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    Hello all,
    Here are some pics of what I have in the works. Started a batch up this weekend and I will update my progress as they come along.. 1/4" x1" O-1. Start to finish. First a little inspiration, a classic.
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    Precision ground O-1 bar stock on the portaband.
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    I decided on two profiles, gave one a nice round nose . Name:  IMG_6302.jpg
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    Once center lines were marked I started rough grinding on a 50g Blaze on an 8" wheel (more ordered soon!). I tried three different rest set ups as seen on many different razor grinding videos, in the end as with all grinding, flat, hollow, whatever freehand is the way for me. after fiddling around with a couple attempts to get semi straight grinds, I went freehand and finished the last of the rough grinds, that answered that for me.
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    Rough grinds about done, need some refining and then some clean up on the tangs and tails before HT.
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    The two profiles (full 1" width will be trimmed 7/8?). They still need some clean up, jimping ect.. then in the oven for HT.

    I will update progress as they go.

    Take care.
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    They look really nice - can't wait to see the progress!
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    Thanks Cincinnatus,
    Hopefully they will be worth the show.

    Back in the shop after dinner. Managed to clean up the tails, smooth things out, and cut the jimping before the HT. Name:  IMG_6324.jpg
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    Oven warming, my set up is a Paragon and parks AAA for this steel.
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    Done with the heat treat, all six in the tempering oven.
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    It looks like they all survived the quench without a warp...I will have a closer look in a few once the first temper cycle is finished.
    But....I know one was ground pretty unevenly.

    We shall see.


    More soon
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    All checked out after heat treat, on to the final grinds. I am running a 50g Blaze on the grinder.Name:  IMG_6339.jpg
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    Once I finish up the grinds with the 50g , and the edges are thin I will swap belts and finish the grinds. for now its hogging excess steel and trying to keep them cool.
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    still need plunges cleaned up and grinds refined.
    Getting closer, done with the 50g. Still need some thinning out.
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    Think thats about it for today, I will start fresh on these in the morning. Need to clean up the grinder and get rid of all the steel shavings and 50 grit dust before I start the finish grinding.
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    Back at it this morning. Did a little back step , trimmed all to 7/8 , and thinned them back on the grinder. Still working on the finish grinds, and setting the edge.
    Getting closer.
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    Thanks for sharing all the pics. All look great so far.

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    Thanks for looking , slow couple days here in the shop, should be back at them real soon.

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    Very nice! Thanks for sharing the pictures and process.

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    That's pretty sweet! I have two razors shaped just need to get ground and heat treated. Just hard to find the time here lately. Great progress for you though can not wait to see final product! Keep up the good work sir

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    Thanks Gents,
    Just getting back at them and making a little progress. Smoothing everything out this morning and going to do a mock up to make sure everything is going to work as it should. Weight reduction on the tangs, tapered and blended. I will get the flats sanded out to 600 , then put the finish grinds on, waiting on belts so shifting around as needed. Flats at 400 here, and still pretty square, I want nice and round edges so they are a ways off yet, and the plunges will be addressed very soon.
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    I need to start making some scales.
    At least two will get maple, two sets of book matches scales laid out here. Not sure yet what the others will get, I have gobs of material so just need to choose.

    Good to get back in the shop!
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