Hello everyone! My name is Matthew and I'm just starting out with bladesmithing. I've been inspired by a lot of the great people on here *cough* Arctic Fire 2016 *cough*
This post will also serve as a place to put out my ideas for what I want to do before I do them and hopefully the more experienced will be able to help me avoid beginner mistakes.
I'm on a bit of a budget currently so I am going to start by making a stock removal blade without any power tools, so I'll be doing a LOT of hand filing. I've decided to try and make a simple ballock dagger based on the on from Hieronymus Bosch's painting "The Pedlar"
Now comes the thinking out loud.
I have a piece of 1075 bar-stock that I will use for this. My first question would be, I have a 6mm thick piece of steel should my edge thickness be about 2mm? I plan on doing a flat grind for this and I want to know if the correct process would be to do a 45 degree grind at the very edge and then do another 45 grind on the edge of the first grind working up until I am at the spine? I plan on outsourcing this to someone to do the heat-treat as well. I'm considering using curly maple for the handle because I have a ton of it just sitting in my basement.
Thank you all and I look forward to getting to know people!