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Sushi Knife

While looking though KeyShot's Cloud Library the other day, I came across a cool procedural Damascus Steel material created by Rex Roberts that makes great use of the Advanced Wood Procedural within KeyShot to create something entirely other than wood. 

 This is the material used on the blade of the sushi knife I modeled and rendered

This is the material used on the blade of the sushi knife I modeled and rendered

After testing out the material, I knew I needed to find an excuse to use it in a rendering. I remembered the procedural Oak wood material I created and uploaded to the Cloud Library recently and decided I would use the wood for the handle and the steel for the blade. It was a nice bite-sized project I could knock out in one sitting, so I did just that. 

In order to keep myself moving quickly and hold myself accountable, I recorded the process in a video, which I've turned into a time lapse. Check it out below. 

Below are the final four images I rendered out after modeling and texturing this knife. Bear in mind these are raw renderings from KeyShot. They haven't gotten any love in post, but not bad for an hour of work.