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Making a machete with a unique design. The guy at the welding shop turned me on to some stuff he said they make pressure vessels out of. being as that i am kind of new at the knifemaking game and can't find a reasonably priced knifemaking steel plates It tempered out pretty well it is seriously springy and tough. I am a pretty big guy but cannot bend it more than a half an inch "handle, blade will not bend at all" without it snapping back into place. like i said tough XXXXXX but can't seem to get a really good edge on it. Then again i was never one to really pull a scary edge on a knife. i mean it can cut paper with no problem but i can't get it shaving sharp plus the edge can only achieve a grainy sharpness nothing more. Can anyone tell me where i am going wrong?? or where i can buy reasonably priced knifemaking steel plate without ordering something from china which i don't want do. preferably 12x24 inch to make these out of?? If anyone here would like. i can repeat the process in a small blade and send to them to test. if interested. really would appreciate some input
This is my second attempt at a macheax. Like the previous one, it's going to be used (hopefully heavily) by the client. 80CrV2 forged to shape with G10, cocobolo, and copper pins. 19.25" OAL, 5.5" handle, 3/16" thick blade. Surprisingly light in the hand, but I think I'll try and fuller the next one. I've been playing with 45 degree bevels on the handle scales, I rather like the result on a "meatier" blade. I should have moved the guard/flair down a bit, shortening the handle a tad.
Practical 5160 machete. 19 3/4" OAL, 1 5/8" at blade's widest, 3/16" thick. Purpleheart and recycled wrought iron with antler. The goal this time around was to keep the piece within the customer's limited price range, so the materials are all left overs from other projects. Gave the blade a light acid wash for character. Oddly the customer is still undecided on a lanyard hole, but there will probably be one soon. Comments and critique welcomed, Theo