Water-cooled Quench Plates

Water Cooled Quench Plates Project

Quench plates are a fantastic tool for the heat treating of knife blades. If you’ve read my posts on How to plate quench or the various heat treatment guides for popular knife steels, this is essentially an extension of those.…

How to prepare a knife blade for heat treat | Topham Knife Co

How to prepare a knife blade for heat treat

The hardening of a knife blade is the heart and soul of the knife. When done well, you’ll have a versatile tool for life. When a knife blade is placed under load, stress is almost never uniformly distributed through the…

HowToHeatTreatSandvik14c28nKnifeSteel | Topham Knife Co

How to heat treat Sandvik 14C28N knife steel

Sandvik 14C28N is the latest development in Sandvik’s (Swedish) range of knife steels. The optimized chemistry provides a top grade knife steel with a unique combination of excellent edge performance, high hardness and good corrosion resistance. Sandvik 14C28N® is an…

How to heat treat M390 knife steel - TophamKnifeCo

How to Heat Treat Böhler M390 Steel

Böhler M390 is a third-generation martensitic chromium steel produced with powder metallurgy. Due to its alloying concept, this steel offers extremely high wear resistance, decent toughness, good corrosion resistance (food-grade [5]) and polishability. Typical applications: moulds for the processing of…

How to heat treat K460 O1 Tool Steel

How to Heat Treat Bohler K460 (O1) Tool Steel

Bohler-Uddeholm K460 (1.2510) (AISI O1) is a popular carbon cold work tool steel that knife makers have used very effectively for decades. Famously O1 has been used by Randall Knives starting in 1938 or so and continuing to today. K460…

how to harden 80crv2 blade steel

How to Heat Treat 80CrV2 Steel

80CrV2 (1.2235) (AISI L2) is a relatively new steel for South African knife makers (2020). However, it is popular in northern Europe (Finland) as Swedish saw steel and has seen growth in the US since 2014 thanks to efforts by…

How to Plate Quench Stainless Steel

How to Plate-Quench Stainless Steel

Heat treating (if done in-house) is a critically important step in the knifemaking process. It’s also one that when it goes wrong it can go wrong very quickly, resulting in cracked or warped blades that either get chucked into a…

Sub-zero cryogenic treatment of knife steels

Sub-Zero Cryogenic Treatment of Knife Steels

In my collection of heat treatment specifications and research papers is a fair amount of info on the topic of cryogenic treatment of knife steels. Not that I’m a metallurgist or scientist by any means, but I do take a…