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Started by R.Braun Oct 6, 2015.
Just got a knife sharpening block out of storage and it is coated in this strange. I think it may be oil which has absorbed a load of dust. Has this happened to anyone else?
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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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.
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'?
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