The "Ask Nathan a question" thread

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by JustinFournier, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    Preheat your oven 100 hotter than your austenitizing temperature

    Wrap your blade in stainless foil. Double fold the seams and roll them. Place them where they won't interfere with the plate quench

    Make a heat shroud out of foil to help reflect IR from the coils.

    Once your oven is at temp for an hour, turn it off and put your work in. Place the heat shroud over the work.

    Close the door and turn the oven on at your austenitizing temperature. If you've timed it right it will be pretty close so the exposed coils aren't on a long time burning your shit. Don't worry if you're a little over, the blade takes a few minutes to get up to temp.

    Soak the correct amount of time for your application

    Turn the oven off. Pull from the oven and quench between two metal plates to pull the heat out quickly. Ideally you want it under 100F in about a minute. This prevents the carbon from leaking back out of solution on the way down reducing certain carbides and maximizing strain energy to reduce RA. Don't worry about pearlite in A2 at this point. Any structures of that nature won't be formed here, it will be from decomposing retained austenite remaining when going into temper.

    Once under 100 cut open the foil, hang it above the liquid nitrogen in a large dewer for enough time to get under -300F (an hour works). You can use dry ice in a pinch, you'll get most of the benefits at -100F

    pull from cryo and warm until the frost starts to thaw. Clamp it straight and put it into temper. Temper two times (min) for an hour.

    ^ This is good basic HT for A2

    Off the top of my head I'd guess for this application I might soak at 1725 for 30-40 minutes and my tempers might be 475 for a target hardness of around 58. You'll want to double check those numbers.


    If you're just doing design development work you can skip a lot of that. Just get it hard and don't worry about a perfect HT.
     
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  2. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    alright, got it!
    Thanks!
     
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  3. Brian77

    Brian77 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2014

    These should be put in a sticky. For Hall of Fame Nathan forum quotes. I chocked on my breakfast. The comedy team here is amazing!
     
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  4. SharpPancake

    SharpPancake Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2018
    On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 is K18), how awesome is going to be Utility Fighter 2?
     
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  5. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    I don’t think Nathan releases anything that doesn’t score 9.9999% using that scale. Even then, he probably wakes up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night thinking about how to improve that last .0001%. :cool:

    The Utility Fighter amazes me every time I pick it up. It is so well balanced, nimble, and maneuverable feeling. I can’t imagine the UF2 being any less so. :thumbsup:

    Phil
     
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  6. SwarthyGnome

    SwarthyGnome Gold Member Gold Member

    349
    Nov 1, 2018
    Hello Nathan. I am quite excited to receive the weaponized K18. My question is regarding the profile of the blade: is the profile much different than a typical K18? Could you take a picture with the weaponized in front of typical K18?
    My concern is I will need a sheath and the easiest potential here is an Azwelke.
    Thank you.
     
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  7. Icky Thump

    Icky Thump Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2011
    100%

    UF probably my favorite. It really is awesome. Very much looking forward to the UF2, the Micro EDC and the DEK3..

    So much to look forward to, really. I heard axe, integral..and another sword? Good stuff coming, for sure.
     
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  8. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    I would think a standard sheath would work.

    I will take a picture on Monday for you.

    If you would like, I could send this directly to a sheath maker for you.
     
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  9. Grenock

    Grenock Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    Me love kydex long time, BUT, that mf’er deserves leather. Chad, Bill, Paul or that narrow assed Canadian should be putting skin on this one.
     
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  10. schmittie

    schmittie Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Apologies, I can’t figure this out. What’s a “hard thin” field knife? I know what a field knife is and I think it’s in 3/16” stock from what I read on the website. Is “hard thin” just a different heat treat and thinner stock?
     
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  11. SharpPancake

    SharpPancake Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2018
    No, stock thickness is the same, but the grind is more acute, thinner behind the edge as normal FK2.
    And it's a plate martensite, harder, but not as ductile as Delta 3V. If you are cutting a lot of soft abrasive materials, it's a good choice. If not, go for normal FK2
     
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  12. schmittie

    schmittie Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Thanks for the reply.

    And that does it for me. I’m out. There is zero chance I will ever carry a 3/16” stock knife.
     
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  13. SharpPancake

    SharpPancake Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2018
    @schmittie you would be surprised how well FK2 could cut. I have standard variant, and the hard-thin should be even better.
    From meal prep to batonning, you will not have an issue.
    If you want a good cutter, DEK1 is a solid choice.
     
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  14. SwarthyGnome

    SwarthyGnome Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 1, 2018
    Hello Nathan.

    Will you be able to post a picture of the typical K18 and the weaponized K18 to compare?
    I asked Jo to mail it to Mr. Welke for a sheath, per your offer.
    Thank you.
     
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  15. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
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  16. schmittie

    schmittie Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Well darn it. I watched a few of @Nathan the Machinist videos on YouTube on the field knife and now I’m conflicted. o_O
     
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  17. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    that was a sweet self own
     
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  18. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    Here you go. Just in case you didn't find it yet.
     
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  19. The Amazing Virginian

    The Amazing Virginian Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Not thin enough? Not thick enough? Not metric enough?
     
  20. schmittie

    schmittie Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Personally, I like thin and light in a knife, especially when dealing with many of the super steels since they can do it just fine. Years ago I sold off everything 5/32” and up. Now 1/8” seems overkill.

    Typically, with thin geometry you get a great cutter, which is all I’m after. But then theres Nathan’s video showing the performance of his 3/16....
     
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