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 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. 


Friday, May 18, 2018

AEB-L Chef's Knife in Acrylester and Brass

This is another 8" chef knife made from AEB-L 3/32" stock that is from the KN41 full tang pattern which I will post soon. The blade is symmetrical flat ground down to 0.015" and then a 17° (per side) cutting edge was formed.

The bolsters are brass and the scales are Blue and White Acrylester #36 from Wood and Acrylic Supply.

The pins are 3/16" brass and a center mosaic.

Coming up is another chef in Nitro-V.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Working on a Chef's Knife CPMS35VN

Finally the weather has warmed and some steel that has been sitting since last year is taking shape.

I heat treated and ground this blade in autumn 2017 and did some hand sanding indoors while winter held its grip on us northerners.

With all the handle components lined up and cleaned it was time to get the G-flex on. This handle is a plugged version of the a hidden tang. The plug is a small piece of stabilized maple burl.

After the epoxy is set the handle is squared up and shaped with a 60 grit belt.

For rounding out the handle I like using the slack section of the belt and kind of rotate the handle to give it the oval shape that fits well in the hand.

Here I am working on sanding the back end. You can see plug there.

Doing some more wet sanding on the bench and epoxy clean up.

Thanks for looking!