I am a newly registered user, and this is my first post. I am
looking forward to reading your contributions and leveraging the
wealth of info you have accumulated collectively.
My name is Joss Delage, I am a hobbyist knifemaker (and very junior
at that...) I have lived in Seattle for the last 3 years,
previously was in NC, and I am originally from France. I work full
time for Amazon.com as a product manager.
One of my short term goal is to produce mokume gane, to use for
knife fittings, etc. For a variety of reasons, I would like to first
become proficient with billets made of 2 or more of the following:
bronze, brass, copper, and nickel silver. I have read - with
pleasure and interest - Steve Midgett's book, but I have a few
questions left. Most of my concerns relate to the fact that for
knifemaking, the requirements often call for larger billets than for
1) I will use an electric kiln; is 1,500F the right firing
temperature for those alloys?
2) Is there an optimal stacking order for those copper alloys, i.e.,
are there alloys that should or not be in contact with each others?
Or does it not matter?
3) Is there an optimal thickness - gauge? - for the metal sheets?
4) Is there an optimal thickness for the stack, other than the
necessity to exercise pressure on the entire surface? The stacks
that are depicted in Steve's book seem quite small for knifemaking
applications - could they be made larger (wider & thicker)? Or
would it be advisable to make several small billets, forge them down,
and weld them together?
Thank you all for your help!