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The W2 Experiment

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Griff, Jun 26, 2021.

  1. Griff

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    Have a couple of knives on the go in W2. This knife is an off cut of that steel. I made it not expecting much as I have never worked with W2 or Satanite/ clay/ cement whatever you want to call it.

    The hamon turned out great in my opinion, though has me worried it was beginners luck haha! We will see how the others work out.

    That’s a G-10 front, stainless spacer, and yellow/ black paper micarta. I am not happy with the paper micarta, and I’m going to say it’s my fault, my technique, as the product is from a reputable company. It sanded like :poop and peeled at every opportunity as I was hand sanding it, and when I say peeled I mean chunks! Anyway I stopped at 400G because I had enough.

    Thanks for looking!

    Cheers,

    Griff :beer::beer:
     
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    Good looking hamon. I have a piece of W2 ,will have to give it a try sometime.
    I have used paper micarta in the past and have had nothing but trouble with it. If I am going to use micarta I opt for linen as I find it is much nicer to work with.
     
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    Cal you might know better than me, but what I’ve heard said is the W2 I have is not ‘real W2,’ as apparently the true stuff was stockpiled by makers years ago, and Jason Knight made a comment about seeing the true W2 up in Alaska!

    I have no clue as to how close Aldo’s (NJSB) version is.

    Don Hanson said this about the round stock he was able to buy 20 years or so ago:

    ‘I didn't have that batch made, it was old stock I found. Others knew about it, but I ended up buying most of the 30,000 lbs. When I discovered how good it was, I set off to buy it all! I sold over 20,000 lbs in a 5-6 year maga sale. Not all W2 is the same, something very strange with the stuff currently available.’


    My knife above took a nice edge. Time will time.:beer:
     
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    From what I’ve read W2 is just sort of a guideline and not a strict formula like crucible has say for s35vn. So depending who makes it and the batch there’s room for variation and it can still be considered W2
     
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    dancom Dust Maker

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    Beauty knife Griff. Hamon did turn out nicely. :beer:

    Stay cool if you are out west guys. Records going to be broken all week.

    Dan
     
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    So sticking with my W2 work. This happened. I am going to finish this blade a bit more, dip it in Condurzal, re-clay, stress relieve it at 1200F…cool to black…and re-heat-treat.

    Lol…really jinxed myself with that beginners luck comment huh…DOH!!!

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