Blade working difficult?

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I have only tried to make a knife out of a circular saw blade which was a pretty big pain in the rear. The real steel that you purchase for knife making. Is it really difficult to cut and shape? From my understanding its supposed to be easier but then the heat treatment is what makes it very hard.

Appreciated!

-pakora
 
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Your understanding is correct. I have done some filework practice on mild steel and it isn't much more difficult to do the annealed blade steels we work with. Sometimes it sure seems tough though. :( Hand tools and carpal tunnel syndrome don't make it any easier.

There are a few that are just nasty to work with even annealed.

Rob!
 
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Pakora, the most important thing is that you use good quality tools. Knife steels are tough even in the annealed state, if you go cheap in the tool department, you go expensive in the sweat and aggravation department, that is something that will make you lose interest very quickly.


Mike
 
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Starting out the thing you need is PATIECE. It don't matter what you start out with. If you don't have patience there's no need to start.
 
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Try some annealed O1 tool steel from Admiral Steel. As annealed, it is a lot easier to cut, file, etc. than heat treated saw steel. Good luck.
 
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