In what situations can a survival knife be very helpful? Check!

In what situations can a survival knife be very helpful? Check!

26-07-2021
The stereotypical thinking of many of us makes us believe that the survival knife and its possession clearly shifts our thinking into many weeks spent in the bush and the need to survive in it. Of course, in such conditions, it is definitely worth having the right quality equipment. However, it...
Hardening. Part four: Tempering.

Hardening. Part four: Tempering.

17-04-2020
                           After hardening, the workpiece is hard but brittle. Martensite, which appears in steel during hardening, has a very high stress in it, so that the knife is not brittle, it is necessary to remove some of this stress....
Hardening. Part Three: extinguishing.

Hardening. Part Three: extinguishing.

21-03-2020
How to choose a cooling medium? Again: expertise and experience or trial and error method. Based on the CTT (Continuous Cooling Transformation) diagram for a specific steel! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuous_cooling_transformation                             Fig. 1 CCT...
Hardening. Part two: Why?

Hardening. Part two: Why?

12-01-2020
To what temperature I heat to, how long to keep the knife at this temperature: the manufacturer often presents it at a temperature scale but usually without the time of Austenitization! In what do I cool it in, how fast do I do it, are even harder questions. The manufacturer often provides...
Hardening. Part one: The basics.

Hardening. Part one: The basics.

13-11-2019
            Steel (iron alloy (Fe) with carbon (C)) without any special heat treatment, simply cooled after forging on the open air is soft. A knife made like this can bend in your hands. Before our ancestors had learned how to heat-treat steel, they forged it without any heat....
Resistance to cracking.  Part two: how can it be translated into knives and checked at home?

Resistance to cracking. Part two: how can it be translated into knives and checked at home?

20-04-2019
Another method to check the impact strength indirectly is the breaking-point test. Cutting the steel and hitting it with a hammer break the sample (e.g. knife) as in Izod's test. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izod_impact_strength_test When viewing a broken specimen under a magnifying glass, we...

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