Basic Knife Making Kit, 12c27 Stainless Steel

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  • Basic Knife Making Kit, 12c27 Stainless Steel
  • Handle material scales
  • filing the steel to shape. As the steel is annealed, it will be soft and workable. Holes can be drilled, it can be filed with hand files or cut with steel blades in a jig saw or hack saw
  • filing in the bevels. This can be done after heat treat if having a power grinder, if doing it by hand you really need to do this before heat treat.
  • example of a smaller blade, a kitchen paring knife in 12c27. This is a stick tang blade. If making this style of blade you need a solid handle material block, not handle scales.
  • showing the colors of the vulcanised fibre spacer materials. these go between the blade and handle scales.
  • brass pin stock for the handle, drill a 1/8" hole and cut to size with a hacksaw or dremel. Glue in when gluing the scales on.
  • shaping the handle on a belt sander
  • heat treating a carbon steel blade. the stainless steel is more difficult to heat treat but can be done at home in a gas forge with good temperature control, or sent off for heat treating.
  • drilling holes in the handle scales for pins
  • ready for gluing up the blade, spacer material and handle scales
  • hand sanding the finished handle
  • Basic Knife Making Kit, 12c27 Stainless Steel
  • Basic Knife Making Kit, 12c27 Stainless Steel
  • Handle material scales
  • filing the steel to shape. As the steel is annealed, it will be soft and workable. Holes can be drilled, it can be filed with hand files or cut with steel blades in a jig saw or hack saw
  • filing in the bevels. This can be done after heat treat if having a power grinder, if doing it by hand you really need to do this before heat treat.
  • example of a smaller blade, a kitchen paring knife in 12c27. This is a stick tang blade. If making this style of blade you need a solid handle material block, not handle scales.
  • showing the colors of the vulcanised fibre spacer materials. these go between the blade and handle scales.
  • brass pin stock for the handle, drill a 1/8" hole and cut to size with a hacksaw or dremel. Glue in when gluing the scales on.
  • shaping the handle on a belt sander
  • heat treating a carbon steel blade. the stainless steel is more difficult to heat treat but can be done at home in a gas forge with good temperature control, or sent off for heat treating.
  • drilling holes in the handle scales for pins
  • ready for gluing up the blade, spacer material and handle scales
  • hand sanding the finished handle
  • Basic Knife Making Kit, 12c27 Stainless Steel
$42.53

Description

Make your own knife from scratch (stainless steel)

This is a kit with steel from Gameco and handle materials from CreativeMan.com.au. Check out Gameco for grinders, forges, knife steel, and other supplies for those making also their own blades.

The kit consists of

  • 12c27 Stainless Steel from Sandvik, Sweden
  • Handle scales, Australian hard wood, Micarta or fruit tree wood
  • Pin stock to fit the scales to the blade
  • Vulcanised fibre spacer material

This is the most complex build we offer and requires more work than the other kits.

You will be designing your own blade and cutting it out, grinding in the bevels (edges), and then heat treating it.

12c27 is a stainless steel from Sweden, popular for use where corrosion resistance is required like in the kitchen, in the boat or elsewhere a carbon steel blade might not be ideal. 12c27 takes and holds a great edge and is a premium stainless steels used in both bushcraft and chef knives globally. 

Heat treat: 12C27 can be heat treated in a gas forge at home, or sent off for professional heat treating. It is not as easy to deal with as simple carbon steels, but possibly the easiest stainless steel to treat at home.

 

The steel is annealed so it is "soft" and workable.

Instructions:

  • design your blade shape, and rough cut out with an angle grinder or hacksaw
  • file to shape by clamping steel in a vice and using a file, or on a bandsaw, with a jigsaw, or grind to shape
  • file or grind in bevels, using a filing jig if hand filing, or a belt sander or grinder (look up filing jig on youtube)
  • Heat treat, temper, then sand again (or send off for professional heat treating)
  • Add fibre spacers, handle scales and pin stock, glue together
  • Shape handle scales, then sand to at least 1200 grit sand paper
  • Seal handle with oil, wax or similar

Heat treat instructions for 12c27:

The steel needs to be heated until 1080 C and held for 5 minutes at this stock thickness (2.5 mm), then quenched in 30-40 C canola oil. When at room temperature, place blade in a freezer if availble until frozen (no hold time), then temper. Temper in the stove for 2 x 2 hours at 170 C. This will give a 56-58 HRC blade if hardened successfully. This is a very short summary, it may pay to look up the Sandvik heat treating instructions and reading their instructions for with and without freezing, tempering degrees, etc. This summary is what we use and have produced blades at 57 HRC with, measured professionally in Sydney.

When the blade is hardened, sand or grind it again to get the scale off and sharpen.

From here on out it is basically following the kit knife making instructions, including attaching the scales and shaping the handle. Instructions: http://creativeman.com.au/instructions-fulltang-knife/ 

 

This is the most complex build we offer and requires more work than the other kits.

You will be designing your own blade and cutting it out, grinding in the bevels (edges), and then heat treating it.

For more options in handle materials, fibre spacer colors, pin stock and other supplies, check out CreativeMan.com.au 

 

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