The making of a knife ! Our way !

On this page will I try to tell you how I make my kind of knife , from the beginning , with a bar of steel , until a finished knife , embellished with scrimshaw from Viveca Sahlin .
She will also tell you how she makes her wonderful scrimshaw . I do not have a digital camera so you have to be patient while I am developing the photos and also having the time to publish them on our site .


This is Part 1 . Click here for Part 2 . Click here for Scrimshaw.


When I try to find out what kind of knife I would like to make , I always use my "sketch-book" . If I donīt find anything interesting at the moment , then I make some new sketches .


Then I look at my different sorts of stainless steels , ATS-34 , RWL-34 , Damasteel , 440C etc , and decide what sort I would like to use .


Then I place the cut-out from paper on the steel and trace the lines with a marking pen . The steel of this knife will be the "twist-pattern" from Damasteel .


If the steel , for some reason , isnīt the same size as the sketch . I have to make it fit , and for that purpose am I using a hack-saw .


Then I begin to grind the steel following the lines that I made on the steel .


When the profiling is done , I drill holes in the knife blank . Bigger holes for making the knife easier to taper and smaller holes for the rivets to the scales .


I am using a marker pen to color the back-end of the knifetang , then I take a scriber and mark the final size of the tang . I usually spare 1 m/m of the steel .


The first thing I grind of , is a 45 degree angle , so that I will see how close I will come when doing the tapering .


Then am I flatgrinding the sides of the tang , from the front-end of the bolsters to the end of the tang . That means that the tang will narrows from the bolster to the end of the tang ( a tapered tang .).


I start the same way when I do the grinding of the blade , but this will be a hollow ground blade , not a flat ground .


This is how it looks when I have made the blade grinding using grit 120 sanding belt .


Continue with part 2


If you have any questions , please contact Anders Johansson at anders@scrimart.u.se