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First forged knife

Post by Joshigon » Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:10 pm

I have been blacksmithing for the last 6 months or so. Here is my first gyuto. I hand forged it out of 52100. It measures just over 240. I heated treated it by eye and it's better 62 and 65 rockwell. The handle is Lignum Vitae with a black and white ebony ferrule.

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Re: First forged knife

Post by Bensbites » Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:17 pm

Very cool. I need to start my blademaking journey...

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Re: First forged knife

Post by cjmeik » Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:23 pm

Way to go! Looks like a really strong first effort!

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Re: First forged knife

Post by milkbaby » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:50 am

Nice job! I like how you used the old school approach of heat treating by eye too. :thumbsup:

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Re: First forged knife

Post by Chefspence » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:48 pm

Nice. You definitely like the curved choils eh?

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Re: First forged knife

Post by Joshigon » Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:10 pm

Chefspence wrote:
Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:48 pm
Nice. You definitely like the curved choils eh?
I really do! :) I like the finger clearance.
Balance point is on the pinch.
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Re: First forged knife

Post by Chefspence » Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:43 pm

Joshigon wrote:
Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:10 pm
Chefspence wrote:
Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:48 pm
Nice. You definitely like the curved choils eh?
I really do! :) I like the finger clearance.
Balance point is on the pinch.
Totally. I'm willing to bet if my Gihei didn't have that feature, I wouldn't like it as much

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Re: First forged knife

Post by nevrknow » Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:54 pm

Need you a nice trademark stamp and stamp it #1. May be worth a fortune in the future. You never know. :)

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Re: First forged knife

Post by Joshigon » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:23 pm

nevrknow wrote:
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:54 pm
Need you a nice trademark stamp and stamp it #1. May be worth a fortune in the future. You never know. :)
I am in the process of making my own touch mark. I'm not sure if I can mark this knife now because it's hardened.
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Re: First forged knife

Post by nevrknow » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:27 pm

One of these other blade makers could chime in and help you. I only work with wood tho so much props to you guys that can use steel.

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Re: First forged knife

Post by Bensbites » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:17 pm

Joshigon wrote:
Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:23 pm
nevrknow wrote:
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:54 pm
Need you a nice trademark stamp and stamp it #1. May be worth a fortune in the future. You never know. :)
I am in the process of making my own touch mark. I'm not sure if I can mark this knife now because it's hardened.
I have looked into the DIY electroplating. I am pretty sure you do that after you harden.

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Re: First forged knife

Post by Carter » Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:44 pm

Hi guys...you can etch and/or mark a blade after is has been hardened....in fact, it is one of the last things that I do. The Personalizer (or the Plus model) is a good machine.

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Re: First forged knife

Post by Joshigon » Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:24 am

Carter wrote:
Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:44 pm
Hi guys...you can etch and/or mark a blade after is has been hardened....in fact, it is one of the last things that I do. The Personalizer (or the Plus model) is a good machine.
What about embossed with a metal stamp and hammer?
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Re: First forged knife

Post by GopherBroke » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:41 am

Joshigon wrote: What about embossed with a metal stamp and hammer?
Now that it's hardened... thats not an option. You could do that prior to HT.

Options after HT:
Laser engraving
Acid Etch
Silk Screen.

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Re: First forged knife

Post by Joshigon » Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:10 am

GopherBroke wrote:
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:41 am
Joshigon wrote: What about embossed with a metal stamp and hammer?
Now that it's hardened... thats not an option. You could do that prior to HT.

Options after HT:
Laser engraving
Acid Etch
Silk Screen.
That's what I thought. 8-)
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Re: First forged knife

Post by Chefspence » Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:36 am

When do makers hand chisel the kanji? Before or after?

Just use a dremel :lol:

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Re: First forged knife

Post by Joshigon » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:02 am

Chefspence wrote:
Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:36 am
When do makers hand chisel the kanji? Before or after?

Just use a dremel :lol:
That might work. This knife is just a tester. It has some issues I really don't like. They are only going to get better, then I will start marking them.
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Re: First forged knife

Post by Carter » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:57 am

You could use a torch and soften up the area where you want to stamp the makers mark post HT, but using something like the Personalizer is easier and less risky. I would be real cautious with a Dremel for this....you will have a knife that is close to being ready to go and if the Dremel "got away" from you, the blade could get scratched up or damaged.

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Re: First forged knife

Post by GopherBroke » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:36 pm

Dremel tool.. bad!

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Re: First forged knife

Post by Chefspence » Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:45 pm

It was a joke :lol: though I have wondered a couple times

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