Aeb-l hamon. Working with stainless and a belt finish. So far Aeb-l seems like a good steel. It will get really sharp. The burr is rough to take off after sharpening. So far a 600 grit j-weight turned inside out seems to work the best. View attachment 61972
Thanks John. I used air focused on the edge during the plate quench.
Edited to add: you have to be fast once the blade is in between the plates. You won't get the same effect if you wait more then a couple of seconds.
John you won't be happy to hear this. But that one is for testing. I don't know how leaving the decarb on the blade is going to hold up. So some testing is in order.I had to up the air pressure to 125 to get that effect on the blade so it will end up in the vise to check grain structure.
It's certainly a coincidence, but I discovered something similar in a blade I was hand sanding yesterday. My blade is also AEB-L, and while hand sanding I could see white "ghosting" like a hamon. It's only visible when the blade is covered in oil and swarf, but there is a definitely a milky, swirly area. Interestingly enough, when I wipe the blade that discoloration disappears entirely. When I shoot some oil on it and begin sanding again, that swirly discoloration appears in exactly the same pattern in exactly the same place, so it's definitely a characteristic in the steel itself. I imagine it's an artifact from the heat treat, but it's not close to the edge so I don't expect that it will have any effect on the edge's stability or performance.
In the short time that I have been making knives my garage has been my shop. It has all of the things you would normally see in a garage. Mostly junk that you can't remember why it's there. For a year and a half we have been looking for a home with room for a shop. So far no luck on the hunt for a house. I want to go from making knives as a hobby to part time. So this weekend I finally got off my behind and started to turn the garage more into a shop. No more moving a tool to use another tool only to put it away and use the tool that just got moved.... It's a work in progress.
Oh yeah there's only 2 electrical outlets in the garage. Like I said a work in progress.
There is a reason why I can't seem to design a tactical knife everytime I try it ends up looking like a hunter. Rifle season is only one week away! The antelope made Pope and Young.
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I may not have entirely given up on limited production knives....as evidenced by my new chandelier.....
I need to space it down a bit but this will be for cooling air-hardening steels. The fan is an automotive radiator fan. I'll post a pic when it is further along...