Steel Dust (and knives)

#1
I think too hard about knives. This, and a healthy dose of liking to do things the hard way, led me to making my own.

So, this will be a continuing series of mostly photos of works in progress.

This is not a sales thread! I am not ready for that yet, and this is not the appropriate sub-forum. This is something I enjoy doing, and I end up being reasonably proud of the results, so I want to share.





First is a smallish knife that was heavily influenced by a fella who goes by the name "Hellize", which Google will happily replace with "Helle" on your first go-round. I was trying to make a knife that was as simple as possible, and his designs pointed me in a good direction.

Blade is 4", OAL is 7.75". 440C steel and 3/16 thick. I left the hot-rolled texture on, because I really like the look, and the contrast between bevels and mill finish.

When it's done, I want it to have a flat zero bevel, but it will probably end up being slightly convex.

That's all for now, and thanks for looking!
 
#3
Calling it done.



Convex bevels at about 25 degrees (total). Sanded to 150 grit, and I'm stopping there. It's a big piece of steel that's meant to get dirty.



Among very... focused.. knife enthusiasts, there is a debate about what a "camp knife" should be able to do, and I take the view that it should be a compromise design that can chop and baton smaller (less than 2 inches) pieces of wood, but it should also be able to do the finer jobs that go into fire- and food-prep.
 
#8
Seax and Sushi:



(don't mis-read that, boys...)



My supper break after rough grinding the bevels



Since 5160 is supposed to be tough, I decided to go with a slightly higher bevel (trust me, it's higher...). This one is another "jack of all trades" compromise design that can go from detail work to pounding on things. I'm a town boy and I can't justify anything this big for EDC, so I think that it's going to get some "testing" after it's finished. :D
 
#9
5160 from McMaster-Carr is "hot rolled", but not annealed. This is important because apparently, 5160 will air-harden, and hot rolling leaves it with enough heat to do that.

So this cleaver/Seax/thing has been kicking my arse because the steel is at about 50% of finished hardness. o_O

I've got it mostly done, and the next step is a hot soak to anneal it. But I have no idea how to do that (1450 degrees ain't easy!), so this project is at a standstill for now.

That means it's time for pictures!













I had to get an oversized piece, and I noticed that the strip above the spine would make a really funky kiridashi. So it did.
 
#10
3/16 thick, 440C. Annealed, this time!



I'm going to start this one around 7:30 tomorrow, and give myself the goal of having the bevels ground and filed by 10:00 tomorrow night.

Doable right? Probably not on Mother's Day.

Moar pictures as I progress. For now, hope yours goes well.....
 

Hannya

EDC Scholar
#12
Sir the plunge lines on that first blank are NICE! Smooth and clean. The other thing I'll say is don't even bother giving yourself a time line on grinding blanks. Filed or ground, as soon as you sped up, you'll wig when you should way and have to play clean up. Trust me on this LOL, I keep a whole set of micro files for wiggles.
Very nice work thus far, subscribed for sure.


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#13
Thanks!

Sir the plunge lines on that first blank are NICE! Smooth and clean. The other thing I'll say is don't even bother giving yourself a time line on grinding blanks. Filed or ground, as soon as you sped up, you'll wig when you should way and have to play clean up. Trust me on this LOL, I keep a whole set of micro files for wiggles.
Very nice work thus far, subscribed for sure.


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They better be clean! Four hours of hand filing, for each side!

I rough them in with a stone wheel grinder, but the last %30-%50 of it is hand files. Slow, nerve-wracking, and as bomb-proof as it's possible to be.

I screw up from time to time, but I can usually get it back.
 

Hannya

EDC Scholar
#15
I screw up daily. LOL, it'll come easier , you have a really good start. Love the dashi, I keep threatening to make one. I suppose I should.
Also, the file part to me isn't nerve wracking, that's actually the therapeutic part for me. Shhhhhhh, let it take you, it'll be fine

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#18
I appreciate the kind words from everybody! Wow!

I have a few on the way back from HT, so this thread is going to turn away from strict metalworking for a while. My recent influences include James Helm/Helmforge, and the Neo-Tribal knife movement in general. I'm going to try my hand at some cord-wrapping, and see what I can come up with.

More pictures to come before too long (I hope....)
 

Hannya

EDC Scholar
#19
I appreciate the kind words from everybody! Wow!

I have a few on the way back from HT, so this thread is going to turn away from strict metalworking for a while. My recent influences include James Helm/Helmforge, and the Neo-Tribal knife movement in general. I'm going to try my hand at some cord-wrapping, and see what I can come up with.

More pictures to come before too long (I hope....)

You keep it up! I know for a fact I'll be watching with interest.
 
#20
Blade Show is keeping Peter's Heat Treat pretty busy. So, while I'm waiting for my knives to come back, what do I do?

Make another knife, of course.

The one at the top is new, but it's not too different from the one at the bottom.
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440C and 3/16 thick, again. I decided to run the bevels up higher, to see what it looked like, but I don't like it. I'm proud of being able to pull off such a low-angle convex bevel, but it's too thin for me.

After tying some paracord around the older one, I put a little bit of a chamfer on the corners of the new one.



It's hard to see, but I got the chamfer to taper off, more or less symmetrically, toward the back of the handle.



The old one, with square corners, for comparison:



That should make it easier to wrap the handles. I'm going to do this to the older one, and a couple others.
 
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