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I decided to try to make some today before work.  I let my 8 year old help draw the outline and decided to try to cut them out with my tile saw and 4 inch angle grinder cutoff wheel.  I'm sure this voids any and all warranties either expressed or implied but it worked really well.  Next I'll need to grind the edges and may narrow the tang a little.  Since I don't have any shafts for these I'll have to start on those too!!  This stuff never ends does it?    :D    :D  


 Thanks again for your replies guys.  Now how should I go about tempering/heat treating.  I saw a thread somewhere about heating on the top of an electric stove until red hot and dropping in a can of burnt motor oil and then putting in the oven for a period of time??  Anyone tried this??

project mayhem:
Oh, Buddy, somebody chime in on this!  At the moment, this is right up my alley!

Marvin M.:
Looking good so far.  I'm interested too.  That is one of my future projects.


For heat treating & tempering, make sure you get any grinding work done first (ie; if you're grinding edge bevels, before sharpening)

Heat your points EVENLY over a good gas flame or in the BBQ untilthey reach critical temperature. This can be simply checked with a good magnet. When steel reaches critical it looses it's magnetism. Once you've checked one or two, you should be able to remember the color OK. As soon as they reach the corect color/temp IMMEDIATELY immerse them in veg oil (motor oil works too) Leave themin the oil until they are at room temperature. Be really careful when you quench the steel. The oil WILL flare up.
Once they're all done, put the points in a pre-heated oven at 190-210 degrees for roughly 2 hours. This will draw out the temper & depending on the steel should gve you a hardness of around 55-60RWC. I can't be exact on this, cause all steel's different & tempers at differing temperatures. If you clean off any burnt on oil after quenching, you'll be able to see the steel change color as it goes through the different temp ranges. You want to be looking for a golden-straw color during tempering to indicate roughly 200 degrees.
Once they're done in the oven, let the points cool in the air, then you're ready to sharpen them & give 'em a final polish.

Sorry, forgot to say.Those temperatures are in Degrees Celcius/centigrade, not Farrenheit


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