The final bevel and sharpening of the knife is created using two different grits of the diamond stones seen above. This is a coarser 45 micron particle size stone, and the final edge is done with a fine 9 micron particle size stone. It takes a lot of practice to keep the knife at the exact same angle through the entire process to prevent multiple bevels, and although I definitely have not mastered this yet I found I improved greatly after hours sharpening.
So with the blade close to its final sanding, and the handle all glued together its time to start sanding the wood and then putting in the rivets.
After heat treating the blade and cleaning it up a bit, I notice a crack in the center of the cutting edge that formed during the quench. Guess I'm starting over...
...and here's the new form, just coming out of the annealing process. Lets hope the quenching goes well this time.
Quenching the second blade in vegetable oil.
It came out pretty good, not too much warping either, and best of all- no crack!
Work on the long and tedious process of sanding down the blade. I will sand to 450 grit paper.
Now I'm working on constructing the handle from a piece of curly maple. Then it is all glued together and left to set in the vice.
All that's left now is to sand and rivet pin the handle, then sharpen the blade, and oil the wood. I will upload final pictures of the process and finished piece soon.