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    this knife is older than me! i have to show it some love.

    hello! i found in a old case the knife my wife's grandfather used. it might have been homemade by him (there was a lot of old files, chisels, and wood tools in that box too)

    it was full of rust and in very bad shape.

    i took out wooden handle (not full tang, cracked) and grinded it with rough abrasive to get most of rust out.

    and i wish to make it a special profile slicer

    its very thin (1,2mm at the tickest spine point)

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    it feels very hard steel (very hard to bend despite small thickness)

    no power tools allowed. files!

    i might heat treat it or not (never done before)

    i will etch it.

    i will need to make a western handle in the new full tang i'll be making.

    advice and commnets very welcome

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    Um, your ruler has no inches...
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    S'ok, we're used to talking about knife lengths in mm anyways
    Len

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    True that. It's funny when I here something given in cm or mm, I instantly convert in my head by using knife lengths...

    15cm..."oh, thats the same size as my petty", lol.

    ...and looking forward to some continued WIP pics. Good luck; looks like a lot of filing...
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    yup, thanks.

    when i get in a inch/foot discussion i always think of boat lenghts (i used to teach sailing) so i guess same stategy

    first part done:





    i have good tungsten micro files tho. but this steel is way harder than the aluminium i'm used to...

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    You need to anneal the steel first so it becomes soft enough to work with hand tools such as your files. If you don't you'll likely damage your files. I wouldn't waste my time on that particular knife unless you can identify what type of steel it is, because then you will need to heat treat it correctly. Just my two cents...
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    I'd do it just for sentimental value.
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    hello, yes, i do this only for sentimental value, my wife just asked me to use the former handle too. I see it personnaly as a mean to gain a little knowledge from, and i feel using the knife to cut roasts might please both of us.

    i didn't anneal the steel, yet i have been able to "saw" the metal excess around the handle. the triangular file i used seems ok tho. i don't know how to heat treat and am a little scared the result would be softer if i mess up. i also have no mean to control high temperatures (above 250°c)

    i guess i'll just reshape it, enough for now.

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    hello!

    i've been filing, sanding, grinding for 10+ hours, but it starts to look like a knife.
    forgive me if it's not as nice as most of the projects here, its my first one i have to re-do entirely (except heat treatment)



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    it's a hard but rewarding work, and i learnt a ton so far!

    mustard patina, vinegar "etching" done, nice enough blade profile and razor sharpness attained, time to work on the handle!

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    I like it! Any idea where it has originally been used for?

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