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Old 02-01-2014, 09:17 AM
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Little Bird and Trout- 80CrV2, stag, and filework

Here's a small game knife that was commissioned by an avid game bird hunter. It's very small, very thin and VERY sharp. I think the 80CrV2 is a really nice choice for this. It takes and holds a wicked edge and has the strength and toughness to support a really thin edge so it's a good slicer.

Another tough one to photograph.

This mostly wraps up a whole run of smaller, simpler knives for me. Now it's on to the big stuff.

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80CrV2 steel
6 7/8"overall w/ 2 7/8" of edge, .110" at the ricasso
Nice distal taper
"Twisted Steel" filework
Amber Stag scales
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Old 02-01-2014, 03:25 PM
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Beautiful knife, John. I love the filework!
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John, very beautiful as always. I'm sure everybody would love to see a tutorial on that twisted steel filework! About the 80CrV2, does it heat treat the same as 5160, as mentioned on the Steel Baron's web site? I am very much interested in trying this steel out. Much thanks and keep them coming!

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I love your attention to detail. Outstanding work, John.


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Old 02-04-2014, 10:44 AM
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Thanks for the comments guys.

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John, very beautiful as always. I'm sure everybody would love to see a tutorial on that twisted steel filework! About the 80CrV2, does it heat treat the same as 5160, as mentioned on the Steel Baron's web site? I am very much interested in trying this steel out. Much thanks and keep them coming!

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Tony, it's really 5160 with more carbon and a little bit of vanadium so yeah, it should HT similar. It's also tougher than 5160 and holds an edge longer, in my experiences with it.

I heat to around 1500 and soak for 5-10 minutes and quench in room temp parks 50. The parks 50 might be a little too fast for this steel, that's why I use at around 60 degrees or so.

Then adjust your tempering to suit the type of blade and the edge geometry. 350 degrees is probably a good place to start.

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Well Done John that is a fine Trout knife wish I had it the other day at creak side with me to clean a few .


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Tony, it's really 5160 with more carbon and a little bit of vanadium so yeah, it should HT similar. It's also tougher than 5160 and holds an edge longer, in my experiences with it.

I heat to around 1500 and soak for 5-10 minutes and quench in room temp parks 50. The parks 50 might be a little too fast for this steel, that's why I use at around 60 degrees or so.

Then adjust your tempering to suit the type of blade and the edge geometry. 350 degrees is probably a good place to start.

Hope that helps some.
Ok John, thanks for the tips. It sounds like a great steel.

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