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    Knife blades

    A friend who is an accomplished craftsman has offered to make me a couple of knives.
    I have been looking at blades on the "moon raker" web-site and wondered if anyone had any recommendations.
    Not looking for views as to type more interested in blade material.

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    This apparently ...Sandvik 12C27 stainless "surgical" steel (HRC 57)
    Holds one hell of an edge.

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    http://www.tigheknives.com/pdf/rwl34-datasheet.pdf

    http://www.uttings.co.uk/Product/934...34-knife-3539/

    Works for me. Best knife I have ever had for holding an edge. Wouldn't know how you get a blade only.

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    Mull,

    01 tool steel is a good all round carbon steel. It holds a good edge and is easy to sharpen. The downside is that it needs some looking after to avoid rust.

    I'm not familiar with that particular surgical steel you mention. I'm sure it will hold an edge but might be difficult to sharpen.

    RWL 34 is regarded by many as hard to beat for making knives. It is a stainless, so is easier to maintain, holds an edge and is relatively easy to sharpen. It isn't cheap and it isn't as easy to harden as some steels. It also requires a slightly different method of polishing than carbons. However, if its a one off piece and you don't mind throwing some cash at it you probably won't go far wrong with RWL 34.

    Cheers,

    Bob

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    If they are fixed blades you cannot got wrong with ATS34 or 440C.
    these are easy to maintain and hold a good edge. one is yank the other jap.

    Sandvik is stainless and has many fans, but I have seen them chipping. Mora and Swiss Army knofes use it I believe.

    AUS8 (another Jap) would be my favourite at the moment for deer work If I did not already have a Fallkniven in VG-10.

    http://www.northamericanknives.com/knife_steels

    There are hunners have fun

    www.britishblades.com
    Last edited by 308boy; 25-02-2011 at 17:50. Reason: better hyperlink

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by NigelM View Post
    Wouldn't know how you get a blade only.
    Try this....
    Nordell Knives Webshop

    Neil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dovebob View Post
    Mull,

    01 tool steel is a good all round carbon steel. It holds a good edge and is easy to sharpen. The downside is that it needs some looking after to avoid rust.

    I'm not familiar with that particular surgical steel you mention. I'm sure it will hold an edge but might be difficult to sharpen.

    RWL 34 is regarded by many as hard to beat for making knives. It is a stainless, so is easier to maintain, holds an edge and is relatively easy to sharpen. It isn't cheap and it isn't as easy to harden as some steels. It also requires a slightly different method of polishing than carbons. However, if its a one off piece and you don't mind throwing some cash at it you probably won't go far wrong with RWL 34.

    Cheers,

    Bob
    Just submerge the blade in a glass of white vinegar, this will force a PATINA on the blade. it will turn black (overnight).

    NO MORE RUST PROBLEMS!!!

    Rgds, Buck.

    PS. Carbon steel only
    "let him without sin cast the first stone"





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    Quote Originally Posted by NigelM View Post
    http://www.tigheknives.com/pdf/rwl34-datasheet.pdf

    http://www.uttings.co.uk/Product/934...34-knife-3539/

    Works for me. Best knife I have ever had for holding an edge. Wouldn't know how you get a blade only.
    Top knives they do kits

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    MB.........about as short as it is long....It all depends on what you are going to be using the knives for.

    Different steels and designs are all subject to it's use and it's almost impossible to provide a recommendation.

    Do your research....google 'knife steel blanks' and a few sites will pop up.

    Try these sites to see if the information helps to focus it down a bit and maybe finalise your decision....

    KNIFE INFORMATION - An information page supplied by UK DEER Management

    WELSH OUTDOORS KNIFE STEEL CHOICE - Your specialist outdoor equipment supplier in Wales

    Rocky
    The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple

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    I have made a few knives using various blades, ENZO blades especially the D2 steel are the best.
    I ordered from both site,below good to deal with
    www.thegoodstuffshop.dk

    www.brisa.fi

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