Friday, December 18, 2020

KN45-2 Big Chef

Here's a big 9" chef in CPM154 with a beautiful piece of stabilized Amboyna burl for the handle. The tang extends into the handle and is threaded so the whole thing is screwed together and the nut hole is plugged. The bolster is composed of stainless steel, brass and onyx-abalone reconstituted gemstone composite. 

Thanks for looking,

Happy Holidays!


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,


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.


Friday, April 10, 2020

A Year of Submitted Photos

Thank You!

I want to thank everyone who sent me photos of their knives over the past year. I see everything from a new maker's very first knife to exceptionally crafted knives from seasoned pros; from all corners of the globe! Each photo I receive shows how much people are enjoying the knifemaking process and the results.

I've often said that it takes many hats to make a knife. Each of us is a student of metal working, wood working, metallurgy, chemistry, physics, leather craft, photography and most of all patience.

In these difficult times, I hope that everyone is staying safe. Although we can't always control the the things that happen in our lives, we can strive to make the best of any situation. If this means getting a little extra time in the shop to hone your craft, then we should take advantage of it.

Here is a collage of knife photos makers have sent me from March 2019 to now.

(click the image to see the larger version)

Thank you again. I am looking forward to seeing what you are getting into in the next year!


Saturday, January 25, 2020

HG-272 Horizontal Belt Grinder

HG-272 Horizontal Belt Grinder

This week I am working on another 2" x 72" belt grinder. This time it's a horizontal style with a 4" rubber contact wheel and a small wheel set for radiusing jobs. The belt is driven by a 1 horsepower four pole (1800 RPM) motor, which can be conveniently powered with 120 V. This will give lots of shaping options and will make it faster to do choils and things without having to swap tool arms on the Sayber OSG.

I will keep you posted as to how it comes along.


Update: 2020-02-06.

Painting the parts on the prototype last night. Most of these are is for the two adjustable work rests. Both work rests move up and down to maximize the usage of the belt surface and tilt from 90° to 45°. Adjustable angles can certainly make for some interesting results on the small wheels.

Some more pics.