grinding tanto blade

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Im making my first blade and wanted to know if there is a proccess or order i should follow to grind a tanto. Any tips you guys have would be greatly apreciated. I plan on practicing on scraps first but i dont even know what grit of belts i should use besides increasing grit count as i progress. also when heat tempering do i have to buy tempering oil or can i substitute something like used motor oil.
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I would suggest you search and read a lot of the previous threads on these subjects.Also a couple of good books and videos would be wise.Don't start that tanto until you understand ALL the things involved in its construction and heat treatment.
 
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