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    Bill Kirkley
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    I have taken a bladesmith course at New England School of Metalwork. They have great classes in blacksmithing and bladesmithing. I have only forged a few knives since.

    I recently forged a knife using 1084 steel. It is one of the easiest to heat treat. I sharpened it with the WE starting with the 50 grit stone (to produce an edge) and worked up to the 1000 grit stone. I stropped it with the yellow and turquoise paste.

    I have sharpened several store bought knives. Most were stainless. The 1084 is much sharper than any of the previous blades I sharpened. It also took on a near mirror edge.

    I guess 1084’s tendency to rust is why other steels are used. I was impressed with the edge I was able to get using this steel.

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    #47125
    Shelley
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    I like your filework, looks like a good little knife, have you made a sheath for it too?

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    MarcH
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    Bill, sorry to ask, is this a blade fracture? Or just a shadow from the grind line?

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    Bill Kirkley
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    Shelley,  I guess you can call it a sheath. It’s two pieces of an old leather belt duck taped together!

    MarcH,  it’s a shadow!

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    MarcH
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    Yes I can see there from those pictures it is the grind line!  I’m was feeling bad for you.  All that work for the steel to fracture would suck.  That’s a nice knife Bill.  Looks like a real work horse.  I like the handle too.  Looks like a “Gorilla” tape sheath! LOL

    Marc
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    #47190
    Bill Kirkley
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    Here is my latest knife. Among its problems, it is not well proportioned.

    I took a beginners class at New England School of Metal Work several years ago. I haven’t devoted much time making knives. I hope to make more in the future.

    Maybe with time I will improve. Even though they have imperfections it is great fun forging and grinding them.

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    Bill Kirkley
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    Thanks, MarkH. It is a good little knife. I’ve used it around the shop a good bit.

    Yes, I think it is Gorilla tape, not duck tape.

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    Organic
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    Have you checked out Walter Sorrells on YouTube? He does some very nice videos on knife making that you may find interesting and informative.

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    Bill Kirkley
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    Yes, I’ve looked at some of his videos. He does a great job.

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