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By Tim McCreight

Ten tasks that jointly represent a survey of knifemaking talents. tips on how to reduce, form, warmth, deal with, and end a knife.

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Dry it in a warm but not hot area. This could take several days and should not be rushed. Avoid direct h ~ating because this will dry out the lea"ther and leave it brittle. For a final finish the sheath is rubbed with clear shoe polish, neatsfoot oil, sad­ dle soap, or a similar commercial prepa­ ration. Penetration is enhanced if these oil and wax mixes are warm. They can be heated in a small double boiler arrange­ ment made with tin cans and applied with a rag. Another possibility is to rub the finish into the leather vigorously with the fingers, allowing body warmth and friction to assist.

Those that appear in bold type are described in the text. ~ igh grain size during hardening. It also forms hard carbides, which add to its wear resistance. Manganese -This expands the range of critical quenching, the "hardening win­ dow;' making it easier to treat all areas of an object. This is especially impor­ tant for large objects where a plain car­ bon steel would cool too slowly on the inside to be hardened. 00 40 / Custom Knifemaking according to their uses. Those marked in bold type are the most popular steels among knifemakers.

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