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The point of normalizing is to refine the grain size of the steel. A finer grain will be tougher than a large grain at the same hardness. Heating to the same temperature for every normalizing cycle will not do so. You need to get it quite hot the first time, not quite to welding, around 1600 degrees F or so. Next cycle 1550. third cycle around 1500. Doing this by eye, without temperature controls, takes a bit of practice. Working without temperature controls, you may want to do multiple quench cycles as well, just to make sure.

 

There are quite a few bladesmiths in Wisconsin. I strongly urge you to make contact with one or more of them and get them to help with the knife for your friend. You are more than welcome to come over and I will give you a hand just, I live quite a ways away!

 

~Bruce~

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thanks for the info guys. i will try the your guys normalizing ways from now on. i really appreciate all the help i really do!

 

so the new blade is started! and i ran out of gas.... this project is kicking my ass... haha i will get some pics of forging up tm and of the old blade that broke. thank you all.

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Im not reading every comment on every page but, theres a reason most of our military blades are made of 1095. It gets hard and sharpens pretty reasonably.

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Im not reading every comment on every page but, theres a reason most of our military blades are made of 1095. It gets hard and sharpens pretty reasonably.

 

Not Most Military Blades are 1095 Sorry .

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Im not reading every comment on every page but, theres a reason most of our military blades are made of 1095. It gets hard and sharpens pretty reasonably.

Yeah... you may want to double check your source.

 

I see a lot of steels listed for military knives from 420HC, S30V, 7Cr17MoV and yes good ole 5160.

Some Military knives may indeed be made from 1095, but I have yet to see one.

 

James

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Im not reading every comment on every page but, theres a reason most of our military blades are made of 1095. It gets hard and sharpens pretty reasonably.

This was true at one time, but maybe not anymore. The standard USMC knife was 1095, though I think they came out with a stainless version...

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That is looking pretty nice! Hope this one lives to see some real use!

 

One suggestion, for your hammer! Crown it, in other words round off all the sharp corners. I am sure there is a post on properly crowning a hammer, or you can at least look at pics of other smith's hammers to get the idea. Sharp corners on a forging hammer's face can cause nasty fracture lines in the steel if you strike off square. Or any angle, square included, if you use the cross peen on the hammer in your pic above.

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