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Captain O 04-23-2019 09:54 PM

Re: DK ONLY Knives
I have two new DK ONLY Bowie knives. (Model E28) 15.5" OAL 10" Bowie blade. #2 is DK ONLY Model A45 (17" OAL 12" blade). Both of these are in D2 Tool Steel and seem quite solid. They were Shipped to me from Bloomington, IN.

Does anyone else have any experience with these knives?

Captain O 04-29-2019 03:09 PM

I guess I'm not worth the time.

TexasJack 04-30-2019 12:32 AM

I'm not familiar with the brand and have no experience. Typically, this forum is populated by folks who make or have something to do with making knives. Unless someone asks a pretty specific question about a non-custom knife, it's not likely to generate many replies. That doesn't mean you were ignored, it's just not the right audience.

Now, as for D2 steel, it's pretty great stuff for knives, at least in my humble opinion. D2 is the stuff they use on the tips of bulldozer blades. It can really take a beating. Not the easiest stuff to work with, as far as blade making, and not the easiest stuff to sharpen. It has some chromium in it, so it doesn't corrode easily, but it can under some circumstances. For whatever reason, D2 hates to polish up and get really shiny. I've seen some get it that way, but only with some work. It always seems like it has an orange peel look to the surface. I've only made one blade out of D2, and it was a simple letter opener that I keep on my desk at work. They were trying to defrost a refrigerator/freezer in the department where I worked at that time, and the freezer section was a solid block of ice. I chipped most of it out with that letter opener and it never took on a scratch. I have a couple of purchased blades around here that are D2 and I used one for deer hunting. As expected, it held up well.

The type and quality of steel in a blade makes a huge difference in the performance. I can't tell you how many ads I've seen for blades where I look at the steel and think "Man, I wouldn't want that knife if it was free!" Every so often you see one listed as being "surgical steel". To a knifemaker, that translates as "garbage". But certain steels, like D2, 5160, 1080, etc. produce a knife that will withstand anything you can throw at it.

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