So, I have a Great Uncle who is turning 89 this week. He literally has everything. But, I thought, why not make him something semi-sharp?
So, here is my first letter opener, other than ruined blades that I just ground down... It was a letter opener from beginning to finish.
Its 1095, and I decided to heat treat it, as that thin part in the choil (I think thats a choil) was still a little bendy while annealed. So, it got heat treated as all my 1095, except, I tempered once at 450 for an hour, hopefully it'll soften it up some.
The handle is stabilized buckeye burl. I did some filework as well. It was a fun little project. I started and finished all in one evening.
Its not super symmetrical, but I did it all by hand--and feel like it came out alright.
Here's to an Awesome '17!