Monthly Archives: December 2012

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31 12, 2012

The test to become a Master Bladesmith.

I found this on Bob Kramer's website today. It sounds insanely difficult, but here's how you earn the title of Master Blade Smith: To earn this title from the American Bladesmith Society, one must undergo years of study and then pass a Master's Test. The test required building a 10" Bowie knife made of 300+ [...]

29 12, 2012

Custom Rosewood chef knife.

Finished an all natural rosewood handled chef knife today with a turquoise stripe between the steel and the wood to give it a nice contrast. Rosewood is hard wood that is naturally oily and dense to repel water in the kitchen making it a great choice for kitchen knives. The pins are black and brass [...]

20 12, 2012

Tempering Knives

Tempered 3 new kitchen knives today in New Braunfels, TX with Johnny Stout. The photo shows two of them right from the oven. I'm always happy this part is done so I can start the finishing part of the knife building process.

17 12, 2012

New custom knife designs.

Took a small sheet of steel and cut out some conceptional ideas. Top knife: This one is a take on the typical Santoku with a high rise handle to provide an aggressive angle when cutting things. I know it looks rigid, but it feels nice in the hand and may soon include a few contours. [...]

8 12, 2012

Christmas card from a blacksmith.

Received a Christmas card this week from the blacksmith who does my higher carbonĀ  based steel knives. It was surprising and I appreciate it. I'll be using Bearclaw again for my 1095 steel based knives.

6 12, 2012

New knife finished.

Today I finished this white camel bone handled knife. The steel is 440c. There is a red vulcanized fiber stripe between the handle and the steel. Very sharp and middle balanced. Click on the photo to view a larger image.