Friday, November 6, 2020

KN73 Nitro-V in Blue Curly Maple

This is a KN73 chef's knife made from 3/32" Nitro-V steel dressed in blue curly maple scales. I made the grind line in an arc on the flat platen of the belt grinder by applying the right amount of pressure at the right time. 

 




Saturday, October 31, 2020

KN76A - Hidden Tang Kitchen Utility in CPMS35VN and Desert Ironwood


Not every kitchen knife needs to have a great big blade. In some kitchens, a nimble medium sized knife takes on all the day-to-day chores. 

This type of knife is smaller and lower profile than a chef's knife, but will have a similar length handle for a familiar work feel. Ideally, the kitchen utility will be lightweight and the balance point will be dead-on pinch-grip point. 


This blade is 6" long and asymmetrically ground, meaning the right side is beveled but the left side is relatively flat. Being asymmetric, the blade geometry pushes the thing being sliced away from the right handed user.











As desert ironwood is very dense, to get the balance right, I have used some dense materials like stainless steel and copper at the bolster. The hidden tang and a stainless steel screw extends secretly way back into into the handle. The back end of the handle is drilled with a Forstener bit to accept a special nut, allowing the handle to be tightened up. The hole is plugged with a tapered plug and epoxied. 

Thanks for looking,

Dan

Monday, August 17, 2020

KN74 Beta Honesuki in AEB-L and Brown Curly Maple

Right Handed Honesuki

This is Beta, brother to KN74 Alpha shown in a previous post. This 5.5" honesuki has a stabilized brown dyed curly maple handle with 416 stainless pins and a stainless and brass mosaic pin at the centre position. 

This is a right-handed asymmetrical ground blade where the left side is essentially flat and the right side of the blade is beveled. I left the bevel grind at 120 grit to give some contrast in the lines. 



 

I cut the curly maple scales off of a stabilized block from Don at WoodStabilizer.com in British Columbia. I wanted to keep the heartwood to sapwood boundary lines in it. 


















Thanks for stopping by! 
Dan

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

KN74 Alpha Honesuki in AEB-L and Jester Acrylester

KN74 Alpha in AEB-L and Jester Acrylester

This is a 5.5" Honesuki Western made from 1/8" AEB-L and Jester Acrylester scales. Pins are 416 stainless. This is "Alpha"...the first of three from this template

I bumped the pattern up to 2" and took a little point out of the K tip/

Dan

Thursday, July 23, 2020

A Great Resource for Knifemakers

KNIFE ENGINEERING


Being kind if a knife nerd myself, I recently bought a fantastic book by metallurgist Dr. Larrin Thomas of Knife Steel Nerds. I have to say I am blown away. Larrin has put in an incredible amount of work into creating what is quite possibly the most important and accessible resource for knifemakers ever published. Prepare to rethink what you know about knife steel.



From the Author
  •  How to make knives cut longer, cut better, and resist chipping and breaking.
  •  What parameters to modify to solve knife performance issues.
  •  How sharpening affects knife performance.
  •  Recommended steels to use in different applications.
  •  Simple, clear explanations along with diagrams and illustrations to show what happens in different heat treatment processes. 

*Disclosure: As an Amazon.com affiliate, I do receive compensation for recommending items to my readers. 

Dan

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Four Out of the Oven

Customer is looking for "smaller" full tang kitchen knives. These are K-tip style compact chef's knives (5.5" to 6.5" blades) from 1/8" AEB-L. Fresh out of the oven today. 


Now on to the fun part.