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Old 01-06-2020, 12:21 PM
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I'd like to make a couple knives out of this band saw blade. Never made one before. I don't have a forge. Just want to grind and sand. It's 9" wide and .075" thick. Want to make a small skinning knive similar to an old timer I have. (1560T)
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Suggestions?

See below... Started project with O1 tool steel
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Old 01-06-2020, 03:33 PM
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Do you have a way to heat treat the metal? It will be a fun project. Do you have a belt sander?

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Old 01-06-2020, 03:54 PM
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A little thin for most general use hunting knives, including skinners , unless it was a fairly small one- but would be about right for a great fillet knife, or paring knife.

Planning on making it with files only, or do you have a decent belt grinder to contour the blade? If you don't have a kiln or forge to heat treat you can send it out to one of the commercial heat treat outfits to have it done... but it would help a lot if you know what steel it is made out of...

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Old 01-06-2020, 08:31 PM
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I do have a belt sander and a grinder. I haven't a clue what metal it is. I could anneal it with a Map gas torch, along with heat treatment to the edge. Should I just a buy a couple small pieces of real tool steel?
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Old 01-07-2020, 03:18 AM
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Cut off a small piece maybe 1/4" by 3 or 4 inches and heat it orange or better yet heat it until a magnet won't stick then quench in light oil. Since it doesn't matter if it cracks you can quench in water. Then see if is to hard to file and put on your safety glasses and see if it will break when you try to bend it. Those saw blades are usually called L6 or 15N20 steel and have been used for years to make good knives. If it 3/32" or 1/8" thick it will work.
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Old 01-08-2020, 12:46 PM
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8-10 " wide??
What you most likely have there is a nice chunk of 15N20 produced by Sandvik in Sweden. As far as I know, virtually all WIDE bandsaw blade is produced by them.
I use a large amount of this stuff and every batch I get specs out to be 15n20. Carbon is usually in the high .60's to .70.

You can grind it as is but that's a rough journey :-) Just have to keep it from getting too hot and turning colors...
If you have Mapp gas, build a lil forge from a soft firebrick or 2.

When I'm processing this stuff for Damascus, I just heavily score it and break it off in the leg vice.

Have fun!!!
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Old 01-11-2020, 02:33 PM
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O1 blade beginning

After some research I've got a couple pieces of O1 tool steel... 1/8"1. Here's what I started today.
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Old 01-11-2020, 02:38 PM
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Progress...
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Old 01-11-2020, 04:29 PM
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go for it!!
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:58 PM
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O1 blade

Did some grinding and sanded to 400 on blade portion. It's just ok. Center line stayed very even. My grinds by cutout aren't the same. I have more metal to try again. Need to make a stop so it's in same spot. I happy with very first one. More sanding and then heat treat. That's the correct order... correct? Then temper?
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Old 01-12-2020, 07:51 AM
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finish this one before starting another. Actually those frinds aren't bad.
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Old 01-12-2020, 03:41 PM
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Put some oak scales on temporarily. Oak, since on hand, plus didn't want to waste good stuff on 1st set. I do have some micarta and some Claro walnut.
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Old 01-12-2020, 04:42 PM
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Awesome project! Drooling a bit over here. . .
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Sand out the scratches and get the finish fairly even no need to go finer than 220 grit or so because when you heat treat you will get some scale and have to sand again to get a good final finish. Oak will make a durable handle but I would put on some scales from a darker wood with some figure in it. You are doing a great job and will have a knife to be proud of. Even some curly maple with a light brown dye will make the knife look 100% better when you show it to friends and say look what I made.
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Old 01-12-2020, 09:33 PM
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NOW do you go any higher than 400 grit on the blade? Heat treat next?
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