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Honesuki Western

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by dancom, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I made this little Honesuki Western style kitchen knife from AEB-L. The handle is Inkline Spalted Maple from Woodstabilizer.com with a 316 SS bolster. Scales pinned with 416 SS and a subtle 1/4" black paper Micarta for the centre pin.

    I did an experiment on the blade and I am not sure if I like the effect or not. I applied good ole yellow mustard and hit it with a heatgun a few times. I let it site overnight and washed the mustard off the next day. The blade had a slight patina making it look like it's been in regular use for a year. I did some experiments on AEB-L in the past with various acids, temperatures and times and was able to force a patina. A reminder that stainless steel is really only stain resistant.

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    I haven't worked with 316 SS for bolsters before, but a 25" piece of 1/4" x 1-1/2" for $9 was sitting in the SS offcuts bin at my local Metal Supermarket. I thought I would give it a try. If I understand correctly, 316 has a higher corrosion resistance than my regular go-to 304.

    The tapering handle gets nice and thin and fits in the hand like a dream. The wee heft of the bolster places the centre of gravity right at the rear of the bolster, perfect for one's index or middle finger to rest comfortably in the choil.
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    Thanks for looking.

    Dan
     
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  2. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Jeez that's a sweet looking knife. I think you're definitely getting the hang of it Dan ; ) You always have the best wood scales too.
     
  3. Dave Hodson

    Dave Hodson New Member

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    Very nice work Dan. What did you use for pins for the 316 bolsters?
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Thanks Dave. I used 316L 1/8" round for bolster pins. I wasn't sure if the "L" made much difference but they hid themselves pretty well. Cleaning the pins, cleaning the holes and 20 tons on the hydraulic press also help. :)
     
  5. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Very nice! I just got in some AEB-L and 440C, and I plan on making one (y’know along side my other unfinished projects! I blame this darn day job and a splash of adhd haha). This I feel is a great size and a very versatile knife in the kitchen.

    Looks stunning Dan *thumbs up* *fist bump*
     
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  6. Dave Hodson

    Dave Hodson New Member

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    Well it sure looks good - great job
     
  7. Magnus

    Magnus New Member

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    Very clean, I like it.
     
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  8. Eric Fisher

    Eric Fisher Active Member

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    That look really nice. You are right about the stainless steel. 316ss more corrosion resistant that 304ss, particularly for chlorides (salt solutions) and strong acids. 316L ss has less carbon making it better for welding and machining.
     

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