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Annealing an already heat treated knife.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Adam Wood, Feb 22, 2021 at 10:25 AM.

  1. Adam Wood

    Adam Wood

    Just a quick question, as I can not find the answer. I am new to knife making and am not happy with one of the knives I made. I went through the process of heat treating and tempering the blade already. Is it possible to anneal the blade so that I can re work it to the desired profile? And then heat treat it again when I am satisfied with it? It is 1095 steel, I am using a homemade propane forge. Any thoughts or information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
  2. I'mSoSharp


    Mar 8, 2011
    Maybe better in the Makers sub-forum.
    Quick answer is yes, you can anneal (soften) the blade simply by heating it & letting it cool.
    But why not re-shape your blade as is? You can still grind it as long as you keep it relatively cool without affecting you heat treatment. Hope this helps.
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  3. Adam Wood

    Adam Wood

    I'mSoSharp, Thank you for your reply. I wasn't sure what forum to put the question under, I am new here and navigating through all the forums and sub-forums was a little daunting. I appreciate the information. I suppose just taking it easy and reshaping the blade is an option, I just wasn't certain if I could anneal it. Thanks again. I guess I'll see if altering the profile with out annealing it will work out.
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  4. LX_Emergency

    LX_Emergency KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2007
    Also, if you anneal, then reshape then heat treat again. You'll increase the chance of warping in the second heat treat.
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