A premium custom knife – unlike an ordinary off-the-shelf edge tool – requires much effort and multiple processes to be produced and honed to the utmost level of artistic perfection. Various processes and techniques are used by expert craftsmen to create unique art knives. A knife is manufactured by any one or a combination of processes: stock removal, forging to shape, welded lamination or investment cast.
With the stock removal technique, a knifemaker applies saws, belt sanders and abrasives to remove material away from a metal workpiece. Stock removal is an efficient process for many designs and often allows a quicker production of blade shapes.
Forging to shape has some advantages too: it produces less dust than stock removal, is more convenient for ornate designs, and less steel is wasted. Today’s sophisticated machine-driven techniques have not ousted the good old forging – many custom knife makers believe that forging to shape uniquely allows achieving uncommon welding effects, imposing shapes and patterns.
Welded lamination involves amalgamating many layers of various types of steel by forge welding to create distinct patterns, like in the famous Damascus mosaic steel.
Investment casting is often used to make tiny, highly detailed jewelry pieces. Those small ornate products of investment casting are then affixed to the knife with pins or brazing.
In this section we cover the most distinct production processes for art knives such as Damascus steel forging, carbon steel blade forging, blade grinding, bolster and knife hilt making, scrimshaw, knife engraving, and leather sheath making.
Manufacturing luxury custom knives is a sophisticated art that requires huge efforts, large investment of time and creative energy of bladesmiths and artists. This combination of devotion and forgetive skills makes each Noblie’s knife genuinely unique.