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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bussard, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. Bussard

    Bussard New Member

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    Hello everyone,
    I've decided that I would like to craft a blade (full tang, 4") as a winter project. I'm trying to do this with minimal budget, so I'll be shaping with hand tools, and trying to heat treat at home with basic equipment.
    But first, where can I get some steel? I live in the Halifax region of NS. I was thinking of O1, but is there a better suggestion for material that I would be hand filing? What on-line resources for supplies would you suggest?
    I'm looking forward to any and all suggestions.
    thanks
    bob
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Welcome to CKM Bob.

    Your choice of O1 is a good one for working with hand tools. I like to use files for most of my work, and I've used a lot of O1. If you prefer a truer carbon steel, 1084 is also a good steel to work by hand.

    As to where to find some, I can suggest you talk to Rob at knifemaker.ca. He usually has both O1 and 1084 on hand. The alternative is to look across the border at some place like usaknifemaker.com.

    On the tool front, a hacksaw and some determination are all that's needed to cut out your rough blade blank. I suggest you get a set of good files for the main work. Cheap ones dull quickly and turn knife making into an exercise in frustration. You'll also need a drill press (or an something that can hold a drill to make straight holes) and copious amounts of sandpaper in grits from 80 to 1000 or higher.

    When it comes to heat treating your blade, you will need a good torch and some fire bricks to make a temporary heat treat station. Alternatively, you can build a simple two-brick forge or send it out for heat treating (knifemaker.ca offers the service).

    The members here can offer lots more help as you go along. We're always up for helping out a fellow maker.
     
  3. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    Kbc tools on the east for 01 , skookum tools on the west , send skookum rob on here a pm i know he'll help you out and his service is excellent
     
  4. Bussard

    Bussard New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm looking for the steel, and the two brick forge sounds like fun. Anyone know where to find the bricks?

    bob
     
  5. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Your best bet for soft bricks is a local pottery supply place. They use them to line kilns.
     
  6. mwilson

    mwilson New Member

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    Hi Bob,
    I got the bricks i used from a pottery supply store right in Dartmouth (I live in Pictou County). I'll see if I can find the name of the company and get back to you with it. It was in the phone book.
     
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    mwilson New Member

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    I don't see a way to edit my previous post to add the address so here it is. Atlantic Pottery Supplies in Dartmouth, NS. easy to find via google
     
  8. Bussard

    Bussard New Member

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    Thanks, I'll give them a call.
     

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