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 in British Columbia. I wanted to keep the heartwood to sapwood boundary lines in it. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

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/


Thursday, July 23, 2020

A Great Resource for Knifemakers


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 affiliate, I do receive compensation for recommending items to my readers. 


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.


Monday, May 18, 2020

KN49-2 Chef's Knife in CPMS35VN

The latest of the bench is an 8-1/2" chef's knife made from CPMS35VN cutlery stainless featuring a stabilized dyed curly maple handle and 416 stainless steel bolsters. Thin to win and a weildable 180 grams in total. 


Monday, May 11, 2020

CP29 in Buckskin DymaLux

Recently my knifemaker supply store received a shipment of DymaLux wood laminate. I bought a couple of 1/4" thick panels in the Buckskin and Camo Supreme varieties to test as scales on both kitchen and hunting knives. The first knife is nearly done. See photo.

If you are unfamiliar with DymaLux, it is a birch plywood product made by Cousineau Wood Products in Maine USA. Very thin sheets are dyed, then bonded together with phenolic resin resulting in a very tough laminate. If you want a waterproof, impact and heat resistant scale product this just might be for you.

 For those of you who have been around a while might remember "Dymondwood" laminates. They went out of business after the 2014 fire at the plant and never returned. Kudos for Cousineau for picking up the slack.

When cutting the material the first thing I noticed is that is has a distinct phenolic smell like Formica or similar counter-top laminates. I cut the scale shapes with a wood band saw without any issues. It is considerably a lot harder than regular plywood, more like Micarta, so one has to go slow and not force it. The product shaped quickly with 36 and 60 grit belts on the grinder. Some hand wet sanding with 120 and 220 grit wet/dry paper went very smoothly and shaping the finer detail was a piece of cake. For finishing, I used abrasive pad with a light buff on a clean cotton wheel. It will get very glossy on the buffing wheel if that's the look you are going for. If you want to tone down the shine and matte it out a bit, try a grey or green abrasive pad.

All in all, a very workable product.