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Old 12-24-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Inexpensive Borosilicate Glass Butcher's Steel

If you have any double bevel hand forged Japanese knives, chances are that the knives are tempered harder than your butcher's steel, rendering the steel useless on them.

There is one craftsman out there who makes a 12" borosilicate glass steel, but it is $60 and it is usually out of stock.

So I made my own. I used a 12" laboratory stirring rod and an old paint brush. I sawed off the bristles, drilled a hole in the handle and attached the glass rod with epoxy and mighty putty. It is quite strong, not brittle and boroslicate glass is harder than any steel. It gets the job done and I think the glass rod was something like $1.95.

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Old 12-24-2012, 02:55 PM   #2
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Nice find! Where did you pick it up? I use a glass hone for all my J-knives and having a cheap source for a spare would be cool.
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Old 12-24-2012, 03:03 PM   #3
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source for borosilcate rods

eBay. I bought two from an outfit in England. The postage cost was very reasonable. It was under $10 for two rods, delivered.
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Old 12-24-2012, 03:11 PM   #4
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$10 includes the cost of the borosilicate rods

I think the two rods shipped (mailed) from Engalnd to USA, including shipping was around $7.50. But, whatever, not expensive.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:45 PM   #5
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That is cheap! I paid $80 or so for my glass hone with a handle.
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Not sure what mm you are looking for...Schott Borosilicate coe33 Glass Rod and Tube - sundance art glass center
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:19 AM   #7
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7 mm

7 mm thick and about 12 inches long. It gets the job done. I'd love to have the real, thicker thing, but I just looked and they are now around $110 (and out of stock). And, again, the thing is remarkably tough and not at all fragile.
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The website I posted it's $2.30 for a 5 foot length.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:31 AM   #9
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But what would I cut it with?

Yes, I saw that. I think I would need some kind of diamond abrasive file or wheel or something to cut one of those down to size. Might as well buy the real thing at that point. What I bought was more or less pre-sized and even had a nice flange at one end.
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Tools for Flameworking Lampworking Glass Beadmaking Supplies and Information - Sundance Art Glass about 1/3 of the page down, rod cutters. $18-22 price range.
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