Not yet. Dennis suggested snake wood but I don’t have any on hand.
Thank you!Opaul, this is a very impressive portfolio of knife craftsmanship. A couple questions, if I may:
- How long have you been making knives?
- Do you make knives as a business and, if so, is it full time?
- Do you keep an inventory of the material used in a knife, specifically the blade steel and heat treatment? If so, how do you do that?
Ok. I’ll try to answer as best I can.awesome knife! i have question, what do you consider to make a quality knife?
This is really helpful. In fact I find your knife photos inspiring and challenging, your workmanship sets a pretty high bar for some of us wanna-be knife makers. As I like to say to my friends - I make knives, but I'm not yet a "Knife Maker". Seeing what you have done motivates me to spend more time in the shop.Thank you!
I’ve been making knives about four years now. I retired 12/16 and started making knives regularly beginning mid 2017.
I wouldn’t consider myself a full time knife maker but I spend a lot of time in the shop.
As far as material I typically use the 10xx series steel. I have a Evenheat oven so I have preset programs for the steels I use. I quench in Parks oil and temper in the Evenheat oven. I also use W2 and O1 steels and follow the HT guidelines - also programmed in the oven.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have more questions.
I'm very flattered, thank you very much.This is really helpful. In fact I find your knife photos inspiring and challenging, your workmanship sets a pretty high bar for some of us wanna-be knife makers. As I like to say to my friends - I make knives, but I'm not yet a "Knife Maker". Seeing what you have done motivates me to spend more time in the shop.
A comment: Also interesting is your apparent focus on high carbon steel. I would have thought that having an electric oven you would be inclined to also use stainless steels. Is there a reason you prefer high carbon over stainless?
And, to follow up on an earlier question - I phrased it wrong earlier - Do you keep track of the actual steel used in the various knives shown in your photos? For instance, If I were to pick one of the knives shown above in your photo album, could you tell what the steel is and what heat treatment you use? After making dozens of knives I'm finding it harder to keep track of what's in the blade.
Thanks again for taking time to answer these questions, much appreciated!