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Heating process

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TC, when you use the material removal method, it's mighty tough to keep it cool enough to not lose temper in the blade. Like rmcpb said, the person doing the tempering wouldn't be able to tell where the finished edge would be. I'm not a "Bladesmith", by a long shot. But that makes sense. My 2 cents worth.

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Suppose you could temper the whole blank in an oven but then you would have to be MIGHTY careful to grind slowly with water cooling to keep the temper. then you would have the problem of a hard tang that often needs to be drilled.........

Interesting question though.

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