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Old 12-02-2018, 10:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Wow that is really good for a practice run. It's a shame it can't be hardened.

Nice work!

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Old 12-02-2018, 10:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 12-02-2018, 11:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:26 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Very lovely knife !!!

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Old 12-03-2018, 08:29 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Wonderful first go!
Your work looks first class even if you see things you are not totally happy with....any of us would be thrilled to have a knife of that caliber.
Also, excellent choice on Dawn’s PR for the scales!
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:42 AM   #16 (permalink)
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What a beautiful "practice" piece!

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Old 12-03-2018, 10:41 AM   #17 (permalink)
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My first knife was much-much worse. I also use my 2x72 which I welded together myself. So, I went through the same troubles as you did. But your knife looks very good. Not sure why you say that stainless steel cannot be hardened... but it is secondary. I usually cut my knives to shape, than send for heat treatment and than put the bevels on and add handle...
And to make folding knives.... well good luck with that... I do not have metal mill to pursue that goal.... probably you got better equipment to go for folders
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Old 12-03-2018, 10:44 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by skiprat View Post
Hi all,
I recently showed my home made 2 x 72 Belt grinder that I made to have a go at making a knife or two.

Well, I've heard a rumour that Mrs Santa is bringing me some Damascus steel for Christmas... So I had to have a practice run. This is the result. The belt grinder worked like a charm and as it was my very first knife, I decided to use the last chunk of my all time favourite resin ( Alchemy/Burnt Copper by PR Princess ) for the scales

The metal is 1/4 thick stainless ( the type that can't be hardened ) So this is mostly for show. Probably wouldn't cut soft butter, but I do have several cuts....
Decided to go for a shiny finish. It could do with some more polishing, but.....

I ultimately want to make folding knives. UK legal friction folders. Locking knives are not legal.

Pretty pleased with how it came out, though it certainly isn't flawless by a long way. Hope you like it too
I am guessing machetes, bowie knives, swords are next. We are going to have to keep an eye on you sir. Maybe on your next pen, instead of using a skew just pull out one of these scrapers.
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:47 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:35 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the comments guys. Always appreciated {even yours JT }

Stepan....(VotTak) essentially, if stainless is of the non-magnetic flavour, then it cannot be hardened. Well, not by heat treatment anyway. It can be toughened up by 'work hardening' . Not sure how or even if it could be applied to a blade though.
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