Knife Making

Knife Making Basics

All of the knives I make and sell here at SH9 Edge Works are created in my home forge and workshop just outside of Albuquerque. The truth is that knife making techniques have not changed drastically over the years, as working with steel is a very specific act that requires an attention to detail that cannot be accomplished with mechanization -without sacrificing quality.

  I love using my forge to hammer out new knives for my customers and myself. It is an ancient art form that is an absolute pleasure to practice.  

Knife Making With a Forge

gp12I love using my forge to hammer out new knives for my customers and myself. It is an ancient art form that is an absolute pleasure to practice.

To maximize control and feedback, I use a hand held hammer for all of my knife making endeavors using a forge. This provides me greater accuracy and detail, and I just enjoy it much more than using a mechanical hammer.

When the steel has cooled, I finish my hand forged blades with various grinders before heat treating, adding handle and final finish.

Knife Making With Stock Removal

With stock removal, an initial shape is drawn onto an annealed blank steel, then is cut and ground to a finished shape. Then the initial edge is ground prior to an oven ride for heat treat.

This method is a bit faster for reproduction and I use it in conjunction with a water-jet cutter to repeat custom designs for production.