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    You really should not stop. You did fantastic job on this one.


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    Thanks Matus. I think i found my flow with this one.

    Also, cleaned up the makers mark as it was obscured in the last photos.





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    Really nice! I would love to give this knife a go in the kitchen.
    What length did you manage to get the blade? And do you heat treat in the forge?

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    it's 210mm long and 52mm at the heel. The new forge did the heat treating and I'm pleased with the even heating I can get with little gas usage.

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    That knife is very droolworthy... Hope you don't stop making them; if this is knife number 15,then I'm curious to see what your 100th knife will look like.

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    I tried a few finger stones on this blade and i suspect they're best used on bi-metal or honyaki blades as they didn't seem to produce any results on this mono-steel fully hardened blade. In a pinch though i cut up some 320 sanding discs into triangles to use in a finger stone like application. The hook and loop backing gives your fingers something to connect to went wet sanding. Worked pretty well in the end. Ill go pick up some finer grits for later.


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    Found a 41lbs post vise for under $200 canadian. Pleased.


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    Working on the 4th starter stick i cut near the begining of this thread. More emphasis on thinness for this one. It will be a cousin to the last one as i'll use stabalized maple burl and mokume but i hope to improve on several aspects.



    I did the heat treat late at night and turned the forge on low. I was careful to get even colour and i caught the blade just after i saw the wave pass through and it was no longer magnetic.

    The mokume will be interesting as i used a long cutoff from the first mokume about 2"x1/4"x1/4" but turned it on end and flattened it out. I risked opening up the seams by forging it, which i did a bit but only around the perimter where It will be trimmed off. The grain of the mokume will be more burl like and not perpendicular to the blade like that last. My hope is it will more closely resemble the burl wood of the handle.

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    Little bit of progress.








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    Some inclusions in the mokume but i like it, mimics the spalting in the maple burl.


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