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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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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.
Thanks for replying, just a couple of questions:
What did you use to elevate the file? How long after it went red did you keep the fire going? Any other specifics that could help? Thanks a lot.
place your file in the fire in a that that is elevated from the floor of your forge. You could try feeding the fire a few times and let it die with the file still in it. I did it in my fire box for the duration of the evening and left it there after the last load for the night and it worked a treat. I am planning to start another file knife soon, so we can compare notes.
I heated it until it went orange, then buried it in a bucket of ash and left it for the night. Today I tried drilling it, but if anything, it's harder still. The drill barely dents it. I think it might be cooling to fast, but I don't know what to do about it. Could really use some advice!
I just can't seem to get the knife hot enough! I can get it red, but can't keep it red. Should I bury it in ash once it gets red, or let it 'soak'?
an even mix of hard and soft wood. you could also save charcoal from a previous fire and add when there are decent flames.
What sort of fuel would you recommend?
Well, I'm going to have another go at annealing, because I just know I'm going to have problems drilling the holes. I've made a forge of sorts, and what I plan to do is make a fire, and when there's a bed of coals, put the knife in and use some bellows to get it red hot (this time I'll check with a magnet) and then bury the fire with a bucket full of ashes and leave for a night. If anyone see's any problems with this, please let me know.
The knife that I use the most, is a modified Cold Steel Khukri. Second is a small bird knife I made out of an old industrial hacksaw blade. The Khukri serves as a general construction/ destruction tool, as well as having very good draw knife properties. The little knife is great for cutting or peeling food, carving detail, and sometimes minor surgery!! Although I have a few flash knives, these two "feel" right in my hand. So in effect I have gone full circle from flashest to most basic in the 30 odd years I have had a knife in my hand. After living in third world countries, and seeing the materials they use for knife blades through lack of choice, I get less and less hung up on the "ideal" technicalities of hand making tools that I will derive pleasure in using.
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