The second Kukri is finished, only need to do the sheath still. The plan was to make it a rough and ready to go tool for chopping the reeds that invaded my backyard from the veld next door so I can rig my infra red alarm beams. So I started out with a chunk of 5160 spring steel in annealed form from the mill and as I worked it the distinctive bluish color of the 5160 got me carried away once more. I made the number hundred knife way back using this steel, that knife ended up with a serious collector and I have forgotten what a nice steel it was... It is very simple to heat treat, being an oil quench high carbon steel and it is as tough as it's name suggests once properly tempered; spring steel it is called. Soaked at non magnetic 830degC for 17mins (it is 6mm thick) and then oil quenched it sits at around 62-63hrc hardness. An hour temper at 195degC brings it down to around 56-57hrc and as tough as one needs a chopping tool to be. Excellent edge holding, (I've made razors from it). It needs to be cared for though, it's not stainless so will discolor if neglected so a slight oiling is needed and it must be dried after cleaning.
So what was to be a rough and semi finished garden tool turned out to be one of the prettier knives I've made. The Kukri shape has grown on me I must admit and the mysterious ancient tales and customs surrounding it makes for a very nostalgic knife. It is said that one's Kukri had to sleep with you under your pillow. This one is pretty enough to sleep under my pillow for sure. I'll post detailed pics after the weekend once I've made the sheath.
Then, I've discovered my half finished Ulu project that got misplaced during my house move. I've done the heat treat and it will shortly get a handle: