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Old 08-02-2014, 08:28 PM
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I've got a customer that dropped his knife on concrete and snapped the tip off the blade is O1 is that a fault of mine or does O1 do that .

also RWL34 is that a better blade if dropped as I have a commission to make Drop point Hunter loveless style
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:42 PM
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Never happened to any of mine Mike,don't know what to tell you on that one

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cheers mate hope someone can help
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:39 AM
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Can't really offer much mate. What type of HT gear do you use? As you could tell I was overthinking the process initially. Due to the erm... "rustic" method and kit available I can't accurately replicate the process repeatedly so proper destruction tests etc are pointless until I get a kiln/oven.

on the subject of different steels, are there any stainless grades that are suitable for backyard HT? I read extensively but could only guess that 440c could be HTd similar to o1, and even then it wasn't very clear.
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what do you mean ie a photo will help have you just dinked the end point 1-2mm or has 1" snapped off ?

I would say the first is the Customers fault for being clumsy
the second is still his but would indicate a further problem IE it wasn't tempered at all from hardening
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it's just 1-2mm off the point thats all .Duncan I put all my knives in the oven for 1hr at 200c .it comes out like a orange colour
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Ya same as you mike i put then in at 195c and have dropped two of them from the bench butter fingers and never any damage have also dropped one before tempering its a tough one do you take it back and fix it to keep him happy or don't for me i would just fix it nothing worse than a customer not happy
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I always temper at 220 for an hour and they come out a Straw color,never had a complaint about any blade ever and i sell more bare blades than full knives,got to agree with Duncan on this,customers fault not yours,have dropped a few myself and had to touch up 1 or 2mm,just dinked not snapped off

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I always temper at 220 for an hour and they come out a Straw color,never had a complaint about any blade ever and i sell more bare blades than full knives,got to agree with Duncan on this,customers fault not yours,have dropped a few myself and had to touch up 1 or 2mm,just dinked not snapped off

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customer ok about it he has asked me if I could fix it and I did say yes but he will have to pay for the repair
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