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Old 11-13-2019, 08:22 PM
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Speaking of knives, Lookie what *I* scored!!!

Out of a brand new, 2019 ROUSCH F-250 with 1500 miles on it!!
How do you un-curve the steel? Do you heat to anneal then pound it flat?
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:31 PM
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My unfinished knife from a file. I don't know if I will ever get back to it or not. It was annealed, hammered and ground. Overall length 11" and a bit rusty now.
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I treat all my knives as knives and that will be especially important if we ever reach a situation where replacement is not an option. I broke a blade in my favorite pocket knife decades ago trying to bore a hole in a sugar maple and that taught me a lesson I have never forgotten.
If your going to abuse a knife, use someone else's?
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Old 11-15-2019, 05:29 AM
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Maslow's gavel:
"I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail."
Well, ironically, all I had was a knife and I needed to hammer a nail...it worked

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I treat all my knives as knives and that will be especially important if we ever reach a situation where replacement is not an option. I broke a blade in my favorite pocket knife decades ago trying to bore a hole in a sugar maple and that taught me a lesson I have never forgotten.
I don't advocate abusing a knife or pushing it beyond its limitations, but I've also been in positions where the only tool available was a knife. I do agree, if you're in a position where exercising a warranty or having a tool box of options are not feasible options, you "should" make smart decisions with how you use your one knife/tool (a knife is a great tool designed to make more appropriate tools). However, a quality knife (thinking fixed blades) can take an enormous amount of abuse, often more than most are capable of dishing out.

Having seen an expensive, large Busse knife dig hole for water filtration hole adjacent to a slow moving river with a rocky streambed, it honestly made me cringe. But other than some cosmetic damage, it was fine. No chips in the blade, but it likely needed a little touch up on the edge. While I've seen that and can understand the capabilities, I also know I could have quickly used the knife to make a digging stick. A knife is simply a tool to help solve problems and there are many ways to use them; it's up to the knife-user to understand the environment, time-constraints, task/problem requirements, and know the capabilities and limitations of what tool you have on you when you are faced with a need or problem.

I'm simply a user who enjoys knives as a hobby. I have used some extremely hard, debatably abused them, but never pushed them beyond their capabilities.

So, when I (literally) have a nail and no hammer, but I do have a $500+custom knife designed for harsh use, my knife handle worked just fine for a hammer....some will say it's ignorant abuse, I just see it as field expediency and improvisation with a tool designed to handle more than just cutting...

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How do you un-curve the steel? Do you heat to anneal then pound it flat?
Heat it up until it is red hot, and hammer it flat on an anvil.

Hot metal fresh out of the forge is a lot like working Playdough. The only real difference is that its too hot to touch. You have to use tools to handle it.

The hammer and anvil, for example, take the place of squishing the Playdough between your fingers.

If you want to make knives, go buy Playdough, and practice working it into a good knife shape. Then bake it dry and use sand paper to get the final perfection.

It will be the same as hammering metal to the right shape, and using a grinder or file to get the final details right.
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My unfinished knife from a file. I don't know if I will ever get back to it or not. It was annealed, hammered and ground. Overall length 11" and a bit rusty now.
Very nice!! get that puppy finished up!
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