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Meeting 2016 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Bladesmithing Symposium 2016
Presentation Title Characterization and Thermomechanical Processing of a Modified Skinner Knife with Modern Pattern Welded Steel
Author(s) Rachel Guarriello
On-Site Speaker (Planned) Rachel Guarriello
Abstract Scope For the 2015 Bladesmithing challenge, students from the University of Florida formed a team and partnered with former UF faculty member and bladesmith, Stephen Bloom, to create a blade. He invited us to his forge to teach the team the history and processes that go into forging a blade, walking through each step starting with choosing materials through the formation and shaping of the wooden handle, giving a very hands-on experience. In the spirit of the competition and historical accuracy, we chose to create a curve-backed blade, a knife that’s popular for hunting or skinning. Modern Damascus steels are more accurately referred to as pattern-welded steels. Today’s alloys prevent the need to layer and weld different steels to achieve the desired mechanical properties. However, bladesmiths still utilize these techniques for their visual appeal. The excellent demonstrations and guidance allowed the team to independently forge the blade from start to finish.
Proceedings Inclusion? Undecided


A New Decorative Steel: Cryo-quenched Fe-Ni-Cr Alloy Single Crystals
A Study on the Reproduction of Genuine Damascus Steel Blades
Accumulative Roll Bonding
Characterization and Thermomechanical Processing of a Modified Skinner Knife with Modern Pattern Welded Steel
Characterization of the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AEB-L Stainless Steel through Different Heat Treatments
Connections: Superplasticity, Damascus Steels, Laminates, the Giza Pyramid, and Carbon Dating
Forging and evaluation of non-ferrous blades
From Ore to More: Bloom to Blade
Going Berserk: The Making of a Viking Sword
Heat Treatment Optimization and Fabrication of a 440C Knife
JJ-1: Experimenting with Damascus Steel: Forging and Metallurgical Characterization
Making the First Sword
Material Design, Processing, and Characterization of Hand-Forged 5160 Spring Steel Sword
Optimization of Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Knife Blade Alloys
Pattern Welded Steel Using Commercially Available Steel
Simulated Meteoric Blade
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Bladesmithing Team
The Creation of the Sword “Berkelium” through Authentic Saxon Sword Manufacturing Techniques
University of North Texas Bladesmithing Submission

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