OK I’ve been on slack posting about the knives I’ve made. So I’m starting a thread to document how I am doing this, I’m not going to document the design process, but how I’m actually making them.
I’ve selected S35VN as the steel. It’s created from powder kind of like Carbide inserts. Pressed under heat supposedly to achieve a more uniform grain structure. This isn’t a crazy expensive steel, but it isn’t cheap either. 3/16" x 2" x 12" runs about $73. The first step is to cut the blanks to length on the horizontal band saw. I’m not posting a picture of this as it’s boring. Please also note, I’m doing this in my machine shop, not @ VHS as I have almost all the tools I need here, and I’m not sure of the policies on some of the tools in regards to steel. Especially the saws.
After cutting, the stock thickness comes over size, so I’m surface grinding to thickness.
This is where I’m at right now. Next step will be machining. I want to design a plate fixture where I can have all 3 operations up on one plate in the machine. Stay tuned for updates.