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    Knife Polish

    Thanks, Deane, for providing those really cool pics of the knives you polished with the samples I sent you. Much appreciated!! I tagged your Instagram account and I recommend that you post more pictures of your work there so that anyone looking at EnviroDiamond from a knife polishing product...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    Hi Ted - thank you for the intelligently written response. That's funny about the polycarbonate. I have so many buckets of shrapnel it's nuts. And I have this big crate of 4-foot 3" diameter 1" wall thickness graphite tubes. I have no idea what I'll do with them, but I can't bear throw them...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    Hi Ken - That is a fantastic attitude. Thanks. I always figured there should be no problem in attempting to make a knife from the right steel from my process under the condition it is microfracture-free. Regardless, the jagged steel would look nice all polished and converted into a knife or...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    That's interesting, Chris. Thanks. The answer to your question lies within how explosives work and the economics of something called abrasive utility. The harder steel would induce a faster velocity of detonation (VOD). The pressure produced from detonation is proportional to VOD^2, and a...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    Hi Ken, Most of the shrapnel is small, but the pieces I am approaching your group with are the larger ones. I have a lot of videos and pics on my intro thread, however, I am happy list a few things here: 1. Here's the shrapnel from a full pipe when we select pieces about 1" or larger. Only...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    Hi John, it's already been established that Ken and some others he knows would be interested in doing this under the conditions mentioned. I trust his opinion and respect that you may see things differently, which is totally cool. Why bother to make a knife from my shrapnel? Well, you said it...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    Hi Chris - I think the root of any misunderstanding comes from how you and most other knifemakers have a standard for your craft that I was previously not aware of. That's all. I'm not passively accusing anyone of anything. I'm just trying to learn, and the truth is I did not see why making...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    Ted - Very cool and positive reply. Thank you very much for that perspective. FYI: The shrapnel is pure steel. Thanks...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    Thanks, John, for your reply. I am not looking for customers as I have nothing to sell. I am sorry to hear that dealing with me trying to understand your group is frustrating you. Beginning with metallurgy would not have helped, because the issue isn't with the material being soft or hard...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    Hey everyone - thanks for your replies. I really appreciate everyone's time and patience with these inquiries. Ed - thank you so much for that fantastic reply and steel references. So the knife can be made and the crux of hesitation is that the material has to be suited to the purpose for...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    Dude, I’m a nerdy scientist doing the best I can. I’m actually just conducting research relating to what knife makers can or cannot use to make knives from. My company produces scrap metal in the form of pipe shrapnel and many of the pieces look like they could be transformed into unique swords...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    I've checked out your informative site - very helpful info. And wow - your knives are quite impressive. Some of the damascus ones are so creative. Your site discourages using scrap steel. Under the hypothetical scenario where I propose hiring you to take a piece of scrap soft steel to make...
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    Thanks, Ed - much appreciated!
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    Making Knives and Swords from Pipe Shrapnel

    Thanks, John, for taking the time to share your thoughts with me on this matter. I really appreciate learning about the culture and psychology of your group. My takeaway from your comments is that your preference and perception of other knifemakers is to operate within the domain that is...
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    Knife Polish

    My industrial clients ask for similar particle sizes but they always buy dry powder. I think a paste is a good idea and I am going to be developing a few prototypes to have guys like you check them out. I can either sent you some powder now or we can wait until I've produced some pastes - just...
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    Explosively Formed Damascus Steel

    Hey Ken, I actually have no experience with welding, just explosives. I remember going to a conference once and spoke to some veteran welders, and like knife making, welding is an entire artform of its own. Thanks for feedback! Much appreciated
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    Knife Polish

    That's cool, Dean - I'll email you and check it out. And I can send you a few samples too if you email back your mailing address.
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    Explosively Formed Damascus Steel

    Thanks! Unfortunately, the explosives lab is in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. However, if you can get yourself up here when I book the lab for the next set of tests I am allowed to have up to four guests accompany me. In the meantime, please let me know your thoughts on the metals/powders etc...
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    Knife Polish

    Thanks, BossDog!
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    Soft versus Hard Steel

    Hi Doug, Thanks for the informative reply! Are those carbon figures accidentally off by a factor of 10? Great info. I certainly need to read up more on steel and how heat affects it. What an interesting field of science. I will look into getting a copy of those books - thanks. As a knife...
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