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Butterbean

Zubeng Forge Hunting Knife

I just received a gift of a new hunting knife made by Master Chen who is a master sword maker.  I haven't put it to much use but I'm very impressed so far.  Can't say I've ever used a steel such as this.  Its sortof a damascus steel only much heavier.  It also supposedly gets sharper with use.   Deer season is only a few weeks away.



Here is something interesting showing the sharpness of the blade.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIHEN3Lq7tA&feature=related
bodger

What length blade is that BB?
HonkHonk

That looks like a nice tool there mate.
TokaS

a good edge too by the looks of that video!

atb
sod

Very nice one too
Woodsmoke

It's a beauty! Reminds me a bit of a skinning knife my father brought back from Canada for me years ago...............that knife lasted me over 20 years before it finally gave up the ghost. Hope this one lasts you as long mate  
dtalbot

Re: Zubeng Forge Hunting Knife

Butterbean wrote:
.  It also supposedly gets sharper with use.  


Were they selling snake oil as well??? Seriously though stunning knife you have there
Butterbean

The blade is 4.5 inches.  What gets me about it is the heaviness of the blade itself.  I'll be interested to see how this matches up against my Case.
Butterbean

Re: Zubeng Forge Hunting Knife

dtalbot wrote:
Butterbean wrote:
.  It also supposedly gets sharper with use.  


Were they selling snake oil as well??? Seriously though stunning knife you have there


Yeah, the jury is out on that but this is what the person who gave it to me told me so there was no sales pitches.  He told me this is different from what I'm accustomed to.  From what I gather, its a type of damascus steel and if/when it does get dull you are not to put it on a regular stone but you should put it on two seperate grits of sandpaper.  The edge doesn't feel that sharp but it will shave you.  It actually feels too thick to be sharp but it is.  Whether use hones the blade like they say ... I don't know yet and I'll have to see it to believe it but I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth too closely either.
dtalbot

Fine sand paper on something like a mouse mat makes a good home for convex grinds
Butterbean

That's exactly how the fella told me to do it.  So what's the deal with this?  Is it the steel or the shape of the blade?  And what makes it so sharp even though it feels dull?
Woodsmoke

If it's a form of Damascus, regular use will wear the softer alloys on the outside of the blade surface & expose the harder inner core............if I remember right, true Damascus is made by 'folding' the various steels & alloys over & over again during the forging process, & this is what gives it it's unique properties as well as the gorgeous patterning. Modern methods involve pattern welding & crucible forging, although I'm not up to speed on exactly how these processes work  

(incidentally Damascus gun barrels were made in a similar way I think, but by wrapping wire around a mandrel before forging the metal)
daddymatty82

where can i get a knife like this?
Butterbean

Sorry, I really don't know.  It was a gift from someone who visits the east from time to time so I don't know how they came by it exactly.  Here is their website I'm sure this would be a good place to start.

http://www.zubengforge.com/index.html

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