Cutting Damascus Sword Breaker Knife- Alec Steele

  • Published: 31 July 2019
  • Alec Steele needed help after breaking his latest project called the Sword Breaker. I have never cut damascus on the waterjet before so I was excited to help him. After tracing his design into a dxf file, I cut the knife on the waterjet in about 9 minutes. However, I wasn't happy with the bevel I cut into the blade so I had to try something new. Thank you for watching and I can't wait to show you whats next.

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Comments • 328

  • Charles Courser
    Charles Courser  8 hours back

    next time you get a file like that, take it into Illustrator and it can trace the line for you and export as a DWG/DXF, take way less time than hand tracing it.

    • Mesh
      Mesh  21 hours back

      Its amazing what that water jet can do

      • yamaha biker
        yamaha biker  21 hours back

        As of this comment, 421 morons that think they can do it better...LOL.

        • abed itani
          abed itani  1 days back

          Can the machine cut glass with out crack it ?

          • Adam Baldwin
            Adam Baldwin  3 days back

            Thank you Jason and Alex for getting me so interested in tool work and functional art! Supercool!

            • DrewMania
              DrewMania  5 days back

              If Alec Steele coulda sent you a vector graphic, you woulda been set. You can use software called Vector Magic that can convert raster to vector, but it has to be a high res raster for the quality to be decent. The software will recognize each pixel in a low res graphic and can do weird things like put janky radiuses on stuff or throw in a bunch on unnecessary vector points. It’s a last resort kinda thing, but it gets the job done in a pinch. Food for thought.

              • Phong Nguyễn
                Phong Nguyễn  6 days back

                Hay đấy

                • Songot Nayla
                  Songot Nayla  1 weeks back

                  Stgh 6

                  • ukezi
                    ukezi  2 weeks back

                    I you ever encounter something like this problem with the pixels again, I suggest to use a software with a edge detection function to convert it into a path. Inkscape works great for it and can export it into svg or dxf for your tooling.

                    • krazziee2000
                      krazziee2000  2 weeks back

                      very cool

                      • Jimmy's Tractor
                        Jimmy's Tractor  2 weeks back

                        LOVE what you have done with your channel. With your business doing awesome, it's nice to see you jumping back to some of the "fun" stuff- the stuff that we all like to do, but never have time for. We obviously all like our work, but so many of us get tunnel vision and hyper focused on business, not realizing that without the "fun" stuff, we can get burnt out. Work is so much more enjoyable when doing what you love.

                        • Delta Johnny
                          Delta Johnny  3 weeks back

                          Awesome video, machine and skills!!!! 👏👏👏👏

                          • Paramveer Chana
                            Paramveer Chana  4 weeks back

                            Loved it

                            • chuck frey
                              chuck frey  4 weeks back

                              wow unreal

                              • Ian s
                                Ian s  1 months back

                                Very cool

                                • PracticalTactical
                                  PracticalTactical  1 months back

                                  Hey there man you’re channel is awesome! Been watching your videos for a while! I was wondering about if sent you a 3-4 inch thick piece of steel and a design if you would be able to cut out a swage block for me with your water jet?

                                  • William Coley
                                    William Coley  1 months back

                                    You talk about fun. How much do people pay you to work there?

                                    • Vern C
                                      Vern C  1 months back

                                      When you said "To The Waterjet", it reminded me of the old Batman series, when Batman would say "To The Batcave!".

                                      • Tounsi Behi
                                        Tounsi Behi  1 months back

                                        Awesome video .

                                        • Hamdi Meddeb
                                          Hamdi Meddeb  1 months back

                                          pour moi l' edm découpe au fil est plus facile et efficace

                                          • Andrew C.
                                            Andrew C.  1 months back

                                            Used to work next to a standard waterjet, never seen a multi axis head equipped waterjet before- I run ram EDMs- but that right there is crazy awesome. I love how you actually cut even the edge in Z- very impressive! This opens new possibilities of fab to know that this exists. And I can appreciate the billet- I'm a blacksmith on the side.

                                            Vector files are your friends if you want stuff made nicely on a waterjet folks. Tracing like that is a pita!

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                                              • waha1979
                                                waha1979  1 months back

                                                адская машинка.

                                                • Chris Milby
                                                  Chris Milby  1 months back

                                                  Anyway I can buy the little scrap pieces that where left from the cutouts? Feel free to message me if you’d like to sell them

                                                  • jettaFarmer
                                                    jettaFarmer  1 months back

                                                    i like the evo always hanging out in the back

                                                    • Fred McIntyre
                                                      Fred McIntyre  1 months back


                                                      • Godbless Nzalika
                                                        Godbless Nzalika  1 months back


                                                        • Agung De Caprio
                                                          Agung De Caprio  1 months back

                                                          Realy awesome water jet. Am impresive👌😎

                                                          • Blood Money
                                                            Blood Money  1 months back

                                                            I guess the fact you ruined the the test piece and did your best to cover the massive deformation close to tip doesn't count as a fail. But yeah good advice a decent 20 minute grind job would have accomplished more and if you had a few hundred to pump out quality matters less in your opinion I guess and there's a sign of a shoddy craftsman. Nice job lol I will block any further videos from this channel

                                                            • Katana Seiko
                                                              Katana Seiko  1 months back

                                                              I am actually surprised to see sparks flying from a water jet.

                                                              • GooseTeamSix
                                                                GooseTeamSix  1 months back

                                                                Next video - will a water jet cut through Jeffrey epstein?

                                                                • Bulat Flyhigh
                                                                  Bulat Flyhigh  1 months back

                                                                  Is that port to plug in RJ45 cable?

                                                                  • angga setyo
                                                                    angga setyo  1 months back

                                                                    Who needs a blacksmith with hammer and mortar when you have 5 axis

                                                                    • Dholl Umber
                                                                      Dholl Umber  1 months back

                                                                      Water jet cutters are awesome , i am amazed by how clean the cut is , me like it 🖒 .

                                                                      • blech71
                                                                        blech71  1 months back

                                                                        Hope you sent the scraps back and requested. Alex to forge a little key chain pendant... Damascus is Damascus and it would look dope

                                                                        • JackSpeed 439
                                                                          JackSpeed 439  1 months back

                                                                          That’s not a Damascus billet you show. NOT EVEN CLOSE. Alec Steel makes pattern welded steel billets and forges items from that. Pattern welded steel is exactly that, dissimilar steels WELDED together to form a predetermined pattern.

                                                                          Damascus steel is WOOTZ steel that has between 0.05% and 0.1% vanadium in it and is processed in suck a way that spherical microscopic carbides layer up and that forms the pattern. A failure in the process will form dendrites that look a little similar but have none of the physical properties of Damascus Wootz steel. Wootz steel is the original name for what is called crucible steel. Just just mellenia older.

                                                                          Key differences in the pattern welded vs Damascus Wootz is hardness, sharpness, strength, durability and processing. Damascus Wootz is harder, sharper, stronger and more durable. Damascus Wootz is NEVER quenched, ever.

                                                                          This lost process was rediscovered in the early 90’s ish by a master blacksmith and his mate a boss at a steel manufacturer. They scienced the fuck out of it then experimented with techniques to get a working process, most of the time, bloody dendrites.

                                                                          So you are falsely claiming knife steel perfection when you just have a beautiful distant second place product. It’s all on YouTube. They make some using natural ore from Salidin’s original ore mine.

                                                                          • Warrior Maiden
                                                                            Warrior Maiden  1 months back

                                                                            @JackSpeed 439 •quirks eyebrow• Well, somebody is rather vociferous in their postulations...
                                                                            We know quite well that Alec is working with Pattern Welded steel. He has stated it on his channel several times that what he creates is technically pattern welding. Damascus is simply the 'slang' term for it, as it mimics the pattern of true Damascus. Wootz steel was the name of the imported ingots that were used to *create* true Damascus, not the name of the finished product. :)

                                                                          • JackSpeed 439
                                                                            JackSpeed 439  1 months back

                                                                            Blood Money . Ok no wrong. They what made it, why it worked, and exactly what makes Damascus Steel, Damascus steel. They cut ancient Damascus swords and microscopes them and did not only metallurgy testing for the final chemical make up but also tested to see HOW it physically made Damascus Wootz Steel.

                                                                            This is the proof right here

                                                                            It’s also only lost for a couple of hundred years as well but it was fading since mechanised steel production started.

                                                                            Look that video is long but it explains it all as well as how they figured it out. They also say that their process after the crucible isn’t necessarily the same as old times. But the product out of the crucible is spot on and the finished product is spot on and the process has to be tweaked for each individual ore source.

                                                                            So Damascus steel is layers of spherical carbides layered between steel and these layers give the Damascus pattern and properties that only Damascus has. This process gives the exact final product but errors in forging can deminish or destroy the Damascus.

                                                                          • Blood Money
                                                                            Blood Money  1 months back

                                                                            Nice lesson but true Damascus has been lost for millennium we (think) we know how it's made but no one even claims it is in fact damascus but thanks for the wikipedia article

                                                                        • Greg Stauber
                                                                          Greg Stauber  1 months back

                                                                          If you convert the image to a Vector image it would clean up the lines and you wouldn't have to trace anything.

                                                                          • Greg Stauber
                                                                            Greg Stauber  1 months back

                                                                            @SternLX I found a free converter a few years back that took a complex design and nailed the conversion. Granted, it took a while to find one but they are out there.

                                                                          • SternLX
                                                                            SternLX  1 months back

                                                                            Converting from JPG to Vector is still sloppy and would need cleaning up by hand... there are too many variables in a lossy JPG. 1000's of hours in PS taught me that. I've never found a JPG>Vector converter plugin that gets it perfect. It's best just to save the original working file strait to Vector. Or ask for a PSD instead of a JPG.

                                                                        • selamün aleyküm Tosunlar

                                                                          Not good have a cut in frond site of steel

                                                                          • Kenneth Phillips
                                                                            Kenneth Phillips  1 months back

                                                                            Instead of the plunge cut could you not make a command to come in from the side then continue the cut and for the end you could make sure the path of the water cutter is turning in a arch and keeping the angle at the same time you could run the program with the filler gauge first to make sure it would run right just being off set ya know I'm probably not understanding how it works just throwing some ideas out there.

                                                                            • Jurgen Ri
                                                                              Jurgen Ri  1 months back

                                                                              American dullness is incorrigible. To spoil such a blank. And no fantasy

                                                                              • Joe Leiter
                                                                                Joe Leiter  1 months back

                                                                                That was so very cool

                                                                                • jeetenz hurlollz
                                                                                  jeetenz hurlollz  1 months back

                                                                                  i really like it when youtube guys collaborate and kick ass

                                                                                  • kt adams
                                                                                    kt adams  1 months back

                                                                                    Pretty awesome!!

                                                                                    • shaun gibson
                                                                                      shaun gibson  1 months back

                                                                                      Hope this carries the Stelter touchmark when it’s finished.

                                                                                      • Salih Mahmud
                                                                                        Salih Mahmud  2 months back

                                                                                        Why is it called Damascus

                                                                                        • Jason Sisk
                                                                                          Jason Sisk  2 months back

                                                                                          Very cool

                                                                                          • Harly Davids
                                                                                            Harly Davids  2 months back

                                                                                            Zhoo Cool!!

                                                                                            • Hanz n’ Raichu
                                                                                              Hanz n’ Raichu  2 months back

                                                                                              Random knives(Karambit,Butterfly knife etc)with its blade replaced with a comb:pathetic