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Old 06-01-2016, 06:02 AM
ShaunMeighan ShaunMeighan is offline
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Talking My first Knife!

Hi everyone, so I just made my first knife and was hoping you guys might have tips as to how I could improve?
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Old 06-01-2016, 08:06 AM
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First, fill out your profile so we know where you are. That can make a big difference with some of the advice we might give.

Second, advice on how you can improve is an encyclopedia of information as it would be for any of us and half of what we would say might not apply to your specific situation. Ask specific questions.

Third, post a few still pictures when you want to rather than a video. If everyone posted videos we would spend all our already limited spare time trying to get to your point rather than typing out these long winded answers.

Finally, never use a modern circular saw blade for material. That steel cannot be hardened and it will not hold an edge as you have already learned.

Welcome to the forum. Be patient and do your homework ....


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Old 06-01-2016, 12:44 PM
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Use a hardenable steel next time and do a backyard heat treatment. If you can't do that, you can try tempering an old file but those can be hit or miss depending on if the file is case hardened. Since you're on youtube, check out Trollsky or Walter Sorrells channels there. They have a lot of useful videos.

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Old 06-01-2016, 02:01 PM
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there are also heat treating services depending on where you are located.
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