Knapped “Lascaux” Small Push Dagger Part 3 – Shishiaibori Technique

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It’s time to begin the shishiaibori carving process.  Above is the design transferred to the titanium scales.  I use a laser printer on kitchen/cooking parchment and damar varnish transfer method.

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Step 1:  I begin engraving with a Lindsay Universal graver (116 degree V-graver), and make as deep a cut as I can.  I’m using a Lindsay Classic with Palm Control and tungsten piston for maximum power.

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Above is a close up of the 116 degree Universal graver cuts.

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Step 2:  Recut the same lines again, but this time I use a 90 degree V-graver.  Again, I cut as deep as I can WITHOUT widening the first set of wide graver cuts.  Above, you can see the difference between the 116 degree cuts (left of the blue arrow) and the 90 degree graver cuts (right of the blue arrow).

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Above, a closeup of the 90 degree graver cuts.

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Here, you can see the 116 degree cuts on the left image, and the 90 degree cuts on the right.

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Step 3:  I use an onglette graver to continue deepening the cuts.  Again, I’m cutting as deep as I can without widening the previous cuts.  Above, you can see the 90 degree cuts to the left of the blue arrow,and the onglette cuts to the right of the blue arrow.

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And, here, you can see a close up of the onglette cuts.

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Above, all three steps together – 116 degree graver on the left, 90 degree graver in the center, and the onglette cuts on the right side.  Next, we’ll begin to carve the interiors of the cuts with flat gravers and begin the 3D-ish part of the shishiaibori process.

Thanks for Looking!

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