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    Hot sauce

    We have one here named "Colon Cleaner". That's not the kind of image I like to have when I buy food haha. Still, the sauce is delicious. Though I prefer chipotle and various other smoked hot sauces.
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    XC130 Steel discussion

    Mostly polishing. Just one very short dip in 1:7 diluted ferric.
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    XC130 Steel discussion

    I also agree with Mike about hamon activity. The "shallowest" hardening steels will produce the best hamon activity. The best hamon steel I've worked with so far is Aldo's W2. It's manganese content is as low as 0.20%. I believe the average tamahagane steel can have manganese as low as 0.1%, or...
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    XC130 Steel discussion

    More carbon doesn't always mean better as quenched hardness. You'll get a peak in hardness at around 0.92% if I remember well. From there, what the extra carbon does, is to form cementite(iron carbides). Those are slightly harder than the as quenched steel(around 70hrc) and will improve the...
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    Off Topic

    The average loss in transmission in the US is 5%. I find that reasonable enough. Long distance transmission with a reasonable loss has been made possible by Hydro-Québec with the invention of their 735kV lines. One of the things that make me proud to be a Québécois .
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    Off Topic

    Those were tough as nails but sucked 6 times more electricity, if not more :D
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    In search of incredibly sharp...

    In search of incredibly sharp...
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    Off Topic

    I live in Ste-angèle-De-Laval. It's 10 minutes from Trois-Rivières! Funny story btw!
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    First attempt

    According to lab tests, 26c3 has about the same toughness at 63hrc than O1 at 59. So I don't think it would be a problem. I also HT my 26c3 kitchen knives at 63-64hrc and they do well. My concern was ease of honing, as I can easily feel the difference when sharpening my 26c3 blades. They take...
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    First attempt

    That makes perfect sense. I'll try a bevel set and post a pic. Thank you guys!
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    First attempt

    Done some #220 clean-up on the profile and the grinds. There's a small dip in the grind on one side that we can see from a certain angle and feel when you pass your finger in the hollow. But the blade is now so thin that I fear to take it back to the grinder. Hopefully the hand sanding will even...
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    First attempt

    Thanks! Though hardness will be approximated for this one. The wrought probably sucked some carbon out of the core. I'll temper at 400f
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    First attempt

    It so far held up good! It's currently in the tempering oven. I'm shooting for 63hrc. I'll adjust if it's too hard I guess...
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    First attempt

    It also happens a lot with knives. We shall see what happens :D. I'm quite confident in the strength of the weld but, like you said, there's a high chance of failure.
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    First attempt

    I made a small billet of 26c3/wrought last fall and I finally had the time to design a blade and cut the profile. I'm probably going to tweak it on the go. I like how we can clearly see the core with just rough filing. I just hope the wrought did not suck too much carbon out of the core. The...
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