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allessence 08-23-2018 07:59 PM

Knife from bicycle chain..
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I wanted a new kitchen knife and i had been wanting to make one out of bicycle chain..

The chain had been hanging out in the trailer for about a year so I finally got round to it as a demo at the Bolton Fair 2 weekends ago..

It came out pretty good..

JBFab 08-23-2018 08:19 PM

Now THAT is awesome! Great work !

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milomilo 08-23-2018 10:45 PM

Supposed you could use chainsaw chain too? I have a few I could practice on when I get the forge built.

Dave Lee 08-23-2018 11:31 PM

Very nice indeed. I don't think it'll fit on a sprocket anymore, though.;)


Samcord 08-24-2018 01:17 AM

It weel keel.

Looks like forged in fire might be done for the season.

Samcord 08-24-2018 01:20 AM

Is the handle zebra wood?

Matt Shade 08-24-2018 07:10 AM

That's awesome, the pins are a really nice touch :cool:

allessence 08-24-2018 07:27 AM

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Dave, No, it won't fit the sprocket anymore.. which is probably a good thing.. It was well worn and rusty as ti was pulled from a scrapped bike.. :)

Chris, yes chainsaw chain will work also.. It's just a little harder to keep everything where it belongs..

This chain was welded once. Then folded and welded again.. This allows for a very clean pattern and it only contains the chain.. There is no filler plate or the like..

Samcord, the wood is Bacote.. It was some I had left from the last Colonial knife build...

Matt, Its kinda a neat detail.. It takes a trained eye to notice the difference between composite pins and then Damascus pins..

Here is a better picture of the pattern in the blade..

Brian C. 08-24-2018 09:05 AM


Originally Posted by milomilo (Post 719272)
Supposed you could use chainsaw chain too? I have a few I could practice on when I get the forge built.

You can indeed. I used to hang out with a smith from Zanesville, Oh who made all of his blades from forge welded chainsaw chain.

allessence 08-24-2018 10:29 AM

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The problem with forging chain (bicycle, motorcycle or chainsaw types) is you lose the pattern as it will get washed out while trying to get it all to stay together without voids..

This is the other half of the chain and contains the same amount of chain..

There was no losses associated with this type of work as I forge welded it down into a solid bar, Then folded it once in half.. The point of the bend is the tip of the knife..

This gave the pattern shown.. Which is pretty neat as it's pretty hard to get such a clean billet welded up with only 1 fold..

Ideally going for 2 folds or 4 layers would have given me a billet with less surface blems but it would have washed out the pattern more..

I wanted a really open pattern to offer the neat contrast... yOU can actually see the links.. :)

There is so much that can be done, the sky is the limit..

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