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    Greetings from WA

    Hi all,
    just joined the forum to get a local perspective on this niche area of metalworking.
    I am a machinist/fitter/welder by trade and have a desire to become a competent stock removal blademaker.
    Would love to forge but tendinitis in both elbows and a partially torn shoulder ligament aint going to see that happen.

    Keen to commission some small forging projects if anyone in WA can assist. I like to scrounge old metal like spring steel Pandrol clips
    off old disused railways and if fit for purpose possibly re-purpose into blades by having someone forge into billets for me.

    Anyways , that a way off yet. in the mean time I will just lurk and absorb and try some more simpler stuff first off.

    Dugg

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    G'day Dugg, Welcome to ABF.
    For stock removal and your first foray into blade making I can recommend some 1084 steel from artisan supplies. cheap, easy to use and makes a great blade. 5160 is also available in round bar (which is what the Pandrol clip should also be made of...maybe).
    ball bearings (51200) are also a good steel (however some of the cheaper ones can be case hardened from a low carbon steel which is not suitable for blades)
    given your quals you could knock up a hyd press so the hammering component is dramatically reduced.
    Have fun and see you at the Perth knife show.

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    Gidday Dugg, welcome to ABF, if you haven't already be sure to check out the newbie info

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    G'day Dugg

    Welcome to the forum.

    There is plenty of help available here from our very knowledgeable members.

    We also have some great knife maker members in Perth who you should be able to catch up with in person.

    Once you get started, please feel free to show us your work. There is plenty of room in the Gallery.

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    Welcome aboard Dugg

    For your first foray into knife making Uddbb's advice is good, a new metre length of a good known steel like 1084 is only about $50 or less, it will come normalised and annealed, and it will make your journey a more pleasurable experience with less failures.
    Using repurposed steel can come later when you understand what you are actually working with.

    Enjoy the journey and beware it become a bit addictive

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    Welcome. Highly recommend buying a bar of carbon steel from Artisan Supplies and getting into it. There are some great knifemakers in WA and they are all really great people with lots of good advice.

    You can even get to meet us all in person at the Perth Knife Show (Shameless plug for Perth 2020).
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    Welcome to ABF .

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