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Tutorials - Grinding a Blade
What methods and tools I use to grind steel into blades.

I always try to forge as close to the final shape of the blade as possible, but I also need to grind the forged steel to take it to the exact final shape.

In order to shape the blade into form, and mostly on the flat parts, I use a bench stone grinder and a disk grinder (Pictures 1 and 2)

If you prefer, instead of a bench stone grinder, you can also use a belt grinder (Picture 3)

I work the knives free hand, I don't have any guides for angles or anything like that (Pictures 4 and 5)

As final stage and to accomplish excellent flat surfaces, correcting the small imperfections the machines might have left, I use a very simple device, made with a rectangular pipe section (2x1") and a piece of sand paper secured on the interior of the pipe (Picture 6)

This way, I have a fixed flat sanding surface, and once it's placed on the vise, I have both hands to move the blade and control every simple aspect of the last grind, making sure the final result will be a perfectly flat surface. (Pictures 7 and 8)

You can also use this device to work on the curved sides, moving the blade accordingly. This way you'll get a really smooth finish on every single part of the blade.

Working by hand will obviously take more time than using a machine, but since I have more control over the exact form of the blade, I prefer it this way.

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