NorrinRadd
I experimented with another one of those hay mower blades. I wanted to try forging finger choils like the CRKT minimalist I got for Father's day. I think it came out pretty cool. The first pic is it laying next to a cardboard prototype. We made the denim and burlap micarta last year. I've been cutting/carving stuff with it for a couple of days and it seems to be holding an edge pretty good. Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160718_072433.jpg, Views: 39, Size: 778.02 KB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160717_153211.jpg, Views: 43, Size: 1.75 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160717_153645.jpg, Views: 35, Size: 2.34 MB

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jmccustomknives
Turned out pretty cool.

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NorrinRadd
thanks JMC

You mentioned a while back that these blades were similar to 1065. Do you think that steel would hold up to that "concrete drop test" after heat treatment you demonstrated a while ago? I tried it with this one from about 5.5' feet and I felt a little burr on the very tip, but nothing else, didn't bend or anything. Not sure if I should expect any better out of this steel.  I have been cutting all kinds of stuff with it for a couple of days and it's still shaves.
I think I'm going to make blade that I will do some serious destruction test on. Thanks for any advice.
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jmccustomknives
Not sure what a "little bur" is.  if you have a flap of steel left from grinding or over heated the tip a little it would definitely bend over.  But it sounds like you did everything right.  You can also do a brass rod test, take a 1/4" brass rod and clamp it in a vice.  Take the knife and hold it edge up at sharpening angle and press firmly.  Watch the edge, it should deflect but spring back.  Chipping, it needs further tempering; if it stays bent it's over tempered or didn't harden.  Keep it up [thumb]

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NorrinRadd
By "little burr" I could run my finger nail on the tip and feel a small rough spot.  I will try the brass rod test too. Thanks a lot.
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Hank Rearden
Nice work on your knife. Great start on knife making. I can see more blades from you. I've been looking around for metal to try a Damascus billet. After seeing your post I realized I have a bent blade on the side of the house and a few worn blades in a box. Right under my nose. Thanks for posting.
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Metalmelt
Looks good! [thumb]
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NorrinRadd
Hank and Metalmelt thanks guys![thumb]
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