2 hunter WIP

Ty Adams

KNIFE MAKER
So I'm actually going to work on these today! I'll try to post pictures as I go, it will only be one knife with same process for both.
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I start with a 120 grit ceramic belt and focus on fixing any small issues with blade. For me grinding is an art in constant correction, not getting the perfect grind. So not being afraid to only grind one area at a time has made my life easier.
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The plunge lines were not as centered as they could be. I set the calipers to the deepest plunge. Slowly I work the other side to match.
 

Ty Adams

KNIFE MAKER
Ok so I had some grinding issues today. Mainly I was struggling getting a good grind.
After getting that all straightened out the hamon was not jumping out like they normally do.
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I obviously didn't get the clay as thick as I should have. This one's already at 14 thousands edge thickness so it might have a satin finish. I wont give up it was just a quick etch so there could be some hidden beauty left.
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Ty Adams

KNIFE MAKER
I'm putting the other Hunter on hold. I obviously put the clay on too thin. The debate is the tip is already thin with a slight warp, even if I fix the warp by the time I grind the decarb off, a warp will almost be unavoidable. I don't mind fixing warps but a thin knife can warp bad enough it can sometimes take an entire day to fix the warp in the temper.
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This half way thru a 600 grit dirty finish. I'm going to go up 1000 grit in the hopes of getting some activity out of the hamon.
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At 400 grit I use a sanding block with no backer. At this point the goal is to have a clean finish. For me the time saved by a backer is lost due to an uneven finish because of the backer. At this point I'm pulling the block straight back and forth. The block is still angled so I don't wash out the plunge line at the top.
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As soon as the paper starts to feel dull I move on to the ricoso area with each rotation of the paper. I feel it's easier to keep up with the ricoso as I go,, rather than try to clean it up after the blade is finished. In the picture you see that the block doesn't go beyond the transition point of the ricoso and the blade. It leaves a nice crisp plunge line transition.
 

Ty Adams

KNIFE MAKER
I have one side at 1000 grit, and the other side at a dirty 800 grit. Hopefully tonight I'll get a chance to do some etching.
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I usually try to get really crisp square plunges. This is my first attempt at more of a radius plunge. I like the way they are turning out.
 

Ty Adams

KNIFE MAKER
I've spent more time trying to fix this hamon then I have in the entire knife so far. I'm not sure what happened? Over etched at 220 grit, or maybe some banding? Either way it's going to have a 600 grit satin finish.
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