Heat Treating

One of my first quenching videos….NEWB!!!!

I will be heat treating all my knives. Depending on what steel is used, I will follow the recommended guidelines for heat treating the particular steel. These are the heat treat procedures I use for the steel options I offer.

1095 High Carbon Steel

Normalizing:

I do 3 normalizing cycles on the blade before doing the quench.

  1. Hold at 1600°F for 10 minutes then take out and cool in still air
  2. Hold at 1500°F for 10 minutes then take out and cool in still air
  3. Hold at 1400°F for 10 minutes then take out and cool in still air

Hardening:

  1. I’ll hold the knife at 1470°F for 8 minutes, then quickly do a fully submerged uninterupted quench in Parks 50 heat treating oil.

Tempering:

  1. I do two tempering cycles at 450°F for 1 hour on each cycle. Now she’s ready to be hand finished and handle some business.

1095 w/Hamon pictures

W2 Tool Steel

Normalizing:

I do 3 normalizing cycles on the blade before doing the quench.

  1. Hold at 1550°F for 10 minutes then take out and cool in still air
  2. Hold at 1450°F for 10 minutes then take out and cool in still air
  3. Hold at 1350°F for 10 minutes then take out and cool in still air

Hardening:

  1. I’ll hold the knife at 1460°F for 8 minutes, then quickly do a fully submerged uninterupted quench in Parks 50 heat treating oil.

Tempering:

  1. I do two tempering cycles at 450°F for 1 hour on each cycle. Now she’s tough and ready to go.

W2 w/Hamon pictures

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