I am not
a blacksmith; my knives are made using the stock removal method. I create my
blades by removing steel from a steel blank through grinding and filing. I do
not use ready-made blades.
I make my knives using machines and hand tools.
I have the following machines:
· A frequency controlled variable speed band grinder for 50x2000 mm belts. I built this machine about 7 years ago.
· A commercial belt/disc grinder combo. Today I use this machine only for grinding handle materials
· A variable speed band saw
· A bench top drill press
· A buffing machine
· A small self-made gas forge
My shop is in the basement with quite a small foot print, therefore all my machines are on rollers for me to free up space.
My hand tools are the usual hand tools you will find in a metal work shop
· Various hack saws
· A jigsaw / jeweler saw
· Files in all sizes, forms and cuts
· Hammers, center punches,
· Rulers, compasses, Calipers, a marking gauge, etc.
I make my own leather sheaths so meanwhile I have quite a collection of tools for leather work.
You might ask yourself: Handmade knives and the use of machines? Well I don’t have “real“ tooling or CNC machines. I don’t put a piece of steel into a machine, push a button and the result is a finished blade. I shape my blades at the band grinder by hand. I once in while use a rest but no fixtures etc.
The final knife finish is also made by hand. The only machine use is the buffing wheel to buff the handles.