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Re: Recent Work

Post by mauichef » Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:33 pm

I'm liking these Carter. Very much

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Re: Recent Work

Post by Kalaeb » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:17 pm

Did your Rockwell tester show up?

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Re: Recent Work

Post by Jeff B » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:01 pm

Looking good Carter! I'm a big fan of W2 tool steel and as far as reactive, about the least reactive of anything carbon I have ever used.
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Re: Recent Work

Post by Carter » Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:02 am

Thanks Ray, I have a feeling the W2 blades may become more popular than 52100.

Matt - Yes, it did. Glad to have it, but getting some real confusing results with the testing....getting HRC #'s from mid-30's to upper 50's. The test blocks are reading with reasonable accuracy, but the blades and coupons I have tested are off. I have reached out to Bloodroot for advice, they have the same machine. I made a coupon of W2 yesterday and just hardened it, no temper....it should be 65+ HRC, but getting a low reading...files skate off of it and a fresh ceramic belt was having trouble cutting, so it is hard.

Jeff - I am finding it to be less reactive than 52100. It will patina quickly, but seems to better with ingredients and doesn't get too funky smelling like some of the other steels, including 52100 sometimes.

I am still learning about the claying and hamon process, but is has become clear that the W2 blades will be more $$ than 52100 due to increased time. For no differential hardening and not as high a polish (required to show hamon) prices should be similar to 52100.

Question: At some point, I would like to try forging blades, it won't happen soon, but maybe within the next year. I imagine the prices of the forged blade will be more $$ due to more time involved in creating the blade vs stock removal. The question is, is a forged blade worth more than stock removal, even if heat treat and end performance is exactly the same. In a blind testing could you tell the difference??? These are the questions I ask myself....would appreciate your input.

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Re: Recent Work

Post by Carter » Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:03 am

Thanks Ray, I have a feeling the W2 blades may become more popular than 52100.

Matt - Yes, it did. Glad to have it, but getting some real confusing results with the testing....getting HRC #'s from mid-30's to upper 50's. The test blocks are reading with reasonable accuracy, but the blades and coupons I have tested are off. I have reached out to Bloodroot for advice, they have the same machine. I made a coupon of W2 yesterday and just hardened it, no temper....it should be 65+ HRC, but getting a low reading...files skate off of it and a fresh ceramic belt was having trouble cutting, so it is hard.

Jeff - I am finding it to be less reactive than 52100. It will patina quickly, but seems to better with ingredients and doesn't get too funky smelling like some of the other steels, including 52100 sometimes.

I am still learning about the claying and hamon process, but is has become clear that the W2 blades will be more $$ than 52100 due to increased time. For no differential hardening and not as high a polish (required to show hamon) prices should be similar to 52100.

Question: At some point, I would like to try forging blades, it won't happen soon, but maybe within the next year. I imagine the prices of the forged blade will be more $$ due to more time involved in creating the blade vs stock removal. The question is, is a forged blade worth more than stock removal, even if heat treat and end performance is exactly the same. In a blind testing could you tell the difference??? These are the questions I ask myself....would appreciate your input.

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Re: Recent Work

Post by Carter » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:47 am

This is a 185mm petty in W2 carbon steel. It has been clayed for differential hardening and is about to go in the oven at 1460F for heat treating.

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