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Old 09-12-2022, 03:08 PM
KenH KenH is offline
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HT'ing 2nd time Quench

Hello ya'll. I've got a real newbie question here. I'm sure many of ya'll watch "FiF" from time to time. Yes, I KNOW FiF is NOT, I repeat NOT the place to learn knifemaking. It's entertainment - and sometimes there are a few tidbits to pick up.

FiF judges seem to always say quenching for the 2nd (or 3rd) time is really bad and causes poor HT. My question is why? Let's face it, a blade direct from forging has the metal in about as poor condition for HT'ing as can be asked.

Provided the blade is normalized prior to next HT and Quench. It seems like by soaking at 1600F or so for a few minutes. Then a couple more heats at descending temps the metal should be back at good condition for HT'ing.

I would be interested to hear comments from ya'll, especially you Ed.
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