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Removing metal on first knife :)

Discussion in 'Other Projects' started by Bushdriver, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Bushdriver

    Bushdriver New Member

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    Finally started in my first knife. It will become a basic utility knife I hope. It's 1084 steel, I'm using an angle grinder and files for stock removal. I'm certainly learning lots and I am having fun with it but we'll see how the finer work goes.

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  2. r-ice

    r-ice New Member

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    is it me, why can't i see images in the forum anymore?
     
  3. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Not just you bro, I can't see anything either. It seems to be a hit and miss for me.
     
  4. Bushdriver

    Bushdriver New Member

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    Hmm, that was with Flickr, I'll try with photobucket shortly
     
  5. Bushdriver

    Bushdriver New Member

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    Pics try #2
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  6. Grayzer86

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    That's working now. Looking good
     
  7. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    looks like a nice pattern , keep us posted , we love pics
     
  8. knifeaholic92

    knifeaholic92 New Member

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    Sweet ! I like the shape :) keep us updated
     
  9. Bushdriver

    Bushdriver New Member

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    Took to the sander at work today. I started setting the bevel with files but switched to the sander. My lack of practice really shows with the unevenness of the bevel but it wouldn't be any fun if I didn't have something to improve!

    I'm certainly learning lots but I'm afraid this first knife may never be described as "pretty". At this stage of the game it's safe to say I don't know what I don't know so advice is greatly appreciated!
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    Image quality is poor. I will try to use the nikon from here on.
     
  10. Icho-

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    You are definitely on the right track. It really doesn't look bad. You can even out the beveled with a file. I know it may not go really quick but you will have the control to even it out. I occasionally pull out the file for touch ups. Try to get it as close as you can so you don't have much metal to remove after heat treat.
     
  11. stevebates

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    Like Icho said....You could totally straighten that grind I've had nasty oopses in the past and you would be amazed how you can get it fixed up. Looking great!!!
     
  12. Bushdriver

    Bushdriver New Member

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    Took some time today, and heeded the words of wisdom I've received, and took to cleaning up my grind today. I am much more satisfied with the result.

    First picture shows my previous results but in higher quality
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    This is the product of my grinding with a closer attention to detail
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    And here I've started to sand the flat of the blade to begin preparing it for heat treat. Note; I have not yet sanded the bevel, just a progress report.
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    More wisdom is always appreciated. The angles of the bevel are a little shy of being completely equal but I have some concerns over trying to hard to make it perfect at the risk of continuously removing metal until I no longer have a useable product. I bought a new 4x36 belt for the work sander but I'm having a heck of a time finding these belts in anything higher than 50 grit. I feel like a slower belt would be nice to have.

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  13. stevebates

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    Excellent....much much better, looking like a whole new blade. Great job!
     
  14. Bushdriver

    Bushdriver New Member

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    Thanks Steve :)
     
  15. Alexander13

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    I have a 4x36 at work as well but only 80 belts. My first few where done on that and a bench grinder and then I went through 100 to 400 grit with wet/dry sandpaper all by hand. You also might want to try draw filing, that really helps flatten out bevels before sanding. Looks good keep it up.
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  16. Foster J

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    Looks like you're gettin the hang of it, and don't be afraid to use the files. I use them all the time to get things just right or fix boo boo's. A little draw filing can go a long way to get things flat and straight. Just like Alexander13 said. Looking good.
     
  17. Bushdriver

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    Thanks Joel and Foster! I was draw filing for a little bit but I was having a tough time making it nicely around the curve (my lack of technique) and, of course, it was very slow going:rolleyes:; I got impatient.

    I'm working on cleaning it up nice on my stones. Also got started on my second project which will be in a new thread momentarily :)
     
  18. Bushdriver

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    So I have this knife buffed out and looking pretty shiny but I'm slightly concerned that the edge may be too thin for heat treat, it varies from .018"-0.022". Is there a width I should aim for at the edge?
     
  19. Ryan Ladurantaye

    Ryan Ladurantaye Active Member

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    Try holding a dime up to the edge. If it's between there and the thickness of a nickel you should be safe from and serious warping depending on your quench medium. I use that guide just to be safe. It can make for a bit more work post HT but less warping
     

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