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I'm Not Talented Enough to Forge Knives, So I Did the Next Best Thing.

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I love these knives. They are awesome.

I'm a chef by trade, and haven't never used knives that hold their edge as well as these. I can't state how awesome they are.

And full disclosure, I didn't forge these. I bought in the blanks, but they are awesome blanks which I'll explain in the next part.

I've also got a kickstarter for them:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/223896425/you...

But there is nothing stopping you from doing it yourself, I'm hiding nothing :)

Step 1: In This Instructable, I'm Going to Make These Two Knives, and Go Through the Process.

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It all starts with the steel. A great knife needs a great steel.

The blacksmiths like knives made from meteorites, and hammered in the fires of a volcano, but to be honest, metallurgy is a complicated field, and getting the right steel blends is something that can be done in bulk, and in mass easily.

Not all steel is the same, they have different wearing properties, different hardness, different rusting, and it's all a mix of trade offs.

A high carbon knife, something like 52100 steel makes a fantastic knife, better than mine to be honest. But you'll be dealing with rust. Cut a lemon, and don't rinse the blade, and you'll have rust you need to clean off, don't dry it straight after use - rust.

So we need a stainless steel, its had chrome and other metals added to it to stop it from rusting and wearing as easily. But traditionally they'd been a soft steel, and wouldn't hold as great of an edge - until the Japanese invented a steel called VG10. It's about as close to a high carbon steel you can get without the rusting issues.

So it holds a fantastic edge, better than my old Wusthofs, and can go for months in a commercial kitchen without needing a stone.

So our blanks need to start out with a steel called VG10. And it's awesome.

They are all so beautiful!
Jake_Makes9 months ago
Wow, excellent work on those handles. I love the resin filled burl. Such an amazing look
Kink Jarfold10 months ago
Now that's a sharp looking Instructable. Beautiful work. --Kink--
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karlbamforth10 months ago
They look fantastic.

May I ask for your recommendation on where to get the blades please.
ColumB1 (author)  karlbamforth10 months ago
I've got a supplier that took ages to talk into giving the full set. Hit me up and I can add it to the kickstarter for blanks if you're interested.

Otherwise, these ones are pretty similar:
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/DIY-Damascus-Chef-Knife-Blank-Blade-67-Layers-Japanese-Steel-Vg-10-Kitchen-Knife/302902760123?hash=item46866952bb:g:t4AAAOSwhnhbr51d:rk:2:pf:0
NoahM40 ColumB110 months ago
Also interested in blanks. Where's your supplier based, though ? It seems strange to pay for shipping both to and from Australia
Those look great.