Yearly Archives: 2013

16 05, 2013

Amazing looking wood handle on custom chef knife.

I finished a knife today made from 1/4th inch 1095 steel. I accidentally ordered this too thick of a steel, but couldn't let it go to waste. What came of it is this heavy, work horse 10 inch chef's knife. I decided to try using a very expensive block of stabilized spalted maple burl with [...]

22 04, 2013

Adding bolsters to a custom knife.

On my latest knife I added 416 stainless steel bolsters. I had a few mistakes on previous tries and this one didn't come out exactly perfect, but the final product was satisfactory. Two photos below show me putting on the bolster and then the finished product. Adding 416 stainless steel bolsters. 12.5" [...]

20 03, 2013

Major score!

This probably isn't very exciting to most people, but I got about 250 pounds of Walnut wood free off of Craigslist. I usually pay around $20 per pound for this stuff. Of course I'll have to figure out the best way to cut it up into knife handle material, but I do know this: lots [...]

18 03, 2013

New knife: The Arrow Knife

I finished a concept knife designed for Chef Edwin Bloodworth of The Gamekeeper in NC. Super light and sharp. To get this 11 inch paring / chef hybrid knife to weigh less than 140 grams I used carbon fiber arrows as pins to create a see through look in the Bocote wood. I took an [...]

4 03, 2013

My new oven. Paragon kiln.

I bought a used Paragon KM24D Heat Treat Oven this weekend. I know it's not very exciting unless you are a knife maker, but this improves my knife making ability a great deal. In the past I'd have to send out my knives to a blacksmith or someone with an oven like thisĀ  and wait [...]

14 02, 2013

14 inch chef knife finished.

This is the largest chef knife I've made. It turned out very well. This is made of 1095 steel with a reconstituted stone handle that is 1 inch thick. The red stone is contrasted by a yellow vulcanized fiber racing stripe. Turned out very well and the customer is happy with it. Which is all [...]

5 02, 2013

Guadalupe Forge Hammer In Group Photo

I attended the Guadalupe Forge Hammer-In this weekend in New Braunfels. A hammer-in is where several master blade smiths will get together and teach group classes on various subjects. I attended a class on how make damascus steel, how to engrave gold into the handle and / or bolster of a knife handle and a [...]

7 01, 2013

Cutting out new knives today.

One of the most asked questions when I tell people I make knives as a hobby is, "How do you cut the knives from the sheets and bars of steel?" Here's the answer. Below is a photo of me cutting out knife profiles from 1095 steel. While its a very crude process (many use a [...]