Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    User
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Garden Route
    Age
    50
    Posts
    471

    Default Steel for a custom knife

    I'm thinking of getting a custom knife made for working venison, in a shape that I find useful (like a mini butcher knife), with a takbok horn handle.

    It's going to be my main working blade for this purpose, so I need to pick out a steel that will sharpen easily on a staff sharpener, or warthog system.

    I am quite fond of the steel used in the Victorinox and Wusthof knives, and would like a knife steel with similar or better properties.

    Can anybody recommend a steel that will suit this purpose to make a custom knife from?

  2. #2

    Default Re: Steel for a custom knife


  3. #3

    Default Re: Steel for a custom knife

    I would recommend Bohler N690 or Lohmann L4528. They are similar stainless steels, readily available in SA, and has reasonable edge retention and sharpenability and is used by most custom knife makers. They also have fairly straight forward heat treatment procedures - less chance of messing it up.

    Sent from my SM-G985F using Tapatalk

  4. #4
    User
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    KZN
    Age
    60
    Posts
    1,386

    Default Re: Steel for a custom knife

    Quote Originally Posted by XPlicitly View Post
    I would recommend Bohler N690 or Lohmann L4528. They are similar stainless steels, readily available in SA, and has reasonable edge retention and sharpenability and is used by most custom knife makers. They also have fairly straight forward heat treatment procedures - less chance of messing it up.

    Sent from my SM-G985F using Tapatalk
    I second this choice. Have used it successfully as the sharp part of some machines.

  5. #5
    User
    Join Date
    Feb 2021
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    17

    Default Re: Steel for a custom knife

    Quote Originally Posted by 30.06 View Post
    I have an old Winchester skinning knife (1978-85?) in 440c, it's always been good for meat processing, and a few strokes over a butchers steel now and again keeps it very sharp.
    This knife was handmade in Japan, long before they started using the Chinese rubbish to cut costs.

  6. #6
    User
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Stella
    Age
    43
    Posts
    10,072

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by XPlicitly View Post
    I would recommend Bohler N690 or Lohmann L4528. They are similar stainless steels, readily available in SA, and has reasonable edge retention and sharpenability and is used by most custom knife makers. They also have fairly straight forward heat treatment procedures - less chance of messing it up.Sent from my SM-G985F using Tapatalk
    I have worked with these. They are basically stainless tool steel, and can be hard to sharpen. The hardening and tempering of the steel is quite important. 57-58 Rockwell should be ideal. Victorinox is surprisingly soft (maybe 56 Rockwell?) which is why it sharpens so well.

  7. #7

    Default Re: Steel for a custom knife

    Quote Originally Posted by Ds J View Post
    I have worked with these. They are basically stainless tool steel, and can be hard to sharpen. The hardening and tempering of the steel is quite important. 57-58 Rockwell should be ideal. Victorinox is surprisingly soft (maybe 56 Rockwell?) which is why it sharpens so well.
    2x 1 hour tempering cycles at 200°C should get you down to 57 Rockwell. I 100% agree that anything above 58Rc would be a nightmare to sharpen without a belt.

    Sent from my SM-G985F using Tapatalk

  8. #8
    User
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Age
    38
    Posts
    2,042

    Default Re: Steel for a custom knife

    Quote Originally Posted by Againstthegrains View Post
    I'm thinking of getting a custom knife made for working venison, in a shape that I find useful (like a mini butcher knife), with a takbok horn handle.

    It's going to be my main working blade for this purpose, so I need to pick out a steel that will sharpen easily on a staff sharpener, or warthog system.

    I am quite fond of the steel used in the Victorinox and Wusthof knives, and would like a knife steel with similar or better properties.

    Can anybody recommend a steel that will suit this purpose to make a custom knife from?
    There's a husband and wife team on Facebook, goes as Zee's knife supplies.
    Chat to the oke, he's got alot of different types of steel and ready cut knife blanks as well.
    Also, mosaic pins and handle materials. Basically, everything a knife maker would require

  9. #9
    User
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    White River District
    Age
    57
    Posts
    402

    Default Re: Steel for a custom knife

    Most knife grade steels are very good. The difference comes in when heat treated and tempered. This is the critical process that determines a knife's character and performance.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •