Forging the blade
Forging the blade
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In the forge
In the forge
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Rough forging complete
Rough forging complete
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Grinding- Setting bevel
Grinding- Setting bevel

I use the 8" round wheel to true up the edge symmetry and remove as much of the steel as I can before going to the flat platen

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Closeup of grinding
Closeup of grinding
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Flat platen grinding
Flat platen grinding

After establishing the symmetry, I move to the flat platen and refine the geometry of the bevels and take the knife down close to final dimensions before heat treating

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Grind is complete
Grind is complete

Now I am ready to heat treat.

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Out of the quench
Out of the quench

Blade has just cooled out of the quench oil and still shows scale and colors from the quench

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Hand polishing
Hand polishing

I took this one down to about 220 grit on the grinder after heat treat and then switched to hand polishing at 220,320 and 400 grit. I polished 2 directions at 400 grit and then pulled a clean satin finish down the blade. I went over it with 600 grit loaded with Schimichrome for the final finish

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My Friend Gregg Martin's Wedding Cake Knife