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    The story was that the original pattern was from Band saw blades used in lumber mills. The cold rolled forge allowed long continuous sheets of steel to be made and the ridges left over from the rollers actually proved to be beneficial in that they allowed the blade to run cooler by reducing friction from contact with the wood. Like many early knife makers, they were always looking for cheap sources of steel. When the band saw blades would snap or dull they would throw them on a scrap pile. In the early days they would just give the stuff away to get it out of there space. The knife makers found out it was good steel and they could make good inexpensive blades and sell them at a reasonably affordable price. During the Depression, There were a lot of public work projects and a lot of lumber mills were set up an a lot of surplus and used steel laying around. In the twenties all the way up to WW2 you see a lot of companies using this type of steel. During the War that sort of stopped as all that scrap went to the war effort. When the war ended you again had a surplus of steel lying around and this pattern went on for about 20 more years. Old Hickory continues with thie pattern today more for nostalgia's stake than anything else. Old Hickory really made their company what it is today. Unfortunately The origi8nal Forgecraft was bought up by Washington Forge and the brand was retired in 1968. Washington forge had over 40 plus individual brands and lines of cutlery and just over extended them selves and then The Japanese came to knife prominence in the 70's and things have never been the same for the American knife industry.
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    Half of what I just said, is myth and legend by the way. Very little is really known as to how all this came about. records were destroyed in fires, floods, abandoned factories and were often looted by former employees and receivership companies. But this story exist with the old timers and I think there is alot of truth to them
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    Seems like it would be a lot of risky work to try to re-harden the knives, especially if not 100% if its 1095. Plus, they're already ground thin and everything.

    I am interested in trying to restore/pimp one out though...

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    they are 1095.
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    These two are off to their new homes. I hope the new owners love them!

    I had to go DMT 220 to get 98% of the ding out of the Pre Forgecraft chef knife. It turned out pretty well. I hope this piece of knife history gets some good use, and I'm pretty sure it will!

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    I'm back. . .

    Round 2. I can't PM with my account for some reason and had to re-register under a different username to comply with the forum rules and until I did my posts got pulled and I can't PM to get them back though that's what I was told to do, so, her I am. The just of my last post was that if anyone has an old Forgecraft in rough enough shape to warrant going all the way back to a rehardening I'm up for trying it for the heck of it.

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    These are my chef au ritz. I love the idea of who used these and where they were. I love using vintage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke.Snyder View Post
    Round 2. I can't PM with my account for some reason and had to re-register under a different username to comply with the forum rules and until I did my posts got pulled and I can't PM to get them back though that's what I was told to do, so, her I am. The just of my last post was that if anyone has an old Forgecraft in rough enough shape to warrant going all the way back to a rehardening I'm up for trying it for the heck of it.

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    let me check to see what I have. It might be a week or two.
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    My new ODC. Not sure the maker, no mark. Cleaned it up after the pic was taken, got the green off the rivets, used 600 grit on the blade, but still has a nice patina. Put an edge on it and it cuts nice. Super super flexy
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbochef422 View Post
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    These are my chef au ritz. I love the idea of who used these and where they were. I love using vintage.
    Sweet set are they all Au Ritz.
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