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Old 08-01-2017, 05:57 PM
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When you say sourced it from local place.. What does that even mean.. Tractor supply, dump, home depot????

Ideally for a machete it should medium carbon.. It is just hardened and not tempered.. Oil hardened that is all..

What kind of expereience and tools do you have?
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Old 08-02-2017, 02:41 PM
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I purchased the metal from a local metal yard. it's just the scrap metal that they sell at a discount from stuff that they've cut. one day I was in the garage and saw the piece of metal just sitting there and remembered that my brother ask if I could make a machete for him. I'm not an expert by any means. figured I would just tinker with the idea during any down time that I'm not doing something else.
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...Ideally for a machete it should medium carbon.. It is just hardened and not tempered.. Oil hardened that is all...
My old Thai blacksmith used car and truck springs. Charcoal forge. Edge quenching was done in water (not too cold), spine first and he carefully tempered within seconds of quenching. Everything was forget to near final shape, as he only had a draw knife and a file for finishing. No grinder. He hot cut small chunks of the springs using a hammer and chisel.

I suppose he had been doing the same for maybe 50+ years. He definitely knew what he was doing. One time, he showed me how to put a chicken to sleep. A man of many talents.
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My old Thai blacksmith used car and truck springs. Charcoal forge. Edge quenching was done in water (not too cold), spine first and he carefully tempered within seconds of quenching. Everything was forget to near final shape, as he only had a draw knife and a file for finishing. No grinder. He hot cut small chunks of the springs using a hammer and chisel.

I suppose he had been doing the same for maybe 50+ years. He definitely knew what he was doing. One time, he showed me how to put a chicken to sleep. A man of many talents.
Pops. That's typical in more areas where there are junk cars.. Leaf springs are technically a medium carbon steel as it's only 0.60 carbon and they are a know entity.. Besides that they work very well if treated accordingly..

Nice thing about a straight medium carbon steel is it's quick.. No muss, no fuss.. If I had a few to make it's what I would use.. Easy to sharpen with a file and holds a decent enough edge for a given time frame..
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