I nearly got a set of the blanks that Stu had a while back but wasn't sure about the steel. Sounds like I should have grabbed them when I had the chance. If they'd been carbon I probably would have gone for it....
Will be interesting to see how they turn out
I didn't go for any of the big ones because they are flat ground. But they could work out with a bit of thinning, but only room for so much convexing. He's sold them all now any way. These parers are about 0,5mm behind the edge, with a really steep bevel as factory. I've taken mine to 0.1mm behind the edge, with a tiny little 10 degree per side bevel. it takes a nice fine edge for sure. And strops up to the point where it pops the tops off hairs. Would love to know what the steel is, maybe Sheffield's own stainless.
I have a stainless sheffield fillet knife bought new about 5 years ago from my mum, its a different thing all together, it is an effort to get it sharp enough to slice paper, so either poor steel or poor HT and lots of little mistakes in the grind. Like over grinds on the integral bolster plunges and nasty gaps on the scales, Shame they didn't stick to making great knives rather than trying to compete with mass produced rubbish.
From what I hear and read, that extra .05% carbon and the other alloying tricks that you get in AEB-L makes a world of difference when compared to the equally pedestrian (in theory) steel like the X50CrMo15 stuff.
Originally Posted by WillC
Right been a while on these....:O But I have a batch of 9 on the way to me. I will wait till I get them to assess them properly and give some options on finish and handling. These are straight off the machine finish as is, they are different to my one in that they have a thick portion at the back of the blade, Stu ground a clean plunge in on mine at the bolster which I prefer. I will do this in a reground option.
Here is a pic from source.
Mine is holding a wicked edge still btw, despite girlfriend abuse:lol2:
Something i'd be interested in, any more thoughts on price? :)
As is price to finish your self will be about £28 plus postage and pay pal fees, so depending on where you are.... I would like to check them over first though but as an idea.
I think a regrind and hand finish/honing will add £30 to that.
And to have one reground and handled by me will be around £95 plus p+p and paypal.
But i'll just hold off a definate on that till I have got them and checked them over.
um @#$#@ I would love one of these from you. Hope they hold out (prob. not) until June. Stupid trip.
Right these have arrived with me now and i've had a chance to look them over.
They fit firmly into 2 camps. Those that have been finished and polished except for the final bevel. Apart from the ends being a bit rounded so will need making pointy again. These seem good candidates to send on as is. They will need thinning towards the edge with a diamond stone, but the finish should make them a relatively easy task to diy finish to a nice satin all over.
There are 5 of these available which I will let go for £28 each as diy projects , with P&P and paypal that will be
£38 to the states.
The remaining 4 still have the bumpy machine finish on the blades and course grit finish for the rest. There is still a good 1mm on the edge and I would deem these way too much work for someone without grinding equipment.
These I will grind the fat bit of the blade off at the back, regrind convex and thin behind the edge and take to a nice satin 320 grit finish.
There is a good bit of work in these bit more than I thought, but the results should be very nice.
I would really like to do these completely finished and handled and honed, they will be around the £100 mark depending on wood.
Thanks for the pm's of interest I hope that makes things a bit clearer. I'll grind one of these up tomorrow and see how it goes.
Lets get some of these out to be enjoyed, I've been a bit slack on this.
A couple are now spoken for.
I've changed my mind a couple of times on options and prices. Sorry, I ground one of the unground ones up the other day and I would be prepared to do them ground up to the same profile as my one, but very thin behind the edge with a little convexness. Its not effecient to completely hand finish them but i'll take them to an even 180 grit by hand, so its all downhill from there after you have handled them.
I'll do them re-ground, ready to be handled and finished by their new owners for
£50 posted, add £2 for u.s. postage.
I have a few left of the polished ones I will sell as is for you to thin yourself on the stones etc for the price as above.
£35 posted add £2 for u.s.postage
There are now 4 left of the polished ones that can go out as is for the cheaper price or reground for a bit more.
And 3 left of the unground ones which must be re-ground and finished.
Here are some pics of the one I re-ground.
I sharpened and edge tested it and its spot on, just like mine...
Just a reminder of the difference, these are the polished ones with the fat bit still on the heel.
Have a lovely Sunday.:biggrin:
Should add if anyone does fancy one all finished and handled by me, shoot me a pm.