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Offline Morgan

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Bandsaw blade steel
« on: August 09, 2018, 05:13:15 am »
We have a huge bandsaw at work that broke a blade yesterday, I brought home 12 pieces of the blade that are 24-26Ē long. The blade is 1 1/2Ē wide from gullet to spine and just a hair over 1/16Ē thick. All I know of the steel is that it will rust. Iím going to see if I can harden it this weekend, if so Iíll have a lot of steel for short blade or fillet knives. If not, Iíll have a lifetime supply of trade point steel. Anyone have any experience with them?

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Re: Bandsaw blade steel
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2018, 06:58:21 am »
You may need to soften them first so you can shape what you want then harden them back after you cut out what you want. Those band saw blades make good knives, trade points and bow scrapers.
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Offline KHalverson

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Re: Bandsaw blade steel
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2018, 07:12:30 am »
Most likely 15n20 steel
U will have to anneal before drilling any pin holes or use carbide. Or titex drills.
Should make great blades .

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Re: Bandsaw blade steel
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2018, 02:38:16 pm »
Thanks folks. I donít know why making some scrapers didnít occur to me, What is the desired hardness of a card scraper?

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Re: Bandsaw blade steel
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2018, 05:41:37 pm »
Same as a knife I guess.
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Re: Bandsaw blade steel
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2018, 06:03:35 pm »
I have made a bunch of scrapers out of bandsaw blades.  I didn't mess with the hardness.  I ground them to shape and used a file and burnishing rod.  I kept them from getting too hot while grinding.  They hold an edge for a long time.  I'll go a year or two before having to redo the burr.  I've made a couple of knives the same way.  I just keep dipping it in water to keep the temperature from messing up the hardness.
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Re: Bandsaw blade steel
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2018, 07:43:47 pm »
I have made a bunch of scrapers out of bandsaw blades.  I didn't mess with the hardness.  I ground them to shape and used a file and burnishing rod.  I kept them from getting too hot while grinding.  They hold an edge for a long time.  I'll go a year or two before having to redo the burr.  I've made a couple of knives the same way.  I just keep dipping it in water to keep the temperature from messing up the hardness.

Sounds great.

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Re: Bandsaw blade steel
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2018, 06:17:13 am »
I have a great, little knife from a bandsaw blade Shannon Walker made for me a few years ago. I carry it a lot.
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Re: Bandsaw blade steel
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2018, 06:57:31 am »
I have a great, little knife from a bandsaw blade Shannon Walker made for me a few years ago. I carry it a lot.

Iím pretty excited to see how this steel turns out, really hoping that it is a steel that I can harden and temper by simple mean. The manufacturer website says the steel is a carbon, chrome, tool, nickel, stainless alloy. Probably be some light patterning with an acid dip. I prefer thin blade knives for skinning and cutting meat, my favorite skinning knife for years was an old carbon steel kitchen knife that the blade was broke in half and I re-profiled with a file.  It was about as thick as this steel is.

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Re: Bandsaw blade steel
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2018, 07:05:05 pm »
I have made a bunch of scrapers out of bandsaw blades.  I didn't mess with the hardness.  I ground them to shape and used a file and burnishing rod.  I kept them from getting too hot while grinding.  They hold an edge for a long time.  I'll go a year or two before having to redo the burr.  I've made a couple of knives the same way.  I just keep dipping it in water to keep the temperature from messing up the hardness.

   I am going to send you a box of scrapers to sharpen for me. I usually have to resharpen a couple of times on each bow.

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Re: Bandsaw blade steel
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2018, 06:52:42 pm »
I have made a bunch of scrapers out of bandsaw blades.  I didn't mess with the hardness.  I ground them to shape and used a file and burnishing rod.  I kept them from getting too hot while grinding.  They hold an edge for a long time.  I'll go a year or two before having to redo the burr.  I've made a couple of knives the same way.  I just keep dipping it in water to keep the temperature from messing up the hardness.

   I am going to send you a box of scrapers to sharpen for me. I usually have to resharpen a couple of times on each bow.

The quality of the steel makes the difference.  I think I have an extra scraper.  I can send it to you.
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