Damascus marking knife

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Project by dreadhead posted 01-07-2011 09:36 PM 3921 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted any projects in a while, because I have been busy making, & going to school. But Im still on LJ daily checking out everyone else’s pieces. I will start posting them soon as I Get all my pictures rounded up.

This marking knife was a collaboration between my friend ryan and I, he is a much better blade-smith than myself. The blade was heated up in a forge we built a few months back. It is a couple hundred layer damascus steel, all hand forged. I than shaped the blade cold by hand with files and water-stones. formed a bevel, and got that baby square. Than to reveal all the layers of different steel, the blade was etched in ferric Chloride. After staring at the etched blade for a few hours, I decided to make a handle. The handle is made from a piece of cocobolo, and the blade is secured with small copper tubes. Its light weight, balanced, and it feels amazing in my hand. The whole project took 3 nights! Another variation will be made soon for ryan.

Also, “Dreadhead” no longer applies, I cut off my dreads a few weeks ago, after 2 and a half years of growth :( I had to change it up. Dreads will come back one day! when I’m 40. IF I still have hair :O

-- - Marco

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#1 posted 01-07-2011 09:39 PM


Fantastic piece of work !

So … are you a DeadHead ? Would be a pretty easy transition—just … one little “r” ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 01-07-2011 09:47 PM

that is sweet!

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#3 posted 01-07-2011 09:55 PM

That is a great looking marking knife – Almost too good to use..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 10:06 PM

This is a very stylish piece of kit. Founded on solid materials and construction. A quality post, Marcus.

As for the dreads. I was a punk in the late 70’s, early 80’s and think I might go back to spiked hair one day, perhaps to freak the other inmates when I go into a retirement home. Your never too old.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 01:21 AM

absolutely beautiful fusion of two crafts :)
love the grain of the metal on this piece.

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 01:28 AM

Beautiful marking knife you made there.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 01:43 AM

beautiful knife. Damascus steel looks amazing, it must be so satisfying to make your own blades!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 01-08-2011 01:44 AM

Nice blade and handle!

About the hair, plain long hair is far easier to maintain (mine is 60 centimeters, give or take)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#9 posted 01-08-2011 02:41 AM

Your marking knife looks like old school Japanese tool making

the Japanese metalworking shows the same graining. My mom use to work at the Higgins Armory located in Worcester, Massachusetts. and one of the museum workers explained how a Samaria sword blade was made by folding the metal over 500 times, this what I think of every time I see workmanship like this.

Great Job.


-- Craine, Jackson, MI

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#10 posted 01-08-2011 03:00 AM

Wonderful work, like has been posted the grain and markings on both are very fine ! (no dreads ? hmm..could always go back on weekends, seen those ball caps with the attachments ? ;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#11 posted 01-08-2011 06:29 AM

Wow,that is a very nice piece of work….

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#12 posted 01-08-2011 06:31 AM

Beautiful work!

Maybe you should market them.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 01-08-2011 07:03 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

-- - Marco

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#14 posted 01-08-2011 11:44 PM

Hey Marco! Quality work dude. I’m slightly jealous, but in a good way! We have a knifemaker in our area who does the most amazing things with the Damascus steel he forges.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#15 posted 03-15-2011 11:05 AM

love it

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