Bloodwood scale Nakiri from old saw blade.

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Project by jetwhoop posted 09-02-2016 03:59 AM 1118 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The blade was cut with an angle grinder, heat treated with mapp gas and tempered. I had some blood wood I had resawn, but then messed up while trying to plane it with all the crazy grain of the wood going in every direction it’s difficult to nearly impossible to get a decent length thin piece planed. Anyways other than being very difficult wood to work with I think this came out well. I marked my finger positions and used a rasp before taking the sanding all they way up to 3000. eventually I will probably soak it in some sort of nature for a finish. Pins where made from a grab bag of various pin/tub cut offs. This is my first try at making a knife so it could have been a lot better but, but I am fairly happy since it was made from basically scraps. I’m not really sure what the steal is as far a carbon content, but I imagine it probably wont hold a razor sharp edge for very long, but for now its super sharp after using a Japanese water stone to 8000. thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-02-2016 11:01 AM

Nice, I made a meat cleaver recently with from an old blade, yours came out a lot nicer than mine did!

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#2 posted 09-04-2016 04:52 AM

You might be surprised by the steel. If you can keep it from overheating you can preserve the original heat treat if it had one.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 09-07-2016 02:35 AM

Thanks Rick, I think the tempering of the blade might have been more for flexibility rather than hardness so I ended up dong the process over and only tempering for 1 hr vs 2. I think you are right about the steel being better than I first thought. It appears to have a higher carbon content. (discolors with onions and citrus very similar to high quality professional knives.)

thank for looking!

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#4 posted 09-07-2016 03:02 AM

Nice job!

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