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BRad704
10-05-2010, 12:44 PM
I have made a couple of knives from a cheap walmart machete just to practice and learn before buying more metal, and I am curious, is it possible or worth it to try and heat treat it?

Or could I use a torch along the edge or something to give some color variation? Just curious...

Thanks,
-Brad-

BRad704
10-05-2010, 12:44 PM
This is the second blade I got out of that machete....

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_6ce8QbxRhf4/TKti_bts61I/AAAAAAAABoY/FN-x7im1aJc/s912/2010-10-05%2012.37.04_Memphis_Tennessee_US.jpg

PatrickKnives
10-05-2010, 03:41 PM
It is most likely some type of mid carbon steel which can be HT pretty easy. Heat edge with torch to non-magnetic, quench in a light oil maybe a gallon at 125f or in a brine solutions 1 lb salt with 2 gallon water. Put in oven and roast for 2 hr at 400F, done when tan color and burns finger tips.