Monday, March 11, 2019

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by over the past five years. I started this humble blog in 2013 to document my knifemaking journey and it has sort of taken on a life of its own.



Unknown said...

hey Dan any recommendations for buying steel in Edmonton area? and any good knife makers around the area that offer courses? Thanks for the blog, great info

D. Comeau said...


The only place I know in Edmonton that sells something to make a decent knife out of is Metal Supermarkets. They have O1 in 3 foot lengths in stock. I get 90% of my steel from Canadian Knifemaker Supply in Sundre. It costs a little for postage ($18 the last order I placed) but I can get 1084, 1095, W2, CPM154, AEB-L and Nitro-V, S35VN and other premium cutlery steel without import charges like the US suppliers.


Justin Pierce said...

I think you've been a valuable source of inspiration, and information for knifemakers and knife lovers. And we all owe you a big collective thank you.

Tolludare said...

Hi Dan

Pls I need some advice on the type of element we need to buy for a ceramic kiln we are building as school project.

We are confused between a kanthal A1 and A silicon carbide element.

Can we discuss further.

D. Comeau said...


SiC elements come in rigid shapes and have predefined surface load ratings. These are made at the factory for use in furnace applications. When ordering you will need to know the length, diameter, resistance etc.

Kanthal A1 wire comes in a roll and which can be easily formed into shapes to fit the application such as we do in ceramic kilns and heat treatment furnaces.

Kanthal has published a PDF for its line of SiC elements here:

Unless your kiln configuration requires it or you specifically need the higher temperatures 1600°CC vs 1400°C that SiC elements can provide, I can't see a reason to order a specific size of SiC element. I would wind coils of A1 to suit the build.