I make all my knives by hand, from scratch. I use two different methods to build my knives.
Forged Blade: If I forge the knife (profile and bevel) before finishing it on the grinder, it is listed as a hand forged knife in the product description. This method allows me to use a variety of stock size and shape.
Stock Removal: Many of the knives I make I use a method called stock removal. The blade is cut and ground from a flat bar of steel instead of forged. This is all done by hand, and I list it as a hand made knife.
Each blade whether forged or ground is then finished in the same manner.
I use both methods depending on the particular knife I'm building. Some projects work better with one or the other. In either case you're getting a 100% hand made knife that will provide excellent performance in the work for which it was designed.
Below are photos of the progression of a forged blade, a video on my stock removal, and a video series on forging pattern welded Damascus knife.
I strive to make the highest quality knife I can. I continue to educate myself in metallurgy, fit and finish, and general bladesmithing knowledge. The result is a knife that will perform beyond expectation and last generations to come.
Forging a quality knife starts with the raw material, 3/4" diameter 52100 high carbon steel.
The steel is heated to over 1700 degrees Fahrenheit so that it can be forged to shape.
The first step is to forge the stock down to about 5/16" thick.
Forging is continued on the anvil by hand.
The clip point on the spine of the blade is formed first.
The blade is further shaped and the bevel is forged where the edge will be.
This is an in depth video on my stock removal process, showcasing one of my most popular knives.
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