Tuesday, August 7, 2018

KN41 in Nitro-V and Amboyna Burl and 304 Stainless

KN41 in Nitro-V and Amboyna Burl and Stainless

This is a 9.5" through tang chef's knife made from Crucible's CPMS35VN steel. The handle is stabilized Amboyna burl with red and black 1/32" spacers and a threaded 3/8" 304 stainless butt end.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

KN44 Nitro-V Full Tang Chef Knife - The Hollowing

KN44 Nitro-V Full Tang Chef Knife - The Hollowing

The last knife I made featured a slight concave on the right side to aid in slicing and releasing wet foods. As a next step I wanted to make a grind that has opposing concave grinds that look more or less like this:

This is looking from the rear. On the left side of the blade I used a 12" contact wheel and on the right side of the blade I used a smaller 10" contact wheel. Ideally a 6" or 8" wheel would be better on the right side scoop. However, sometimes one has to make do.

I learned that the 10" contact wheel I made for my older BG-272 fits into my newer Sayber grinder. Coincidence?

Here you can see the hollow starting to take shape.

The view from the back. It's a pretty good match to what I hand in mind.

West meets East in a sort of kitchen Bowie with an asymmetrical Japanese style grind. It should be good for a tester.

I have to say, that this one bit me in the thumb. It's incredibly sharp.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Toobinator 2 x 72 Belt Grinder for Knifemakers

Toobinator 2 x 72 Belt Grinder for Knifemakers

I wanted to give a shout out to a friend who is making some high quality 2" x 72" belt grinders based on my original BG-272 design. These machines are very well made and come properly welded, drilled and tapped, powder coated with platen, wheels and a 1.5 horsepower single phase motor. Just mount and slap a belt on and start grinding.

Check out the Toobinator on eBay.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

KN41-2 Hidden Tang in Nitro-V Blue Curly Maple and Brass

Hidden Tang 9" Chef's Knife in Nitro-V

This is another KN41 in the through tang handle configuration which I extended the blade by nearly an inch. It features are clipped tip shape and 9" cutting edge. The handle is made from brass and blue dyed curly maple stabilized at Woodstabilizer.com. The rear bolster is threaded on to a stainless steel tang screw that is fitted into the knife tang during assembly. The handle is 4.25" long with another 1/2" at the neck for pinch gripping.

The rear bolster is angled to reduce some of the back-end weight and bring the balance forward around the pinch-grip position.

The blade is symmetrical ground from 0.09" at the spine to 0.015" at the heel with a 17° cutting edge. 

Sometimes one cannot be sure what the inside of a block of wood will reveal when working it down from the outside. This is the beauty of wood.

Stropping the edge on a leather strop before testing in the kitchen.