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#1 stephanfowler

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 02:39 PM

So

as some of you know I plan to test for my J.S. at next year's Blade show.

but first I have to pass the performance test with a Master Smith (See the testing rules HERE )


so obviously I need to make a special knife for the occasion, three of them, to be exact.

my plan is to finish out all three the same and do the full test in my shop twice before I do it for real with the M.S.

Keep in mind that there are a few things I will do differently SPECIFICALLY because this knife is meant to be bent.

Starting out, I forge the point in and draw out a little bit to establish a taper.

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Forge the bevels in place and knock down the choil


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pretty much forged to the shape I want here


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first couple passes on the grinder


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it's important that the knives be almost exactly the same, so I have a good reference of how the third will perform in the actual test


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another THOROUGH normalization cycle


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apply the clay for HT, normally I want 1/3 of the blade surface hard, but for the performance test I really only want a small portion hardened


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Tempered twice at about 500 F, going for a good bit softer and springier than I usually want. 56 RC should be about what I want. Testing will show for sure


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Posted 27 July 2009 - 02:47 PM

Very cool Stephan keep us posted. I have always enjoyed your blades and am sure the testing will go in your favor.
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 03:00 PM

Those are looking really good so far! What type of steel are you using? Could you give us the measurements of the blades? I am sure that you will be able to pass the test. You are a very good maker! Thanks for posting some pictures of your process.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 03:04 PM

Those are looking really good so far! What type of steel are you using? Could you give us the measurements of the blades? I am sure that you will be able to pass the test. You are a very good maker! Thanks for posting some pictures of your process.

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it's Aldo's last batch of 1084 FG

started as 1/4 x 1 1/2

blade is 9.5" and O/A is 14.5"
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 03:43 PM

Good luck with the testing, Stephan!

See you at Bowie's?

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 03:47 PM

Good luck with the testing, Stephan!

See you at Bowie's?



that be the plan.

need to call him up about dates. I'm "hoping" to do my performance test there.
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 05:25 PM

good luck on your test. :)

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