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Mother's Kitchen Set

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by MarkJeffrey, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. MarkJeffrey

    MarkJeffrey Member

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    I made this set for my mom for christmas, she had the worst knives! I couldnt get the quench line to come out as nice on the larger knife.. I actually had to make that blade 3 times because I cracked the first 2. I'm not sure if it was the stress of the edge quench or what, I heard the second one crack on the bench where it sat ready to go in for temper. This one I left really thick on the pre HT grind just to be sure, so maybe thats why I didn't get the line out of it. I dunooo! Made from antique sawmill blade steel, zebrawood, rosewood, brass, G10.

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  2. bobbybirds

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    Looks fantastic!
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I learned from working with fracture critical steels is that an edge under stress should have the grinding or sanding marks run lengthwise.
    For my knives I have only been using easy to work with steels but still hit the blade edge with 150 grit belt minimum. For other steels I would consider 400 grit and knock the edge off as well so that there are no sharp edges in the high stress areas.
     
  4. FORGE

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    Good looking knives Mark.
    I have never had a knife CRACK from heat treating.
    Got to really tick you off after all the work !
     
  5. Roman

    Roman Active Member

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    Wow! Those are beautiful knives!
     
  6. PeterP

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    Hats off! great job!
     
  7. Icho-

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    Awesome pair of knives with a perfectly matched block. Love it.
     
  8. dancom

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    Nicely crafted. Very sharp looking and the block completes the package.
     
  9. MarkJeffrey

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    Thanks guys! I had to write her a list of things these were not.. spatulas, egg beaters, bowl scrapers etc. She was at my house over the holidays before she opened them and started using one of my good knives to scrap icing out of a steel bowl! lol She came pretty close to getting a walmart gift card instead.

    John and FORGE, about the cracking,yea this is the first time in my limited experience that it's happened to me. The first blade I was pretty much down to the last grit when I saw the crack. I assumed it must had already been there.. it being saw mill blade steel I figured that was possibly the case. So, I made a second blade. After quenching I set it on a rack by my oven as I usually do just before it goes in for tempering, and out of nowhere I hear this *TINK!*.. blade cracked. I was so mad I didn't even swear.
     
  10. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Old saw mill blades can be cracked and not visible until you really stress the blade like you would see during quenching. If this is your steel of choice then a place like Graingers and Fastenal sell a liquid penetrant kit. Follow the pictures and within 20 minutes you will be able to see every stress crack in the steel and work around it.

    John
     
  11. MarkJeffrey

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    yea they're not really my steel of choice, I just have a couple so I use them once in a while. thanks John
     
  12. Foster J

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    Awesome set Mark. Real nice work.
     

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