My first "made by me" knife. The steel is 1095. Most of the shaping was done with files though I'm starting to get better with my 1x30 belt sander.

I had just finished sanding it to 220 grit.

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another angle

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Heated it to an orange color, held there for about 5 minutes, then quenched in water. Tempered at 400* for 2 hours.

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Quickly polished up, still needs some work.

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I ended up needing to thin down the edge quite a bit, but so long as the quench went well it should be hard right through (10XX steels are shallow hardening steels. If thin enough, and quenched right, they can harden all the way through). I'll get some updated pics up soon.