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Paragon Heat Treat Furnace

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Ocelot85, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. Ocelot85

    Ocelot85

    393
    Feb 1, 2012
    I'm looking at purchasing the Paragon Double Barrel KM24, already have quotes from the electricians to wire the circuit and upgrade my panel in the shop. I haven't done heat treating besides very simple methods in the past, I plan on starting with simple carbon steels but I want to eventually be able to do HSS such as CPM-M4 and stainless steels such as M390, Elmax, etc. I've been reading about them and they seem like a solid option for what I want, but I'm looking for a professionals insight and opinion on them.
     
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  2. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    I haven't used that model, but see nothing wrong with it. It is well built, and the three side/no back heating coils should be very effective.

    I have Ron Frazier's ancient KM18 paragon and it has been going strong for over 40 years. I gave it to Steve recently and we are going to replace the old mechanical controller with a solid state one.
     
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  3. Ocelot85

    Ocelot85

    393
    Feb 1, 2012
    Thanks for the response Stacy, trying to do my due diligence with this purchase and only have to buy once and cry once.
     
  4. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Some prefer Paragon, others Evenheat. Either way it is a professional grade product.
     
  5. DanF

    DanF KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    477
    Apr 17, 2017
    Dang, I hope my new Paragon 14.5 lasts half as long as RF's!
     
  6. jll346

    jll346 Knife maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2006
    I haven't found anything built like it used to be. Unfortunately
     
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  7. DanF

    DanF KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    477
    Apr 17, 2017
    Sadly true.
     
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  8. golfer1

    golfer1

    357
    Nov 24, 2016
    I'm far from professional, but my double barrel has worked great with aebl. So far, that's he only steel I have used in my new excapade.
     

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