Hacksaw Blade Chip Carving Knife

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Project by Brian S posted 11-29-2011 10:59 PM 3994 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple chip carving knife I made from some maple and walnut scraps, and a HSS hacksaw blade. It works OK, but I think I’ll try again with a thicker blade made of properly hardened tool steel.

Check out my blog for complete details of the build.

Thanks for looking!

-- Brian

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 12:55 AM

Nice looking knife.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 11-30-2011 08:21 PM

Nice job, buddy!
One thing that might explain the troubles with the steel would be over heating when you ground the shape and taper. You have to keep it really cool all the time or you’ll draw the temper.
Power hacksaw blades are great for this sort of thing. More money than the hand variety, but when you figure you’ll get two or even three projects out of one, not that bad. Better yet, find a shop that uses them and pick up their discards.


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#3 posted 12-02-2011 05:54 PM

Thanks Paul, I did consider that, and I tried to be careful during the grinding to avoid losing the temper. In fact, that was one of the reasons that I picked high speed steel. I didn’t notice any discoloration, so I’m pretty sure the temper is still good. I think the problem might be that the original temper on the blade (or even the steel itself) is poor. It was a very cheap blade.

Thanks for the tip on the powered hacksaw blades, I’ll check that out for a future source.

-- Brian

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