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chain damascus drawknife in progress

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Wow that is gorgeous. Brilliant idea and craftsmanship. What an inspiring piece. Of all the years I've been around knife making I've never seen Chain used like this. Come to think of it I have a bucket of chain....hmmmm....very nice sir!

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Looks great! I love it! Mind sharing how you went about heat treating it?

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On 12/9/2016 at 8:10 PM, littleblacksmith said:

Looks great! I love it! Mind sharing how you went about heat treating it?

                                                                                                                             Littleblacksmith 

                                          

Thanks.  The chain is only on the bevel face.  The flat back (and thus the cutting edge) is an old file, so it's likely a water-hardening high carbon steel.  But I was scared to water quench it, especially with the chain attached.  So I preheated my oil a little for a slightly better quench.  I heated the whole drawknife up until it wouldn't stick to a magnet, then quenched in the preheated oil.  It passed the file test well after that, so I tempered it at about 425 deg F in the kitchen oven, then drew a softer temper on the tangs using the opening of the forge.  

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