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Jordan Hunt

Napped Finish?

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Hey guys, not exactly a "newbie", but I am finding zero information on how to create a napped finish on a blade; similar to how a flint knife appears. I have seen some work on here with a few examples but can't seem to find any details on how to achieve this result. Any advice you guys might have would be great thanks.

 

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I think I saw somewhere that someone used a very small radius contact wheel on their belt grinder. It seems that a knapped finish is often ground in. I would imagine that it could be done by forging with small radius top and bottom dies if you want the forge scale to stay on.

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I think Tom Sterling has a tutorial on knapped steel somewhere.  Most people use carbide burrs with a Foredom machine, it does a better job of reproducing the look than small wheels.

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Just wondering, if you could do actual knapping with a non-tempered hardened piece of steel. A material needs to be very brittle to be able to do that, and in that stage it just might work.

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