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What is a hand made knife?
A true hand made knife is made from start to finish by the maker. That includes designing, profiling (usually from bar stock), grinding, heat treating, profiling and fitting handle material and fit and finish. I build hand made one at a time custom knives. Today many say their knives are hand made but actually they are not. Some have their blades water jetted, heat treated or both. This becomes a hand assembled knife not Hand made. To many steps in the process are not closely monitored for my liking. My knives are hand made one at a time.
Do I do custom orders?
I do occasionally do one of a kinds but unless they are posted on this site I do not. My Reliant M1 is a custom made to order design as are all my knives but you get to choose the color of the cerekote ceramic blade finish, the G10 handle colors and the kydex sheath color from the multiple choices I offer. Truly made for you. The Reliant M1 is the only current model I offer where you pick colors. If I don’t have a color you are interested in I can probably get it, but that being said you would have additional charges and wait time to get the material. I will not, however, use other material for the handles than G10.
Do I stock knives?
No, I do not stock knives. I build one at a time in the order they are purchased. Wait time is currently 6 to 12 weeks.
How do I make my knives?
I use the stock removal method, no water jets or plasma cookie cutter designs. I hand profile all designs in addition to grinding all primary and secondary bevels. I heat treat and fit and finish each and every one.
Why A2 tool steel?
A2 tool steel is extremely tough and holds a super edge. Used for custom combat knives A2 tool steel is a very effective combination of strength and toughness. A2 is not difficult to sharpen. A2 is more resistant to shock and impact. Semi corrosion resistant with 5% chromium. A2 is a great steel for all around use.
Why D2 tool steel?
Designed for hard use and corrosion resistance. With 12% chromium it has good rust resistance. D2 tool steel has great edge retention. D2 can take a beating and come back for more. D2 is more wear resistant than A2 but not as tough. There is always a trade off between toughness and edge retention.
Why CPM 154CM?
CPM 154CM is a processed version of 154-CM. It provides a more even distribution of carbides which offers improved toughness and corrosion resistance. CPM 154 CM is a high quality steel some call a super steel. Better corrosion resistance, edge retention and more toughness than 440 C. CPM 154CM has 14% Chromium so a good choice for damper climates. Made by Crucible here in the Good old U.S.A.
Why 1095 high carbon?
I use 1095 primarily for hand forging. You can put a fine edge on 1095. One of the most commonly used knife steels. Least expensive of all the steels I use.
What about heat treating?
Heat treating is the difference between a good blade and one that performs optimally. . I use a Paragon digital heat treat oven which is very precise. I heat treat each different type steel with it’s optimal toughness and edge retention in mind. I cryogenic treat all blades that will benefit from that process to -320 degrees with liquid nitrogen. Not all steels benefit from cryogenic treatment but the A2 and D2 tool steels do. In turn Cryogenic treatment enhances edge holding and some seasoned veterans say by up to 50%. Cryogenic treatment optimizes martensitic iron by minimizing the amount of austenitic iron. Tempering is the final step and a very important one. I heat treat each and every one.
How do I care for my knives?
All my knives should be oiled after each use. I use WD 40 and spray a little on each side of the whole knife, I rub that in on the whole thing including the G10 handle with my fingers and then let the knife rest on a paper towel on its spine for ten minutes or so. Finish off by cleaning up with a soft cotton cloth. If using for food prep, you can use mineral oil instead. Never put your knife in a dishwasher. Never store your knives in a leather sheath as leather picks up moisture and will tarnish or rust the blade. It is always a good idea to strop you blade after each use and there are many tutorials on this. Keep your eye out for my future tutorial.
What is Cerekote?
Cerekote is a high temp baked on ceramic finish used on tactical weapons. It is durable and protects the blade from rusting. I finish the whole blade including the full tang. I still oil these after each days use and it brightens up the blade and handle.
What is the difference between Micarta and G10?
Micarta is a high pressure laminate that often uses linen or canvas based fiber. G10 is tougher and more water resistant. G10 is a high pressure epoxy based laminate but uses glass mat for the fiber base (think fiberglass mat). I use G10 on all my knives.