chisel grind pros and cons


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lobo9er
February 12, 2013, 06:14 PM
I am messing around with some leaf springs making some tackle box knives for my hunting/fishing group of friends. I am thinking about about doing them with a chisel grind. I dont have any knives with a chisel grind nor have ever used one. whats your thoughts?

And to throw it out there, I am amateur at best, these are going to be ugly. I am also thinking a chisel grind maybe easier for me to do.

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Sam1911
February 12, 2013, 06:47 PM
I'm not sure they're going to be easier, but maybe. They are decent for some things, especially if you coordinate which way the grind faces with your "handedness." They are a bit clumsier in use that an equal beveled blade as they tend to "steer" more.

How are you accomplishing your heat treating?

Fiv3r
February 12, 2013, 07:42 PM
I have never been a huge fan of them. However, I have a japanese Nata (basically a hatchet/heavy duty machete) that a late friend gave me with a chisel grind that takes a ridiculous edge. Not something I would want on a precision knife, but I can see the merit. I could shave with that 2lb chunk o' steel:scrutiny:

lobo9er
February 12, 2013, 10:31 PM
I was going to heat treat like 5160 steel. I dont know for certain thats what it is but its my best guess. The leaf springs are from a mid to late 90's jeep I got from a junk yard.

Sam1911
February 13, 2013, 05:35 AM
That is a pretty good guess.

JShirley
February 13, 2013, 10:51 AM
What color sparks does it throw?

lobo9er
February 13, 2013, 02:50 PM
bright yellow orange and the sparks "spread" or fan out. How can I explain.... each spark breaks apart into more sparks.

hso
February 13, 2013, 04:01 PM
Do they fan from the wheel or do they travel straight out and then break into fans?

Sounds like you do have at least have a carbon steel, but whether it is 5160 may be difficult to determine without hardening.

You could harden a bit as 5160 and see if it does harden.

lobo9er
February 13, 2013, 10:39 PM
they travel straight out then fan out.
While I was shaping with an angle grinder I was dipping into water one time it got way to hot, turning colors and after I dunked it into the water the corner I was grinding seemed like it hardened. Maybe just in my head but I thought it was tougher to grind down than the rest.

JTW Jr.
February 15, 2013, 11:05 PM
Chisel grinds are certainly easier to grind , dont have to worry about the edge being in the center of the blade , no plunge lines to worry about keeping even.

Chisel grinds never did anything for me , always made the knife look unfinished to me.

lobo9er
February 16, 2013, 12:52 AM
Thans again for all the response. Seriously everyone here is great. Hso and Sam1911 you guys are always there to answer questions. I already forked up my 1st knife "shaping" with the angle grinder. But thats why I bought some leaf springs, to learn on. I maybe able to salvage it into a smaller knife. Its the fun of learning. :) Either way these guys are getting my sweat and blood in a gift literally.

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