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Old 05-23-2010, 20:31   #1
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D2 tool steel blank

I have a knife blank made from D2 tool steel. I've heard this type of steel is very difficult to heat treat. Is this true? Are there any tricks to doing it?
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:45   #2
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Heat treating is something that is too important to trust to anyone other than a professional. I take all of my blades to a local heat treater that does this thing 24/7 and has all of the proper equipment , vacuum ovens, cryo treating facilities, and full ISO certification.

I certainly would not try to do it myself because improper heat treating can ruin a blade and cause it to fail in the field. This is particularly important in the case of stainless and semi stainless steels like D2.

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