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Hi everyone. I always enjoy other WIP so I thought I would share one. Just after heat treat, quick grind to remove scale and check hamon. Now temper and the finish grinding. My goal is a substantial but small gyuto with height, heft, long flat, and thin behind edge. So we'll see how I do! Thx and as always comments and critique more than welcome. Be well-Eric
 

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Eric - it is really cool to see another WIP here :) But tell us more - how did you get to this stage in the project (process, tools, materials, etc.). When did you start with knifemaking?
 

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Well....i am fortunate to live in Seattle where there are a number of great knife makers. I have taken several work shops at Dave lischs studio. Like most here I started because I was interested in how the amazing knives shown here were made. Several years ago I spent a week in Michigan with Randy and Jr. Anyway...... I took a w2 class several years ago and made a cool little gyuto-I posted it on here back then.. I find myself reaching for that knive most times, despite having many others. Probably cause I made it, not that it's anything great, but I also like the size its smallish 180 cm or so but still has height and a long flat section. Anyway I wanted to make a similar one but with more heft, the other is very thin throughout.

So so I got some w2 from Aldo about a year ago, but life got in the way and just getting back to this. I cut out the profile on my portable bandsaw from harbor freight, rough ground it on my grinder-. Then I cleaned it, applied rut lands furnace cement, heated at 1475 for 10minutes, quenched in parks 50, tempered at 400 for 2 hrs and so it sits. Fwiw I'm just doing this for fun. Thanks for your interest. More to come.....
 

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Very cool. It looks like the hamon turned out beautifully. What grit did you use to rough check it?
 

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Thanks for the details - I will be watching this thread closely :)
 

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Yes- I'm really happy with how the hamon turned out. Took the scale off with 36 then just quick 60-120 progression to see the hamon.
 

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Did the blade cool between scale removal and temper phase?
 

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Never mind. Read the last paragraph again. Beer a foise gras in montreal makes for tired eyes.
 

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View attachment 32021

Ok this is my grind. Pretty flat, but thin at the edge and still substantial at spine. I'll show the distal taper next round. Now I need to hand sand.......I wish I had some rhynowet- it's on my list. More tomorrow.
 

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Got some gidgee glued on and now to shape the handle

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Huh? Not uploading for some reason? Not sure why, will try again later.
 

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Would you look at that. Really nice Eric. I envision this knife in a big hand of a big man (or woman). What is the final weight, where is the balance and hows the taper? The handle looks a little glassy, what did you use?
 

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Thanks. Tung oil, which is still wet, hence the gloss. I'll post more images later to show finished handle. Specs to follow. Handle does look a bit large to me too in the photos, feels nice though. Specs to follow. ER
 
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