It's been a long long journey to finally get my first blade finished. From my paint can forge that couldn't get hot enough for heat treating to only learning about mild steel and why you can't make a knife with it only after I had built a second fire brick style forge and tried to repeatedly quench it to no avail. It's been a journey to say the least. And I have loved every second of it. This is kind of a test piece to get a feel for everything. It's O1 tool steel. 5 and a 1/4 inches long with a 2 inch blade. I have one exactly like it in 1084 that hardened and tempered but I have not started finishing it yet. I was just playing with the two steels that I felt I could handle heat treating myself. I have done handle work in the past so this was strictly to get a feel for blade making. I made a file jig to do the bevels and also tried to work them a bit with the diy belt grinder I posted in the grinder section of the site. I added a flat platen to it but due to the slight wobble in the 1x42 belt I felt like I was doing more harm then good with the grinder. I learned a lot (mostly what not to do next time) that will help with my future projects. The only thing I really ended up not being happy with was the final sharpening of the knife. I ended up with one side of the blade nice and flat but the other ended up very noticeably convexed from me not being able to hold the angle consistent on the diamond stone. I reluctantly evened it out with a lansky sharpening system. It worked well but just as the lansky started to bring it to an exact point at the edge I stared loosing chips off the edge. I was going at a 20 degree angle on both sides and have used the lansky to resharpen many knifes without this ever happening. I am scared to ask but is this something to do with my heat treat that I did wrong? Cant call it a knife without a handle attached so without further ado here she is. My first blade.