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.....A knife made from a wheel bearing.

 

Recently changed the front wheel bearing on my car. I had heard the steel can make good blades so did a bit of research. Bearing steel tends to be Bohler 52100 and indeed makes good knife steel with a good chromium content keeping the carbide grains small and the blade tough.

 

I made this carver for the kitchen, similar to the shape of the one that it is replacing (inferior cheap stainless and now well worn from sharpening). The handle is melamine, not the most exotic looking but functional. The blade is made from the opposite side race to the one it is sitting on in the pictures.

 

Have been using it for a week and it still slices paper so i am very hppy with its performance.

 

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Very nice that mate 👍 .....

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Your boys still got some catching up to beat the master 😂...quality ! 

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Great knife!!

The 1.3505 / 52100 / 100Cr6 is my favorite steel for outdoor knives, as it takes a very thin, very sharp and long lasting edge but won't stain or rust as easy as 1.2442.

My personal knife that I'm using as edc is from 1.3505 and I only need to sharpen it about twice a year, some stropping on a leather from time to time brings up again an amazing, hair popping sharpnes.

There is another steel equivalent with exactly the same alloys but not made for bearings, wich is, as I heared, not as good, as the requirements for bearings is a finer grained steel. So keep watching out for 1.3505, 52100, 100Cr6 !!!

 

Regards

Nicolas

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That's tidy. 

I'd buy that (or one very much like it)

A slightly shorter blade and a kydex sheath and it would make a lovely gralloching knife. 

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