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First forged knife

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I have been blacksmithing for the last 6 months or so. Here is my first gyuto. I hand forged it out of 52100. It measures just over 240. I heated treated it by eye and it's better 62 and 65 rockwell. The handle is Lignum Vitae with a black and white ebony ferrule.

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Very cool. I need to start my blademaking journey...
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Way to go! Looks like a really strong first effort!
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Nice job! I like how you used the old school approach of heat treating by eye too. :thumbsup:
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Nice. You definitely like the curved choils eh?
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Chefspence wrote: Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:48 pm Nice. You definitely like the curved choils eh?
I really do! :) I like the finger clearance.
Balance point is on the pinch.
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Joshigon wrote: Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:10 pm
Chefspence wrote: Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:48 pm Nice. You definitely like the curved choils eh?
I really do! :) I like the finger clearance.
Balance point is on the pinch.
Totally. I'm willing to bet if my Gihei didn't have that feature, I wouldn't like it as much
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Need you a nice trademark stamp and stamp it #1. May be worth a fortune in the future. You never know. :)
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nevrknow wrote: Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:54 pm Need you a nice trademark stamp and stamp it #1. May be worth a fortune in the future. You never know. :)
I am in the process of making my own touch mark. I'm not sure if I can mark this knife now because it's hardened.
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One of these other blade makers could chime in and help you. I only work with wood tho so much props to you guys that can use steel.
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Joshigon wrote: Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:23 pm
nevrknow wrote: Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:54 pm Need you a nice trademark stamp and stamp it #1. May be worth a fortune in the future. You never know. :)
I am in the process of making my own touch mark. I'm not sure if I can mark this knife now because it's hardened.
I have looked into the DIY electroplating. I am pretty sure you do that after you harden.
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Hi guys...you can etch and/or mark a blade after is has been hardened....in fact, it is one of the last things that I do. The Personalizer (or the Plus model) is a good machine.
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Carter wrote: Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:44 pm Hi guys...you can etch and/or mark a blade after is has been hardened....in fact, it is one of the last things that I do. The Personalizer (or the Plus model) is a good machine.
What about embossed with a metal stamp and hammer?
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Joshigon wrote: What about embossed with a metal stamp and hammer?
Now that it's hardened... thats not an option. You could do that prior to HT.

Options after HT:
Laser engraving
Acid Etch
Silk Screen.
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GopherBroke wrote: Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:41 am
Joshigon wrote: What about embossed with a metal stamp and hammer?
Now that it's hardened... thats not an option. You could do that prior to HT.

Options after HT:
Laser engraving
Acid Etch
Silk Screen.
That's what I thought. 8-)
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When do makers hand chisel the kanji? Before or after?

Just use a dremel :lol:
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Chefspence wrote: Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:36 am When do makers hand chisel the kanji? Before or after?

Just use a dremel :lol:
That might work. This knife is just a tester. It has some issues I really don't like. They are only going to get better, then I will start marking them.
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You could use a torch and soften up the area where you want to stamp the makers mark post HT, but using something like the Personalizer is easier and less risky. I would be real cautious with a Dremel for this....you will have a knife that is close to being ready to go and if the Dremel "got away" from you, the blade could get scratched up or damaged.
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Dremel tool.. bad!
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It was a joke :lol: though I have wondered a couple times
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