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D2 Boar Knife #7165759 05/10/18 02:40 PM
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I've only been making knives for a few months now and don't have a lot of good tools to do so. I just recently got a KMG 2x72 belt grinder with variable speed controller and 2hp motor and I love this thing. I only do stock removal as I don't have a workshop to do proper blacksmithing in and the wife would kill me if I burned down the house. I made a simple single burner propane firebrick forge I use for heat treating and I quench in Canola oil and use a toaster oven for tempering or my in-house oven for larger blades. I've only made maybe 6 knives so far, this being my 7th. I am making this one for my Brother-In-Law as a christmas present. I also dabble in leatherwork and inherited all of my grandfathers leather working tools so I may make a sheath for this one as well personalized with his initials.

This is made from precision ground D2 tool steel. This piece started out 2.5" wide, 18" long, and 1/4" thick. I cut it out with a 4 1/2" angle grinder and cut off wheels then ground to final shape on the KMG. Bevel grinding done on the KMG with Norton Blaze ceramic 60 grit belt. I am almost done rough sanding by hand on one side...It is 10" blade and 15" OAL. Thinking some Padauk wood handle scales for this one. It is ground with a flat/convex grind and should hold a wicked edge.












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Got the pics to show now. I think it turned out pretty good so far for my 7th knife.

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Looks like it will be a serious tool when it is complete. Nice!

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Why in the world did you pick some D-2 steel? D-2 requires some very specific heat treating methods.I'm not going to get into how, do a search! If a gas forge is all you have, you should be buying some 1084, it's very forgiving.

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I have some 1095 and 440c and Iím familiar with heat treating D2, oxygen free, air quench, the works.

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Looks good Brandon, I love seeing the progress pics

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Re: D2 Boar Knife [Re: Precision_Shooter] #7165972 05/10/18 06:32 PM
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Good work. Thanks for sharing your progress with us!

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Looking good. I would recommend considering grinding a top cutting edge for the first half of the blade length. Sure makes it easy to go straight into the heart without much thrust behind it. up


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That will get the job done.

It's a hard use knife where failure could have serious consequences. Don't rely on anything but a mechanical connection to fasten the scales to the tang - bolts, flared tubes or rivets. Pins are not mechanical connections.

Keep up the good work and have fun.

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Didnít get any sanding done last night, just didnít feel like it. I should get this one finished up this weekend and start on something new. Will post some pics as I can

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For your 7th that's pretty darn good!


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Sanded with 100, then 150, then 220 grit. Not sure I want to go any further...



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That knife is a beast. It looks great Sir cheers

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Can I have it? roflmao

It looks great.

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And itís pretty much done except for putting an edge on it. Even tried my hand at some file work. I need a little more practice, but only 2nd time I tried file work on spine.



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Nicely done.

If you keep this up you will need to start adding some kind of maker's mark!

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WOW really nice. I like the file work.

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