USA Damascus Blade Blank #8 Twist Pattern 1095/15n20
Damascus Patter: Twist
Overall Length: 6.625"
Blade Length: 2.75"
Hardness: 57 to 60 (these blanks are already heat treated)
Grind: Hollow Ground
Pin Holes Diameter: .13”
Lanyard Holes Diameter: 1/4”
Origin: Made in the USA
These blade blanks are Made in the USA from 1095 high carbon steel and 15n20, another great edge holding high carbon steel. 1095/15n20 is considered by many, the best combination Damascus steels for performance and appearance. The steel is made in the USA and the production is entirely USA based.
These are Thunderstruck Forge blades.
These blades are already heat treated ready to finish. They come with a sharp edge already but could use a final sharpening. They have been etched already and they have a clear coating on them to minimize rust. The clear coat can be removed with paint remover or you can lightly sand it off. Wipe down your blade with a light coat of oil to minimize any chance of rust.
Tip: If you desire to change the hole locations, you can drill the tang with a carbide or carbide tipped drill bit. Use plenty cutting fluid and steady pressure. When cutting a hardened metal with a carbide bit, don’t let the drill bit sit and dwell in one spot heating up. Apply enough pressure to start getting some small shavings. If you hear it squeaking, add lube and change feed/speed rate. Squeaking means the bit is grabbing and it will break. As for drilling speed, you hear all kinds of things. Go fast, go slow, go medium. My experience is to follow common drill speeds for typical bit size and watch your pressure and chips generated. You want a nice steady stream of chips or curl coming off the drill bit. Carbide is brittle and will twist off breaking the bit if you bind it in the hole when drilling. Clear your drill hole often by lifting the bit clear from the hole and removing any material from the hole or flutes of the drill bit.
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