Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Kevin Cox, Oct 14, 2017.
Few I did lately been a slow summer . Things are starting to get back to normal now.
Whoa, very well done. I especially like the chefy in green burl. Are these in Nitro-V?
The top one and the one with the green burl is in nitro-v. Top one I have it in my kitchen testing it out. So far I'm happy with it.
Looking good Kevin..... !
I got to start making some kitchen knives without bolsters.
Bolsters take to much time and very few people see or appreciate the value in them.
I haven't ventured into the bolster world. Nice knives, I really like the last two.
Very true about them bolsters they do take a lot of time and at the end of the day knife sells for the same price.
I still like doing bolsters on some knives.
How are you liking the Nitro-V? I was going to order some the other day, but i have read quite a few posts from guys saying they are having constant cracking issues with it. Some were doing their own HT and some were sending out to professional guys like Peters, and still getting knives with edge to spine, or spine to edge cracks. Not sure if it was a single batch or what it was yet. I know we occasionally get bad batches of steel so it may have just been that. About a year ago there was a bad batch of A2 with cracking issues, that was apparently too cold when it was rolled at the mill. There was also a batch of 1084 a few years back, that was so severely spheroidized that it wouldn't harden. I sent a batch to FORGE to do in his salt pot, and the two in 1095 were perfect and none of the 1084 blades would harden past high 40s or low 50s
So far I'm happy with it . It was sent out to Rob for heat treat chef knives was 0.015 at the edge when I sent them out. I took one down to 0.004 and the other one down to 0.007 there still holding up just fine and cut like lasers .
I did one hunting knife and gave it to a friend to test. He killed a nice bull moose and he did it all with that knife and didn't have to sharpen it. But he did say he thinks elmax holds a edge longer and I was figuring that. But to me so far it's working fine. It comes clean as a babies bum lol. That's a dream after working with elmax. For the price and kitchen knives I think it will be good. I will do more with this steel this winter.
I did read that some people was having problems with it but hard to say what the problem was . But I did see other test were it was tuff as hell not sure what to think.
3 more done .
Of course I have had the same feedback & have even seen some of the blades & I think it is a steel issue. Aldo also knows about this issue, you may want to check with him for any new info.
I HT a lot of it & the issues appear to be sporadic, have only heard of a couple of instances of cracking.
This is what I got from Brad at Peters heat treat today on the nitro v hope this helps alittle. I e-mail Aldo today to so let's see what he as to say. But I will still go ahead and do a batch of them . My luck they will all crack .But only one way to find out and I'm a sucker for punishment. Lol
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