04-13-2017, 12:56 PM
(This post was last modified: 04-18-2017, 04:59 PM by Mark Reich.

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In this thread, I would like to introduce this work of John Verhoeven, as the first subject of study for anyone interested in metallurgy as it applies specifically to anything related to knives.

Mr. Verhoeven's work is generally recognized as the most accurate and digestible writing specifically for knife enthusiasts, but still, without some formal background in metallurgy, it's not easy to digest much of it without discussion.

A search for John Verhoeven's writings will bring up at least four different studies. They encompass basic metallurgy, blade metallurgy and even one study specifically about Sharpening!

I've tried to study this by myself, but TBH, some of it is beyond my pay grade. I have been able to take some specifics and apply them to my study of 52100, but Mr. Verhoeven's work encompases all aspects of blade steel.

Mr. Jan, I'm particularly interested in what you think of this. I'm pretty sure your background will come into play, as this does begin with atomic structures. From there, some familiarity of metallurgy would surely be helpful.

Everyone, please understand that this is meant to be a long term discussion. If there is enough interest, we will make it a sticky, because I don't expect this to be an everyday topic, but one in which we can casually meander through. If we can manage to do so, I believe it could become a discussion of significance for everyone.

Since this is mainly a sharpening centered forum, if you would rather jump straight to Verhoeven's study on sharpening, I completely understand. It might help to take this quick overview of basic metallurgy first, but I leave everyone to their own designs, as one thought will surely lead to the next.

The floor is open! Please feel free to post all relevant discussion.

Thank You!

Mr. Verhoeven's work is generally recognized as the most accurate and digestible writing specifically for knife enthusiasts, but still, without some formal background in metallurgy, it's not easy to digest much of it without discussion.

A search for John Verhoeven's writings will bring up at least four different studies. They encompass basic metallurgy, blade metallurgy and even one study specifically about Sharpening!

I've tried to study this by myself, but TBH, some of it is beyond my pay grade. I have been able to take some specifics and apply them to my study of 52100, but Mr. Verhoeven's work encompases all aspects of blade steel.

Mr. Jan, I'm particularly interested in what you think of this. I'm pretty sure your background will come into play, as this does begin with atomic structures. From there, some familiarity of metallurgy would surely be helpful.

Everyone, please understand that this is meant to be a long term discussion. If there is enough interest, we will make it a sticky, because I don't expect this to be an everyday topic, but one in which we can casually meander through. If we can manage to do so, I believe it could become a discussion of significance for everyone.

Since this is mainly a sharpening centered forum, if you would rather jump straight to Verhoeven's study on sharpening, I completely understand. It might help to take this quick overview of basic metallurgy first, but I leave everyone to their own designs, as one thought will surely lead to the next.

The floor is open! Please feel free to post all relevant discussion.

Thank You!