Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Griff, May 23, 2021.
Thanks for looking,
Cool looking knife Griff. I love how your logo is fitted into the handle. Has me thinking that is a good way to hide a tang nut.
I decided in the end to put my makers logo on this one because it’s a knife for my own kitchen, and secondly it doesn’t even resemble the original blank. The seating of my logo pin isn’t perfect, my old drill press has got some serious run out now, and I did everything I could to centre that pin to the best of my ability.
That said after making both blades I can say that if I were to buy more I wouldn’t hesitate to put my mark on them after all.
The steel is a bitch to finish! And I worked harder on these two knives as I’ve ever worked on any knife.
They come in at around 2.3 -2.5 mm in thickness that’s uniform through out, and you have to do a lot of thinning, and put in the distal taper in.
I honestly can’t see as to how anyone without the tools we have could possibly finish one and have it perform as it should. Bottom line you need a grinder!
The HRC 65 carbon core, when it took on my 36G and 120G scratches were a nightmare to get out, and I’ll admit I didn’t get them all... I was just lucky that some of the lighter remaining 120’s worked on up to 600G faded into the dark etch.
The stainless jacket also for some reason does not sand easily - despite them referring to it as a Soft Stainless - it loves retaining the preceding grit scratch pattern to the death! But with that I faired better, and it has a nice satin 600G hand rubbed finish.
It does however etch nicely. Both knives got some great definition in the images I chose.
As for the quality, top notch, further testing will see, but just like that knife I made with the blue #2 core a year or so ago, boy do these things take an edge!
I think these knives taught me a lot about finishing a kitchen cutters, mostly how to grind thin a blade already heat treated.
I’ve got a few of my own Chef designs to go now in 440C and AEB-L. But before that I’ve got some bushcrafters, hunters and a chopper to finish.
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