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Discussion in 'Knives' started by swampratt, Mar 13, 2019 at 8:46 AM.

  1. okierider

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    Made a knife out of a wood rasp.
    Annealed in the wifes oven!! Works great stays sharp and I can use the rasp part to make kindling for a fire.
    The rasp had a rounded side and a flat side so it has an odd shape but it is still pretty cool.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    That is cool
    Thanks guys.
    I made one years ago from a leaf spring in fact I made dozens of leaf spring knifes.
    Here is the 2 handed machete that has seen many years of use.
    I made a leather sheath also.
    Around the same time I made this from the same car leaf a 69 camaro.
    Serpent knife I call it. Good fire poker and makes a nice small splitter of wood. 001.JPG 003.JPG
     
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    I quenched my knives in trans fluid a big deep pan of it.
    Then check hardness it should not be able to be bitten by a file.
    I then remove all carburazation (spelling) and polish the knife and de-grease it and into the regular oven at 375-400 degrees to temper it.
    I watch for the knife steel to change colors.
    It will be grey after some time in the oven then turn light straw and then medium straw and then dark straw.
    I like light to medium straw color I read years ago in a book that should be in the Rockwell 56-58 C scale hardness.
    Then I turn the oven off and let it cool all the way down and finish out the edge.

    I have had no issues like that and they do hold an edge very well.
    If you grind the file just right you can take some hardness out of it . Get sanding pads on an angle grinder and you can turn the steel blue. You just took some hardness out of it.

    I do not like to go full blue though.

    Fun to play even if you get a fail.
     
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    I really enjoyed the whole process of making the file knife and that led to repairing a few western hunting knives. Bought a sander and once I get done with repairs around the house and get my bumper pull camper complete I will make a couple more.
    Had a conversation with someone a while back and told them "I am not a knife guy" Well I got to looking around and realized I may be full of the bull LOL!! Will post some more pics with my phone !
     
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    Yep!! I may be full of it lol![​IMG]

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    You might be.
    I used to make myself a new knife each year for deer season.
    I am not a collector of anything except bargains and projects.

    My idea of a knife guy is someone that goes out of his way to find certain knifes and hits gun and knife shows for the knifes.
    I have a feeling you just happen upon a good deal and like building things also.
    So more of a wattabargain guy.
     
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    Your right and I come from a poor back ground and really do not throw much away or sell it once I have it.!! Had a mild hoarding issue for a long time , finally really had to make a few rules about keeping and trashing or selling stuff. May need to apply that rule to a couple of these knives!!!:grumble::cool:
     
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    NO!!
     
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    I use a buck knife from the old days when they all rockwelled a solid 60.
    If I can use the point to scratch steel, it’s less than a 60. If it just slides over the surface without leaving a mark it’s harder than a 60.
    Poor mans metallurgy 101.
     
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