1095 Heat Treat

Right now I am mainly using 1095 high carbon steel on my knives. Please feel free to comment below. Any tips and tricks I can learn are always welcome. I can’t wait to learn how to make really wavy hamons.


1095 Heat Treat Process

  • I put the knife in the oven and set it to 1470 F.
  • When the oven reaches set temp I start checking for critical with a magnet.
  • As soon as the blade is non-magnetic, I let it soak for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • After the soak, I go straight to an oil quench.
    • I edge quench for 25 seconds
    • Then full dip in the oil
  • Then it’s straight into the oven for tempering.
    • I temper twice at 450 F for one hour with 30 minute ramp.

I’m getting some decent hamon activity so far, hoping to keep that up.

Venator - Black and Orange G10
All around hunting, fishing, EDC knife. I made this to be used.
Earache Custom Skinner
This was designed by my Father-In-Law Eric. He drew this up himself, and I just made it happen.
Badger - Red Pearl Kirinite
I was going for a nice wavy Hamon on this one. This one is in a fishing camp right now.

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