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Started by Scott Hamilton. Last reply by Mr.J Nov 13, 2012.
I finally tried my Swiss army knife, locking blade model, on my firesteel and it threw good sparks. I have tried other stainless knives on the firesteel and hardly any sparks. So I carry a Frost Mora…Continue
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Hi Wingyeung. Those knives look as though they would be fine for their intended purpose. I find it hard tell their quality from the descriptions H&F gave. I am not very knowledgable on knife materials but I can share what I have leaned. Someone else may be able to give better details.
My understanding is that the corrosion protection of a stainless steel blade is helpful in New Zealand's humid rain forests but some stainless blades do not have enough carbon in them. These low carbon stainless steel blades take a long time to sharpen and do not hold their edge well. A higher level of carbon in the blade (which allows the blade to rust easier) will give a sharper edge that stays sharp for longer.
Some blade steels are a mixture of stainless and carbon giving good corrosion resistance and a sharp edge. I think lower priced diving knives designed for salt water may have high rust/corrosion resistance but may not hold the good edge that a bushcraft knife needs (just my opinion here).
What do you guys reckon?
A top quality knife for less than $20 can be found at Bunnings in the tool section. It is called the Bacho 2444. Strangly enough it is stainless steel and has a picture of a fish on it, lol, but it is actually considered to be top value with a quality blade well suited to bushcraft. It is quite possibly a Mora Clipper but renamed for the tool/handyman market. When I saw these things I bought one straight away. It was razor sharp out of the box. I have not tested it out in the bush yet.
I found some discussions on this knife on our Forum under:
There is also some very useful information on Youtube about modifying the knife.
A particular brand I personally like is Condor. Condor has high carbon steel blades (so will require regular oiling to protect from rust) that can be sharpened to a longlasting edge. I have two and both needed some sandpaper work to get the edge up to what I needed. But, once sharpened, they are great knives. $50 to $110 dollars is what I paid.
Happy new year all.
Hi all, (Merry Christmas by the way), what do you think about using dive knives for Bushcraft/ outdoor/ survival use? I found two dive knives on the Hunting and Fishing website; they both have a normal edge on one side and a serrated edge and hook on the other side, here are the links:
Tried it again, didn't work. Maybe it's time I gave up on the file?
I've been trying to upload a couple of knife making PDF's, The Advanced Knifemakers Manual, and The Complete Bladesmith, but as they get posted as a link, they won't come up to be read. How do I post PDF's on this site? Am I able to?
In case anyone was wondering, my fourth attempt at annealing a file didn't work. It came out just as hard before. I have no idea what's going wrong.
I have some knifesmithing PDF's I found online that I'd like to upload if I can. Is there any way I can?
Hay take a look at this video http://youtu.be/sqiyaNVbsEI and http://youtu.be/fvVq6TauTC8
Thanks for replying, don't worry about the delay, I've come down with some sort of lung infection/whooping cough, so I've had to postpone my next annealing attempt anyway. I'll try it this way, keep your fingers crossed!
Apologies for the delay in replying, work is seriously cutting into my leisure time! you can elevate the file with a few pieces of scrap metal, but have enough to prevent the file from sagging from heat. keep the fire going for as long as you would an evening heating fire and leave the file in there under the ashes till morning, this worked for me.
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