Monday, August 20, 2018

Stabilized Maple Burl Scales

I was lucky enough to pick up some Cactus Juice from a Canadian source (my friend John from Canadian Artisan) which didn't kill me on shipping. I had not yet tried Cactus Juice yet, but had worked with Stick Fast stabilizing resin in past stabilization projects and was quite happy with the results.

The wood is from a friend's back yard. I used a temporary fence on my Porta-Band to slice the scales out.

Although the relative humidity here is quite low, I took an extra step to really dry out the wood. Into the toaster oven for the day at 50 to 100°C to reduce any moisture in the wood before going in the vacuum chamber.

Working the vacuum in the resin solution.

Here's the results of two amazing sets. Once they are whetted they really pop. (Click for a larger image.)


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.