It's heavy for a blade, but not that heavy overall. I used an oxyacetylene torch, you can see it in one of the pics..23Magnum said:TOOL STEEL? That thing probably weighs quite a bit then, hehe. What'd you cut that with a plasma cutter or just a regular torch? A least you won't be making many dents or nicks in the blade using tool steel. Can't wait to see the final product.
Sure, heat-treating advice is welcomed. A machinist and swordsmith friend is helping me make this, but more info is always good.Spartan 161 said:Looking at the blade you are cutting it out of, I bet it is in the L6 category. Nice stuff for blade making. Looking good. I used to make knives and can offer you an excellent quench formula for your tempering if your interested. Man I miss making blades....
Spartan 161 said:For a project like this I would recommend a Kydex sheath for aesthetics. Its a futuristic combat blade why not go with Kydex and make a futuristic sheath. I can provide you with a great web site that has some great tuts with Kydex.
As for leather, there is a problem when dealing with Carbon steels and leather. If you leave it in the sheath for long periods of time the Chemicals in the leather tend to corrode the blade no matter how oiled it may be. So if you go the leather rout you may want to make a wall display for the blade and sheath and just keep it oiled and out of the sheath.
Garland said:Nice! Good to see a real knife being made. Are you making a couple, or just the one?
Vrogy said:I checked, and it is indeed L6, supposedly Scandinavian in origin.