Thank you, I appreciate it.
G10 will polish much better than canvas or linen micarta since it's glass not cloth.
Put some Windex on a piece of glass and then som on your pants and see which one takes the best shine :)
Make sure to get all the scratches out from the previous grit as you...
The quality of micarta really matters too. This I got from Trugrit and it's great to work with. I have bought some of the artisan "micarta" too and it's been horrible to work with. Whole threads coming out when sawing and it won't polish at all. Never again.
12-1500 grit then two different...
Getting away boar hunting for a few days, so decided to put other things on hold and throw together a couple of knives for this trip.
One proper belt knife for gutting and skinning in 3.3 mm AEB-L, OAL 210 mm.
And one small neck/pocket carry in 2mm 14c28n, 170 mm OAL.
Both have slightly...
I also use an anvil, and get better results now compared to when I used a piece of mild steel ,that was a bit off in the surface too. You can get a new 20 kg Kanca anvil on amazon.de for good money. It's what I have.
I use a fairly rounded carbide tip, stuck in a hammer. I never hammer hard...
Yes it's a metal band saw. I was only talking about those. Wood cutting saws typically run higher speeds and have more hp.
Mine runs 30-90 m/min. I have it set on 30 always and use 18 tpi blades. For steel, micarta, g10. I don't use any wood in the shop.
It's not all in the horse power. For example among floor standing industrial versions of smaller size (310 mm / 12" throat depth) 1/2 and sometimes 1 hp is most common. Mine has 360 mm depth and uses 2900 mm long blades, has a 1 hp motor and no issues cutting thick stuff.
In my experience they don't need a whole lot of breaking in. A minute or two. I find it is important to have 100% finish before using them to get it nice. Eg a complete 400 grit finish with no scratches left from the previous grit, then 400 grit cork.
A30 is a fine finish. From there I would go with grey (very fine) Scotchbrite I think. Have you tried cork belts yet? They also give a good finish and do some blending. But they keep the transitions crisper!
I'm still playing around with different belt finishes trying to decide which one I like best and where to stop. I have to say a clean 220 followed by green/blue Scotchbrite leaves a good user finish. Too bad them belts mess up the transitions a bit though, especially on thin high grinds.
I am not aiming this at you personally FredyCro, but I do think there is some exaggeration in this community in chasing highest possible hardness, and thinnest possible geometry. A lot if the time, it may just not be very useful/practical.
14C28N performs very well. And extremely well when also considering its silly low price. I have a hard time motivating buying another stainless because of this, but do use some RWL-34 as well.
14C28N is really good at 61 Hrc.