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Making A Knife From A Hockey Skate Blade

Discussion in 'Heat Treating' started by Joey Roberts, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. Joey Roberts

    Joey Roberts New Member

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    Hey im not a knife maker by any means but i enjoy messing around with sharpening and i love knives. I recently took one of my old skate blades and put an edge on it and it is surprisingly razor sharp, basically my question is how do i harden it? Is the blade already hardened? Any info would be great, thanks.
  2. Scott Kozub

    Scott Kozub Member

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    Wow that's as Canadian as it gets. Toss a reindeer antler handle and a beaver skin sheath and you'll be set.

    No idea what a skate is made of but I would assume it's a hardened stainless steel. If it wasn't hardened it would stay sharp for long. You can try hitting it with a file to see if it's hard. Below is a link showing how to spark test steel. No doubt you could make a knife from it. How good it will be will be the question.

  3. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    It reminds me of the movie Castaway. When Tom Hanks found the skate in the FedEx package he could've made a real sweet knife out of it. The beaver skin sheath is a good idea but what about using the leather parts of the rest of the skate. (I guess skates aren't made from leather anymore are they)

    I know it's never a good idea to use mystery steel but I still love the idea of upcycling "junk" metal. Making something beautiful and useful from something you would've thrown away otherwise... very cool.
  4. jonliss

    jonliss Active Member

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    From a bit of research, the equivalent would be something like Sandvik 12c29.

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