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  1. Merle

    Mini Cleaver - Take Two

    This was my attempt at re-making the mini-cleaver that I cracked badly during quench a few months ago. Same material and HT process as before, but I left the beveled edge much thicker this time. And it worked, no cracks! I tried for a hamon again, and got some definite activity, but just...
  2. Merle

    First Hidden Tang / Antler Handle

    This was my Christmas Break project since i was home for that week. Decided to attempt my first hidden tang knife. 1/8" thick 1075 with a piece of elk antler from the pet store, mild steel and ABW for the bolster and pommel. Attempted a hamon but obviously that part was a complete failure...
  3. Merle

    DPH- 80crv2 with G-10

    Well since I blew up my mini-cleaver in the quench this morning, I figured I’d try to finish the other knife I had in work. (This is the project that prompted my other post about finishing G-10.) OAL is about 8” with a 3.75” edge length. No attempt at a hamon on this one but I etched in FeCl...
  4. Merle

    Hate it when this happens!

    I’ve been working on my latest knife, wanted to take run at a “mini-cleaver”. This is probably only my 7th or 8th blade so far, but things were going great... 1075 and I had it all prepped with Rutledge for the hamon... quenched this am in Parks and heard the dreaded “tink”.... sure enough when...
  5. Merle

    Finishing G-10 Handles

    I'm just finishing up a knife on which I used Ultrex G-10, in laminated black / gray color. Once I've got it all shaped and final sanded, I'm wondering if I should apply a final clear finish to really make the laminations "pop". If so what would be the right stuff to use? Or do folks not...
  6. Merle

    Diamond Files?

    Do any of you guys use diamond files for handworking and “fine tuning” bevels after HT? I’m having a heck of a time doing the final hand work on this blade now that it’s been hardened. I was trying 80 grit ceramic belt material taped to a flat aluminum bar but even the ceramic goes away after...
  7. Merle

    Home made mini-forge

    Hey Guys - I'm pretty new to Knife Dogs so I don't know how useful or interesting this will be for you all, but I thought I'd post up a WIP / step by step of the mini-forge I built for heat treating blades. It came out "okay" but was a lot of fun to make. I wish the heating was a little...
  8. Merle

    Tempering Question

    Question for you guys.... What is the reason for doing tempering in separate shorter cycles, as opposed to a single longer cycle. For example many recommendations are something along the lines of "temper at TWICE at 400F for two hours each" What would be the difference in just doing a single...
  9. Merle

    New Member Checking In

    Hi Everybody - Just wanted to check in and say "hi" from Buckley, WA. After lurking on a few of the more popular blade making forums, it sure seemed like this place had the coolest and most positive vibe, so I decided to register here. I'm pretty new to blade making, but have been building all...
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