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Old 05-20-2013, 03:13 PM
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First Real Knife

I consider this my first real knife that I wouldn't be afraid to say, I made it. Started out as HR1095 2" x 48" x .125". 7" overall with a 3" blade flat ground.

Wharncliffe styled blade.

No, I didn't waste all that steel on just this one. I have several blanks cut and just waiting to grind them.

Heat treated myself in a homemade propane forge with thermo-couple sensor, quenched in peanut oil. Into the oven for 60min at 350 degrees.

Took it up to 800 grit hand sanding, then hit it with the bench buffer

Handle is bookmarked rosewood with tung oil.

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Old 05-20-2013, 04:07 PM
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No pictures as far as I can tell. I edited your post but couldn't see any attachments for this post and no html code either....


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Old 05-20-2013, 07:03 PM
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Looks good. Thanks for showing.


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Old 05-21-2013, 05:54 AM
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Not bad Don. Good working design. I'm not sure you want to stop your temper on 1095 at 350*, it will still be a bit hard. Most take 1095 a little over 400*, which will make it a bit easier to sharpen and less prone for the tip to break off.
Handle finish looks good but now you need to focus more on blade finish scratches and grind divots around the ricasso areas on the next one. The buffed mirror finish just makes these stand out more.


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Old 05-21-2013, 08:31 AM
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Not a bad looking knife overall. It is a whole lot easier to make a satin finish look good. I would skip devoting my time to trying to get a mirror finish until I improved everything else. You may find that you don't like them as much as time goes on anyway. Looks like a perfectly usable knife though if the heat treat and geometry are effective.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:37 PM
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Thanks for the info guys. As for the mirror finish, yeah I do prefer like a brushed finish or possibly Cerakote.
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looks cool man i love the wharnecliff style knives!
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:39 AM
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"It is a whole lot easier to make a satin finish look good."......Respectufully disagree.
It takes the same prep to get either finish to look right. Those scratches and divots will still be there regardless of the type finish.


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