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    Normalize or not?

    I don’t normalize stock removal knives. I only normalize the knives I forge.
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    How much will forging bevels change the blade width?

    I don’t have any exact measurements, but here’s a picture of a knife a forged from 1/4” x 1” flat bar. It should give you an idea of how wide the bevels scan be drawn out. I left the spine fairly thick on this knife, and could have easily made the blade much thinner and wider.
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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    Made this little EDC for one of my young daughters. It’s made from raindrop pattern Damascus I got from @weo. The handles I think are dyes and stabilized curly maple. I went on a scale buying spree a while back and that’s what these are, as best I can recall. I had the spine etched with the...
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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    That’s more than likely my problem. I usually have a few deeper scratches I just didn’t get out. I’m getting better though. I even vary my grinding direction 45° each time to be sure all the deeper scratches are gone, but still, when I get to the higher grits, it seems like they appear out of...
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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    I have tried cork. I have an 800 and 1200 grit cork. I’ve tried them plain and loaded with green compound. I haven’t been happy with the finish I’ve gotten with them. I’m not positive that I’ve gotten them broken in properly just yet.
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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    I haven't tried stopping at 220, that looks nice. I usually stop with an a30 trizact, then blend it all with a blue scotchbrite belt.
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    Built my first sheath today

    This was all done by hand.
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    Heat Treating Oven Newbie Questions - Learn Me Up!

    So what I’m gathering from that chart, is you need to be below 800° in one second after quenching the blade. Is that correct?
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    Bevel grinding jigs

    That’s a cool little jig, and I have nothing against jigs. I have one or two that I made, myself. But at some point, can you really call it a hand made knife anymore?
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    Damascus billet

    Man, I’m jealous and excited for you all at the same time. I’m wanting a press so bad. I’m eyeing the 16 ton coal iron press and have about half the money saved up to buy it. I already have a 10 hp motor and am thinking about building a press as well. I’m looking forward to seeing the Damascus...
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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    First successful heat treat of 52100 steel. Now I’ve got some 1084 and 1080/15n20 Damascus in the oven.
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    No Fool—-,

    I just made a small knife out of cpm 3v. It was a pleasure to work with.
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    Quench oil sourcing

    I bought my parks 50 straight from Maxim. It was only just a shade over $100 for 5 gallons. I’m also only an hour and a half away from them, sink was able to go pick it up on one of my trips to town and avoid shipping costs.
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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    Finished up my first attempt at a hidden tang knife. This one is a 4” hunting/skinning knife. It’s forged out of 80crv2 with an elk antler handle and a brass bolster and butt cap with black micarta spacers.
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    52100 heat treat question

    Thanks larrin. That’s the way I was leaning. I just wanted to be sure.
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    52100 heat treat question

    I’m getting ready to heat treating a few knives I’ve made out of 52100. These are not forged, only stock removal. I read this article by @Larrin to determine how to go about it. https://knifesteelnerds.com/2019/05/13/how-to-heat-treat-52100/ It mentions a series of normalizing steps, followed...
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    Recommendations for Forge, Anvil, Hammer, Etc.

    Don’t buy a new anvil. They are way too expensive for what they are. Look around and you can find good deals on quality used anvils. Look for someone who’s not selling to the collector market. Those will bring $5-8 a pound. I found a great quality German anvil that weighs 386 pounds for less...
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    Tanto curving in quench

    Interesring conversation. Is there a difference in the hamon comparing water to a parks 50 type oil?
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    Hidden Tang (Where to start?)

    I just did my first hidden tang. It’s really not as intimidating as it seems. If you have a basic understanding of knife making, you can work your way through it pretty easily. I don’t have any specific resources to give you. Just get after it and have fun!
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