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Making A Kitchen Knife Out Of O1?

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by robin sorenson, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. robin sorenson

    robin sorenson New Member

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    good day all i finished making a knife for my mom the other day and have been using it in the kitchen... sharp strong yada yada... but after a week of use i polished it to a mirror finish the steel has changed colour? ive scrubbed it no change? is 01 suitable for a kitchen knife? i understand they take a little more maintaining but i didnt expect the finish to change?
     
  2. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    Any high carbon knife will change colour or patina with time, it is not going to stay nice and shiny.
    I give my 52100 knives a quick dip in ferric chloride and then dab mustard on them for a few minutes .
    This gives the steel a a dark blue patina and keeps it from rusting.

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  3. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    I've done a few kitchen knives in 01. The food juices (technical term) change the colour very quickly.
     
  4. robin sorenson

    robin sorenson New Member

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    thanks for the advice i will try this for sure. those knives are beautiful! nicely done!
     
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