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Beckerhead Knife Making and Modification Thread

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by granitestateofmind, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. JoshSkaarup

    JoshSkaarup

    177
    Nov 15, 2018
    Took my first foray into hand forging a blade from an old file. Started out promising enough. Built a guard and pommel from some mild steel--that was also a first for me--the heat treatment went smooth, and the temper was a nice straw yellow, but then went to peen the tang, and well...

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    Ah well. It was a learning experience for sure. Starting to build a proper forge, so there's lots more experimenting to come. Note to self: try two temper cycles, a bit hotter. Got too impatient to see it done.
     
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  2. GeofS

    GeofS Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    A noble attempt, @JoshSkaarup. Don’t give up, try it again. :thumbsup:
     
  3. JoshSkaarup

    JoshSkaarup

    177
    Nov 15, 2018

    Oh for sure. Got parts coming in to build me a new forge. There will be much more to come!
     
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  4. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    D'oh!
    I just broke a file knife recently myself.
    Can you shoot a picture inside the break so we can see the grain structure?
    All those teeth in files are stress risers, and they can be loaded with tiny invisible cracks from their previous life.
     
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  5. JoshSkaarup

    JoshSkaarup

    177
    Nov 15, 2018
    Tried to get some clear pictures of the grain, this is the best my phone is capable of, lol. Damned auto focus.

    I knew something was up after the temper when a file cut on the lower half but still skated off the foible area. But, I was in a rush to finish. Lesson learned.

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  6. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Yeah, looks like a crack near the spine and very rough grain. Probably overheated at some point, or held in the heat too long.
     
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  7. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
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  8. The Warrior

    The Warrior ☠ Dubzerator ☠ Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Very nice man. :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Xr6x

    Xr6x Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    It sure is daizee :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  10. JoshSkaarup

    JoshSkaarup

    177
    Nov 15, 2018
    A micarta bolster/guard? Neat!
     
  11. GeofS

    GeofS Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    Sure is clean. Great lines too. I like it! :)
     

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