Solid state diffusion bonded damascus steel and its role within custom knifemaking.

HORNE, Grace. (2006). Solid state diffusion bonded damascus steel and its role within custom knifemaking. Doctoral, Sheffield Hallam University (United Kingdom)..

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This thesis describes practice-based research that applied new technology to an ancient process of laminating metals for blades and explored the application of the new possibilities to a craft context. This research built on work by Ferguson on solid-state diffusion bonded Mokume Gane by moving from metal combinations suitable for vessel-making to metal combinations suitable for knife-making. Solid-state diffusion bonding1 is well established within industry. This research applied the industrial process to a craft based setting, and explored the bonding of metals with very dissimilar properties; ferrous and non-ferrous metals, hard and soft, high and low melting points. The materials included in this study were stainless and carbon steel, iron, nickel, vanadium and silver. The characteristics of the carbon steel and silver laminates were explored further by knifemakers, including heat-treating, forging, machining, flex and pattern creation. Analysis of the knifemakers feedback showed that the steel/silver metal was of interest to makers who machined or ground their blades rather than relying on forging.The study used a multi-method approach. The two broad researchquestions were; Is it possible to make a damascus steel using solid-state diffusion bonding that would be impossible using traditional techniques? And would the results be worth the work? Although carried out mainly within a craft setting the investigation is highly metallurgical in subject matter. The methodology was developed to reflect this crossing of subject areas and answer the research questions outlined above. The results are communicated through this thesis and a documentation of an exhibition of the work produced by the researcher and other selected knifemakers.The research produced a coherent composite of steel and pure silver and successfully produced a number of knives using the material.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Thesis advisor - Fisher, Thomas
Additional Information: Thesis (Ph.D.)--Sheffield Hallam University (United Kingdom), 2006.
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Hallam Doctoral Theses
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 17:20
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2021 13:07

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