and trying to get it right. The fourth one I made from 2 pieces of 1084@1\4" thick. It was my very first...sorry, thats a lie...my second attempt at bonding material. First failed due to stupidity. Tried to forge together 1084 and a piece of 304 stainless. Not even close! Anyway, the throwing knife worked and still has the tip after about 30 throws. You can't even see a line between the 2 pieces I started out with. I am encouraged! Would like to try damascus but don't want to throw away material and effort for nothing. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Magnus

    Magnus New Member

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    Hi Tom,

    I've never personally doubled up 15N20 but I don't think there'd be anything wrong with it. You may also consider a san-mai/laminated knife - 1084 core with 15N20 beside it and 1018 on the outside would make a nice pattern, it's a bit easier/faster than damascus and you wouldn't have to double up the 15N20.

    Magnus
     
  3. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    Double up or triple up, I do it all the time.
     
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  4. Tom Stegner

    Tom Stegner New Member

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    Hello, I have never tried that, but then, I am doing all of this for the first time. Thanks for the feedback, will try it that way in time.
     
  5. Tom Stegner

    Tom Stegner New Member

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    OK. Will do that and thx for the input. Hopefully my steel comes this week so I can give it a try.
     

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