Joe Houser wrote: I hope this helps.
Perfect, thank you!
I had no idea that Buck made knives from used files. Many a fine knife has been made from used files. I have a few dozen used Nicholson rasps in my shop that I thought were 1095 steel except that they did not anneal like I thought they should. These I just tossed into a wood stove (actually a fireplace insert). Possibly an insert does not get as hot as a wood stove? I have used a wood stove in the past to get files to anneal (like butter) - kinda like getting it done for free! I'll fire up the Evenheat kiln and try because I'll have temperature control. Maybe they are W-2, but annealing is somewhat similar for both steels.
Sure surprised me to see the teeth of that "annealed" rasp wreck a 36 grit belt.
The premium steels in the Master Series was and is a smart thing to do. I really appreciate a blade steel that is still sharp after field dressing and skinning an animal like an elk. I like the Gen 5 skinner because of the checkered wood handle and one of my favorite steels CPM 154. I'd love to see that knife with stabilized and checkered spalted California Buckeye Burl with 410 stainless hardware rather than brass. I'm also a long time Kalinga user, I gave it to my son - well used but in great shape.
Hmmn, maybe I should customize one!
I like the use of the textured rubber for handles - comfortable to hold and sure grip. That outweighs my preference for wood handles which can get real slick.
Thanks for taking the time to reply.