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Test knives

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by ahoward2k, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. ahoward2k

    ahoward2k

    114
    Sep 20, 2017
    So i had a thought today about maybe banking some test knives made so i could screw around with different sharpening procedures with different steel, instead of going out and spending big bucks on premium knives. I'm think something stupid simple like a straight 2ish inch blade that I can clamp in and practice. Honestly doesn't even need a handle. Had anybody tried anything like this?
     
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  2. Diemaker

    Diemaker KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    139
    Apr 28, 2017
    I have found blade blanks on a Knife supply website but they were not from premium steel or heat treated. I would think a hardened blank made from premium steel would be of interest, to both of us. Anyone know of a source? Or if any knife makers have some seconds they would like to get rid of?
     
  3. ahoward2k

    ahoward2k

    114
    Sep 20, 2017
    Yeah there are a few others i can think of that are giving professional sharpening a go. I am working that way slowly, and I'd rather have my first experience with something like s110v or even d2 to be on something like this rather than potentially fuck up a customer's very expensive knife.
     
  4. ahoward2k

    ahoward2k

    114
    Sep 20, 2017
    A certain knife supply house does offer a heat treated cpm s35vn kit blade, and it's very reasonably priced. I'm thinking about snagging one of those, as i want to learn handles as well. I guess I'm trying to work backwards into knife making as room in my garage and the good graces of my wife allow.
     
  5. bucketstove

    bucketstove

    947
    Sep 23, 2014
    Hi,
    I do believe you're looking at utility knife razor blades, the thickest you can buy (heavy duty) because they flex when you sharpen (or you could SHIM/DOUBLE to reduce flex),
    You can get
    - ceramic , think like the most chippy steel (max carbide volume) ... or paring/peeler
    - high carbon, low-medium carbide volume
    - high speed steel (hss) / bi-metal, medium-high carbide volume
    Add to that some stainless/scalpel style
    - havalon piranta ..5Cr13..
    And the gummies (least to most)
    - one dollar stainless knives
    - food grade stainless, spatula, thongs, spoon, butterknife, bowl
    - mild steel, tin can, nail, bucket, cup,

    Add jacksaw/reciprocating sawzall for something longer in steels

    All that ought to be in the one to five dollar range
     
  6. ahoward2k

    ahoward2k

    114
    Sep 20, 2017
    That's not bad. The are a few notoriously hard to sharpen steels that I'd want on hand to practice with.
     

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