knife blank blade kitchen utility flower theme
Type of steels I have been making knives since the 1970's. I experimented with a lot of steel types, and heat treatments. I settled on two main types I prefer to work with, D2 semi stainless has chrome in it, so is amazingly tough, resists stains, has the qualities I like in a blade. My next choice is a high carbon 1084 to 1095 which gets the sharpest, hardest edge , but can be3 more fragile. My goal is to learn these two steels well. Heat treat
I 'edge harden' using a torch. More of an art then science. This means I do not needlessly stress the rest of the steel in the treatment, since only the edge needs to be hard, while the back can be softer for more toughness and flex. I harden blades one at a time as each blade requires for it's intended use. I have a special process that is proven in tests. I cryo deep cold treat all blades, known to improve toughness without sacrificing hardness. This is an extra step many blade makers leave out. The main test is universally referred to as,' the brass rod test.' I sharpen a blade to 600 grit so all blades begin the test evenly. Swipes are made on a brass rod as if trying to cut it. The test stops when the edge will no longer cut a sheet of paper without tearing. Factory knives such as buck and Gerber generally go 30 to 50 strokes. My minimum requirement to leave my shop is 200. Some as high as 400. I then put the edge of the blade on the brass rod, and beat it with a hammer till the blades cuts through. There can be no chip or dull spot. I then do a flex test in a vice. Usually 20 pounds is applied using a torque wrench. A flex of 10 degrees without hurting the blade. I then cryo deep cold treat all my blades. This improves some steel more then others, but in general adds to hardness without sacrificing toughness. The improvement is noticeable.
Etching I etch most of my steel with acid I mix up myself no longer able to acquire, but have a lifetime supply. Summing up the process, the blade is covered with thin hot wax. A design is scratched through this wax. Wherever the steel is exposed, the acid can eat the steel. A lifetime if using this acid has hurt the nerves in my hands. This acid fumes once killed every plant in the house. A nail dropped in this liquid bring it to rolling boil and the nail disappears in minutes. There is no substitute that eats steel like this 'secret concoction,' and is the basis of deep crisp etchings I get, few others can accomplish. Each blade is hand drawn, no templates used, one of kind designs not repeated. Each etching hand drawn unique to that blade. Since I do all the work myself I can keep my prices down.
Knife boot knife blank eagle theme
Knife blank blade curved utility
Custom blank knife blade. Utility possible boot or hidden knife. D2 stainless steel. 5.5 overall length 2.5 inch cutting edge. Owl face etch one side, flower on the other. Nice comfortable good curve lines. Handle is soft so holes for handle easy to drill blade finished hardened polished sharpened.
Knife blade blank- animal shape
Knife blank blade whale outline
Shaped in the outline of a whale. 1095 high carbon steel. Rockwell 59. Cutting edge 4 inches. Soft handle can be drilled. Copper whale eye, Flowers theme one side, ‘Alaska’ written on reverse side. Makes good utility knife. Thin steel, light in weight. No guard suggested. Somewhat high skill level to shape handle to blade.
Blank knife blade utility chickadee
smaall skinner D2 steel
Small skinner 1095 steel eagle etch
Large blank skinner blade L6 steel chickadees
Small skinner D2 blank blade with chickadee
6 inch overall 3 inch cutting edge, 1.5 wide. Rockwell 60. D2 steel is a semi stainless, with chrome, which makes it a tough tool steel known for keeping an edge. Double tempered, softer back and deep cold cryo treated. Handle soft so easy to drill holes to suit. Shined sharp ready to use.
D2 blank skinner blade bird flower theme
7 inches overall with 4 inch cutting edge, 1.5 wide, just under 1/8th thick. Bird and flower acid etch theme. Nice deep etch. D2 steel is semi stainless with chrome, known for being tough and keep it’s edge. Double tempered, deep cold cryo treated. Rockwell 60.