Voting Member of the Knife Makers Guild.
How I create a
First a design is selected: My hunting, fishing, and
my military experiences play a definitive role in
what I have developed for my working patterns. For
my self defense or combat patterns I might rely on
the guidance or view point of a few trusted clients
as well as all available literature regarding the
specifics of these designs. I will however interpret
the requirements to create and deliver my rendition
of designs fit to the task required.
Next I pick the steel: I work with 440C, 154CM, ATS
34..and on occasion I will buy Damascus barstock.
After choosing the desired pattern and steel, the
blade becomes a mission. Profiling, drilling for
pins or bolts, scribing center lines and notching
for guards all take place. The last requirement is
the bevel. I grind the bevels of my knives free
hand. That means I stand at my belt grinder and
create the grind line or bevel for the blades edge
without any mechanical holding or pattern device.
Heat Treating::"If as a knife maker I make the body
of the knife, the heat treater creates the soul". I
rely on professionals for this task.. I currently
utilize the talents of Paul Bos, in California, and
Bob Willis in Alaska. Both men are extremely
knowledgeable and passionate about the quality of
Once the blade returns: The blade bevels are cleaned
and brought to a finish or ready state. Guards are
attached and handles are prepared and epoxied in
place. The particular glue compound I use takes all
of 24 hours to cure. Once the glue is dry the
process of handle shaping is started.
The handle shape and hand sanding: The material is
shaped and brought to finish or a luster with
progressively finer sand paper grits until the grain
is closed. Then I lightly buff the handle and the
blade until the desired polish is achieved.
Lastly a covering or carrying device, ie Leather
Sheath or some other material compatible with the
design and the intended use is manufactured.