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  1. sorry, I missed that post! Frosty, I did have a look at Charle's article, I will study it into further detail. As your comment regarding the term 'radius', I'm afraid that got lost in the minor language barrier, I meant the angle of the cutting edge. I haven't fully read up upon this treasure of knowledge within this forum, pardon me when I get my terminology wrong every now and then
  2. Hi everyone, As promised, hereby an update after following up your feedback. At first, I tried my filing jig to change the edge angle from 80* to 60* (special thanks to @Charles R. Stevens). As it turns out; hand filing an already hardened blade edge is hard work . As I've decided to use this blade as a practice piece, I resorted to my small belt grinder which I initially only used for wood, which turned out quite great (thanks for the suggestion, @Jclonts82) ! I was able to form an actual edge, including a burr. I nailed a piece of leather to a slab of wood (again,
  3. Thanks, Charles! I'll get back to you after those tweaks!
  4. I will take that into consideration, thank you for the suggestion!
  5. good, I now have a few things I will do, because of all your advice: I will use my filing jig to change the angle of my cutting bevel to about 60* (30* each side) I will nail a piece of leather to a wooden block for proper stropping methods I am planning to purchase a proper set of sharpening stones (best one I could get my hands on goes up to 200 grit at best) and proceed until an actual burr can be felt I will postpone futher polishing the blade surface, until I get my edge nice and sharp (prioritizing here) I will post in this topic as soon as I have an updat
  6. I did not know this, thank you for the insight! I made one for my cheeks ( @Frosty thanks for the term) , similar like this one, though I did not use that jig for my cutting edge bevels. Might this be it? I might've become a bit enthousiastic with the amount of responses there
  7. I will try this method, I did not try this before. I do own a large scale of abrasive sheets (3M, unsure what it's made of) varying between 400, 600 and 1000 grit wihch should work. I wasn't sure the angle was measured at both sides, my mention before was based on 40* each side, so 80* on the entire edge. which might be a bit chunky, admittably. I will try to bring this to 30* each side, and try sharpening with abrasive papers on a backing (thanks for explaining me what that is ) I will therefore begin with establishing a proper burr at 30*. @ all: thanks for the overwhelmin
  8. ground out my basic shape, annealed it once to remove any stresses, went to heating it up just after it went non-magnetic, and quenched in oil. right after the quench my file skidded off nicely, unable (and still unable at this time) to dig into the metal. after, It went into the oven twice for one hour at 200 degrees celsius (which should be about 400 degrees fahrenheit)
  9. Your post just appeared after my reply It's 01 tool steel (1.2510 / 100MnCrW4). My edge is hardened, though I do not own anything that can give me an HRC number. a file skids off nicely though. The angle is about 40 degrees (admittably a bit steep, as I mentioned in my previous post) and tried every technique listed in my earlier post.
  10. Thanks for your replies! I am aware of this. Unfortunately, the finish was much smoother before, but I screwed it up while sharpening it. I redid the finish to an acceptable level, though you're absolutely right. I am using O1 tool steel. I define sharp as being able to cut as well as a standard pocket knife. I found it difficult to use this right away, primarily because my bevels get sloppy. My current bevels were mainly done by hand, whereas I finished it with the slow grinder to even out the scratches. This way, I had a flat surface as an indication for my bevels.
  11. Hi everyone, I'm new here. I'd like to jump in straight away with an issue I've been having for the last few weeks, and I'd like to request your feedback accordingly. I've started forging knives in my backyard since about a year now. I've been able to make about a dozen knives. I had to throw away a few, as they were mainly for practice in order to improve my skills. I Own a small propane forge (big enough for knives, too small for hammers), have a small anvil (15kg), and thoroughly enjoy the whack whack bit and the wood work finish for the handle. I do not own a proper belt grinder.
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