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    Bar stock for knife blanks

    Am going to have a crack at making my own knife.

    Anyone have any spare beginner suitable barstock around (1095, 01 ect) or know where to purchase in NZ, can get from the states but shipping is obviously pretty hefty. I Haven't been able to find anyone who wants to sell me a small amount.

    Also is there an outfit that will heat treat knives in NZ?

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    @Shelley might have some ideas as might @john_worthington think i got the names right
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    Or an old engineering file.

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    just an idea but have you thought of using spring steel, from an old leaf? then just harden/temper it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauser308 View Post
    Or an old engineering file.
    like this one
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    You can use an old high carbon saw blade as well.....sharpens up razor sharp


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    @Nick-D

    Check out your local scrap metal dealer ..... They will have plenty of off cuts of all sorts of steel.

    And the best thing is they sell it at the scrap Kg price not the Retail length price.

    Old files can be bought from the markets pretty cheaply too, although you will have to soften them to work it into a knife, they are made of very good quality carbon steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P38 View Post
    @Nick-D

    Check out your local scrap metal dealer ..... They will have plenty of off cuts of all sorts of steel.

    And the best thing is they sell it at the scrap Kg price not the Retail length price.

    Old files can be bought from the markets pretty cheaply too, although you will have to soften them to work it into a knife, they are made of very good quality carbon steel.

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    Indeed they need to be softened big time. I have some someone can have just pay shipping. Old lathe files which are wider and longer and thicker than normal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny View Post
    Old lathe files which are wider and longer and thicker than normal.
    Old horse rasps are also larger than most files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarrie View Post
    Old horse rasps are also larger than most files.
    Got a couple of hose I have tucked away and was thinking they might work, using now for planing down totara... But after they, might met Mr bench grinder
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    got mine from fletchers last time, i used 01, 50x3thk and came in 500mm lengths, might of been around 40-50$ a length max
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny View Post
    Indeed they need to be softened big time. I have some someone can have just pay shipping. Old lathe files which are wider and longer and thicker than normal.


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    @Danny Awesome cheers man, Ill grab them off you if thats not to much trouble. Flick me a PM with your account and ill shoot some postage moolah through.

    I assume they can just be annealed similar to case necks to soften? Heat to 400ish and let cool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick-D View Post
    @Danny Awesome cheers man, Ill grab them off you if thats not to much trouble. Flick me a PM with your account and ill shoot some postage moolah through.

    I assume they can just be annealed similar to case necks to soften? Heat to 400ish and let cool?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick-D View Post
    @Danny

    I assume they can just be annealed similar to case necks to soften? Heat to 400ish and let cool?
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    Nope this is steel not brass.

    To anneal steel you have to heat to 700c, cherry red, let it soak for a while at this temp, then cool very slowly.

    Get a bag of lime, heat the file to cherry red, bury the cherry red file deep into the lime, leave until cool enough to touch.


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