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chisel grind pros and cons

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by lobo9er, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. lobo9er

    lobo9er Active Member

    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.
  2. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    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?
  3. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Active Member

    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:
  4. lobo9er

    lobo9er Active Member

    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.
  5. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    That is a pretty good guess.
  6. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    What color sparks does it throw?
  7. lobo9er

    lobo9er Active Member

    bright yellow orange and the sparks "spread" or fan out. How can I explain.... each spark breaks apart into more sparks.
  8. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    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.
  9. lobo9er

    lobo9er Active Member

    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.
  10. JTW Jr.

    JTW Jr. New Member

    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.
  11. lobo9er

    lobo9er Active Member

    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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