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progression to first knife


oilboy328

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Welcome to the addiction that is knifemaking; seems like it's progressing along nicely.

Be weary of sharp nicks in your blade profile - 3 and 4 both had deep recesses that with tool steel would spell trouble. A rounded ricasso is safe because it has no one place for the stress put into the steel during heat treat to build up, but sharp corners are stress risers. 

Keep forging, you definitely got the right idea here

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You won't get any heat treat practice with mild steel, or rebar. Mild won't harden, and rebar is a crap shoot. Just use it for working out the process of forging, and use good steel for heat treat tests. That is the only way to know for sure that what you are doing is correct. With steels like O-1, 1084, etc there is plenty of heat treat info available that will give you good results. 

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