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Carbon steel for throwing stars

Wolverton Feb 7, 2012

  1. Wolverton

    Wolverton Board smartass

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    I was thinking 1095 would be good, or maybe D2. Any thoughts?
     
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  2. Komitadjie

    Komitadjie Jay to the Dee, Y'All!

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    Copper makes the best throwing stars, IMO.

    Start with .400 bar stock, about .5 long. Then throw it at about 820 MPH.

    [​IMG]
     
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  3. misfit

    misfit Somebody check my brain

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    LOL......Green Blotter is waiting for you when the RepNazi lets me!

    M
     
  4. THEONEANDONLY

    THEONEANDONLY Drunk on the Blood of Saints JDBA Official Member

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    29 knives makes em with d2, you can see em at pvk
     
  5. Wolverton

    Wolverton Board smartass

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    I saw the 29 Knives ones, they look nicely done. I have been thinking about making some for quite awhile, but I think I'd keep them a little thinner and less sharp, plus my idea always included polishing them.

    I was wondering if there is any worry about the more hard steels like D2 breaking through use. But then I don't want something soft enough that it will bend or not take an edge if someone wanted to sharpen them finely (although I don't think that is needed and just makes them more difficult to throw w/o cutting yourself).

    I saw the Cold Steel one and it looks good too and is softer steel. The ones at Korisuya are great traditional forms, but not sure what steel they use. They don't seem to cost enough to include really good steel, but I am not that savy on the costs. The only experience I have is with the plain old ones that have been widely available since the early 80s. I like some of those forms as well, but they are really too soft and often not thick enough.
     
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  6. Mike Stewart

    Mike Stewart Knife Moderator/Bark River Knife & Tool

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    Things designed to be thrown should be tempered more like a spring than a knife.

    43 to 46 RC works just fine.

    1050 - 1075 - 1080 - 4150 - 416SS - 420 J.

    I have no idea why anyone would use D-2.
     
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  7. Wolverton

    Wolverton Board smartass

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    Thanks Mike for the suggestions. I don't know enough about this stuff yet.
     
  8. Mike Stewart

    Mike Stewart Knife Moderator/Bark River Knife & Tool

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    Aldo has 1075 in stock.
     
  9. ERIK KNIVES

    ERIK KNIVES Little member

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    +1 because I can't resist.
     
  10. bfm

    bfm Should read BMF a new type of Strider

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    Probably what they had on hand.


    420J, what makes it a good choice?
     
  11. Mike Stewart

    Mike Stewart Knife Moderator/Bark River Knife & Tool

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    It does not Break - it Bends.
     
  12. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    Second Mike's suggestion for 1075.


    That shit with a springy temper would be damn near indestructable.
     
  13. Aldo

    Aldo NJ Steel Baron Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Okay, here is the Monkey Wrench in the wheels of progress. How about 3/16" S-7. If temper properly you should be able to stick them in Cinder Blocks.:thumbsup:
     
  14. Sam Salvati

    Sam Salvati Huge member

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    I would add 4140 to that list too I think Mike.
     
  15. S.Shepherd

    S.Shepherd knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    although not throwing "stars", I've made some traditional shuriken.

    Here's some I made for a guy studying Meifu Shinkage Ryu;

    [​IMG]
     
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  16. Wolverton

    Wolverton Board smartass

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    Those look really nicely done.

    Thanks for the additional replies.
     
  17. Daniel Fairly

    Daniel Fairly knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Cool!

    I'm thinking 1075 with a hamon in the middle would look cool and perform well at a great price.
     
  18. S.Shepherd

    S.Shepherd knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    be carefull, with a hamon you'll be very prone to chipping and unless it's just a show piece , after a dozen or so throws will get pretty scratched up.
     

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