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    Les Stroud

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    Knife blanks

    Can any knerds help with some information on knife blanks please .

    I'm getting water jet knife blank cutting done .
    I have asked about , 1095 or 1080 or something high carbon steel .

    I am only now getting into this stuff after making a few handles and modding knives.
    So I'm no expert hence why the questions .

    As I understand it the water jet cutting won't harm the heat treat of the blades .

    I'm told they do another knifemakers blanks,
    And so they should be able to source the steel.

    My question for now is , the steel that knife makers get cut for them , is this already heat treated before it goes in to be cut , or is there a probability I'll have to heat treat the blanks myself afterwards?

    BTW , I'm planning to hand file the bevel so should be no added heat used in the making .

    Thanks .

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    Les Stroud

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    Is Rockwell hardness something I should ask for ?
    The blank/s will be hunting knife, and no I have no interest in beating the knife with a lump of wood "battoning" to split pre chainsawed logs

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    Hi Kindling
    The steel will be annealed, which means in an un hardened state.
    If they were hardened you could not file/sand them. You will have to heat treat them.
    With water jet cutting you are only saving the time of cutting out the blank yourself.

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    Les Stroud

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    Quote Originally Posted by rslt View Post
    Hi Kindling
    The steel will be annealed, which means in an un hardened state.
    If they were hardened you could not file/sand them. You will have to heat treat them.
    With water jet cutting you are only saving the time of cutting out the blank yourself.

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    Ok rslt, thanks for the reply.

    Then it shall be another piece of knerdism I shall aquire in knowledge upon the journey I see.

    I can see how much goes into this stuff and appreciate when I look at a knife the time and effort now.

    Big respect for the blacksmiths among us.

    This particular knfe coming about because I'm not really keen on a lot of knife shapes I see, and I'm liking the wooden handles. Also the raw forged looks.
    These guys seem to have got it right I reckon. To my tastes.

    https://www.darktimberknives.com/

    I dont know who coined the phrase knerd here , I think its a classic , and if t shirts came out with that printed on it I'd probably sport one for a while.

    I see how it starts, I will see if one build is enough .

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    My only advice would be to do a knife making course, there are a few good teachers around, just depends where you are based.


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    Thanks for the advice.
    Its not really a viable option right now so I'll make sure I ask a lot of questions of the right people for now , and proceed as well as I can .
    Whether that means taking it to get heat treated ,
    Making sure I get the steel correct from the start ,
    And even paying to get the bevel put on if thats the safest way to go.
    As much as I can be involved in personalising the process , the better .
    However not at the expense of the knifes quality.
    Its something I'm planning to have use and love for a lifetime.

    They're drawing me up a shape I gave them then proceed on Screenshot_20171013-123455.jpg

    Will be similar to this knife on the right I found on the web images.

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    Why not just get someone like RSLT or Papply to make the knife that you want? You will get a great finished product and save a lot of th hassle of organising it yourself.

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    Its already in the works now , turns out an extended family member I recently became in contact with owns a water jet steel cutter which cuts knifes and that fits perfectly for the moment.
    Thats how all this has come about.

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    If that doesn't work out for you or you want to have a go at something that isn't quite as complicated I recommend - http://creativeman.com.au/blades/

    Good products and a good bloke.

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    Will have fun, thanks.
    Where there's a will there is a a way .
    Its only a little bit of info and perseverence.

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