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Gavin Kimball

*Wanted* Bare Blades/Blanks

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Hello all,

 I've been making some of my own knives for a little bit now. But I'm moving for my job, and I'll be living in an apartment. Which... really doesn't give me the option of making my own knives from scratch anymore. So, I'm trying to figure out how to keep making my own knives. And I think the first place to start is getting blade blanks. I've looked around a bit, and I haven't found many quality options. 

 So two things;

#1; If you know of a place to get quality blade blanks, please tell me! I would appreciate it so much. 

#2; Would anyone be willing to create some blade blanks for me? 

Thanks!

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You need to add a bit more information.  How "blank" are we talking? Just a profiled blade? Are you grinding the bevels?  Drilling holes?  Doing heat treatment?

In other words, do you want a finished "kit" blade that all you do is put handles on, or do you want to do some level of the actual blade work yourself?  And if so, what level?

Stainless or carbon steel?

I'm not being mean, these are things any prospective provider will need to know.

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If you're looking for HC forged blanks, roughed out, or heat treated, that's something I'm able and willing to do.

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53 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

You need to add a bit more information.  How "blank" are we talking? Just a profiled blade? Are you grinding the bevels?  Drilling holes?  Doing heat treatment?

In other words, do you want a finished "kit" blade that all you do is put handles on, or do you want to do some level of the actual blade work yourself?  And if so, what level?

Stainless or carbon steel?

I'm not being mean, these are things any prospective provider will need to know.

You are all good!

 Well, I really can't do much in my new apartment. So I would need the shape, and the bevels all done. I could do some drilling myself, and I can send the blade off to be heat treated. So yeah, basically just looking for it to be finished very simply. I could do all the file work and all that I'm looking to do. And I can send it off to be heat treated.

 I would prefer Stainless, but Carbon is fine as well. I'm actually just looking for 1/4 thick steel, or even thicker. 

 Thanks!

21 minutes ago, Bob Ouellette said:

If you're looking for HC forged blanks, roughed out, or heat treated, that's something I'm able and willing to do.

Would you be able to grind the bevels as well? Could I please see some of your previous work?

 Thanks!

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If you're going to need the blades soft for file work and other stuff, you have to be aware the bladesmith cannot grind the bevels to their final thickness or there may be issues during the heat treatment, such as warps and cracks. We usually leave the edge at least 1/32" thick before HT, often more. This means would will be left with a bad edge geometry should you not grind the bevels afterwards.

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29 minutes ago, Gavin Kimball said:

You are all good!

 Well, I really can't do much in my new apartment. So I would need the shape, and the bevels all done. I could do some drilling myself, and I can send the blade off to be heat treated. So yeah, basically just looking for it to be finished very simply. I could do all the file work and all that I'm looking to do. And I can send it off to be heat treated.

 I would prefer Stainless, but Carbon is fine as well. I'm actually just looking for 1/4 thick steel, or even thicker. 

 Thanks!

Would you be able to grind the bevels as well? Could I please see some of your previous work?

 Thanks!

You can see my most recent piece here. What level of grinding are you looking for? I typically forge the bevels into my blades, but I could do a simple clean up or complete the rough grinding.

 

Here is a post with a rough forging (no grinding yet).

Edited by Bob Ouellette

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38 minutes ago, Joël Mercier said:

If you're going to need the blades soft for file work and other stuff, you have to be aware the bladesmith cannot grind the bevels to their final thickness or there may be issues during the heat treatment, such as warps and cracks. We usually leave the edge at least 1/32" thick before HT, often more. This means would will be left with a bad edge geometry should you not grind the bevels afterwards.

Yep, I understand all this. I've been making my own blades for a little bit already. I'm just not able to make my own anymore because I'm moving to an apartment. 

27 minutes ago, Bob Ouellette said:

You can see my most recent piece here. What level of grinding are you looking for? I typically forge the bevels into my blades, but I could do a simple clean up or complete the rough grinding.

 

Here is a post with a rough forging (no grinding yet).

Just looking for the bevels to be ground out, with just enough meat left in the edge for HT. 

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Are you planning on doing any work on them before heat treatment? Also, do you have any specific designs, sizes, or styles you're looking for?

Edited by Bob Ouellette
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1 minute ago, Bob Ouellette said:

Are you planning on doing any work on them before heat treatment? Also, do you have any specific designs, sizes, or styles you're looking for?

Yeah, I bit. Some file work.

 1/4 thick for everything.

 A massive bowie, karambit, very thin stabbing dagger, and a push dagger are the ones that I've been thinking about lately. 

 As far as style...I like a lot of different styles. Forge finish is really cool, as well as mirror polish. 

 I'm pretty much just willing to work with what you can do. 

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Hi Bob, I may also be interested in a blade blank or two, shaped, hardened, rough cleanup done.  Could you PM me pricing, details, etc?  Thanks!

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