Since I have access to some grinders at work, among other power tools, I asked my boss if I could use them to make my own straight. Once he realized I was serious he said I could. So off to the bay. I ordered a piece of 1095 tool steel at 1/4 in thick and 1 1/2 X 7 3/4. I was hoping to get two razors out of it. Unfortunately the band saw blade at work was duller than dirt.... So I used a sawzall, and got lucky and got two razor shaped objects. I then took the razor shaped objects to the grinders and sanders and they came out looking like this:
Then I covered them in steel blue and scribed center lines on them with a drill bit the same diameter as the steel thickness.
Then off to the surface grinder to take out more steel before heat treating.
Now for the heat treating. I tried Texas Knife Supply, but they don't HT 1095. They suggested Lee Oates. The maker of Bearclaw Knives. So off they went, and when they came back they looked like this.
Back to work with it and I knocked the crud off with a 1" belt sander and then put the first one on the surface grinder. I pre ground a couple washers and cut them in half to act as spacers under the ground side so the magnet didn't pull it down at an angle. I also had to be careful about dressing the grinding wheel. The way it wore while I was grinding worked out well for getting the wedge shape. I got pretty lucky there...
To be continued