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Joël Mercier

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About Joël Mercier

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  1. I have questioned myself about what would happen with the copper and nickel when exposed to acidic foods. Isn't it what they used for the first batteries? Perhaps I am overthinking again... It is visually stunning though...
  2. In that case I'd follow Alan's advice. That file has lots of carbon and will have a good amount of retained austenite that should be dealt with right after quench. Btw, doing heat treatments when in a hurry is my personal recipe for catastrophe .
  3. I will add to what Brian said that you can do a "snap" temper of around 10 minutes if you are in a hurry, then do the full cycles later.
  4. There are usually numbers written on the prongs. Those are the standard number which you can google-fu to figure it out.
  5. Nice work! It looks like a comfy and handy kitchen knife.
  6. The FiF craze has slowed down here and I regularly see good condition anvils at reasonable prices on marketplace. I'm sure you'll find a good one soon enough.
  7. Dust in the wind is a tough one. I used to almost have it
  8. Dr.Verhoeven released a book about wootz a little while ago. Make no mistake, they call it Damascus but they are referring to wootz (true Damascus). https://www.amazon.com/Damascus-Steel-Swords-Solving-Mystery/dp/6139884837/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Verhoeven+wootz&qid=1634069431&sr=8-1
  9. I second that. Even a mild steel blade would slice onions very easily with the right geometry. Of course, it wouldn't cut for long though... Judging from your photo, it seems extremely thick behind the edge. I suggest you take a look at a commercial chef knife and and also take a few thickness measurements and compare to your blade.
  10. There's a remote town in northern Québec called Fermont(IronMount) where there's basically iron ore everywhere. The ore has an average iron content of over 60%. I believe this is where Sorel Metal(famous high purity iron smelting company) gets their ore. Sorel is actually another city in Québec... Turns out my neighbor works at Sorel Metal . If I ever want to make Wootz, I know where to ask...
  11. On my part, when I get those is because I don't sit the blade parallel to the platen. Another trick to help with this is to not start your grind at the same place everytime.
  12. Sadly, it also makes a significant difference on edge performance. My 63+HRC 26c3 chefs hold an edge for a loooong time with some light stropping from time to time. Of course, edge stability has to be taken into account. Not every steel will benefit to be tempered this hard. In other words, with the right steel, you cry once when hand sanding and then grin every time you use the blade
  13. If you want to make your own burners, there's a thread on this forum here. This is the one I built for my propane tank forge. It can forge weld and it is stable even when used outside with a light wind.
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