Rich Hale

New knife maker?

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Welcome to about the easiest most helpful site you might find if you are getting into knife making, Long ago information about how to start was carefully guarded by those folks in the know.

A few hints might help you get more out of this sight in a shorter period of time. What is your experience as far as working metal and what tools do you have at hand? Forged or stock removal or a bit of both,,What have you done?

Keep in mind that there have been questions asked at most levels for many years on this site. Might help if you can at least look through the questions asked recently and see if they provide anything useful.

You will see the term sticky refered to many times. Start here http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/143-knife-making-class-100-series/  go over the classes about knives. Folks have spent a lot of time to record those notes and if you can find your answer there it will be more complete than anyone is likely to reply as a short answer to a question you post in this forum.

If you have looked through what I have noted above and still are stuck. post a pic and or a good description of the problem including a general location of where you live. We do not care about streets and exacts, mid state etc is fine. Many times someone may be in your area and offer you some one on one help. It is tough to get a good start from just reading material or imagining what to do next.

Pay close attention to the reading material suggested often on here. Flipping open a shop copy is way better than posing a question on here and seeing when it is answered and by whom. Any one can ask and anyone can answer. You will see as time goes on what that means. Have fun, We enjoy watching new follks develop.

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Dont get upset if we dont jump in to answer your previously simple questions in the forum or chat as we get asked the same things over and over again, If you feel your time is too important that you cant read older posts for yourself, dont get upset if we feel our time is also of value. We do want to help, but at times we all get upset that people ignore what has already been written here about the subject.

Please read what has been posted before posting questions. The stickys are detailed, often asked topics. Plus there are PINNED topics that have been tagged to stay at the top for easy location, and of course many pages of questions and really good answers. After reading, then post questions and you should get help. A general question of " What steel should I use for this" isnt going to get as many good detailed answers as asking, " I have 1084 I want to use for a kitchen knife, Is there anything I need to know before using this steel" will get you very detailed answers that can make your project turn out better, and tells the rest of us you have tried to learn something on your own.

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Rich and Steve I just found this post and more y'all have wrote thank you both for everything y'all do and the hard work y'all do to help newbies like me it does not go unnoticed

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are you able to sell knives on here? and if so what thread


Read the Terms of Service for the forum, and talk to the site Owner, Glenn Conner about advertizing rates.

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i would like to start but there are so many different steels for so many different jobs. is there a metal that is easy to heat treat while also being fairly cheap? thanks

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Welcome aboard Art glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many Iforge folk live within visiting distance.

Have you at least read THIS thread? What you need to do to get started was repeated a couple times right here. I'm afraid the world class bladesmiths who frequent the forum are about tired of hand feeding kids who can't be bothered to read the thousands of pages of OUTSTANDING bladesmithing lore already archived here in the section so named.

However I WILL answer your first really REALLY poor question but just this once. No there isn't a steel with those properties.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Define 'easy' and 'fairly cheap.' 1084 is a steel I see recommended most for beginners but as Frosty said, it's all covered here all you have to do is look.

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Take a coil spring with few miles on it and cut it down two or 3 places giving you a bunch of "(" pieces all of the same alloy to practice forging and heat treating on.  If you were in the USA I would suggest checking out a place that does raising or lowering as they will sometimes take a brand new vehicle and trash the current springs on it for ones associated with the raising oe lowering.  Old springs may have micro cracking in them.

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fair warning, If you post photo of a section of beat up  flat bar with an edge cut into one side,  dont get too upset if you are told its not really a knife or sword, If you cant see the difference between a knife and scrap then you are not ready to make and sell knives. (we had this happen before)

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so i was making my first knife and learned a great lesson if your going to eat lunch don't leave the knife in the fire it will not be usable when you come back<_<

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A lot of us have switched to propane so we can set a consistent temperature and minimize the number of blades burned up due to a few moments of inattention.  It's still not good to leave blades in the forge above critical temperature for extended periods of time, but at least they aren't ruined that way.

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