CNC cutting knife blanks

Discussion in 'New to Knifemaking' started by Cameron Wilcox, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Cameron Wilcox

    Cameron Wilcox Well-Known Member

    A while ago I met someone who does CNC work locally and we talked about having him cut out blanks,I know some ways for cutting out blanks make some things a pain but I'm unsure about how well CNC works for my use. Also, how much does it cost for other ways to have blanks cut out? I won't likely be able to have blanks cut for a while but would like to get a idea for cost at other sources as well as this one so I don't dive into something I can't afford.
    I usually make mid-size utility/hunting knives with ~1/8 carbon steel.
  2. Doug Lester

    Doug Lester Well-Known Member

    Go down to Supplies, Services, and Other Resources below and click on Great Lakes Waterjet and drop them a line for their rates.

  3. Bill Coye

    Bill Coye Knife Maker


    Water jet is what you want for having blanks cut.
  4. murphda2

    murphda2 Super Moderator and KD Blade Show Boss

    Depending on the intricacy of your design, I find that having blades waterjet runs around $10-12 per for about two dozen mid-sized blanks. Typically the more you have cut, the better the price per. Of course, it also helps if you have the proper sized sheet of steel so that only one sheet is needed for your project. It cuts down on set up time for the WJ service.

    As others have mentioned, I'd talk to Dave at GLWJ. He does an exceptional job. I've been using a local guy for my projects, but it is only because he is just down the road from me and though he cost more, I save in the long run due to not having to pay shipping.
  5. knosaj

    knosaj Active Member

    Is that 10-12 $ per knife blank! Or 10-12 $ for 2 dozen?
  6. rhinoknives

    rhinoknives Well-Known Member

    $7-12.00 Per Blank cut.

    Water Jet or Laser cutting are what you want to just have profiled blanks cut. A CNC is to have 3-D parts machined.

    Dave, at Great Lakes Water Jet knows his stuff and is very competitive in price.
    I recently had him cut 150 blanks cut of my different models.


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