Vanadis 4 Kitchen knife

Bruno

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This one is forged from Uddeholm Vanadis 4 Extra Superclean.
I started out with a piece of 57 mm by 18 mm by 25 mm.

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I started this without a real plan. I'll be the first to admit that the forging wasn't the most efficient. I mainly wanted to see how the steel behaved so I played with it to find out. It took me at least 2 times the normal amount of time I need for a similar knife in plain carbon steel. Thankfully my press worked wonders in getting it from 18 mm thick down to 4 mm which was the thickness I started forging at.


And this is what I ended up with. It's a decent blank for a kitchen knife. Relatively speaking leaving the bolster area so thick is wasteful, but it's necessary in order to have enough material to grind a clean transition and shoulders.

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The blade is about 15 cm long, the tang is about 8 cm long.

I already mentioned that it was tough to forge, but to illustrate just how tough:
when I forge a knife and the angle of the tang is a bit off or the shoulders need to re-align, I heat it, clamp it in a vise and then use tongs to bend / twist this way or that. Bear in mind, at this point the knife is only 1/8 thick and a good inch wide. So that's not a whole lot of cross section.

I did what I normally do. Except the steel didn't really move. So I grabbed the tongs with 2 hands, put my foot against my workbench and pulled. And it moved. Or so I thought. I managed to twist the jaws of my tongs crooked. Despite the knife being at red heat, my cold tongs gave before the knife did.
 

Bruno

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If you google 'forging vanadis' or 'forging vanadis knife' my video is literally the only relevant search result.

Yours truly seems to be the only one admitting publucly to be stupid enough. :p
 

Mike Blue

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Ahem. You're not stupid. If you were from the US, you might be from Missouri where "Show Me..." is the most relevant doctrine to apply. You make your own mistakes and learn from them. I think that's priceless.
 

Bruno

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Fair point.

In honesty forging vanadis wasn't as bad as i was made to believe. Granted, without the press (or a powerhammer) it would have been impossible. Once it was down to 4 mm it was doable.

Over the years I've done many things people told me not to try. Looking back to 2006 when i knew nothing about steel, my most important decision was not to listen to those negative nancies.
 
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