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    My CNC knife making thread

    Thanks Ted.
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    My CNC knife making thread

    I am back to filling data into my Mastercam tool library. It turns out the cheap tools don't have published data like FPT or SFM and that makes it pretty much a guessing game for speeds and feeds. I am trying to avoid getting speeds and feeds by breaking end mills when I don't have to. I will...
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    Graphite Platen Backer

    It doesn’t work well (at all) for grinding a blade with a clean grind line. It’s too uneven. It can work for convex bevels and wood sanding - kinda. It is very slippery as a belt backing
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    Started Forging my First Forged Knife tonight

    looks like good progress. maybe you are doing this but a couple things to consider. Use a wire brush often to remove scale before hammering. Just a couple swipes is usually enough. Otherwise you pound scale into the metal. If 1084 is hard to move under the hammer, you don't have it hot enough...
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    Let me introduce my self.

    welcome to KD.. t
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    My CNC knife making thread

    Ted, I really appreciate the tips and pics. Keep them coming. I will most likely start with aluminum plates and make some simple fixture plates dedicated to specific models. After I get good tool paths I will move it over to a work holding pallet set up to scale up a little.
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    My CNC knife making thread

    Currently I am researching tooling feeds and speeds and entering the data into my Mastercam tool library. This is less exciting than you think it is. It's a paper chase to track down SFM and Chip load (IPT) for each tool. Also several of my tools are just generic cheap carbide and don't have any...
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    CNC Knife Making

    For waterjet you just need a 2D Cad. Fusion 360 is free to use for hobby use. It is 3D but will easily knock out 2D drawings. There is no reason to learn the 3D side of it for waterjet and you can pick that up with just a few tutorials. Generally, you will want to set the holes up undersize for...
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    My CNC knife making thread

    Still building the tool library with the data for the tools I have on hand. This is Mastercam 2018.
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    My CNC knife making thread

    Today I spent a couple hours entering data into the tool crib in Mastercam. I didn’t care for the process that much but it was interesting in a way. Basically look up the technical data on all of your end mills, drills, reamers, forming tools, inserts, etc and enter dimensions (there are several...
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    My CNC knife making thread

    Good video Ken
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    My CNC knife making thread

    This is the first knife part I have managed to get out of my CNC so far. It is Ti and the lock side of a liner lock I make. I worked with a guy name Tyler to get this far. More about him later. It's not much to look at but it's progress. I still have a business to run and that take the bulk of...
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    My CNC knife making thread

    I started attending classes 2 years ago at the local tech school 2 days a week. This included basic milling and lathe machining. Other classes included programming G code, engineering drawings, measuring, MasterCam and Solidworks intro/training. I am now 60 years old and was the oldest guy in...
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    My CNC knife making thread

    I have always been fascinated by CNC machines. Put a chunk of metal in, hit a button and out comes your part. Easy peasy. 10 years ago I decided I would get one and make knives with it. This thread is about my experiences in working toward that goal. I'm not there yet but I'm getting close. I...
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    CNC Knife Making

    Using a CNC machine for part or all of the process related to knife making is growing. It's no secret that Tormach CNC machines have exploded into knife making. Using a CNC machine doesn't take away from the all hand crafted knife. It's simply another way to make knives. Many knife makers have...