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Forging Kimberlin Wormwood Damascus Steel

Blacksmithing, Knife-makingEric KimberlinComment

Here are a few photos I snapped on my iPhone during my very first experience making damascus. I created a billet for a forth coming project collaboration. (More to come in a future post.) My mind was blown by the beautiful processes of this art form. I'm definitely hooked and want to learn more.

I hope that maybe these photos will encourage someone to start forging themselves and carry on these old traditions of craftsmanship. A special thanks to David Lisch of Studio 4 Forge and Bhakti Sa for sharing their time and wisdom with me.

Early morning shop light.

Tap, tap, tap! Stacked steel prepped for welding. It's really important to make sure that these layers are clean of rust and other types of impurities. The vice helps eliminate any gaps before the weld.


First initial weld to hold all 41 layers of steel together.

Time to heat this entire chunk of steel up so that borax can be sprinkled on the main surface area.

The melted borax significantly helps wash out the oxides and other impurities. The goal is to have the cleanest possible forge weld on this first pass.

Back into the forge.

Now it's time to forge weld. Taking things nice and easy and making sure the steel stays hot is crucial.

After each pass under the hydraulic press, the old scale or slag must be scraped off before going back into the forge. (Goes without saying, proper eyewear and gloves should be worn at all times.)

Once your forge weld is good, it's time to begin stretching out the billet. This is done so it can be cut into even chunks, stacked and welded together so the whole process can begin again.

Bhakti inspecting the billet to make sure it has proper form before letting it cool down.

Bhakti's billet (left) and mine (right). We aimed to do achieve a laddered W pattern with this project.

Surface grinding before cutting the billet into equal parts. Afterwards the pieces are cleaned up even more individually on a belt grinder.

First cut.

Measuring the 2nd and 3rd cut.

Stacked and ready for another weld to hold them all in place.

Ready to go back into the forge.

Quick math so far on this billet:

41 original layers

forged into 1 billet that was cut and stacked into 4 equal layers

after today, the billet will be 

164 layers thick

Starting all over again, just like like the first time.


Introducing pressure on the corners and certain areas helps set the stage for the pattern we want to achieve in our final piece.

Like woodgrains, the steel begins to show beautiful distinctive layers.

Time to let the billet cool down again before starting the process all over once more.

Cut into 4 equal pieces and after being cleaned up on a belt grinder.

The forge getting up to temperature.

The billet has been welded together once more and is ready to go into the forge.

The final math for this billet looks like this:

41 original layers

forged into 1 billet that was cut and stacked into 4 equal layers and forged again, the result:

164 layers thick

forged into 1 billet that was cut and stacked into 4 equal layers and forged again, the result:

after today, the billet will be 

656 layers thick

Waiting for the steel to get hot enough to begin the last stages of this project.

Time to let the billet cool so the ridges on the surface can be ground down. It's a crucial and intentional part of forming this damascus pattern.

Ridges on the surface have been ground down and it's ready for final flattening.

David Lisch demonstrating how the billet is forged to its final shape. Pretty awesome to watch him in his element.

Here's the final result of my very first damascus steel project. You can see a glimpse of what the pattern might look like once it's made into a knife or pocket tool.

I like the name Wormwood and think it fits.

Making My First Knife

Pocket CarryEric KimberlinComment

I've been hitting the sketchbooks hard the last few weeks. My heart is ready for a new creative leap forward. Never thought I'd be considering apprenticing with a master blacksmith – but in order to make the pocket tools and knives I've started imagining, I want to understand the metal in a way that will only come from many hours of forging, heat and patience.

Here's to admitting I don't know a whole lot about knife-making or blacksmithing yet, but the passion to create is undeniable. Here's to casting fears aside. Here's to showing up to learn something new and putting your whole heart into it.

Here's to making my first knife.

It all begins with a steel blank. 

Shaping the knife profile.

Finished profile, ready for heat treat.

Prepping the metal for a molten salt bath before going into the heat treat oven.

My knife took a nap while it bathed in the molten spa for a few minutes.

Heat treated and ready to begin grinding.

Applying the initial 45 degree cutting angle.

Let the grinding begin!

David Lisch showing us how a master does it.

First attempt at grinding a test blank. Once I finished one end, I flipped it around and went at it a second time.

First grinding the basic area of where the final cutting edge will be.

The end result and my very first knife ever.

Prometheus Writes: The Alpha Pen

Pocket CarryEric KimberlinComment

A Premium 3-piece Executive Pen

Every Alpha Pen is precision crafted to the highest possible standards. Designed from the ground up to complement only the Montblanc Fineliner cartridge or the Montblanc Rollerball cartridge. This means no extra parts to lose, no fiddly springs, a thread-in cartridge, and components that fit like a German car door.

Special Edition: Brass Alpha Pen




From Jason's notes: "So, why do I want to make a pen? 

I manufacture my own high-end LED flashlights, but I'm also a huge pen fanatic. I have bought nearly every pen I've seen in search of the ultimate writing experience. When I discovered the Montblanc Starwalker (with Fineliner cartridge) I lost interest in searching for the ultimate pen...because I thought I'd found it. 

I used to think of a pen as one item, "a pen," but after looking at Montblanc prices I realized a pen was really two pieces, a cartridge ($7) and a holder ($320-$15,000). I was really in love with the cartridge, and realized wanted to make my own pen to hold it.

Precision that's not marketing hype. I don't deal in hype. I machine precision parts for a living and you can (and should) expect world-class craftsmanship. If you are buying a pen that is machined, you are going to feel the difference when it's designed and manufactured by a machinist! 

I know it's not cheap to order this pen...and that's because you get what you pay for... just like your dad told you. It represents the real cost of manufacturing quality goods, in small volume, right here in the USA. The Alpha won't be for everyone, but if you know quality and demand the best (right down to the screws) this pen is for you.

Why the 3-piece design? 

Because the 3-piece executive is a classic. Because I love the ceremony of the screw cap. Because they just feel like a pen should. No gimmicks, no tricks, just simple and purposeful. It's like drawing a sword, and you know what they say about pens and swords. 

For me, the writing experience is about feel. The feel of the pen in hand and the stroke on paper. Period. I love the way a Montblanc writes (I do actually have one) but I don't carry it around because I like to fly under the radar. So, it sits in a pouch on my desk, which is sad. I like to own things that I actually use, otherwise why own them? 

The Fineliner cartridge ($7) sports a fiber tip, but it's very firm and doesn't break down over time like a marker. The fiber tip allows differing pressure and angle to vary the stroke weight. It writes a lot like a fountain pen, but without all the hassle. It's phenomenally smooth. I make a lot of people try my pen, just to see their reaction, and people are blown away. When's the last time you were blown away by a pen? 

The Montblanc Rollerball (if ball-point is how you roll) is the exact same price and size as the Fineliner so you can choose that if you like. It's a great cartridge too, but it won't freak your mind."

How a Brass Alpha Pen is made:

1 of 3: Turning pen grip.

2 of 3: Turning pen body.

3 of 3: Finishing pen body.

Wilder Candles: Kimberlin Co. x Juniper Ridge

New Arrivals, Spoon Ring, Home Goods, CollaborationsEric KimberlinComment

In collaboration with Juniper Ridge, wilderness fragrance distillery legend, we introduce several one-of-a-kind candle experiences. Discover a Kimberlin Co. spoon ring inside every Wilder Candle!

Pacific Northwest coastal forests in a natural soy wax candle. 


Warm ginger, spicy Cedar, driftwood, citrus, deep conifer forest, mountains and rivers without end.


Evergreen forest, snowmelt, bright citrus, the Timberline Trail on Oregon’s Mt. Hood, where Fir and Pine give way to ice-age glaciers.

*Essential oils by Juniper Ridge are wildcrafted from plants, conifers, bark, moss, mushrooms, and other things found hiking in the backcountry using steam-distillation, enfleurage, tincture and infusion.

9 oz. / 250g

About 40 hours of burn time.

1 oz. essential oil inside every Wilder Candle!

Hand-poured in small batches.
Seattle, Washington

December Holly

Eric KimberlinComment

December's birth flower is holly. Representing truth, defense, domestic happiness and commonly referenced during Christmas time. In many western cultures, holly is a traditional Christmas decoration used especially in wreaths and illustrations. The species are evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, and climbers from tropics to temperate climates. 

7 Wonders of Washington

New Arrivals, PatchesEric KimberlinComment

We've made a list of some of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest and we're calling them The 7 Wonders of Washington.

We invite you not only to see them with your own eyes, but to experience them. Visit them in person to smell, taste, hear, and feel some of the most gorgeous scenic vistas the State of Washington has to offer.

Explore the 7 Wonders of Washington. 

Wonder Worthy: Vance Creek Bridge

Patches, New ArrivalsEric KimberlinComment


The first in an upcoming series of "Wonder Worthy" locations in Washington

IMPORTANT: Vance Creek Bridge is closed to the public. 
Green Diamond Resource Company has posted many signs around the surrounding area stating:


The Vance Creek Bridge (#thatnwbridge), was built by the Simpson Logging Company in 1929 and abandoned in the 1980’s along with its neighbor the High Steel Bridge, a few miles away.

The bridge spans over 400 feet long and stands a staggering 347 feet high making it one of the highest railway arch bridges ever built in the United States. The rail line functioned as a network for not only lumber transportation, but also to shuttle personnel in and out of the remote logging camps. 

Its located deep in the forests of Skokomish Valley on Washington State’s Olympic peninsula and it is absolutely wonder worthy.

Glacier Wool Pennants

New Arrivals, Home GoodsEric KimberlinComment

Hand-sewn from genuine Pendleton® wool.



pennant - [ˈpenənt] ∙ noun
a long, tapering flag of distinctive form and special significance, born on naval vessels and used in signaling, for identification or achievement.

Approximately 10" x 28.5" inches.

Raw edge is surged with identical creme thread using a 4-needle overlocking sewing machine.

New authentic Pendleton® wool blankets are used in the creation of every Kimberlin Co. pennant.

November Chrysanthemum

New Arrivals, Spoon RingEric KimberlinComment

We’re excited to release something that has been in the works for quite some time (since 1910 to be perfectly accurate). The first of 12 very special spoon rings in a brand new series focusing on the birth flowers of each month of the year.

We bring to you the Birth Flower Collection: November Chrysanthemum.

Representing compassion, friendship, and joy. Different colored chrysanthemums have different meanings: a red chrysanthemum is for "I love you"; a white chrysanthemum is for innocence, purity, and pure love; a yellow chrysanthemum is for unrequited love. Shop link in profile. 

Also, congrats to @vnsscnt who entered and won the Calla Lily spoon ring contest! helped choose number 306 this time around. Thanks for participating everyone!

Seek Beauty: Kimberlin Co. x For Such A Time

New Arrivals, Collaborations, Spoon RingEric KimberlinComment


Two Makers, One Spoon Ring

It was only a matter of time before the creative path of Kimberlin Co. would cross with For Such A Time. For the last few years, Aly Nickerson has been creating gorgeous pieces of silver flatware with clever sayings and sentiments through her hand-stamping process. It made perfect sense for us to collaborate on a spoon ring design together, which is meant to inspire us all to remember to look for beauty everywhere. Quantities are limited!

Hand-stamped by For Such A Time
Hand-crafted by Kimberlin Co.