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Faye, please show us a photo or two of the gut hook. Close-up preferred

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My first reaction is the angle is too steep. That's why it doesn't cut. 

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That's what I'm thinking as well.  On the only one of those I have, the bevel is about five times longer than that. On yours, that will change depending on blade thickness, but remember it has to have the same edge geometry as a knife blade to be able to cut well, even if it's a chisel grind.

 

If it's already hardened and tempered, get one of those dremel stones for sharpening chainsaws that fits the notch. Those work on hardened steel much better than files.

 

The shape looks good, and I don't envy you having to make it!  I'm sure you'll pull it off, though. You've got this. B)

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5 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

get one of those dremel stones for sharpening chainsaws that fits the notch.

This will certainly work. You could also do a localized draw back with a small torch around the gut hook and drop the hardness so the chainsaw file will work.

Either way, you've got this. 

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Faye, I've stayed out of this one because I have only done one gut hook, and didn't consider it a great success.  It did cut veg-tan leather OK, but I never felt it was going to be good at unzipping the raw hide of a deer.  The owner raves about it, but he is a very old friend and is biased.

 

Here are a couple of pics to give you an idea of the geometry I tried.  It is a chisel grind:

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Here is a shot of the spine to give you an idea of the thickness.  Looks like it is about the same thickness as yours.  It's hard to find the hook in this pic, but is is above the big knuckle of my thumb.

 

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Well that helped tremendously. After lengthening the bevels it cut leather just fine. It will need a little touch up after etching it again, but it's a huge improvement. Thank you.

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