Iím new to this forum and Iím looking for a little help from you experts. Iíll give a little background on me. My name is Brendan and Iíve been in the Navy for almost 18 years. Iím currently running the navy sniper course in Indiana and Iíve got just a couple years left until I retire, which Iím really looking forward to.
I got into blacksmithing about a year ago, primarily for the reason of making knives (like so many do) and have been obsessed with it since. I havenít made that many but Iíd like your thoughts from what you see here. I realize I canít show how itís heat-treated but Iíll do my best to explain.
The below knife is forged from 1095 (ľ in thick, 1.5 in wide) stock. I hammered it to this desired thickness, annealed in vermiculite, cut the Sudoku shape, cold hammered a bit, normalized twice and on the third heat quenched in peanut oil. Washed off the oil, tempered twice at 400F for 1:45 each time, then began to grind. I would have liked to get the grind farther up the blade but Iím a perfectionist and need a straight line. If I reduce the angle too much on my 42 in belt grinder I loose my perfect line and one side will inevitably have a higher mark. (side note: anyone selling a 2x72?)
I only went down to 320 grit on the bladeÖactually on the handle too. On that handle I used cocobolo and curly maple. After sanding I used a tung oil finish, 3 coats, buffed, before attaching with 5 min epoxy.
Iíve watched months of videos and surfed many custom knife sites learning along the way. Iíve taken If you would, please give me some feed back on every aspect of what you see. Shape, handleÖeverything. Also, what kind of price would this knife command? Any info Iíve omitted please ask Iíll gladly give. Iíve got many more questions but Iíll start here.
Thank you all.