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I am curretly looking for two blades to use for making (assemblying) my own knives,

has any one used blades from these guys?

http://www.damascususa.com/damascus.htm

Input please before I go off and spend my hard earned cash.

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I have a Capstick African which I like very much. It hasn't had any hard use so I can't comment on its relative strengths in the field. I bought it because I like the looks of it.


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They make no mention of the steels used so it's hard to tell how practical they are .Ask them.
 
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When you get done, and making one with the double edges, with simple handle material and straight guards, send it to me to test..... Wink clap knife


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chris you are from sweden right ?

if so why would you get stuff from the us, when you have so many great craftsmen back home...

just wondering
 
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Peter, good solid question, first of it´s matter of price, I can get two blades from the states and perhaps and if I am lucky one at the same price in Sweden.

Furthermore, there is matter of style and in Sweden most blades with damascus are either not very good at all, design vise or they are to short.


I have contacted more than seven blade smiths and they wont even call back to talk about my ideas.

Perhaps it´s time I learn how to make my own blades?

Thank Peter for making me have to think why and not just were.

Best regards Chris
 
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actually it is great fun to forge your own blades, and yes you should learn how, it takes some practise.

if you need something special, i consider this guy the best in the world, bar none.

www.poulstrande.com

his prices are not the cheapest, but neither are they in the dream zone like alot of others.

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peter
 
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I saw no mention of the mix of steels used by these fellas. If not stainless (which tend not to be the mixes able to take and retain the best edges) you should be looking for a mixture something like 15N20 or L6 with 1080 to 1095 high carbon steel.

Full forging to shape does restrict some of the patterns that might be available. Is good for a random or raindrop pattern with bold lines. Not so good for ladder or multiple bar pattern welds.

Don't let the guys lead you to believe that forging is easy. Takes a lot of investment and is very labor and time intensive. It is, however, additive Wink


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I noticed these people the other day, might be a good option as well.

http://www.dick-gmbh.de/

You will want to click on the knife box which says Messer and then in the next window on the box which says Messerklingen. Sorry but I don't speak German. Perhaps one of the German speakers can help you there.


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Chris,

Believe this is Rob Charlton and recommend you give him a call to discuss steels. His brother, as I recall, forges the steel and he then makes the knives.

The blade you see below with the red duiker taken a months ago in Natal, is one of a dozen Rob made for a hunting group I belong to. It is special 1/4 inch thick (6 mm) with a sheath that rides high on your belt so even 'tho the knife is big it's out of the way as you hunt. It's a perfect AFrican knife for camp chores, cutting brush to keep a downed animal cool and hidden from vultures until the vehicle arrives and can serve to skin a large animal like a kudu or gemsbok.

Regards, Tim

 
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Wink, that link comes up in English for me.If you're talking about the Hocho knife that's laminated [three layers] not damascus.The core is ATS-34 which makes an excellent knife.The Fallkniven knives have a VG-10 core which is also excellent .Their high end blades have a core of SPGS which is really a super steel as in the TK-1 which I have.
We have a good number of fine blade steels available today which is very fortunate.The best stainless steels for blades include S30V,SGPS,154CM [ATS-34], CPM154 [RWL-34] ,D2. thumb
 
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I bought one many years ago, when they were making a series for Safari Club International; the knife is well made, but it was not sharp when I received it.
Apparently, they did not expect me to actually use it. It went back twice for sharpening before it was done right. Wink

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Georg, thanks for the info and input, also for the PM with the heads up.

Best regards to you all.

Chris
 
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Originally posted by Wink:
I have a Capstick African which I like very much. It hasn't had any hard use so I can't comment on its relative strengths in the field. I bought it because I like the looks of it.

Wink,
They indicate the Capstick African is 10"in total.
Can you tell me the length of its Blade?
 
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quote:
Originally posted by Wink:
I have a Capstick African which I like very much. It hasn't had any hard use so I can't comment on its relative strengths in the field. I bought it because I like the looks of it.

Wink,
They indicate the Capstick African is 10"in total.
Can you tell me the length of its Blade?


I'll measure it tonight.



I had to check with legal to see if my Capstick African Master Measurer license was still valid. Blade length looks like approximately pretty close to 5.123 inches.


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Since I only come to AR these days to look at the pictures, here are a couple more:

Right side:



Wrong side:



Capstick African in sheath:



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Thanks Wink.
As we both use Metric I should have asked in mm (130mm).
Nice knife anyway.
 
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I just ordered the Capstick African today with Giraffe scales. Smiler Good price for a damascus blade. Mine will see heavy use as all my blades do. I will give a report on edge holding and sharpening in late November...thats when I really "wring one out". Wink I use a steel to keep an edge on my damascus blades. It has worked good so far. I usually don't let them get too dull before sharpening. Curious to see how this blade compares to some of the more expensive damascus ones I have. More to come...
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