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I've finally finished this set that I've been working on (among other things) for the last month or so.  0.040" thick, 5.25" long blade, 9.5" OAL.  This one was ground from a used high speed steel band saw blade that I "saved" from the dumpster at work.  The handle is my usual black walnut scales with brass pins.  The case/cutting board is a mix of hickory and mahogany with stainless steel fittings.  As always, brutally honest comments or critiques are very welcome.

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Thanks for looking!

Alex

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That's a nice kit. I really like the lines on the filet knife, and the cutting board/case is a cool concept. Now it just needs to be christened with the blood of a Crappie.... ;)

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To be brutally honest Alex, I find it hard to pick any fault with that. I like the whole thing. Well done.

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Thanks guys.  I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  Jason, unfortunately I don't get to christen this one.  I'm donating it to a charity that a friend of mine started and operates.  They sell craft projects to raise money to help out special needs kids.

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I think my dad would love a set like this. Do you mind if I duplicate your design as christmas present for my dad? He recently moved to a warmer climate and will no doubt be spending alot more time fishing now.

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I have a feeling he probably wont because its too nice to get dirty. I have a question about heat treating the blade. I dug around in the scrap bin at my work and found a band saw blade 1" wide and around .035 thick. I didc some basic hardening tests and I found the steel did not seem to change its temper when heated to non magnetic and quenched in oil. It did get extremely brittle with a water quench. After some reading it seems highspeed steel is a bit tricky to harden and temper. Just curious if you did a heat treat or left it as is. What was your process?

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I had a lot of the same issues.  The best way I found it to work was to use a torch to heat it up to a bright red/dull orange with the shop lights on and then quench right away in water.  I didnt magnet test it but I'm sure it was well over nonmag temperature.  I don't have a hardness tester but it skated a file very well.  For tempering, I put it in the oven at 350 for a cycle and then sharpened it until the edge started chipping away.  I then repeated the process over and over at a slightly higher temperature until the edge stayed sharp and held up to a little abuse.  It ended up being 425 in my oven.  I'm pretty happy with the results, it kept a good amount of flexibility and maintained a shaving sharp edge through some basic testing.  The only thing I didn't do was break it to look at the grain structure.  I'm not sure if that is a good indicator with HSS or not, but I may do that tonight on another piece just to see what it looks like.

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Thanks for all the info. Its a huge help. I will go ahead with that method. I think im going to chop up the rest of the blade in 12" sections for future projects as well. If any one wants a peice I can send it for the cost of shipping

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Here is my take on it. Bandsaw blade same overall dimensions as OP. I used eastern aromatic cedar rubbed with beeswax and aluminum pins. Im not sure how to sharpen this blade as its much thinner (.035") than anything ive done before. Should I do a primary bevel from the shoulder or just a small bevel to give it an edge with a micro bevel?

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I would just put an edge on it myself..........;)

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I like it Dave.  Especially the narrower blade profile.  That should work really well on a panfish.  I just used the belt sander to put the primary edge on mine, and then buffed it to a razor on a birch wheel.

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