Joël Mercier

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  1. How did you find your first anvil?

    107# PW I paid 200$ CAD. Had one edge completely busted. Rings great and very good rebound though. I managed to dress the edge without removing too much steel. Around 1/4"
  2. Steel choice for a straight razor

    I hope I did not offend you. I didn't work with those steels either but I did read a lot. In fact my gf says I spend too much time reading about knives and steels
  3. Steel choice for a straight razor

    And it has to be "stropeable"
  4. Steel choice for a straight razor

    Will W. Why not use aeb-l or nitro-v? They have been developed as razor stainless steel. If I remember well, 440c's edge is not ideal for razors. Those large chromium carbides(440c has plenty) don't make a very fine edge, well, not in razors terms. Aeb-l's recipe is designed to prevent chromium carbides formation.
  5. Puukko sheath finished.

    Beautiful! i love the choice of woods and layout of that handle. The traditional sheath looks really authenthic.
  6. Steel choice for a straight razor

    W2 can get pretty hard. it shines in the 61-62hrc range for kitchen knives. Though I have no experience in razors, that steel should do it. It's also pretty easy to work with and sharpen. Edit: just saw you use canola. You may not get full hardness with it so 52100 seems the best option
  7. Steel choice for a straight razor

    Didn't know such steel existed. Seems like W2 with a lot more tungsten. Do you know where to source it?
  8. Flat ground vs. forged

    It seems to have worked for you but isn't sanding between the quench and temper a bit risky? I've heard some guys cracked some blades for just waiting too long before tempering. Also, why sanding when the steel is extremely hard when you can do it more easily after the temper?
  9. 5 bar broken back seax

    Love'em! Well done!
  10. The way I understand it, to properly sphero anneal those steels, it must be soaked at a sub critical temperature for a few hours and be cooled very slowly. This will create mostly pearlite. Just bringing the steel to critical and letting it cool in vermiculite might be enough to create some amount of unwanted bainite.
  11. That's the thing, standard "annealing" creates bainite in file steel. Either do normalizing cycles and air cool or do a sub critical temper. File steel is shallow hardening, there's no way it's going to air harden. Here's an interesting document on file steel. Old_Files_New_Knives.pdf
  12. Presentation and first two knives

    Thank you DS! I will certainly consider building a white box in a near future.
  13. Carbon in Steel

    If I remember well, the only way to get *some* hardness off the highest carbon RR spikes is to quench them in water or brine. Since you already bought those, you can use them for practice and try to harden them out for fun, but they definitely won't hold an edge much. no you didnt remember corrrectly
  14. I did read in an interesting pdf about using file steel that slow cooling hypereutectoid steel can promote the formation of bainite. That's what's ruining your drill bits. The sub critical temper is definitely the best way. I'm just the kind of guy that needs to know the why of things. So I thought this might interest some folks.