Here are some pictures of the  knife making process.  I start the process by drawing up what my customer is looking for.

I use the stock removal process to make my knives.  I buy a quality  flat stock steel and remove steel until the desired shape is achieved.

The picture below shows a block of O1 steel with the pattern of the knife I plan to make.

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Steel selection is critical. I picked O1 for this particular knife because it hardens well and is very durable. I also use 440c stainless ( highest quality stainless steel).

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Here I am grinding the bevel into the blade .

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Once it is shaped the steel needs to be hardened.  O1 steel  needs to be heated to 1450 degrees F.  This is done in a brick forge using gas heat.

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The knife is then cooled by an oil quenching process. This makes the knife very hard but also brittle. Then the knife is tempered in an oven at a much lower temperature for a couple of hours which softens it up slightly so it is not so brittle.

 

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After final grinding its time to put on a bolster . Using the same pin material as the bolster, we are able to make the pins disappear after peening pins and grinding them flat. This process makes a very strong mechanical bond of the bolster to the blade .

 

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Next Step is to design the handle and cut out the appropriate pieces.

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The pieces are glued  using  special metal to wood epoxy.  It is then sanded to shape all the way through to 1000 grit . It is  then buff on buffing wheel all the way up to polishing rouge .

Bekow  is a picture of a finished knife.

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Next step to is craft a sheath. See making a sheath page

 

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