By Joe Kertzman
Author of such books as Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop and The ask yourself of Knifemaking, Wayne Goddard takes you thru his confirmed technique of making the typical operating knife. Goddard speaks the language of standard those who wish to use knives they have made themselves.
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You can make knives if all you have is a sharp pocketknife and some scraps of soft wood. Employ the design process described earlier, then draw your dream knife on a piece of wood and carve it to the finished shape. You’ll learn how to look at a piece of material to see if it is being kept symmetrical as you progress. You’ll learn how to shape a nice radius on the handle surfaces. You may not want to be a wood carver but this exercise will get you started on your journey to being a knifemaker. A bonus is that it will also give you practice sharpening knives.
There are no square corners—everything is rounded, smooth and friendly. This is the first knife the author ever made, and his only excuse is that he didn’t know any better. ” Computer magic shows the project knife with two different handle lengths. ABOUT DESIGN It’s been said that good designs evolve, and I believe it. When I got started in knifemaking, I didn’t have one clear thought about design. I grabbed the only suitable knifemaking material I could find and went to work grinding on it. There was no thought as to knife proportions or design principles.
Although propane won’t get as hot as A/E, it is more than hot enough for our use. The A/E flame is over 5,000 degrees F, but it is easy to learn to manipulate the torch and blade to get an even heat. It is wise to practice getting an even heat on a junk knife blade or piece of scrap steel. The A/E torch is perfect for an edge-hardening quench in which only the edge portion of the blade is heated to the hardening temperature. The back of the blade remains at a temperature where it does not fully harden in a quench where the whole blade is submerged in the oil.