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Dave’s Beginner Knifemaking Tips and Tricks

Dave’s Beginner Knifemaking Tips and Tricks

Dave's Beginner Knifemaking Tips and Tricks

batcountryforge Beginner Knifemaking Tips and Tricks

Hi, my name is Dave. I am a passionate knifemaker working for Gameco Artisan Supplies. I am uploading here regularly videos to show you DIY knifemaking tips and tricks and help you make your first knives.

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Cheers, Dave

For this video we go and visit Matt Mewburn at Eveleight Works 1880’s Locomotive workshop turned School of Blacksmithing. Flaming hot mischief abounds. This is actually a collaboration I was invited to join by Sam Fowler and Irish Mike. Matt and I forge a HUGE billet of pattern welded steel that will be forwarded onto Sam for shaping and machining. Then onto Michael Cthulhu for some of his slick fabricating magic to produce a sword that will be passed down through the centuries… we hope!

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The cleaning disc, perfect for forged axes, swords and sculpture. Do not use on Hot steel!! Great for rust and scale removal, and begins the surface finishing process for you. This disc not only grinds but begins polishing the steel so as not to leave gouges.

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I get asked quite often about heat treating O1 tool steel. While it is relatively simple in annealed flat section forging brings with it some challenges. If stock removing from flat bar (or round bar if you hate yourself) heat the O1 after machining to 815 Degrees Celsius and hold for around 10 minutes. Quench into medium speed oil and then consult a tempering diagram.

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This product is a must have for every professional knifemaker. Dave shows you how to label your knives and leave your own logo on the blade.

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Products used in the video:
Metal Marker Electro Etcher
Electrolyte SC-35
Stencil Blanks
Metal Marker MK3

This video shows a basic procedure for heat treating simple carbon steel in a propane forge.

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Products used in the video:

BKIT5

For my next installment in the beginners series I decided to do the fast and loose approach to heat treating 5160 & SUP9 (which are the same thing). This method will be suitable for people who ALREADY have an Oxy/LP Oxy/Acetylene rig.

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In this video you will learn which belts to use for which process.

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The Belts I used Were:
Hermes CN466Z-50 grit
Norton Blaze R980-120
3M Gator A65 ( about 220 grit)
Norax U264-X30 (about 600 grit)
Norax U264-X16 (about 1200 grit)
Hermes Cork – 600 grit
Hermes Cork – 800 grit

Want a head start on your next damascus / pattern welded steel project?

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The material I used is:

D-Billet (pre-cut stacks of 1075 / 15n20)

How to get clean curves on handles

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Forge out a Damascus Targe Spike. Watch how to forge a Mighty Scottish Weapon.

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