So, just picked up a smallish belt grinder and without any Steel to make something proper with I thought I would practice using it, and try a western rehandle at the same time, with one of the "cough" jewels in my collection.
I picked up this lump of a knife in Walmart, couldn't say no to $1, after not taking a knife on holiday with me and needing something to cut with. Sharpening the knife up i was relatively surprised that it was capable of taking an edge, and one that wasn't too bad. At least i still had my Coarse and fine DMT cards in my wallet lol.
When i got home I thinned back the edge, doubling the bevel width which (if i remember trig properly) more than halved the factory angle and it was still holding up ok and cutting a lot better. I had no real use for it though so it became another learn to sharpen on knife for helping people use stones, and for the GF to use (read hate throwing stuff away, and couldn't bring myself to give it away as it was too bad)
As it was, untouched, except for a sharpen
Nice ergonomic handle..
So started off by drilling out the rivets on the cheap plastic handles and then started to blend the factory grind to give a more convex geometry and hopefully boost performance a bit. It's all practice grinding too.
Going to reshape the tip so that it's a "better" shape, though still a santoku
Not sure if the grantons will survive the regrind, i don't think they do anything practical so not too bothered, they acted as a handy visual guide for grinding though.
after a few passes at 60g -some of the factory hollow grind still showing
I'm going to try and leave it with a nice even satin finish with a mirror polished edge
After another hour or two's work it was done
The grantons in the blade are still slightly there but have virtually gone from thinning the blade down. Went with Rosewood for the handle and stainless pins, toyed with using brass but prefer silver metal.
Playing with the taper on the handle helped get it balanced where the end of the handle meets the blade, which felt right
A super quick sharpen and it was shaving, going to use it a bit more to see what the edge retention is like, i'm not expecting much as it was cheap steel to start with, but now it's thin i'm hoping a ceramic rod will keep the edge.
And the O1 arrived yesterday Have sketched out 2 profiles, just need to chop them out...
Feel like I can give this away now without feeling too bad as it actually cuts now, and cuts well