23.11.2022

A Brief Guide to Knife Grinds Although to a beginner it might seem that a quality blade is everything required to make a knife a perfect cutting tool, the reality is a bit more complicated. The grind is an aspect often overlooked by knife owners, and every true knife lover has to understand how the […]

17.11.2022

Damascus steel is easily recognized for watery or wavy patterns in various shades. While easy on the eye, the material is surprisingly tough and has great edge retention. Modern Damascus steel is a result of patter-welding several steel types. You can forge Damascus steel at home, but it is a process that takes a plenty […]

13.11.2022

Making scrimshaw Scrimshaw is a traditional folk art form in which designs are etched into mammoth, walrus tusk or bone, then colored with ink. Although you can’t legally use whale ivory, it’s still possible for you to practice this folk art as well! Once you’ve gotten the right materials, it’s just a matter of tracing, […]

13.11.2022

We’re run through what jewellery engraving is, but more specifically, what about hand engraving? This is typically carried out using shaped steel cutters with a sharpened edge, which are mounted into a wooden handle. The cutters themselves are supplied in extra-long lengths, so that they can be cut down to suit the person using them. […]

07.11.2022

Making knife handle Handle making can be done in several different ways depending on the tang of the knife. Full tang knives usually have handle scales either pinned, riveted, or screwed on to the tang itself while knives without a full tang may be inserted into a solid handle and then attached in one of […]

07.11.2022

Blade finishes The finish quality of the blade is determined by the Grit of the finishing grind. These can range from a low-shine 280-320 grit finish to a mirror-shine. The high polish shine can be accomplished by buffing with chrome oxide (ex. white chrome, green chrome), hand rubbing with extremely fine wet-or-dry abrasive paper, or […]

07.11.2022

Blade Heat treating (or heat treatment) is a group of industrial, thermal and metalworking processes used to alter the physical, and sometimes chemical, properties of a material. The most common application is metallurgical. Heat treatments are also used in the manufacture of many other materials, such as glass. Heat treatment involves the use of heating […]

07.11.2022

If no power equipment is available, this can be done with files if the piece of steel has not yet been hardened. Grinding wheels, or small belt sanders are usually what a beginner uses. Well equipped makers usually use a large industrial belt grinder, or a belt grinder made specifically for knife making. Pre-polish grinding […]

07.11.2022

Pattern Welded Steel and Damascus Steel One of the most popular types of steel, Damascus steel, is well known for having a light-dark pattern, but the texture of the material resembles waves and water surfaces. Such steel is popular not only because it is very beautiful. One of its valuable qualities is the hardness and […]

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