I've never heat treated anything before. I realize that the times are mostly estimates. The idea for this thread is to get an idea of how long it will take from beginning to end to HT my little knife. Watching YTs about this doesn't really give me an idea of the time involved. I'm building one of those little insulated fire brick forges, and have one ts4000 torch. The steel is 1084 and about 6-8 inches long and is 1/8 inch thick. It's the little beginner knife in Red Beard Ops' YT. I know that the tempering cycle is 2 rounds for 2 hours each at about 400F. So that's a little over 4 hours, with time in between for cooling. I've also read that with my set up, it takes about 10 minutes to heat the forge to temp. So how long does it get the steel to normalize using this set up (about)? Two normalizing cycles should take about how long (with cooling in between)? I have a quenching set up with a gallon of Canola Oil in a paint can. I have a little chafe to heat it up and a temp gauge to make sure the oil doesn't get too hot. Once normalized is the heat up time for the steel about the same time as it took during the normalizing cycle? I'm asking all this because I don't get a lot of continuous free time, so I'm trying to plan my day around HTing this little knife. I know that when I'm normalizing and for the quenching, I can't just leave to do something else while this is going on. Once it's in the oven, I can do some stuff in between. Thanks for any input!