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Old 01-23-2017, 08:14 PM
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Well, here's another one..

this one was made from a lawn mower blade.. All forged out then hand filed and finished..

The holes and the slot in the wood were the only electric tools used..
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:17 PM
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I've been trying different designs of blade shape and handle design..

This handle is much smaller and shorter then usually done..

Trying to get my wrists in a better angle and so this should get the hand more in line with the wrist in use..
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Old 01-24-2017, 03:52 AM
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How long does a hoof knife last you ?
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:52 AM
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They get sharpened daily and even at that.. One of my hand forged one will last 1.5 to 2 years in straight blade.. 15 or more in loop knife..

Factory made about a year on the inexpensive ones.. price about 30.00

about 5 on loop knife.. 70.00
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Old 01-24-2017, 08:06 AM
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Looks good, be interested to hear how the lawn mower blade works out. I've never found them to have much carbon, but I'm sure it depends on what type of mower it's off of.
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I heard that the John Deere mower blades were pretty good.

https://jdparts.deere.com/partsmkt/d...wer_Blades.htm
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Old 01-24-2017, 08:54 AM
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When I was shoeing for a living, kept at least three knives available in the truck. In the midst of summer when it has been hot for a while, those soles can get like concrete. An old shoer explained to me, take a break, sit on the tailgate or bumper and whet your hoof knife. You are accomplishing two things at once and never looking lazy. My old favorite knife is so thin at the end, but my girls prefer it now when they trim hooves at the house for me.
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Old 01-24-2017, 08:01 PM
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Looks good, be interested to hear how the lawn mower blade works out. I've never found them to have much carbon, but I'm sure it depends on what type of mower it's off of.
The blade hardened up nice.. I've used them for hot work and for jigs for hinges but have never used them for cutting devices.. I figured i had it hanging around and getting my hammer arm in shape was top priority back when I forged it..

It was sharp enough to cut paper with a straight pull so will have to see..

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I heard that the John Deere mower blades were pretty good.

https://jdparts.deere.com/partsmkt/d...wer_Blades.htm
got nothing here.. Scrap, scrap and scrap.. mystery metal for my own stuff..

JD won't give the chemical make up so to say it's XYZ.. Mean little to me.. All the lawn mower blades I have used are an alloy steel.. Some with not much carbon so they don't have very good edge retention for knives but are very shock resistant..

This blade i used hardens super hard but is also an alloy steel.. for the most part I like a plain carbon steel or 5160 for hoof knives as the edge retention is decent but doesn't have any of the shock resistive alloys added to the same levels as lawn mower blades..

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When I was shoeing for a living, kept at least three knives available in the truck. In the midst of summer when it has been hot for a while, those soles can get like concrete. An old shoer explained to me, take a break, sit on the tailgate or bumper and whet your hoof knife. You are accomplishing two things at once and never looking lazy. My old favorite knife is so thin at the end, but my girls prefer it now when they trim hooves at the house for me.
I have all sorts of knifes in the truck.. JH forge, Frost, McMillian, Diamond, etc etc.. Most just have a few feet on them I'll usually put an edge on it, then trim 8 or 10 and If I don't like how they are working I just throw them in a bucket The JHforge knives are 100.00+ a piece and the others in the 70.00s range..

For inexpensive the Frost right hand wide knives are still my favorites but even with that said I still prefer my hand made knives better..

One of these days I should get serious about doing any of this stuff and post up a website..

Who made you old favorite?

Nice hearing you are passing your trade onto your girls.. Love it..
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Old 01-24-2017, 08:14 PM
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I got to try it today briefly.. Like 2 little baby swipes..

Not sure If I like the handle.. actually feels natural being held backwards instead..

I have a few more horses to do before I pass final judgement.. Tomorrow will be proofing day..
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Welp, I have put a lot of feet under the blade.. Nearing 300 as I write..


So far the steel has been holding up decent.. I use a diamond hone in a half round shape to sharpen and I noticed right away as I do a back and forth motion instead of just one direction.

A little burr forms on the edge on the backside.. usually I leave the blades hard enough that the burr does not form.

a quick swipe with the sharpening rod and the burr is gone.. The edge seems pretty durable.. I'll do maybe 6 or 8 horses and then give it just a few swipes and it's good to go again..

The handle has taken a little getting used to.. I'm so programmed to have the knife in the pocket turned a certain way so the backside of the blade with the hook end is right there.. This newer design I always grab it backwards so actually have to look to see if it's the right way.. Using the cutting side to clean out the sole and frog could be really, really, really bad..

So now after all the feet it's starting to feel more natural and I am learning it's this side, not that one my thumb needs to be on..

But so far so good..
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