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Question to the knive makers

Discussion in 'Blades' started by TheBouncer1111, Apr 26, 2016.

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  1. TheBouncer1111

    TheBouncer1111 Distinguished Poster

    I have some old, '50's-60's and early 70's era garden/grass sheers most of the springs are broken but the steel blades seem to be rather nice and still hold an edge.

    would these be something that could be fashioned into what I was brought up calling a garden knife? Kind of a belt knife? OR not worth the effort?
     
  2. drop point

    drop point Distinguished Poster

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    it's hard to say because it's all in the heat treat....and heat treating unknown steel is always a gamble. I would guess that something could be done, it may or may not turn out well, probably use-able, but by no means the best edge retention or sharpness or toughness.
     

  3. mascott

    mascott Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I have always heard that a old file makes the best knives.
     
  4. drop point

    drop point Distinguished Poster

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    Files make cool knives. I've had the best luck in actual performance from older Nicholson files because they are very close in composition to 1095 steel. I've had a couple files that have been junk, more because when you don't know the steel, you don't know the Temps for the best hardness/toughness while soaking, quenching and tempering.

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