I made my first knife a couple of years ago now. It's a simple design and it's creation was documented in my first knife related post Knife -making - version one.
This page is the start of a new phase of the journey. I've completed the batch of knives started last year (the OP-01: Paring Knife) - these are the first knives of mine that are going out into the world. So, now it's time to move on.
I'll be taking a break for a short while so I can do some housekeeping (literally, the 'workshop' is a disaster area) and set up a better work-space. Once that process is complete, I'll be back and start working on some requested/commissioned pieces - I've had requests since I started working on the first one.
My knives are hand-made, which takes a bit of time and I try to use materials which make functional sense given the intended purpose. The only part of the process I'm not performing in-house is heat treating; I'm currently using Peters' Heat Treating Inc. (Meadville, PA). Using Peters', I can ensure a consistent hardness and strength in the blades than I would be able to obtain in my shop. I'm currently using the 'stock removal' method, beginning with a pre-formed steel bar. In the future, I'd like to experiment with forging blades; however, this is beyond the current scope of my work-space.
This post accompanies the new ‘Knives’ page I set up and, as written there, is the start of a new phase of the journey. I’ve completed the batch of knives (and more recent update) started last year (the OP-01: Paring Knife) and shipped … Continue reading
No posts for quite a while and then … Boom! A couple of seemingly back-to-back entries (what could happen next?). I’ve finally made some more progress on the latest batch of knives. There’s been intermittent work done, but it’s been … Continue reading
Update (2015-10-13): I’ve replaced the 3D models on this page with images – the plugin used for viewing seems to have broken after an update. So, I guess I’ve been pretty quiet here lately. Not that there was ever a … Continue reading
So, this past week I finished my first successful knife. . . Yay! Unfortunately, I didn’t get any more in progress pictures. For most of the process, they would look the same as the last knife post. However, after the heat … Continue reading