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New Hunter In 80crv2

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Grayzer86, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    This hunter in the first one finished in a recent batch of knives in 80crv2, which i have had for a while but not worked with yet really. Stock on this one is .125 thick. The knife is 8.75 inches overall with a 4 inch cutting edge. I decided to try something different and even though its a stock removal knife, i stuck it in the forge and hammer textured the ricasso area to see what it looked like. Its different and looks OK on the knife, so i will call it a win this time. The handle is some double dyed yellow and black box elder burl, and the bolsters are some scrap Aerospace grade carbon fibre i picked up, its very dense and completely void free. I like the look of the carbon, but its terrible to work with, super itchy and dusty, and hell on bandsaw blades. The blade is finished with, as usual, an 800 grit cork belt with green compound. I am still working on a sheath, but so far i am very happy with this knife. I would love to keep it for myself actually but that doesnt pay the bills. Im pretty sure its sold already but i just have to allow myself to part with it. Sorry for the poor pictures, i have been too lazy to build a light box yet and its dark outside.

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  2. SDMay

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    How did your heat treat go? Great looking knife.
     
  3. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Thanks SD. Heat treat went well on these following info i gathered from several other forums. I did these at 1525 with an 8 minute soak time and quenched in 140 degree canola oil. Came out nice and hard. I tempered at 400 and am happy with the edge retention and stability.
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Awesome knife. The hammered effect and the carbon fibre and burl perfectly complement each other.
     
  5. Grayzer86

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    Thanks everyone. I ended up making a black leather sheath for this one but its a bit plain for the knife, so i may end up making another one instead.
     
  6. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Brandon,

    What belt did you polish with? Cork and compound or Scotch-brite/Vortex?
    Looks great!

    Dan
     
  7. Grayzer86

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    Dan, I have been using cork belts rather than scotchbrite. When I was looking for surface conditioning belts, all that was in stock was the burgundy colored medium grit. I purchased one but find it far too course for what I want to do. Mine also had a fairly bad wobble that I couldn't manage to stretch out of it so it made getting in clean and tight to plunges very tough. Because of that I only use it for deburring, removing surface rust after acid soaks, etc. The cork belt I have been using is considered an 800 grit, and I am loading it with green compound. On these the progression is 120 ceramic, A160 trizact, A65 trizact, then on to the cork belt. Typically I also move to an A45 trizact, and an A30 trizact before the cork, which gives a lot finer finish. I used to beat the blades up on the spinning wheel of death (buffer) but now I never touch a blade with it. The cork belts also seem to produce far less heat than a sewn wheel with compound on a buffer/bench grinder.
     

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