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Knife Guys a ?

#1 Post by 3leggedturtle » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:48 pm

I want to buy a 5-7" durable and tough knife blade blank to put my own handles on. What do you recomend. Did i mention tough and durable! would like to keep cost to $50 or under if possible. Weight doesnt bother me but has to be at least 3/16" thick. thanks Todd/3leg
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#2 Post by piller » Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:21 pm

https://knivesandknifemaking.com/index. ... hIQAvD_BwE

They may have something you like. Jantz Supply out of Oklahoma is another possibility.
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#3 Post by piller » Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:36 pm

Read the fine print. Some of these supply places do and some don't harden or temper the blade. If you want one that is not hardened so that you can easily shape it to your own liking, make sure that you can get someone to harden it for you. Alternatively, hardening it yourself is not too difficult. Plenty of tutorials are on YouTube. Should you not mind doing all the work yourself, go get a 1970s or 1980s Chevy leaf spring from a wrecking yard, also called automotive recyclers now, and grind it out yourself. The spring steel in automotive leaf springs will harden pretty well and hold a decent edge. It is also tough, so it resists fracturing and will retain its shape even when deformed a little during hard use.
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Re: Knife Guys a ?

#4 Post by claybob86 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:52 pm

piller wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:36 pm
Read the fine print. Some of these supply places do and some don't harden or temper the blade. If you want one that is not hardened so that you can easily shape it to your own liking, make sure that you can get someone to harden it for you. Alternatively, hardening it yourself is not too difficult. Plenty of tutorials are on YouTube. Should you not mind doing all the work yourself, go get a 1970s or 1980s Chevy leaf spring from a wrecking yard, also called automotive recyclers now, and grind it out yourself. The spring steel in automotive leaf springs will harden pretty well and hold a decent edge. It is also tough, so it resists fracturing and will retain its shape even when deformed a little during hard use.
Do 70s and 80s Chevy leaf springs have different properties than other leaf springs? :?:
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#5 Post by piller » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:20 pm

No, just easy to find and relatively inexpensive.
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#6 Post by gamekeeper » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:23 pm

In the UK the guy to go to for blanks and all things knife related is Heinnie Haynes, his web site www.heinnie.com is well worth a look, even if P&P is excessive.
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#7 Post by wecsoger » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:28 pm

Smoky Mt Knife Works, Condor blade blank

https://www.smkw.com/condor-kephart-blade-blank

1075, not a mystery steel like some of the other folks, not 3/16" but close at .125.

...and just as I pulled it up, it's out of stock in the catalog.

I'll be there next week, was wanting to buy a couple for myself. Maybe they'll have some in the store.

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Re: Knife Guys a ?

#8 Post by GunnyMack » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:47 pm

I used to buy from texas knife makers. Tried other online retailers too.
Few years back I found AUS8 or D2( dont remember
which) finished blades for very reasonable price. Made one for myself then my buddies each wanted one. They are 5/16 thick, drop point and shallow with 4 inch long blade, full tang- perfect for cleaning the south end of a deer type critter. I also personalized each bolster, initials except for this one.
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Re: Knife Guys a ?

#9 Post by marlinman93 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:38 am

claybob86 wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:52 pm
piller wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:36 pm
Read the fine print. Some of these supply places do and some don't harden or temper the blade. If you want one that is not hardened so that you can easily shape it to your own liking, make sure that you can get someone to harden it for you. Alternatively, hardening it yourself is not too difficult. Plenty of tutorials are on YouTube. Should you not mind doing all the work yourself, go get a 1970s or 1980s Chevy leaf spring from a wrecking yard, also called automotive recyclers now, and grind it out yourself. The spring steel in automotive leaf springs will harden pretty well and hold a decent edge. It is also tough, so it resists fracturing and will retain its shape even when deformed a little during hard use.
Do 70s and 80s Chevy leaf springs have different properties than other leaf springs? :?:
If you plan to use a old leaf spring, be sure it's got as little arc as possible. Unless you have a forge to straighten the spring and get it flat it will be tough to grind it flat with much arc. Also a heat treated leaf spring is not easy to shape, as they're pretty darn hard. I've made a couple knives using helper springs from trucks which are the lowest spring in the pack, and almost always close to dead flat. It took a huge amount of time with a grinder to shape it, and then more to thin it and make it usable. But it's a fantastic blade that holds an edge well!
The last several knives I made I just bought a nice Damascus blank and went from there. Much easier, and the blanks were very reasonably priced too.
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Re: Knife Guys a ?

#10 Post by Bill in Oregon » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:44 am

Todd, I have always been very happy with blades and knives I have bought from Ragnar at Ragweed Forge:

https://www.ragweedforge.com/BladeCatalog.html

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#11 Post by piller » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:54 pm

I have purchased a few blades from there and added handles and finials to my own liking. I was always happy with the price and service. Those SCA types are usually willing to help a beginner to get started.
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Re: Knife Guys a ?

#12 Post by BigSky56 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:17 pm

trackofthewolf.com has all kinds of knives and blades. danny

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#13 Post by Twodot » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:57 pm

BigSky56 wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:17 pm
trackofthewolf.com has all kinds of knives and blades. danny
as does crazycrow.com
https://www.crazycrow.com/knife-blades
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