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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #20 on: July 29, 2022, 10:00:17 PM »
Buy a good coin finder and check you logs before they get near the mill or any metal. I keep 2 , one in the log truck [picker] and one in the mill. I could not operate without them.

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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2022, 10:13:27 PM »
I installed a new blade last week to try to quickly knock out a few 4x4's a repeat customer ordered.  While sawing the first pecker pole, I nearly stalled the Yanmar and knocked the set out of the blade by 1/4".  I ended up cutting the blade out with an angle grinder and removing the log was tricky since I had six more logs between the mill and the tractor.



  A few knives that I made out of saw blades:  I've got a couple that I use when cooking large quantities of food.  They hold an edge well.



 

 

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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2022, 11:02:24 PM »
This end of da UP of Michigan is an old Iron and Copper mining area. I think it was part of the culture back then to nail porcelain insulators to every tree, and if they missed one, attach lots of barbed wire. Your band would stand a better chance hittin' an imbedded  '56 Buick Roadmaster than that tiny insulator.   :D
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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2022, 02:17:46 AM »
...On the HM126, the dogs are on the opposite side of the track from the operating side so the log hides the dogs.
Turn your carriage around 180 degrees and they'll be on the operator side, then watch out for your back stops. ;)
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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2022, 08:37:07 AM »
A big lag bolt in an elm made short work of some interesting blade geometry. All the teeth are bent the same direction and are rolled over past 45 degrees. No stress in figuring out what to do with this one  

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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2022, 10:51:57 AM »
Sometimes when Im opening a box of brand new blades, Im tempted to just fold and bust a couple right off with a hammer/whatever. Could possibly save some time as it seems  the rocks/railroad spikes, horse shoes etc can smell new blades easily...
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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2022, 11:32:58 AM »
A big lag bolt in an elm made short work of some interesting blade geometry. All the teeth are bent the same direction and are rolled over past 45 degrees. No stress in figuring out what to do with this one  

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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2022, 06:13:40 PM »
Nice knives Caveman! I forge welded some blade material together right before I moved to Idaho and never did anything with it. Thereís a good chance that Iíll have a place to set up my forge this winter and Iíll try to finish it. All of the knives Iíve made at this point have been material removal with 1095. To bad I gave them all away and didnít keep one for myself. Now I get pictures with my knives with dead animals every fall. 
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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2022, 11:02:33 PM »
Thanks, I've got a coal forge that I eventually would like to learn to use to make things, especially knives.  So far, the knives I've made have been pretty basic - just remove everything that does not look like a knife blade and put a handle on it.  The knives pictured were made for my senior FFA officers the year all of our students were sent home in March 2020.  The seniors went home for spring break and missed a lot of their senior year' events (grad night, prom, awards ceremonies and banquets) when school did not resume for us in person until August. 
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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #29 on: July 31, 2022, 08:25:45 AM »
@caveman 
So you just ground them to shape and they worked?  What about hardening?  Do you heat treat and quench, air quench, or use them as is?  They look great.  What thickness were the bands originally, or did you find one thickness works better than another?  As many times as I'ver been cut by a band, I keep telling Martha I ought to make a knife out of them!  I know they will cut, they've bled me more than once or twice.      
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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #30 on: July 31, 2022, 08:39:57 AM »
@caveman
So you just ground them to shape and they worked?  What about hardening?  Do you heat treat and quench, air quench, or use them as is?  They look great.  What thickness were the bands originally, or did you find one thickness works better than another?  As many times as I'ver been cut by a band, I keep telling Martha I ought to make a knife out of them!  I know they will cut, they've bled me more than once or twice.      
Yes please tell us the recipe for making a knife. Your right YH , this is the 1st year I have been wearing shorts sawing. My shins are a mess from flipping blades open and closed,  I like the shorts but i'm tempted to go back to long pants. But then I end up with all sorts of holes in my pants. lol
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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2022, 09:01:30 AM »
My shins are a mess from flipping blades open and closed


 
I have no idea how it made this pattern??  ::)  ???
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« Reply #32 on: July 31, 2022, 01:26:24 PM »
Again?  Not too long ago saw one similar. 
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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #33 on: July 31, 2022, 03:53:10 PM »
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Here are a few examples of the knives that Iíve made. They were all material removal with 1095 except the one balanced on the deer horn, it was a file. They were all quenched in oil then 2 cycles of heat treat for 2 hours at 500į if I remember correctly. 




















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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #34 on: August 02, 2022, 10:26:08 PM »
Those knives are far superior to any I've made. 

 Robert, generally, I've just grinded anything that did not look like a knife blade away.  I keep a can or a bucket of water close to the grinder when rough grinding to quench the blade.  As I get close to a knife shape, I take a little more time to keep the blade from getting too hot.  After it is roughly shaped, I start grinding an edge using a coarse, 60 or so grit belt.  The ones I've previously made were out of .045 and .050 blades but the .055 should be even better unless you are shooting for a fillet knife.  
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Re: What are new blades good for?
« Reply #35 on: August 02, 2022, 11:17:32 PM »
Thank you, I hope to get back into it soon. Unfortunately I wonít be able to take one of my own custom knives to Alaska with me moose hunting in September.  My partner will have the one I made for him though. 
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