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High-Performance Blades Sharing ideas for getting the most out of our steel.

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Old 09-24-2001, 10:04 AM
Tom Militano
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What thickness do you do most of your grinding on? I've been using a lot of 3/16" lately and 1/8" for smaller knives. I've been thinking of dropping down to 5/32" for most of my knives. I've using ATS34 mostly and I'm going to switch to 154CM. Any comments or recommendations? Thanks.
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Old 09-24-2001, 01:43 PM
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Tom,I use 1/8th" for hunters,small daggers etc,3/16th" for fighters and the like,nothing wrong with 5/32nd",I just never found that I needed it.I have friends who use it with regularity and and have no problem selling the end product.
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Old 10-02-2001, 08:47 AM
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I've been using thinner and thinner stocks in my fighting knives, prompted by the fact that CPM-3V was more often available in sizes less than 3/16". I've found that when properly heat treated and carefully ground, even 154CM is plenty tough enough at 5/32" or less in blades as long as 12". I hate weight, and there's just no sense in making more steel dust than I already do.
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