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danielomalley
08-31-2013, 11:15 PM
I've asked a few of the makers that we work with to show their techniques of making chef's knives. Below, Jim Arbuckle shows his technique with a knife we've just posted:
http://www.epicedge.com/shopexd.asp?id=91648
Jim and I went to the ABS school together in the early 90s and have been fast friends since we first met. He is one of the most genuine folks that I have ever had the opportunity to know. Jim makes a fantastic chefís knife.

Since the forum seems to be only allowing me to add 10 photos at a time, this'll be broken up into several messages. Iíll be adding the next segment in the next day or so.

1. Select a sheet of steel of the appropriate thickness and type.
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2. Pick out a design for the knife or knives. Do I use a pattern Iíve done before or do I start fresh.
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3. Chefís knife pattern traced on the steel (try to keep the tip of the knife away from the end of the sheet; this reduces the chance getting inclusions in the blade).
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4. Try to maximize use of steel.
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5. Knife blanks are cut out of sheet utilizing a metal cutting band saw. Cuts are usually almost straight due to the blade width.
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6. Here is the Chefís knife blank after cutting with the band saw.
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7. Next, it goes to the grinder and a 60 grit belt to profile the blank. (Shown in the foreground is my Burr King and in the back you can see the KMG grinder.)
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8. Here is the blank after is has been profiled. Some of the mill scale and imperfections removed from the flats. Note finger grove is left rough.
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9. Using a flat surface (bandsaw table), a tungsten carbide tipped scribe and a small machinistsí vise, I mark the center.
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10. Position the tip of the scribe close to the center of the edge.
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danielomalley
08-31-2013, 11:18 PM
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CrisAnderson27
08-31-2013, 11:40 PM
Interesting!

labor of love
09-01-2013, 12:09 AM
wow. this is really, really cool.

Baby Huey
09-01-2013, 12:45 AM
This is a ccool post. Appreciate the insight.

Mrmnms
09-01-2013, 01:26 AM
Just posted my Arbuckle in newest knife buys. Excellent finish, check the filing on the spine. Your friend Jim did a great job on this one Dan . The blank looks very familiar :)

JMJones
09-01-2013, 10:25 AM
Work in progress posts are my favorite. Keep them up!

Michael Rader
09-10-2013, 02:46 AM
I like the scribe clamped in the vise. I ground an old file to a point and stack tape or bus. cards under it to raise and lower. I like this better. And, that Maple Burl is CRAZY!!! Thanks. -M