Another which steel question

Fatstrat

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To cut to the chase, I'm interested in steel that doesn't need to be (already is) heat treated/tempered. For making bowie type hunting knives.
I've been "refurbishing" knives for several years. Buying old, mostly military blades in poor condition. Re-handling and in many cases re-grinding the shapes of the blades. Depending on what is left of the acquired blade.
I've got the applying handles part down pat. And also grinding hard steel slowly/carefully as to not lose temper.
Now I want design and make my own blades. But don't have the room for a forge. Just want to do "stock removal" on already hard steel. Any suggestions appreciated.
 
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Justin Presson

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Man I'm not sure you will find that and if you did cutting out your profile would be a chore.
Have you thought about sending out the heat treating? Buy you some good steel, cut and grind your profile then send it out to be hardened and tempered.
 

Fatstrat

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That could work. Who can you send it to? I'm a delivery truck driver and Bodycote is a business I go to occasionally. They do industrial heat treating, but expressed no interest in doing knife blades.
 

Justin Presson

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That could work. Who can you send it to? I'm a delivery truck driver and Bodycote is a business I go to occasionally. They do industrial heat treating, but expressed no interest in doing knife blades.
Depending on what steel you go with but Darrin Sanders a member on here does oil hardened steels at a very reasonable price and has done several for me. He was $10 per blade plus shipping but you would need to contact him to get exact.

Or any of the others mentioned.
 

Fatstrat

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Thank you for your advice. Will 440C make a good sturdy large Bowie? I'm thinking similar to the large one made by the old Western knife company.
 
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