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Possible goldmine? or duds?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by snailgixxer, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. snailgixxer

    snailgixxer Golf season is here:)!!!!

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    I'm very new to knife making, still in the process of making my first blade..its unfortunately only a low carbon steel blade. I got the urge to make one, and with limited time, I jumped right in on a piece of flatstock from the shop. Its more or less just a practice piece, I have done ample hours of research on knife making the last few weeks and Ive ordered some 1084 and also some 80crv2 I believe. Little about myself: I am a Machinist whos been working in the field in Alberta for a few years now, so its been a while since Ive been working in a shop full time. This knife making venture has me superstoked, and I cant wait to get a few blades done up. I have a month off over xmas, so I should be able to get a few done.

    so, my question is..Im currently doing a job in Fox Creek, AB, and Im using a Metal Devil skill saw, cutting a casing around a pipeline lengthways lol...not a normal job, buuuut...the saw blades that Im using are burning out the carbide tips like crazy. Im wondering if anyone knows what the actual disk material would be? I havent done a magnetic test to see if its stainless or not, Im assuming it is, but not sure. If the material would be good for knife making, I will keep them to cut out blanks as Ive got about 15 for garbage already. Any thoughts?

    Cheers, look forward to showing of my work
     
  2. metal99

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    Hey man, welcome to the forum! There is a pretty good group of guys here.

    As far as your saw blades go, I would almost bet my next pay cheque that they won't be any good. As a rule any blades that have carbide teeth are no good for knife making. The only way to find out would be to have it tested or try heat treating some. The prices of 1084 are so low that it usually doesn't make much sense to use mystery steels.
     
  3. snailgixxer

    snailgixxer Golf season is here:)!!!!

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    Thanks for the response, was wondering if anyone would haha, I kind of figured it out though, I tried a few kitchen knives out of the stuff and it didn't really turn out. Im not an expert, but I learn quickly. I have some 1084 and 80crv2 now on hand. Currently still waiting on the proper grinder setup to arrive. I got the grizzly 2x72. Pretty excited to have a decent tool like that, Ive been using files and it really isn't easy. Ive also talked to an old foreman of mine from a machine shop, and he has close friends at Canfor, so Ill be getting a few nice used saw blades from there. Maybe tinker with them and see what I can come up with.
     

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