Manufacturing process

The creation of a new knife model follows a particular process. Initially it is necessary to have specifications which vary according to the destination of the knife. However, some models are born out of pure design research.
In general, I start with a paper drawing and then I move on to computer drawing on Autocad (CAD software) .

Once the drawing has been validated, I make several prototypes of wooden shapes until I am 100% satisfied with the volumes and the ergonomics.
Then, the knives are laser cut from N690Co steel.

To make a knife several steps are necessary

You must first make the grind, which will give the knife its cutting capacity and its style of blade (flat grind, hollow grind , high grind, etc.). This step is done at by freehand , I don't use a guide. I use a " fil guard " to properly mark the entablature of each blade. Finally, I use different sanding belt depending on the finish of the knife.
For knives with a handle in platelet: it is necessary to make the drillings, cutouts of handles, adjustments and shapings . All this is done before quenching.
When the knife and the handle are finished , I proceed to the marking by cold stamping of the unique number.
Indeed, each custom knife bears a number stamped in the mass and delivered with a certificate of authenticity.
Once all these steps have been completed, the blades are tempered by me under an aluminum plate, then cryo at -20° and double tempered to give the blade its properties.

The final steps give birth to the knife

After returning from hardening to the workshop, each blade will be “cleaned” to then receive the finishes desired by the customer (brushed, stonewash, acid splashes).
Finally, I assemble the handle , either in paracord or in plates ( which are most of the time glued and then finished by hand with different of sandpaper depending on the materials used ) .
The knife is thus 90% finished, all that remains is the step that makes a knife a knife: sharpening.

Finally , the knife is cleaned and put in a case to then be shipped. Some knives will pass under my photo lens to animate my social networks and enhance my site.

So that 's how your future knife will take shape in my workshop. A knife thus goes through many manufacturing steps requiring adequate equipment , skills, experience and expertise acquired over time through passion.

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