In the 1980s an estate agent would describe my workshop as “compact and bijou”, but there’s a place for everything and everything’s in it’s place. All knife building processes, with the exception of the packaging and PC work is done here.
There’s a lot more to it but, here’s a few photos of some of the processes involved for those who are interested.
O1 tool steel or 1075+CR is cleaned with acetone, blued and a design is marked out then the knife blanc is cut out on the band saw.
The roughly cut out blanc is machined on a dedicated 2″ X 82″ knife grinder to achieve it’s basic shape
The pin, lanyard tube and glue holes are drilled and the knife goes into the kiln for heat treatment at the specific steel’s requirements
After tempering to reduce the steel’s brittleness, the blancs are sanded clean and it’s back onto the grinder to cut the blade bevels.
After this it’s time to sort out which scales and liners are going on each knife.
After hand sanding the flats, Electro etching is used to place my logo onto the flat and any name, picture or logo that the customer requires.
After shaping and drilling, the scales and liners are attached to the knife with pins, lanyard tubes and G-Flex epoxy resin. Clamps are used to keep the handles together while the glue sets (24 hours)
Once dry, the handle is profiled, hand sanded and polished. The knives are then complete.
Time for the leather work to begin. Sheaths are made from 3 and 4 mm veg tan leather, dyed to the customers requirements. The “Nordic” style belt danglers are made at this stage too.
Scoring the leather to make the folding easier. My logo is then stamped using an arbor press.
After dying, the belt loop is secured and the whelt is fitted. The sheath is folded, glued and clamped.
After sewing and a final polish, that’s job done!!
Time for a brew!! Cheers……….