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Joël Mercier

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Man that looks good........

I think we need a new word to describe F&F like that, we know handmade is better than factory, but when the hand work is so good it looks like only a factory/machine could've done it.......I don't know a word for the feeling that knife evokes, and my preceding attempt to explain fails.

Just well done! 

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I am absolutely stunned and humbled by that knife. Absolutely masterful.

What are the bolster materials?

 

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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21 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

I am absolutely stunned and humbled by that knife. Absolutely masterful.

What are the bolster materials?

 

Thank you Joshua! Though I'm not sure about the masterful part. I just took a ridiculous amount of time trying to make all the parts fit well. If I was living off this, I'd sure be poor :lol:

 

The bolster is 416SS and copper. 

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1 hour ago, Joël Mercier said:

a ridiculous amount of time

That is required for mastery.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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@Joël Mercier I am interested in the alloy as it is being pitched as a substitute for W2. How was it to work with? Was HT fairly straight forward? It did take a nice Hamon.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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On 2/10/2022 at 8:59 PM, Joshua States said:

@Joël Mercier I am interested in the alloy as it is being pitched as a substitute for W2. How was it to work with? Was HT fairly straight forward? It did take a nice Hamon.

I'd rather call it a substitute of Hitachi white#1 because the amount of carbon is very close(around 1.23%). The as quenched hardness is very close to 68hrc and it will temper nicely in the 63-65hrc range. According to knifesteelnerds charpy toughness tests, it's about as tough at 63hrc than 1095 steel at 59hrc, supposedly because of the cleanliness of the steel. 

 

The 26c3 has a pinch of chrome however, for strength and hardenability improvement and it's probably the culprit for the less spectacular(but still good) hamons compared to W2. The good thing is I don't get ashi out of nowhere if my anti-scale compound ends up a little too thick on some areas like with W2.

 

I have done only stock removal so the HT is very straightforward: 10 minutes soak at 1475 and quench in fast oil. I have tested both the hardness and grain and it comes out exactly as specified. I made 7-8 knives with the steel so far and I'm very pleased. 

 

The high amount of cementite(8% of steel volume) makes hand sanding a pain though, especially at high hardness. But it also shows on edge retention. For comparison, 1095 and O1 has 3%.

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