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Discussion in 'Milling, Drilling, & Cutting' started by Art P, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Art P

    Art P New Member

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    I am new to this craft. What type of drill bits do you use for stainless? For carbon steel such as 1095? Cutting speeds and lubricant? Where do you get the drill bits?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I like cobalt bits, but really most HSS bits are just fine when they are sharp and true.
    Park Tool cutting fluid and the drill press set to its the slowest speed works good. I think mine is around 600 RPM.

    Acklands-Grainger has decent bits. Most industrial supply/tool places will have good bits. You can get fractional or numbered.

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    High carbon steel in its annealed state is usually pretty forgiving and machines well. Hardened steel is another matter.

    Dan
     
  3. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    All I ever use is HSS. HSS will work for pretty much any material you will be using for knifemaking accept teat treated blade steel. The most important thing is to buy good quality drill bits.
     
  4. Art P

    Art P New Member

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    Thanks to you both. I think I need to anneal my steel. Even the cobalt will not touch the metal. I am using an old saw blade. Still working on my small insulating brick forge from Wayne Goddard's book.
     
  5. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Oh ya, saw blade is going to be pretty darn hard. You'll want to anneal it before working it.

    Dan
     

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