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Old 29-12-2013, 12:36 PM
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Ok, now that the blade has been hardened and tempered, I grind the blade to final thickness and grind height:

Edge thickness:

It flares just before the run-outs but the majority blade is 0.25mm thick.

Now the grind is sorted it's time to make sure the blade is in the right position in the open and closed positions. Her's where I'm starting:

To raise the tip and align the spine of the blade to match the back of the handle, grind the area marked with the red line. Do a bit at a time and check constantly. As you get closer, it's advisable to step up to finer grits, this will make final polishing a breeze and stop you grinding too much away too fast

Close but not perfect - a little more to go:

Once you're happy with the open position you can start finalizing the closed position.
Starting point - note how the tip is sticking out the handle:

To drop the tip into the handle, enlarge the choil:

Again, do it bit by bit and check constantly until you're happy with the position and the tip is safely tucked away:
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